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What a magnificent day of thrilling action

What a magnificent day of thrilling action


Premier Division
Townville v Bankfoot

Spinner Zia Ul Haq Parwani returned the season’s best bowling figures of 9-54 as Bankfoot pulled off a stunning four-wicket win over a Townville side that had won their previous six matches.
The talented all-rounder from Afghanistan turned the game round in dramatic fashion after openers Abdul Wahid (100) and Jonny Booth (70) had put on 177 for the first wicket. Townville crumbled to 242-9 as Parwani weaved his magic.
Bankfoot were inspired by Parwani’s efforts and responded to challenge of knocking off the runs. Opener Hisan Ahmad (98) led the way and was backed up by Jaweed Waheed (50) and Hamzah Iqbal (30) before Osama Ahmad (34no) provided the finishing flourish which he provided by hitting a ball from Tom Brook for six.


New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard unleashed a drive during his knock of 82. Picture: Ray Spencer

Woodlands v New Farnley
Leaders New Farnley opened a 17-point advantage at the top of the Premier Division after securing a three-run win over Woodlands in a  nail-biting finish at Albert Terrace.
Australian paceman Liam Guthrie (4-80) and left arm spinner Gurman Randhawa (4-76) turned the game in New Farnley’s favour after Brad Schmulian (77) and Tim Jackson (67) had added 131 for the second wicket and given the champions the launch pad to overhaul New Farnley’s 267-4.
Woodlands fought all the way and came agonisingly close to pulling off another of the dramatic wins which have been their trademark as they finished on 264-9.
New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard set the tone for his side’s innings with a brisk 82. Adam Waite (67) and Steve Bullen (39) kept the pressure on the home bowlers in a match which again showed the quality of cricket on show at the top of the Premier Division.


Brad Schmulian top scored with 77 for Woodlands against New Farnley Picture: Ray Spencer

Pudsey St Lawrence v Ossett

Centuries from Josh Priestley and Nick Connolly lit up the game at Tofts Road where St Lawrence secured a 90-run win to move into third place. Priestley’s 104 was his first Bradford Premier League century while Connolly’s was the fourth of a highly productive season for the Ossett skipper.
Priestley struck five sixes and 12 fours as he reached his hundred off 87 balls as he dominated a second wicket stand of 178 with Charlie Best (83) which provided the foundation for St Lawrence to build a total of 293-6. A late flurry from Charlie Parker brought him 32 not out.
Ossett’s reply was dominated by Connolly who carried his bat through the innings as he hit 12 fours in his 104 which took his tally of league runs for the season to 658. Despite their captain’s efforts, Ossett were bowled out for 190 as Chris Marsden (4-54), Archie Scott (3-46) and Charlie Parker (3-68) shared the wickets.

Bradford & Bingley  v Methley
Australian Corey Miller showed his quality by scoring a superb 117 which enabled Bradford & Bingley to chase down a Methley score of 251-6 to win by four wickets. Miller made his runs from 95 balls and his flowing stroke play brought him three sixes and 16 fours
Methley had lost two early wickets before Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite and Jordan Laban turned things around with a third wicket partnership of 103. Laban went first for 34 but Waite pressed on to complete a well-deserved century. Waite’s 110 featured a six and 13 fours and his efforts were backed up when skipper Tom Chippendale made an unbeaten 50, but Methley’s total of 251-6 was not sufficient to stave off defeat.


Tom Lindsay takes the applause after his century for Hanging Heaton Picture: Richard Kosmala

Hanging Heaton v Batley
Tom Lindsay smashed a stunning century from 53 balls as Hanging Heaton pulled off a dramatic five-wicket win at Bennett Lane to ease their relegation worries. He hit seven sixes and 11 fours a stole the limelight in a match which produced three centuries.
Opener Nick Lindley was the other key figure in the successful run chase. He made 109, an innings laced with two sixes and 10 fours, and shared a fifth wicket stand of 163 with Lindsay for the fifth wicket as the home side chased down a challenging Batley total of 289-6.
The highlight for Batley was an unbeaten 102 from Kasir Maroof who struck 10 fours. His good work was built on by Aqeel Mukhtar (50) while Mustafa Rafique (4-95) produced the best bowling figures on an afternoon when the batsmen took centre stage.

