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Woodlands edge ahead after rain-hit day

Woodlands edge ahead after rain-hit day

 

Rain may have curtailed the league programme but there was still plenty of significant action with the top three in the Premier Division all posting wins.

Woodlands defeated Batley by 10 wickets and have established a one-point lead over Townville who overcame Cleckheaton by 52 runs.

New Farnley are a further 16 points back after their four-run win over Bradford & Bingley in a match that saw their captain Lee Goddard reach 10,000 Bradford League runs.

Woodlands showed no mercy for bottom team Batley as they bowled them out for 104. Kasir Maroof (46no) was the only batsman to make an impression as Chris Brice (4-23) and Muhammad Bilal (3-27) posed problems.

Openers Tim Jackson (60no) and Sam Frankland (40no) ensured that Woodlands picked up a maximum 20 points with an unbroken sand of 107 from their 28 overs per side contest.

Skipper Jack Hughes was in top form for Townville against Cleckheaton. He made 72 not out in Townville’s 268-4 and followed up with 6-56 as Cleckheaton replied with 216-8 in a game reduced to 36 overs per side.

Overseas player Athelbert Braithwaite (75) and Jonny Booth (42) got Townville off to a good start with a stand of 102. Hughes and James Glynn (38no) built on their good work.

Although they were beaten, Cleckheaton will be heartened by the performance of their Sri Lankan player Charitha Kumarasinghe who made 108, his first Bradford Premier League century. He hit eight sixes and five fours and was backed up by Iain Wardlaw (35no).

Left-arm spinner Gurman Randhawa impressed with 6-43 as New Farnley managed to restrict Bradford & Bingley to 136-9 to secure a narrow win in their 28 overs per side game.

Jack Hartley (41no) launched a late onslaught which was quite enough to turn the game in his side’s favour after they had done well to dismiss New Farnley for 140.

Goddard, who took his tally of league runs this season to 720 when making 50, was the only one of his side’s batsmen to make an impression as Yasir Abbas (4-45) and Bradley Reeve (3-38) prospered.

Methley skipper Tom Chippendale took 6-50 as his side bowled out Wrenthorpe for 134 to secure a 29-run win which has lifted them into fourth place.

Opener Nikash Khan (49) battled hard for Wrenthorpe but could not save them from defeat. Earlier, Yasir Ali (49) helped Methley make 163 in their 35 overs despite the efforts of Mustafa Rafiq (6-46).

Farsley added to Morley’s relegation worries as they defeated them by 29 runs. Ryan Cooper (43) helped them to 168-8 in a 29 overs per side contest, before spinner Mark Harrison (pictured top) picked up 5-47 as Morley were restricted to 139-8.

The two bright spots for Morley were the performances of spinner David Nebard (pictured left, 4-44) and wicketkeeper Luke Heinemann (52no).

The game between Pudsey St Lawrence and Hanging Heaton at Tofts Road was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Ryan Cooper was top scorer for Farsley at Morley Picture: Ray Spencer

Luke Heinemann hits out during his unbeaten 52 for Morley against Farsley Picture: Ray Spencer

Division One

With leaders Ossett’s game against Lightcliffe abandoned Birstall and Bankfoot had the chance to cut their lead, but both fluffed their lines.

Birstall went down to a six-wicket defeat against lowly Carlton while Bankfoot lost by the same margin against Baildon.

Carlton’s third successive win has eased their relegation fears and was well deserved. After restricting to Birstall to 136-6 in 33 overs, they knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets.

Opener Daniel White (33) gave them a good start which Nick Busby (44no) and Jonathan Rudge (29no) capitalised on with an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 62.

Baildon captain Dwayne Heke made 71no and Kevin McDermott (63) as the Jenny Lane side overhauled Bankfoot’s 191-3. James Lee (90), Hisan Ahmad (42) and Azeem Ghumman (30no) provided the bulk of Bankfoot’s runs when they batted first.

Keighley defeated Pudsey Congs by four wickets with one ball to spare but remain bottom of the table. Ryan Ridehalgh (51) and Luke Chapman (44) helped them chase down the Congs score of 128-7 that featured 66 from in-form opener Jacob Slator. Ben Hemsley was the pick of the Keighley bowlers with 3-49.

Lightcliffe v Ossett was abandoned without a ball being bowled while Hartshead Moor v Gomersal and Undercliffe v East Bierley were postponed due to Covid-19 precautions.

Division Two
Sandal are the new leaders of Division Two after defeating Hunslet Nelson by 60 runs to capitalise on Buttershaw St Paul’s suffering a nine-run defeat against Hopton Mills.

Brandon Hewlett (45) and Danny Riley (31) helped Sandal post a score of 167-6 in 31 overs. Will Stiff (3-53) was the pick of the Nelson bowlers and was their top scorer as they were limited to 197-8 in reply. Lee Geldard (4-32) was Sandal’s best bowler.

Jer Lane are second five points behind Sandal after a seven-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s. Farakh Hussain (39), Cosmond Walters (37no) and Abubakar Dawood (31) sped them past the St Michael’s score of 150-8 in which included 67 from Qasar Hameed and 36 from Syed Bukhari.

Buttershaw St Paul’s dropped from first to third after their loss. Michael Carroll took 6-60 as St Paul’s were dismissed for 163 when replying to the Hopton Mills score of 172-8. Zafar Jadoon (55) battled hard but could not save his side from defeat.

Sohail Hussain (54) and Umar Abbas (45) were the top scorers for Mills while Amer Ayoub took 4-49 for St Paul’s.

Bowling Old Lane pushed Spen Victoria closer to relegation with a 115-run win. Farhan Hussain (78no) and Hazrat Abbas (58no) shared a fourth wicket stand of 108 which helped them to a total of 229. Imran Malik chipped in with 41.

Spen Victoria could only manage 114 in reply with skipper Bilal Ejaz (40) top scoring. Adam Zahid posed the main threat with 4-52.

Northowram Fields v Scholes was abandoned without a ball being bowled while East Ardsley v Yeadon was postponed due to Covid-19 precautions.

Division Three

Great Preston skipper Oli Baron made a century as his side defeated Windhill & Daisy Hill by 13 runs to climb up to second place.

Baron struck nine sixes and 11 fours while making 119 out of a total of 209-9. Shoaib Iqbal took 5-44 for Windhill & Daisy Hill and followed up with 51 as they scored 196. Ian Clayton (60), Iqbal and Byron Greenwood (37) helped them recover from 17-4, but Ollie Newton (5-47) ensure Great Preston won the game.

Brighouse have dropped to third after suffering a second successive defeat. They went down by 45 runs against Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Tom Lindsay top scored with 46 as Gildersome & Farnley Hill made 189-9 despite the efforts of Quadratullah Azizi (6-48).

Brighouse could only muster 144 in reply with Muhammad Saqab (37) and Shahzaib Khan (34) proving to be their top scorers. Chris Harris (4-24), Jordan Edmondson (3-5) and Lindsay (3-46) shared the wickets for Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Altofts v East Leeds, Crossbank Methodists v Adwalton, Liversedge v Heckmondwike & Carlinghow and Rodley v Crossflatts were all abandoned with no play.

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