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Woodlands take lead as Wrenthorpe falter

Woodlands take lead as Wrenthorpe falter

18 May 2019

Farsley spinner Josh Poysden on his way to his second six-wicket haul. Picture: Ray Spencer

Woodlands are now the outright leaders of the Premier Division after defeating Townville by seven wickets on an eventful afternoon.

Wrenthorpe, who started the day sharing top spot, dropped back to fourth after suffering their first defeat of the season at the hands of New Farnley.

Much-fancied Hanging Heaton were involved in a tie with lowly Methley while Farsley registered their first win of the season at Lightcliffe.

Pudsey St Lawrence and Bradford & Bingley are now second and third respectively after beating Cleckheaton and Undercliffe respectively.

Woodlands’ third win of the season again included a crucial contribution from left-arm spinner Chris Brice.

He took 5-20 – his third five-wicket haul of the season – as Townville were bowled out for 159. Imran Raffique (58) and Jonathan Booth (34) were the only batsmen to make an impression. Woodlands eased to their target with New Zealander Brad Schmulian (41), Greg Finn (31no) and Liam Collins (31no) ensuring there were no slip ups.

Woodlands have 62 points and are three ahead of defending champions Pudsey St Lawrence who defeated Cleckheaton by five wickets.

Spinner Archie Scott (3-35) and Steve Watts (3-21) helped spark a Cleckheaton collapse which saw their last five wickets fall for 16 runs as they were dismissed for 149. Toby Thorpe was top scorer with 39.

Opener Mark Robertshaw (48) and Barrie Frankland (30no) ensured that St Lawrence reached their target despite the efforts of former Yorkshire off spinner Azeem Rafiq (3-45).

Bradford & Bingley continued their encouraging start to the season by bowling out Undercliffe for 55 to secure a 151-run win.

The result leaves Undercliffe propping up the table with just 15 points from their opening four games since winning promotion last season.

The delayed arrival of their influential overseas player Khalid Usman is a huge blow and Undercliffe clearly need his services if they are to arrest their current poor run of form.

Overseas player Muhammed Afridi (72) and Matthew Swallow (53no) shared a sixth-wicket stand of 102 which helped Bradford & Bingley to post a score of 206-7 after Craig Wiseman (4-37) had posed early problems.

Undercliffe’s batting crumbled against the bowling of Bailey Wightman (4-28) and Jack Hartley (3-23). Their cause wasn’t helped by three run outs.

Wrenthorpe’s unbeaten start to the season came to a shuddering halt as New Farnley registered their first win of the campaign by 133 runs.

Even an impressive bowling performance by Matthew Race, who took 7-32, couldn’t inspire another Wrenthorpe triumph.

Opener Adam Waite (64), Dan Hodgson (52) and Lee Goddard (32) helped New Farnley make 211-9 despite the efforts of Race.

Wrenthorpe’s innings was a big disappointment as they crumbled to 78 all out. Left-armer Alex Lilley impressed with 5-22.

The most exciting finish of the day came at Methley where the second-bottom home side and Hanging Heaton fought out a tie.

Sri Lankan Sudara Udagedara had Hanging Heaton’s last man Tom Chippendale stumped by Josh Neal with the scores level on 172. It gave Udagedara figures of 4-52 as Hanging Heaton, despite 54 from opener Nick Connolly failed to get over the winning line.

Methley, whose captain Jarred Warner has just been loaned to Sussex by Yorkshire for a month,  didn’t bowl in a game which saw his side rekindle some of the spirit which typified their performances last season.

Jordan Laban (58) and Marcus Walmsley (38) led the way in the Methley innings before Aqsad Ali (3-19) and Callum Bethel (3-45) got to work.

Yorkshire leg spinner Josh Poysden is proving to be an inspired signing for Farsley. He has taken six wickets in each of his first two games for the club and his latest haul of 6-49 helped them beat Lightcliffe by 28 runs.