Kasir Maroof raises his bat after completing a century for Batley Picture: Richard Kosmala

Farsley v Cleckheaton
Even a defiant century from skipper Mally Nicholson could not save relegation-threatened Cleckheaton from a 56-run defeat at Red Lane. He hit two sixes and 10 fours but only Ethan Lee (44) of the remaining batters made an impression as Cleckheaton were restricted to 213-9 in response to Farsley’s 269-6.
Spinner Joe Pocklington, making his final appearance for Farsley this season, took 5-53 to ensure the earlier good work of his side’s batters was capitalised on. Jonathan Read (86) and Dan Revis (37) shared 124 for the second wicket while Pocklington (34) and Ryan Cooper (33) helped build the total despite the efforts of Andrew Deegan (3-60).

Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 293-6 Pudsey St Lawrence v Ossett
Top individual score: 117 Corey Miller (Bradford & Bingley v Methley)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)
Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total:
 342-7 Methley v Ossett
Top individual score: 164 Jason Marshall (Methley v Ossett)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)
Division One
Morley v Jer Lane

Leaders Jer Lane maintained their perfect start of the season by taking a maximum 20 points for the eighth successive game with a 52-run win at Scatcherd Lane
Jer Lane won toss and bat 255-6.
Skipper Raqeeb Younis (76no), Cosmond Walters (64) and Deron Greaves (47) enabled Jer Lane to build a challenging score after  Matthew Dowse (3-52) had taken early wickets. Younis and Waters shared in a decisive stand of 199 for the fifth wicket.
Sri Lankan Kavindu Kulasekara (77), led the chase for Morley but apart from James McNichol (30) he lacked the support he needed to turn the game his side’s way. Quadratullah Azizi (3-27) was the pick of the Jer Lane bowlers.

Carlton v Wrenthorpe
Daniel Ford produced a sparkling innings of 139 as Carlton returned to second place in the Division One table with a 159-run win over bottom team Wrenthorpe. Ford struck six sixes and 14 fours and shared in two century partnerships.
Kershaski John Lewis (84) put on 153 for the third wicket with Ford while Nick Busby (45) helped him add 117 for the fourth wicket as Carlton compiled the day’s highest total of 342-5.

Wrenthorpe made 183 in their reply with Mustafa Bhatti (45), Adal Islam (40) and Sam Johnson (33) producing the bulk of their runs against a bowling attack spearhead by their former player Jonathan Rudge 4-35
Keighley v Gomersal
Australian Noah McFadyen hit his third century of the season as he guided Keighley to a six-wicket win. Three sixes and 14 fours flowed from his bat in his innings of 121as Gomersal’s total of 275-5 was overhauled with 21 balls to spare.
Nathan Storton (74) added 144 for the second wicket with McFadyen who is proving to be an extremely shrewd acquisition for the Lawkholme Lane side.

Gomersal skipper Richard Wear with 53 not out was his side’s top scorer. Andy Gorrod (45), Graham Hilton (33) and Lwandiswa Zuma (33no) all made useful contributions but Gomersal simply did not have enough runs to prevent a Keighley win.
East Ardsley v Baildon
East Ardsley’s last-wicket pair of Daanyaal Ahmed and Paul Langley edged their side to a thrilling one-wicket win with an unbroken stand of 25

The visitors looked favourites to snatch victory when Ben Grimmett (6-68) and Kevin McDermott (3-39 reduced East Ardsley to 180-9, but Ahmed and Langley did not share that view and Baildon’s 200-9 total was overhauled. Tom Daniels (42) was the home side’s top scorer.
McDermott (53) and Jonny Reynolds (31) top scores for Baildon as the wickets were shared by skipper Louie Hurley 4-29, Ahmed (3-34) and Ashley Pearson (3-71).

