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Woodlands are champions once again

Woodlands are champions once again


Premier Division
Woodlands v Pudsey St Lawrence

Woodlands secured their third-successive league title and ninth in 17 seasons after defeating Pudsey St Lawrence by four wickets at Albert Terrace,
Even if they fail to earn a single point at Ossett next Saturday and New Farnley gain a maximum 20 against Bradford & Bingley to move level on points, they will still finish top by virtue of having more wins.
The man who guided Woodlands to the title-clinching win was Tom Clee who was promoted to the first team this season and has responded with some important contributions. He finished 64 not out and along with Muhammad Bilal who blasted five sixes and six fours while making 54 from just 24 balls, ensured that St Lawrence’s score of 196-9 was overhauled with 9.1 overs to spare.
St Lawrence’s innings was dominated by opener Mark Robertshaw who made 97, while Brad Schmulian was the pick of the bowlers with 4-40.

Muhammad Bilal's quick-fire innings helped Woodlands secure the title Picture: Ray Spencer

Mark Robertshaw made a battling 97 for Pudsey St Lawrence Picture: Ray Spencer

Townville v New Farnley

New Farnley will finish the season as runners up after halting their three-match losing run with a six-wicket success over third-placed Townville.
Spinner Gurman Randhawa took his tally of league wickets for the season to 49 by taking 4-56 as Townville made 192-8 after opting to bat first. Opener Abdul Wahid was their top scorer with 45.
New Farnley, who included three teenagers in their side, were guided to victory by Dan Hodgson (54no) and skipper Lee Goddard (48).
Cleckheaton v Ossett
Cleckheaton’s relegation to Division One was confirmed when they suffered a 10-wicket defeat at Moorend.
Ossett’s openers Nick Connolly (117no) and Marcus Walmsley (103no) shared an unbroken stand of 239 after Cleckheaton had made 236-4.
Connolly’s sixth century of the season contained 16 fours while former Cleckheaton player Walmsley hit two sixes and 13 fours.
Ethan Lee (93) made his highest score of the season for Cleckheaton while Richard Pyrah made 70, on a sad day for their club.
Bradford & Bingley v Bankfoot
Bankfoot guaranteed their place in the top flight for another season after defeating Bradford & Bingley by 71 runs. Skipper James Lee and overseas player Zia Ul Haq Parwani were again the key figures in their success.
Lee made an unbeaten 96 and Parwani (54) as Bankfoot made 279-6 as spinner Lachlan Doidge picked up 4-82 for the visitors.
Parwani followed up by taking 6-49 as Bradford & Bingley were restricted to 208-9, Jacob Slator making 85.

Hanging Heaton v Methley
Ben Kohler-Cadmore hit his second successive century as Hanging Heaton compiled the Premier Division’s highest total of the season of 423-9.
Kohler-Cadmore struck four sixes plus19 fours and was joined in an opening stand of 202 by Nick Lindley (59). Their good work provided the perfect launchpad for Callum Geldart (66) and Callum Bethel (50) to add to the suffering of the Methley bowlers.
Methley could only manage 178 in reply with Josh Sullivan top scoring with 33. Spinners Josh Wheatley (4-32) and Bethel (3-33) were the best of the bowlers.


Farsley v Batley
Dan Revis produced a fine all-round performance as Farsley recorded their tenth win of the season by seven wickets.
Revis took 6-39 as already relegated Batley were bowled out for 180 and followed up by making an unbeaten 77. With acting skipper Ryan Cooper making (52) the Red Lane side eased past the Batley total which featured a defiant 50 from Yasir Ali.
Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 423-9 Hanging Heaton v Methley
Top individual score: 124 Ben Kohler-Cadmore (Hanging Heaton v Methley)
Best Bowling figures: 6-39 Dan Revis (Farsley v Batley)
Premier Division Stats of the season
Top team total: 423-9 Hanging Heaton v Methley
Top individual score: 190no Yousaf Baber (Cleckheaton v Hanging Heaton)
Best Bowling figures: 9-54 Zia Ul Haq Parwani (Bankfoot v Townville)

Division One
Jer Lane v Gomersal

Overseas player Deron Greaves had a day to remember as Jer Lane secured promotion to the Premier Division for the first time with a five-wicket win. After taking 5-55 as Gomersal posted a total of 250-9, Greaves reached 1,000 run for the season when making 18 before Cosmond Walters ook centre stage with a knock of 122.

