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Woodlands lift shield after early shocks

Woodlands lift shield after early shocks

 

Woodlands survived an early scare to defeat plucky Farsley by 35 runs and win the Gordon Rigg Priestley Shield for a fifth time at Ossett.

Ryan Blackburn’s decision to put Woodlands in to bat looked to be an inspired choice when his opening bowlers Mukdas Mohammad and Richard Sutcliffe took two wickets each to reduce the Premier Division side to 10-4.

With Nick Rushworth, Liam Brearley, Naveed Siddique and Tom Clee all falling to the new-ball bowlers, Farsley had made a dream start.

It needed a counter-attacking innings from man of the match Kieran Collins to turn the tide. He hit four sixes and eight fours in a knock of 69 which changed the momentum of the game.

Kieran Collins on the attack during his match-winning innings. Picture: Ray Spencer

Collins, left. was supported by Jak Murphy (30) in a fifth wicket stand of 83, but it said much for the spirit of the Farsley side that they kept plugging away.

Mohammad (3-21) and Sutcliffe (2-16) posed the early threat while skipper Ryan Blackburn produced a tidy eight over spell of 1-17 to ensure Woodlands were unable to score freely.

Farsley bowled out their opponents for 153 and while it looked a competitive total, it was one the Division One side would have settled for at the start.

The Red Lane side knew they needed a good start if they were to win the game, but at 8-2 they found themselves having to rebuild.

With Kieran Rodger bowling his eight overs straight off and returning figures of 2-12, Farsley slipped to 40-4 and fell behind the required rate.

Jamie Blackburn tried hard to revive his side’s fortunes. He made 44 and tried to loosen the grip the Woodlands bowlers had taken on the game.

Spinner Josh Griffin kept the pressure on with his eight overs yielding figures of 1-14, and as the pressure intensified the Farsley wickets tumbled.

Clee returned to finish off the innings with 4-20 as Farsley were dismissed for 118. It was a disappointing outcome for Ryan Blackburn’s side, but they should draw satisfaction from the way they played.

The victorious Woodlands team pictured with the Priestley Shield Picture: Ray Spencer

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