Undercliffe v Birstall
Ollie Hardaker hit his second league century of the season as Undercliffe powered to a nine-wicket win over a Birstall side that started the day in second place.

Hardaker struck four sixes and 14 fours while making 101 and was joined in an opening stand of 186 by Danish Hussain (72no) as Birstall’s total of 191-6 was passed in just 28 overs.
Skipper Nick Kaye (76) was the top scorer for Birstall as they found the going tough against a tight Undercliffe attack led by Zeeshan Qasim (3-27).


Pudsey Congs v East Bierley
Spinners Ryan Heptinstall (3-39) and Sam Wisniewski (3-46) helped third place Pudsey Congs pull off a 42-run win. They enabled their side to bowl out East Bierley for 167 despite the efforts of Matthew West (42) and Danny Cross (41).
Sri Lankan batsman Yohan Mendis (64) impressed again for Congs while Josh Bennett chipped in with 30 in a total of 209. Nisar Ahmad (3-41), Cross (3-49). Were the best East Bierley bowlers.


Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 
342-5 Carlton v Wrenthorpe
Top individual score: 139 Daniel Ford (Carlton v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 4-29 Louie Hurley (East Ardsley v Baildon)
Division One Stats of the season
Top team total:
 345-2 Keighley v Morley
Top individual score: 160 Kevin McDermott (Baildon v Morley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-40 Danny Cross (East Bierley v Keighley)

Division Two
Northowram Fields v Hunslet Nelson

A stunning bowling performance from paceman Max Gardner saw him take 8-27 as Northowram Fields skittled out Hunslet Nelson for 68 to secure a 121-run which takes them to the top of the Division Two table.
Gardner’s efforts enabled his side to capitalise on Lightcliffe’s eight-wicket defeat by Bowling Old Lane and crowned a dominant performance from Northowram Fields.
While Gardner was the star with the ball the batting ace was Australian Harry Houenstein. His unbeaten 108, which contained eight sixes and eight fours, enabled Fields to post a score of 289-6.  Opener Kyle Welsh added another 42 runs to his season’s tally but on this occasion was overshadowed by his club’s overseas player.


Hartshead Moor v Yeadon
Yeadon continued their resurgence with a hard-earned three-wicket win at Highmoor Lane. Muhammad Khan (58), Adeel Ashraf (33no), Pasindu Thrimadura (32) and Gareth Lee (31) helped them to pass the Hartshead Moor score of 212-9.
Although the defeat pushes Hartshead Moor deeper into relegation trouble, they will be heartened by the batting performances of Iqbal Khan (69no) and Josh Marsden (51) after Andrew Robinson (4-44) posed early problems. The best bowlers for Hartshead Moor were Dan Squire (3-65) and Lewis Lomax (3-46)

Bowling Old Lane v Lightcliffe
Bowling Old Lane produced their best performance of the season to inflict a second successive defeat on Lightcliffe who have now dropped from first to third in the table.
The key to Old Lane’s success was the bowling of Abdullah Ijaz (5-42) as Lightcliffe made 197-8 when they batted first. Opener Alex Stead was top scorer with 53 while Rob Edmond made 48.
Farhan Hussain (82) and Tahir Khan (77no) led the successful Old Lane run chase.
Buttershaw St Paul's v Wakefield St Michael's

There were centuries for Adam Wainwright and James Robson as Buttershaw St Paul’s compiled a total of 339-7 in their 158-run win over Wakefield St Michael’s.
Together they added 188 for the fifth wicket with Wainwright scoring 108, five sixes and 15 fours, while Robson made 113 not out, a knock containing five sixes and 15 fours. Matthew Long (43) also made useful runs.
Amer Ayoub was determined to take the limelight away from the two century makers. He took 7-56 as St Michael’s were bowled out for 181. Overseas player Lalit Mangalarapu (68) was top scorer.

Sandal v Great Preston
Close season signings Zaeem Zulfqar (6-49) and Michael Carroll (4-63) bowled Sandal to an 89-run win which takes them up to second place. Their efforts results in Great Preston being bowled out for 188 as they replied to the home side’s score of 277-9. Ben Broxup (54) and David Illingworth (38) battled hard but the home sider were in no mood to be denied.

