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Woodlands extend their lead in title race

Woodlands extend their lead in title race

Woodlands moved 42 points clear at the top of the Premier Division as they inflicted another defeat on Hanging Heaton.

They followed up last Sunday’s six-wicket win over their out-of-sorts opponents  in the Priestley Cup semi-finals with a 73-run league success.

Muhammad Bilal produced another quick-fire half century, this time making 50no to propel his side to a total of 246-8.

Bilal built on the earlier good work of Liam Collins (45) and skipper Cieran Garner (40) against a Hanging Heaton attack led by Tom Chippendale (5-76).


Only Callum Geldart (51) got going in the Hanging Heaton innings which saw them finish on 173-8. Spin twins Chris Brice
(4-48) and Kez Ahmed (3-53) were again the stat turns with the ball.

Methley recorded their first win of the season at the 14th attempt when they defeated a Bradford & Bingley side who had started the day in second place by 155 runs.

The result wasn’t sufficient to lift them off the bottom of the table as they remain 25 points behind Lightcliffe who dropped into the relegation positions after their four-wicket defeat by Cleckheaton.

A priceless fourth-wicket stand of 114 between Adam Patel (68) and Grant Soames (55) enabled Methley to post a challenging score of 242-9.

Graham Whiles was the pick of the bowlers with 4-47, but his work was squandered when Bradford & Bingley were dismissed for just 87.

Spinners Amir Hussain (3-42) and Sudara Udagedara (3-19) ensured that Methley were able to celebrate a long-overdue win.

Wrenthorpe didn’t appear to be in the running for a much-needed win when they slipped to 50-7 against Farsley, but number nine Matthew Race had other ideas.

He hit five sixes and eight fours as he sped to an unbeaten 88 which along with a determined 43 from skipper Jordan Sleightholme enabled Wrenthorpe to recover to 203 all out

Paceman Matthew Simpson sparked the early collapse with 5-18 while spinner Mark Harrison chipped in with 3-38.

Despite the determined late efforts of James Pickles (41) and skipper Matthew Lumb (35no), Farsley were bowled out for 185 as Wrenthorpe secured an 18-run win. Sleightholme (4-33) and Ollie Kilburn (3-41) were the key bowlers as Wrenthorpe climbed out of the bottom two and boosted their hopes of beating the drop.

Lightcliffe’s slide down the table continued despite them making 213-9 when they batted first against Cleckheaton. Opener Alex Stead (52) gave them a good platform before Christian Silkstone blasted 58 from 38 balls to swell the total.

Spinner Andrew Deegan (4-44) was backed up by Nick Walker (3-34) as Cleckheaton were able to restrict their opponents to a score they managed to knock off with four overs to spare. Skipper Mally Nicholson led the way with 41 as his team climbed to their season-high position of fourth.

Undercliffe will be looking nervously over their shoulders at the battle going on just behind them after a 51-run defeat at Pudsey St Lawrence.

Two of the Saints’ young guns, batsman Harry Cullingford and opening bowler Josh Dracup played key roles in a win which takes their side back into second place.

Cullingford played with great patience as he held his side’s innings together with a determined knock of 63, while Australian Joel Curtis chipped in with 32 in a total of 182. Spinner Khalid Usman took 3-45 for Undercliffe who had reduced their opponents to 7-2.

Undercliffe’s top order was quickly reduced to tatters as Dracup (5-47) and Richie Lamb (4-42) struck with the new ball. Only Usman (42) made an impression before some late hitting by last man Craig Wiseman (28) at least earned his side a batting bonus point.

Townville brought New Farnley’s recent revival to an abrupt halt as they eased to a comfortable 95-run win.

Spinner Jack Hughes (4-29) backed up the efforts of seamers Connor Harvey (3-13) and Richie Bresnan (3-25) as New Farnley were bowled out for 92.

Opener Jonathan Booth had earlier continued his good form with 60 and was supported by Harry Warwick as Townville made 187. Spinner Luke Jarvis (4-54) and Charlie Parker (3-49) provided the only bright spots for New Farnley.

Pictures: Ray Spencer
Top: Muhammad Bilal celebrates his half-century for Woodlands
Middle: Callum Geldart on his way to 51 for Hanging Heaton
Above:  Hanging Heaton's paceman Tom Chippendal

Championship One

Batley are the new leaders of Championship after defeating Hartshead Moor by 59 runs to take advantage of Bankfoot’s 48-run defeat at Morley.

Tariq Hussain proved to be their match winner with 5-28 as Hartshead Moor were bowled out for 117. Earlier, Sufyan Patel (42) and Mohammed Bhoola (37no) had helped Batley to 176-9 despite the efforts of Adam Greenwood (3-28) and Josh Tingle (3-47).

Batley now have 178 points and are seven ahead of Bankfoot who were bowled out for just 58 as they suffered only their third defeat of the season.

Morley spinners Akash Senarathna (5-28) and David Nebard (4-9) turned the game their side’s way in dramatic style.

A victory for third-placed Morley seemed unlikely when they were dismissed for 106 after being put in to bat. Jawad Waheed (6-45) and Andrew Stothart (3-25) did the damage.

Pudsey Congs moved up to fourth after an impressive eight-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s. The victory was set up by their teenage left-arm spinner Sam Wisniewski who took 6-45 as St Michael’s were bowled out for 168. Only Adil Mehmood (36) resisted for long.

Congs’ talented young batsman Vikram Sharma produced another crucial innings for his side. He made 88 not out and joined skipper James Ford (53no) in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 130.

Baildon returned to winning ways with a 106-run success against a Scholes side currently 39 points adrift at the bottom.

Opener Will Grace (56) set Baildon on their way to a total of 289-3 but the real fireworks came from the fourth-wicket pair of Dwayne Heke (98no) and Blair Oakley (88no). Together they shared an undefeated partnership of 193 with Heke just missing out on a century.

