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Woodlands beat Farsley to go 41 points clear

Woodlands beat Farsley to go 41 points clear

29 Jun 2019

Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan bowling for Hartshead Moor against Scholes. Picture: Ray Spencer

Woodlands have a commanding 41-point lead at the top of the Premier Division at the halfway point in the season.

They recorded their eighth win in 11 outing when they defeated in-form Farsley by seven wickets at Albert Terrace.

The unbeaten leaders bowled out their opponents for 166 with Kiwi Brad Schmulian (4-29) and Chris Brice (3-30) doing much of the damage with their spin bowling.

Opener Pat Kruger (51) was the only Farsley batsman to make a real impression as they were made to fight for their runs after opting to bat first.

Woodlands found the going easier when they batted. An opening stand between Tim Jackson (58no) and Sam Frankland (38) which was built on by Schmulian (38) as they eased to their victory target with 8.2 overs to spare.

Cleckheaton produced the surprise of the day as they defeated Hanging Heaton by two runs in a close-fought encounter at Bennett Lane.

Their match winner was all-rounder Nick Walker who top scored with 72 not out in Cleckheaton’s total of 247-9 and then took 5-85 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 245.

Opener Azeem Rafiq (48) was the other main contributor for Cleckheaton, while Callum Geldart (61), Joe Fraser (46) and Ben Kohler-Cadmore (33) narrowly failed in their bid to propel Hanging Heaton to victory. Left-arm spinner Andrew Deegan (3-24) gave Walker crucial support.

The result enabled Pudsey St Lawrence to climb above Hanging Heaton into second place after their four-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter at Lightcliffe.

Young leg-spinner Archie Scott produced his best Premier Division figures of 7-21 as Lightcliffe collapsed from 50-0 to 93 all out. Opener Josh Wheatley 934) was their top scorer.

St Lawrence were made to work hard for their win and lost six wickets chasing Lightcliffe’s lowly total. Wheatley took 3-33 with his off spin but could not prevent a Saints win.

Bradford & Bingley moved level on 126 points with Hanging Heaton but go above them into third place by virtue of having more wins.

Kyme Tahirkeli impressed ad the Wagon Lane side cruised to a seven-wicket win over struggling Wrenthorpe.

Spinners Tahirkeli (4-29) and Bradley Reeve (3-49) took the bowling plaudits as Wrenthorpe were dismissed for 153. Overseas player Khalil Khan (67) was top scorer.

Tahirkeli helped guide Bradford & Bingley to their target with an unbeaten 56 after openers Callam Goldthorp (37) and Harry Brook (33) had provided a sound start.

Undercliffe and Methley remain in the relegation positions after both suffered defeats. Undercliffe went down by 126 runs against Townville, while Methley lost by 35 runs at New Farnley.

Undercliffe had no answer to the Townville spin duo of Harry Clewett (6-25) and Jack Hughes (4-4) as they were dismissed for just 63.

Overseas player Imran Rafique’s unbeaten 83 was the highlight of Townville’s 189-6 which also included 44 from skipper Hughes. Overseas player Khalid Usman (3-60) was the best of the Undercliffe bowlers.

New signing Charlie Parker (5-31) and spinner Luke Jarvis (3-31) helped their side defend a modest score of 135 as Methley were bowled out for 100.

It looked as if New Farnley would regret their decision to bat first when Marcus Walmsley (5-41) posed problems, but their bowlers saved the day.

The result leaves Methley without a win in their first 11 games and 18 points adrift at the bottom.

Championship One

Bankfoot are the new leaders after their 122-run win over Wakefield St Michael’s with Morley just one point behind them.

Hamzah Iqbal (44) and Adam Wainwright (36) helped Bankfoot to post a score of 240-9 before skipper James Lee took his tally of wickets for the season to 25 with 4-37 as St Michael’s were bowled out for 118. Ayuz Seedat top scored with 38.

Morley made sure there was no happy ending for Baildon’s veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed on the day when he took his 1,000th Bradford League wicket.

Morley triumphed b y 175 runs with their Sri Lankan all-rounder Akash Senerathna (pictured above) making a maiden century as well as taking 4-15 with his left-arm spin.

After Ahmed, above, had become the 14th player to pass 1,000 wickets when he had Henry Rush caught at slip by Simon Bailey, Senerathna took centre stage.

He hit four sixes and eight fours while making 103to help his side to a total of 201. Aussie Blair Oakley was the most-successful bowler with 3-27.

Baildon’s innings never got going and they were bowled out for 76 as Senerathna and fellow spinner Dave Nebard (4-21) got to work.

Batley are now third, nine points behind Morley, after beating Gomersal by 146 runs. Opener Faisal Javed hit a fine 101 and shared a second-wicket stand of 139 with Kasir Maroof (53) which provided the foundations for a score of 265-6.

Gomersal found the going tough against the bowling of Mohammad Shahnawaz (4-27) and Tariq Hussain (3-26) as they were dismissed for 119. Skipper Richard Wear (30) was their top scorer.

East Bierley are fourth, a further three points back after they defeated previous leaders Keighley who have now dropped to fifth after two successive losses.

Even a defiant 51 from Jonathan Wilkinson and 38 from Richard Gould couldn’t save Keighley from a 42-run defeat as they were bowled out for 121. Umar Farooq posed many of the problems as he took 5-58.

Overseas player Ompal Boken had produced another important contribution when East Bierley batted first. He made 53 and helped them to make 163 despite some good bowling from James Rogers (5-34).

Max Chappell produced a match-winning spell of 6-22 to help Ossett defeat his old side Pudsey Congs by 128 runs.

Only skipper James Ford (69) made a significant impression as Congs were dismissed for 128 in reply to Ossett’s 256-4.