Second team skipper marked his return to the first team with 59, while Brandon Hewlett (43) helped Sandal to capitalise on batting first, Luke Slater (4-43) was the pick of Great Preston’s bowlers,

Hopton Mills v Crossflatts
Crossflatts had no answer to the bowling of Usman Maqsood (5-48) and Sohail Hussain (4-17) as they were dismissed for 141 after being put in to bat.
Hopton Mills had little trouble knocking off the runs required for victory once Hussain (54) and Chris Scott (50no) had added 104 for the third wicket.
The seven-wicket defeat leaves Crossflatts in the bottom two.

Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total: 339-7 Buttershaw St Paul’s v Wakefield St Michael’s
Top individual score: 113no James Robson (Buttershaw St Paul’s v Wakefield St Michael’s)
Best Bowling figures: 8-27 Max Gardner (Northowram Fields v Hunslet Nelson)
Division Two Stats of the season
Top team total:
 353-4 Buttershaw St Paul's v Northowram Fields
Top individual score: 139 Kurt Chalker (Hunslet Nelson v Hopton Mills)
Best Bowling figures: 6-30 Umar Abbas (Hopton Mills v Bowling Old Lane)

Division Three
Crossbank Methodists v Liversedge

Left arm opening bowler James Russell took 7-21 as Liversedge bowled out strugglers Crossbank Methodists for 51 before cruising to an eight-wicket win. Opener Imran Dawood (34) ensured that the leaders eased to their eighth win of the season.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Brighouse
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were left to rue their decision to bat first as they were bowled out for 55 and crashed to aa seven-wicket defeat. Saqib Mehmood proved to be the key bowler with 5-26. Brighouse knocked off the runs with few alarms.

Adwalton v Windhill & Daisy Hill
Adwalton’s promotion hopes suffered a setback as Windhill & Daisy Hill belied their lowly league position as they pulled off a 46-run win.
Shoaib Iqbal (5-45), Zohail Iqbal (4-29) were key to their success as they ensured their side defended their modest total of 164 as Adwalton were dismissed of 118.
Anas Imtiaz (4-62), Adam Holroyd (3-14) were the pick of Adwalton’s bowlers.

Spen Victoria v Scholes
Spen Victoria are now just two points behind their fourth place rivals after securing a  six-wicket win. Openers Bilal Ejaz (93) and Corey Roebuck (43) set the tone for a successful run chase with a stand of 106 before Muhammad Ullah (55) and Alex Leadbeater (30) helped complete the job.
Scholes had made 247-8 when they opted to bat first. Opener Adam Greenwood (95) and Joe Duffy (33) led the way while Abid Awain (3-49) and Paolo Girardi (3-52) posed the main threat.

Rodley v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Skipper Liam Pearson took 6-38 to help Gildersome & Farnley Hill bowl out Rodley for 151 to complete a 31-run victory. His opposite number Bailey Wilson (39) top scored for the home side but could not save them from defeat.

Gildersome, won chose to bat first, 182  with Muhammad Shah (31) top scoring and Tom Ritchie (3-7) emerging as the best of the bowlers.
East Leeds v Altofts
James Watling (4-25), Kirti Tandel (3-31) helped East Leeds to bowl out Altofts for 163 and win a close encounter by six runs. Louis Holt (50) and Ben Walsh (40) battled hard for Altofts but once they were dismissed the home side were not going to be denied.
East Leeds made 169 when they batted first with Daniel Thewlis 55no and Kamran Farooq (41)
leading the way. Alfie Oliver (3-41) was the best Altofts bowler.

Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 252-4 Spen Victoria v Scholes
Top individual score: 95 Adam Greenwood (Scholes v Spen Victoria)
Best Bowling figures: 7-21 James Russell (Liversedge v Crossbank Methodists)
Division Three Stats of the season
Top team total: 375-7 Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists
Top individual score: 137no Gul Hussain (Brighouse v Crossbank Methodists)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)

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