Poysden is proving a potent weapon for the Red Lane outfit and was backed up by pacemen Matt Simpson 3-78 as they defended their total of 198.

Suleman Khan (41) and Yassir Abbas (33) tried to give the Lightcliffe innings impetus but Poysden made sure their efforts were in vain.

Poysden had earlier impressed with the bat as he made the top score of 63 for Farsley to build on the efforts of opener Chris Beech (45). Lightcliffe’s best bowlers was spinner Khan (4-52).

Championship One

Newly-promoted Keighley continued their impressive start in Championship One with a commanding six-wicket win at Morley.

It was their fourth straight win and they now have a nine-point lead over Baildon who climbed into second place with an 88-run win over Pudsey Congs.

Morley have been tipped by many as promotion contenders so Keighley’s latest win further underlines the ability of their young side.

Overseas player Alex Antoine (3-46) and Dillon Birkett (3-15) sparked a collapse which saw Morley squander the work of skipper Matt Baxter (31) and Henry Rush (31) to slide from 107-5 to 122 all out.

Keighley were helped to their target by an unbeaten 33 from Jonathan Wilkinson and after this result they have shown they have the ability to beat the best sides in the division.

Baildon continue to impress and their win at Pudsey Congs featured big contributions from two players who have made a huge impact for the Jenny Laners this season.

Simon Bailey led the way with the bat as he hit 69 and was backed up by Mounam Ejaz (33) in a total of 200-8. Jamie Allen took (3-29) for Congs.

Australian Blair Oakley was again Baildon’s star performer with the ball. He took 6-33 as Congs were bowled out for 112 with only former Baildon batsman James Ford (76) making an impression.

Batley are a point behind Baildon in third place after defeating bottom team Scholes by 24 runs. Mohammed Yaqoob (5-34) and Mohammed Shahnawaz (3-44) helped them bowl out their opponents for 122 as they successfully defended their total of 146. Sami Ullah (81) was Batley’s top scorer while skipper Craig Wood took 3-45 for Scholes.

Skipper Adam Greenwood made 63 as he led Hartshead Moor to a two-wicket win over East Bierley – their first victory of the season. He ensured his side held off the threat of Tawkal Zadran (4-54) after they had bowled out East Bierley for 149.

Shabir Rashid (46no) top scored for East Bierley as Iain Wardlaw (3-46) and Mohammad Khan (3-24) posed most of the problems with the ball.

Ossett and Wakefield St Michael’s also registered their first wins. Ossett overcame Bankfoot by 30 runs while Wakefield St Michael’s inflicted a seven-wicket defeat on Gomersal.

Skipper Dan Busfield (4-36) and Oliver Newton (3-14) helped their side dismiss Bankfoot for 114 after making 144 batting first. Even a battling 49 from Hamzah Iqbal couldn’t save Bankfoot.

Former Woodlands batsman Jack McGahan top scored with 38 for Ossett while skipper James Lee took 3-35 for Bankfoot.

Wakefield St Michael’s put their early-season batting woes behind them as they chased down a Gomersal total of 170 to win with just three wickets down.

Half-centuries from Ayaz Seedat (52) and skipper Mark Atkinson (50no) were backed up by Michael Forsyth (31).

The highlight of the Gomersal innings was a seventh-wicket stand of 102 between Liam Thomas (58) and Daniel Grant (48). They came together with their side in trouble at 58-6. Imran Mahboob impressed for St Michael’s with 5-24.

Championship Two
Yeadon have extended their lead in Championship Two to 16 points by taking advantage of Jer Lane’s unbeaten start to the season coming to a juddering halt

Yeadon bagged a maximum 20 points after beating Adwalton by 157 runs while Jer lane were left licking their wounds after being bowled out for 62 to lose by 51 runs to Bowling Old Lane.

Sarmad Hameed made a superb 111, an innings containing 20 fours, as Yeadon made 225-9 when they batted first. The pick of the Adwalton bowlers was Shoaib Rehman with 4-41.