His innings contained four sixes plus 17 fours and he enjoyed great support from Abubakar Dawood (66no) in a fifth wicket stand of 163.
The performances of Greaves and Walters overshadowed the century made by Gomersal’s Andy Gorrod. He made 102, hitting four sixes and 13 fours, and was supported by skipper Richard Wear (43) and Connor Read (37).
Pudsey Congs v Birstall
Pudsey Congs moved a step closer to a return to the top flight with a seven-wicket win over Birstall.
Rishi Chopra took 5-5 as Birstall lost their last five wickets for just eight runs to be bowled out for 110. Wicketkeeper Josh Bennett claimed six victims as only Rishi Limbechaya (47) was the only batsman to make an impression.
Sri Lankan batsman Yohan Mendis made an unbeaten 55 as Congs secured their 15th win of the season.
Carlton v East Bierley
Carlton kept alive their promotion hopes with an eight-wicket win which keeps them 11 points behind second place Pudsey Congs with two games to go.
Kieron Holliday took 4-20 and Kershaski John Lewis (3-27) as East Bierley were dismissed for 152.
Lewis made 52 not out and opener Steve Cooper (39) as Carlton cruised to victory.
East Ardsley v Keighley
East Ardsley climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Keighley after defeating them by five wickets.
Keighley, who suffered a 30-point deduction yesterday for their poor disciplinary record, were bowled out for just 89 as Muhammad Tariq picked up 5-38, Nathan Storton (33) offered the only real resistance.
East Ardsley lost early wickets to Ben Hemsley (3-22) but edged home and are now 14 points ahead of Keighley with two games to play.
Morley v Wrenthorpe
Overseas player Kavindu Kulasekara marked his final game before returning home to Sri Lanka by making 165 as Morley compiled the division’s highest total of the season of 399-6 against their rock-bottom opponents.
Kulasekara struck 24 fours and was joined in a fourth wicket stand of 164 by Henry Rush (71). With skipper Matt Baxter making 63 at the top of the order it proved to be another tough day for Wrenthorpe although Kabir Bashir did pick up five wickets at a cost of 125 runs.
Mustafa Bhatti (55), Usman Shakir (44no) and Amir Afsar (43) helped Wrenthorpe make 259-7 as they went down to a 140-run defeat – their 20th loss of the season. Tinaye Mazonde finished with 4-76 for Morley.
Undercliffe v Baildon

Spinner Jude Roberts (5-68) and Alex Myers (4-66) were among the wickets as Undercliffe dismissed Baildon for 236 on their way to a three-wicket win.
Kevin McDermott (96) and Jonny Reynolds (42) led the way for Baildon but their side’s total  was overhauled as Undercliffe’s captain Bailey Worcester made 81 not out and Zeeshan Qasim (35). McDermott was Baildon’s best bowler with 4-70.

Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 399-6 Morley v Wrenthorpe
Top individual score: 165 Kavindu Kulasekara (Morley v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 5-5 Rishi Chopra (Pudsey Congs v Birstall)
Division One Stats of the season
Top team total: 398-7 Gomersal v Wrenthorpe
Top individual score: 162no James Ford (Baildon v Wrenthorpe)
Best Bowling figures: 7-39 Nisar Ahmad (East Bierley v Gomersal)

Division Two
Sandal v Wakefield St Michael’s

Ashley Mackereth blasted seven sixes and 12 fours as he hit 101 to speed leaders Sandal to an eight-wicket win – a result which confirms St Michael’s relegation to Division Three.
The victory was set up by Sam Noden who took his tally of league wickets for the season to 57 by taking 5-557 as St Michael’s were bowled out for136 with their captain Joe Finnigan making 52.
Sandal have a 27 point lead over Yeadon and are a further four ahead of Lightcliffe. They need 14 points from their remaining two games to secure promotion.

Crossflatts v Yeadon

Spinner Gareth Lee took 5-33 as second-place Yeadon bowled out Crossflatts for 108 to complete a 101-run win. South African Ruan Van Rooyen provided the only innings of note with 37 not out.
Andrew Robinson (43) top scored in Yeadon’s total of 209-9. Wasim Hussain (4-58) and Mayank Singh (3-66) were the pick of the Crossflatts bowlers.

Buttershaw St Paul’s v Lightcliffe

Lightcliffe maintained their pursuit of a promotion place with a 17-run win over Jack Hampshire Cup winners Buttershaw St Paul’s/ Isaac Dikgale (71) and Noah Chapman (57) helped Lightcliffe to post a score of 283 as Jamie Robson (5-55) proved to be the most successful bowler.
Amer Ayoub (73) and Jonathan Burston (65) led the St Paul’s reply which saw them bowled out for 266, Jonathan Whiteoak raking 4-48 and Dikgale (3-17).

Northowram Fields v Hartshead Moor

Kyle Welsh made an unbeaten 189 and passed 1,000 league runs for the season as Northowram Fields defeated Hartshead Moor by 150 runs – a result which leaves their opponents hovering just above the relegation positions.
Welsh hit seven sixes and 21 fours as he helped his side to a commanding total of 365-6. He was joined in a second-wicket partnership of 176 by Australian Harry Hauenstein (61), while Joe Hough chipped in with 40.
It was Hough who proved to be the best of the Northowram Fields bowlers with 4-41 as Hartshead Moor were dismissed for 215, Hasnat Yousuf scoring 41.