Scholes never looked like challenging the Baildon score but battling half-centuries from Neil Kellett (57no) and Shahid Rehman (52) saw them finish on 183-6.

Ossett recovered from 57-7 to make 163 as they defeated East Bierley by 32 runs and climbed out of the bottom two.

Opener Oliver Newton (63) finally found a solid partner in Paul, Malone (66) as they countered the threat of Umar Farooq (4-56) and gave their bowlers a total to defend.

Max Chappell (4-25), Dan Busfield (3-36) and Mushy Rafique (3-44) responded to the challenge and dismissed East Bierley for 131. Only overseas player Ompal Boken (39) offered prolonged resistance.

One-time leaders Keighley now find themselves in the bottom half of the table after their slide continued with a 54-run defeat against Gomersal.

Overseas player Alex Antoine (4-46 and 37) was the only one to make an impression as Gomersal picked up a welcome triumph. Jonathan Boynton (58) top scored in Gomersal’s 183-9 while spinners Chris Rhodes (4-21) and Chris Greenwood (4-34) turned the screw as Keighley were bowled out for 129.


Championship Two

Yeadon’s hopes of making an immediate return to Championship One were dealt a body blow by relegation threatened Liversedge.

Sama Farooq (4-4) and Graeme Winn (3-29) helped bowl out the promotion chasers for 121 as their side secured a surprise 18-run win.

Liversedge were indebted to Qaiser Hameed (37) and Sohail Hussain (37) for their total of 139. Runs weren’t easy to come by against spinners James Massheder (6-46) and Gareth Lee (3-37), but they scored enough to pull off an upset.

Yeadon’s defeat was seized on by Birstall who replaced them in second place after skittling out Spen Victoria for 51 to complete a massive 241-run win. The chief destroyer was former Spen bowler James Russell (5-20).

Birstall are now seven points ahead of Yeadon and their batsmen were again in the runs as Spen Victoria were put to the sword.

Josh Haynes (88), Rishy Limbechaya (71no), Nick Kaye (52) and Ashley Burton (48) led the way with Limbechaya and Burton sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 109 as their side compiled a total of 292-5.

Table-topping Carlton were given a few anxious moments by lowly Altofts before completing a 12-run win which gives them a nine-point lead.

Arman Hussain produced a decisive spell of 5-32 as Carlton bowled out their opponents for 169, Dominic Richardson (44) top scoring.

Carlton’s total of 181 owed much to another important contribution from overseas player Kershaski John Lewis. He top scored with 79 as Darren Sharp (3-45) and Danny Eden (3-46) posed the main threat.

Buttershaw St Paul’s are running into form in fourth place. Their latest win was by 70 runs against Northowram Fields and was set up by Amer Ayoub’s knock of 89 which helped them to post a total of 251-8.

Wicketkeeper batsman Kyle Welsh made an unbeaten 73 in Northowram Fields’ reply of 181. Welsh was joined in a spirited last-wicket stand of 56 by Joseph Hough (34). Lee Barker (4-35) and skipper James Sawyer (3-23) helped secure Buttershaw St Paul’s latest win.

The Pearson brothers Ashley (6-31) and Adam (3-29) joined forces to bowl out bottom team Adwalton for 83 to clinch a 59-run win for East Ardsley.

The East Ardsley total of 142 owed much to a knock of 67 from former Baildon and Hanging Heaton batsman Simon Davies.

Bowling Old Lane eased their relegation fears by chasing down a Hunslet Nelson score of 230-9 to win by three wickets.

Abid Alishan (56), Ayyaz Akram (50), Zeeshan Haider (51) and Ahsan Alishan (39) all played their parts in the successful run chase which was completed with 9.3 overs to spare.

Hunslet Nelson’s innings had been built upon an opening stand of 142 between Andrew McIntosh (84) and Jack Scanlon (65). Once they were parted Muhammed Yasir (6-48) slowed Nelson’s progress.

Halfe-centuries from Mohammed Rehman (52no) and Tom Watson (52) helped Jer Lane secure a seven-wicket in over Hopton Mills.

Amjid Khan (4-42) had been the best of the Jer Lane bowlers when Mills, despite the efforts of Michael Carroll (39) and Mark Ashton (35) were bowled out for 142.

Australian Tyson Freeman produced a good all-round performance as he guided second-placed Great Preston to a five-wicket win over Crossbank Methodists.

Freeman took 3-27 as Crossbank Methodists were bowled out for 173 with teenage batsman Rizwan Abed making 46. Freeman followed up by make 78 in the successful run chase.

Despite the win, Great Preston – who have a game in hand - are 17 points behind Sandal who eased to a six-wicket win over Oulton.

Only Jonathan Henshaw (43) kept the Sandal bowlers at bay as his side were dismissed for 108, Ryan Bishop-Perrett taking 3-31. Sandal eased to victory with Danny Riley (35) and Ian Shuttleworth (30no) leading the way.

Brighouse were rolled over for just 46 as they crashed to a 182-run defeat against East Leeds. Ben Wilkinson (5-22) and Will Storey (3-23) took the bowling honours.

The East Leeds total of 228 was built around the contributions of Tom Chapman (92) and Dean Atkinson (52). Mohammed Altaf’s 6-49 was the highlight of a miserable afternoon for Brighouse.

Rodley are up to fourth in the table after their six-wicket win over Windhill & Daisy Hill.  Lachlan Roache (75) and George Hammond (36no) helped their side to overhaul the Windhill & Daisy Hill score of 155.

Skipper Adam Swaine (83) led the way in the Windhill innings as his side made 155. They were prevented from making a more challenging score by the efforts of Daniel Hill (5-44) and George Hammond (3-41),

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