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Woodlands cut down by Hoylandswaine

Woodlands cut down by Hoylandswaine

Hoylandswaine avenged their final defeats of 2015 and 2017 as they sent Woodlands tumbling out of this season’s Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup at the first-round stage.

The Drakes Huddersfield League champions won by 95 runs with their overseas player Waqas Maqsood – the former Baildon player – making a big contribution with bat and ball.

Waqas hammered six sixes and three fours as he raced to 57 from 26 balls and ensured that his side capitalised on the earlier efforts of Chris Holliday (51) and Durham opener Alex Lees (48) to post a challenging total of 274.

Woodlands lost early wickets in their reply and were in deep in trouble at 73-6 before Scott Richardson (53no) and his brother Elliot (27) added 66 for the seventh wicket. Woodlands were eventually bowled out for 179. Maqsood crowned his fine individual performance by taking 3-32.

On a day of scorching temperatures, the batsmen certainly made the most of the conditions as they piled the heat on the suffering bowlers.

The day’s highest total was the 378-8 Shepley compiled on their way to a thumping 214-run win at Ossett – the venue for this year’s final.

Opener Danny Wood led the way with an innings of 130 which contained two sixes and 19 fours. Sam Tee (84no) and Greg Wood – formerly of East Bierley and Wrenthorpe – made 63.

Ossett looked to be heading for an even bigger defeat when Tom Chadwick took 5-10 to reduce them to 76-9. A spirited last-wicket stand of 78 between skipper Dan Busfield (45no) and Finnley Morgan (26) at least swelled the Ossett total to 164.

The highest individual score of the day came from New Farnley’s Dan Hodgson (pictured above). The close-season recruit from Farsley scored 192no and shared in a second-wicket stand of 265 with former Pudsey St Lawrence opener Adam Waite (123) as they helped their side to a score of 376-2 against Crossbank Methodists.

Hodgson’s innings contained a six and 36 fours, while Waite struck five sixes and 16 fours. Crossbank were bowled out for 96 as New Farnley wrapped up a 280-run win.

The day’s fourth centurion was Elland’s James Lee. He made an unbeaten 103 as his side scored 271-5 on their way to a 105-run win over Gomersal. Graham Hilton top scored with 53 in Gomersal’s 166 all out.

Raistrick's Majid Khan was the day's only century maker to end up on the losing side. He made 125 not out to help his side to 259-7, but rivals Barkisland eased home by five wickets thanks to Matty Weston (64) and Jake Finch (55).

Hanging Heaton eased into the second round with a nine-wicket win at Shelley. James Byrne took 4-26 as the home side were dismissed for 108. Nick Connolly (42no) and Joe Fraser (40no) saw the holders to their target.

The closest finish of the day came at Methley where the home side went down to an eight-run defeat against Yorkshire Premier League South outfit Wickersley Old Village.

Wickersley were boosted by the efforts of Chris Durham (53) and Nathan Taylor (37) as they posted a score of 215-9. Leg spinner Josh Sullivan took 3-36.

Stand-in skipper Grant Soames (43) led the Methley response of 207 all out. Taylor (3-35) and Isaac Spencer-Jones (3-50) shared the bowling honours.

Five-times winners Wrenthorpe breezed to a 115-run win over competition newcomers Farsley. An unbroken eight-wicket stand of 65 between Mo Bashir (44no) and Matthew Race (36no) enabled the visitors to make 252-7 at Red Lane.

New signing Ben Morley, Farsley’s winter capture from Otley, made 61 as his side tumbled to 137 all out.

Richie Bresnan (3-19) and Harry Clewett (3-22) helped Townville to bowl out Birstall for 106 as they cruised to a seven-wicket success

An unbeaten 94 from Haseeb re-Rahman and 89 from Sam Drury enabled Treeton to overhaul Cawthorne’s score of 244 to record a five-wicket win. The pair shared a stand of 156 for the fourth wicket. Cawthorne built their score around the efforts of Alex Morris (64) and Ben Simpson (58).

Opener Gharib Razak marked his Heavy Woollen Cup debut for Huddersfield League side Scholes by making 66 as he and Yaasar Imtiaz (61) powered their side to a seven-wicket win over Elsecar.

Their newly-promoted Yorkshire Premier League South opponents made 169-9 when they batted first. Former Yorkshire player Ian Swallow scored 42 while the bowling honours were shared by Louis Brook and Josh Brook who both took 3-40.

The draw for the second round takes place on Wednesday.