Hopton Mills v Great Preston
Sohail Hussain impressed with 134 not out as Hopton Mills defeated Great Preston by 109 runs to add to their opponents’ relegation worries.
Hussain, who hit eight sixes and 14 fours, featured in two century stands. He out on 173 for the fourth wicket with Imran Patel (71) and 114 for the fifth wicket with Umar Abbas (61), as Hopton Mills made 337-5.
With Ben Broxup scoring 57 and James Conlon (42), Great Preston were able to secure maximum batting points before being bowled out for 228, Abbas taking 4-67.

Bowling Old Lane v Hunslet Nelson
Hazrat Abbas made it a day to forget for Hunslet Nelson. He took 7-42 as they were bowled out for just 79 and hit 55 as Old lane romped to an eight-wicket win.
Division Two Stats of the day
Top team total: 365-6 Northowram Fields v Hartshead Moor
Top individual score: 
189no Kyle Welsh (Northowram Fields v Hartshead Moor)
Best Bowling figures: 7-42 Hazrat Abbas (Bowling Old lane v Hunslet Nelson)
Division Two Stats of the season
Top team total:
 375-8 Lightcliffe v Wakefield St Michael’s
Top individual score: 152 Isaac Dikgale (Lightcliffe v Hopton Mills)
Best Bowling figures: 8-24 Hazrat Abbas (Bowling Old Lane v Hartshead Moor)

Division Three
Rodley v Liversedge

Liversedge are the Division Three champions after defeating Rodley by 175 runs to record their 19th win in 20 games this season.
Parvaise Khan (87), Wajid Hussain (52) and Shoaib Rahman (42) enabled them to post a total of 282 despite Gary Sagar taking 6-70. Khan and Rahman shared 130 for the third wicket.
That man Khan picked up 3-27 and James Lunn (3-15) as Rodley were dismissed for 105

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Altofts

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow bounced back from their narrow Jack Hampshire Cup final defeat by Buttershaw St Paul’s with a comfortable 160-run victory. Wajid Hussain (61) and Nikhil Thakur (44) put on 102 for the second wicket and their work was built on by Paul Cooper (37no) and Usman Qureshi (33) in a total of 290. Jabari Mills (3-59) was the ick of the bowlers.
Chris Walker (33) top scored as Altofts were bowled out for 130, Qureshi taking 3-0/

Brighouse v Scholes
Scholes are 14 points adrift of Heckmondwike & Carlinghow but they showed that they have not given up hope of an immediate return to Division Two with  a 168-run win/
Skipper Josh Fell had an afternoon to remember as he top scored with 72 in his side’s 246-6, before returning the stunning figures of 8-35 as Brighouse perished for 78. Sikander Mahmood (45no) and Nick Firth (44) also made useful runs for Scholes.
Crossbank Methodists v Spen Victoria
At the 20th attempt Crossbank Methodists finally recorded their first win with two of their batters scoring centuries. Gavin Harrison (121no) and Zaib Ali (112) put on 193 for the third wicket as their side built a score of 295-4.
Spen Victoria never looked like challenging that total as they were dismissed for 209. Ayyaz Ali (44) top scored as Nasir Mahmood (4-83) and Theo Hanson (3-54) bowled their side to victory.
Adwalton v Gildersome & Farnley Hill
Gildersome & Farnley Hill skipper Liam Pearson made a fine 161  as he guided his side to 217-run  win at Adwalton.
Pearson hit 19 fours and was supported by Chris Harris (56), Adam Campion (39) and Martin Morley (39. Pearson and Campion put on 127 for the first wicket as their side built a score of 332.
Adwalton were hit by another outstanding individual performance when they batted. Muhammad hah took 8-66 as they were rolled over for 115.
East Leeds v Windhill & Daisy Hill

James Watling (5-27) and Kirti Tandel (3-29) bowled out Windhill & Daisy Hill for 71 to secure a 205-run win for East Leeds. Kamran Farooq (49) top scored in the home side’s 276 all out.
Division Three Stats of the day
Top team total: 332 Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Adwalton
Top individual score: 161 Liam Pearson (Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Adwalton)
Best Bowling figures: 8-35 Josh Fell (Scholes v Brighouse
Division Three Stats of the season
Top team total: 431-9 Spen Victoria v Adwalton
Top individual score: 195 Matthew Donohoe (Adwalton v Spen Victoria)
Best Bowling figures: 8-30 Greg Keywood (Scholes v Gildersome & Farnley Hill)

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