Half-centuries from Jack McGahan (86) and Chris Hosley (54) plus 43 by Matthew Varley made up the bulk of Ossett’s runs. Liam Stanhope was best Congs bowler with 3-51.

Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan made his home debut for Hartshead Moor and helped them to a 10-wicket win over bottom team Scholes.

Bresnan (3-31) and new-ball partner Iain Wardlaw (4-28) made their mark as Scholes were all out for just 99. Mustafa Rafiq (39) offer the only resistance.

Hartshead Moor were powered to victory by an undefeated opening stand of 100 between Chris Wynd (64no) and skipper Adam Greenwood (35no).

Championship Two

Adwalton lifted themselves of the bottom of the table after beating Jer Lane by two wickets to record their first win of the season.

They looked to be in danger of slipping to another defeat when they were reduced to 54-5 in reply to Jer Lane’s 205 all out, but sixth-wicket pair Josh Bennett (80) and James Sheerin (74) transformed their fortunes with a stand of 137 which set up the victory.

Jer Lane, who after a bright start to the season are now in the relegation positions, had relied on the experienced Imran Mirza (61) and Amjid Khan (42no) when they batted first, Ghulam Hussain was the pick of the bowlers for Adwalton with 5-22.

Liversedge are now propping up the table after their 68-run defeat by Hopton Mills. Good knocks from Chris Scott (77) and Umar Abbas (73) helped Mills to make 219-7 despite Asad Mahmood taking 4-31.

Liversedge were bowled out for 151 in their reply with last-wicket-pair Richard Veal (31no) and Steve Atkin sharing a stand of 51 which at least reduced the margin of defeat. Ashley Mackereth (4-41) and Michael Carroll (3-25) were the main bowlers for Mills.

East Ardsley’s recent good run came to an end when they suffered a 51-run defeat at the hands of leaders Yeadon.

Sarmad Hameed (48) and David Machell (37) helped Yeadon to counter the threat of David Battye (5-53) to post a total of 209-9.

East Ardsley were restricted to 158-9 with Richard Vigars (35) top scoring. Paul Machell (3-26) and Andrew Robinson (3-37) ensured that Yeadon secured another win to retain their place at the top of the table.

Their lead is now just five points following Carlton’s nine-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane which earned them a maximum 20 points.

With the league’s leading wicket taker Jonathan Rudge missing from the Carlton side, Liam Morris took on the role of spearheading the attack and was rewarded with figures of 6-44.

Only skipper Farakh Hussain with an aggressive innings of 93 made a significant impact as Old Lane were dismissed for 170.

Carlton cruised to victory thanks to a superb innings of 102 not out from opener Daniel White. His innings contained four sixes and 16 fours. Overseas player Kershaski John Lewis was unbeaten on 35 when victory was secured.

Saif-ur Rehman impressed with 6-33 while James Russell chipped in with 3-27 as third-placed Birstall bowled out Hunslet Nelson for 73 on their way to a nine-wicket win. Ian Carradice was unbeaten on 41 when Birstall sealed their victory.

Spen Victoria are up to fourth after chasing down a Buttershaw St Paul’s total of 250 to win by two wickets.

Their success owed much to the outstanding efforts of Sam Gatenby and Michael Flathers. First, they had success with the ball with their spin bowling with Flathers taking 5-69 and Gatenby (3-62).

But it was with the bat that they made the biggest impact. They shared an impressive opening stand of 184 in which Gatenby scored a fluent 116, an innings containing three sixes and 17 fours, while Flathers made 87.

Amer Ayoub (4-51) and James Sawyer (3-68) made inroads into the Spen batting after the openers were parted but could not save their side from defeat. Ayoub had earlier top scored with 66 in a Buttershaw innings that saw Kevin McDermott make 53 and Jack Seddon (43).

Northowram Fields remain just above the relegation positions after suffering a 191-run defeat against Altofts.

Azhar Sharif (86no) and Steven Rigby (78) powered Altofts to 270-8 before Ismail Patel (5-15) and Darren Sharp (3-22) bowled out Northowram Fields for 79.


Great Preston are the new leaders and the only unbeaten team in the Conference after scoring a crushing 224-run win over East Leeds on the day that Sandal lost for the first time this season.

Great Preston’s sixth victory featured an impressive third-wicket stand of 213 between century makers James Marston (113) and Tyson Freeman (117).

Australian Freeman smashed three sixes and 17 fours while Marston hit 18 fours. Their batting enabled Great Preston to compile a total of 305-6. Will Storey (4-66) was the best East Leeds bowler.

The Great Preston bowlers backed up the efforts of their batsmen and skittled East Leeds out for 81. Callum Jordan (4-13) and Lee Russell (3-25) led the way.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill brought an end to Sandal’s unbeaten start when they defeated them by 24 runs.

Chris Harris (55) and Gethin Clarke (38) helped Gildersome & Farnley Hill to make 167 as they were confronted by some good bowling from Ryan Bishop-Perrett (7-34).

Gildersome & Farnley Hill were determined to defend their total and Liam Pearson (6-43) and Jordan Edmondson (3-36) ensured they did.

Oulton’s Jonathan Henshaw made an impressive 120 as they notched up the day’s highest score of 307-7 on their way to a 199-run win over Rodley.

Henshaw struck six sixes and 12 fours while Will Harrison (45) joined him in an opening stand that yielded 125 runs.

Rodley were bowled out for 108 in reply with Jack Andrews (3-58) and Joseph Sykes (3-31) proving to be the best of the bowlers.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow looked to be up against it when Imran Patel (5-40) enabled Crossbank Methodists to bowl them out for 104, but their bowlers had other ideas.

Javed Iqbal (5-37) and George Crowther (3-16) helped bowl out Crossbank Methodists for 98 to secure a six-run win for their side.

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