Last season Gareth Lee was a star turn for Adwalton but on this occasion he proved to be their tormentor as he took 4-12 as they were bowled out for 68. Fellow spinner James Massheder took 4-10.

Jer Lane must have thought that a fourth win was on the cards when Ben Burkill (4-19) and Hazrat Shah (3-35) helped bowl out Old Lane for 113. Such a notion was quickly dispelled, when Arsalan Ijaz (5-24) and Arslan Mahmood (5-25) skittled them out for their lowest score of the season.

Jer Lane are one of three clubs tied on 71 points. The other two, Carlton and Hunslet Nelson, both posted comfortable wins.

Daniel White’s innings of 105, which contained five sixes and 13 fours, helped set Carlton on course for their 217-run win over Spen Victoria, but there was no doubting who sealed their success, opening bowler Jonathan Rudge with 8-24.

Thanks to Rudge, Carlton made short work of the Spen Victoria innings as they skittled them out for 64.

The Spen innings was a stark contrast to Carltons in which White shared a third-wicket stand of 151 with Daniel Ford (77) which helped their side to a post a score of 281. Kershaski Lewis chipped in with 59 too.

Glen Thompson’s haul of 5-15 helped Hunslet nelson bowl out Buttershaw St Paul’s for 93 to secure a 61-run win. Patrick Hinchliffe top scored with 52 in the Nelson total of 154. Left-ar, sp[inner Ben Platt took 5-33 for St Paul’s.

Sam Gardner continued his good form for Northowram Fields by taking 6-29 as he helped his side to register an 87-run win over Hopton Mills. The opening bowler was backed up by Joseph Hough (4-26) as Mills were all out for 102.

Dean Crossley (67) and Louis Cockburn (43) were the key contributors to the Northowram Fields score of 189. Michael Haley (4-34) and Umar Abbas (3-42) were the most successful Mills bowlers.

The league’s current Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer of the Year was in top form as Birstall defeated East Ardsley by five wickets to post their first win.

Josh Haynes took 7-35 with his left-arm spin as East Ardsley scored 201 batting first and hit 64 as he and fellow opener Eric Austin (87no) ensured Birstall reached their target. Peter Bowles (44) and Louie Hurley (35) top scored for East Ardsley.

An opening stand of 133 between Sam Huitema (72) and Danny Bridges (61) helped Altofts to overhaul a Liversedge total of 148-8 and inflict an eight-wicket defeat on them.

Conference

Great Preston’s Australian all-rounder Tyson Freeman produced another knockout performance as they defeated Windhill & Daisy Hill by 197 runs.

First, Freeman hit an unbeaten 84 and shared in a third-wicket stand of 113 with James Marston (66). Kieren Thurston’s (44) helped well the score to 247-3.

Freeman was even more deadly with the ball. He took 7-31 – including a hat-trick – as Windhill & Daisy Hill were knocked over for just 50.

The win cut the gap between second-placed Great Preston and leaders Sandal – who did not have a game – to 10 points.

An unbroken last-wicket stand of 37 between Will Story (27no) and Matthew Knight (10no) enabled East Leeds to snatch a one-wicket win over Brighouse who made 180 when they took first knock.

Skipper Tanvir Bashir (60) and Wajid Hussain (32) were the best of the Brighouse batsmen while James Watling (4-34) was the best East Leeds bowler.

Rodley and Crossbank Methodists both chalked up their first wins over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow and Oulton respectively.

Gary Sagar (3-41) and Lachlan Roache (3-11) helped bowl out Heckmondwike & Carlinghow for 133 before Rob Young (44) and Callum Postle (30) guided Rodley to a six-wicket success.

Imran Patel’s decisive spell of 6-12 enabled Crossbank to dismiss Oulton for 71 and seal a 51-run win. Lee Peters (44) helped Crossbank to make 122 despite Jack Andrews taking 5-46 for Oulton.