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Wrens in surprise swoop to beat leaders Woodlands

Wrens in surprise swoop to beat leaders Woodlands

Wrenthorpe pulled off the biggest shock of the Premier Division season as they defeated leaders Woodlands by 16 runs to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.

Their win came on a day which saw their fellow strugglers Undercliffe defeat rock-bottom Methley by three wickets and second-bottom Lightcliffe tie their game with New Farnley.

It means that Undercliffe now have 145 points, Wrenthorpe 141, Lightcliffe 128 and Methley 96 with six games left.

But if the day was good for three of the teams fighting for survival it certainly wasn’t for the top trio. Second-placed Bradford & Bingley went down by two wickets to Cleckheaton in a high-scoring encounter while Pudsey St Lawrence lost their derby clash with Farsley by 38 run, so neither side was able to cash in on Woodlands’ surprise defeat.

Woodlands have 220 points and lead Bradford & Bingley by 18 as well as having a game in hand. Pudsey St Lawrence are a further 24 points back.

The undoubted hero of Wrenthorpe’s win was their overseas player Khalil Khan. After top scoring with 55 in his side’s total of 160-9, Khan produced an economical 15 over spell of spin bowling that yielded just 19 runs and prevented the Woodlands batsmen from cutting loose.

Opener Sam Frankland (43) was their top scorer as they were bowled out for 144 to lose for only the second time this season.

Undercliffe opener Simon Lambert hit an unbeaten 106 to steer his side to victory at Methley. The left hander hit two sixes and 16 fours and held the innings together after a fiery opening burst from Methley skipper Jarred Warner saw him take 3-9.

Methley’s score of 174-7 was built around a knock of 63 from Jordan Laban and an unbroken eight-wicket stand of 75 between Sohail Raz (47no) and Sudara Udagedara (20no). Zeeshan Qasim (4-35) bowled well for Undercliffe.

There was a nail-biting finish at Lightcliffe where the home side needed 14 from the final over to overhaul a New Farnley score of 189-8 with two wickets in hand.

Despite the brave efforts of Rob Burton (35no) they finished on 189-9, but they did have the consolation of picking up 12 priceless points for their efforts.

Once again, the Lightcliffe innings was dominated by the efforts of overseas player Suleman Khan (48) which provided the launchpad for Burton’s late assault.

Alex Lilley (3-47) was the pick of the New Farnley bowlers having earlier top scored with 37 not out in his side’s innings. Off spinner Josh Wheatley (4-69) had the most success for Lightcliffe.

In-form Cleckheaton dealt a body blow to Bradford & Bingley’s hopes of a first league title since 1998 as they chased down a score of 261-5 to win by two wickets.

Yorkshire batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore blasted 79 runs off 44 balls to get Cleckheaton’s reply off to a flying start and he was backed up by Nick Lindley (73) and skipper Mally Nicholson (44) as they reached their target with 10 balls to spare

The efforts of left-arm spinner Bradley Reeve (4-44) proved to be in vain on a day when young batsmen Dan Revis (58) and Kyme Tahirkeli (54), with assistance from Mohammad Afridi (43) and Ed Brown (38no) had helped Bradford & Bingley to a challenging total.

Farsley’s overseas player Pat Kruger top scored with 63 and took 5-32 as they defeated Pudsey St Lawrence at Tofts Road.

Kruger and opener Mark Harrison (38) showed good application as they helped the Red Laners to make 188-7.

St Lawrence’s young batsmen Harry Cullingford (38) and Archie Scott (36) gave their side brief hope, but Farsley were in no mood to be denied the local bragging rights.

Townville warmed up for Sunday’s Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup final against Shepley with a confidence-boosting 64-run win over Hanging Heaton.

Even half-centuries from Joe Fraser (55) and David Stiff (54) couldn’t save Hanging Heaton from a fifth defeat in their last six league games.

Townville were powered to a total of 257-8 by Conor Harvey (60) and skipper Jack Hughes (39). Stiff was the best of the Hanging Heaton bowlers with 3-68.,

Despite the efforts of Fraser and Stiff, plus 34 from Tom Chippendale, Hanging Heaton were all out for 193, with Harry Clewett (3-34) and Jack Hughes (3-41) taking the bowling honours.

Championship One

Bottom-team Scholes recorded only their second win of the season as they defeated East Bierley by two wickets to keep alive their hopes of avoiding a second-successive relegation.

Teenage Spinner Jade Roberts was the start turn with 5-43 as East Bierley were bowled out for 130, Gulsheraz Ahmed top scoring with 33.

Scholes were made to fight hard for their victory as Umar Farooq (3-20) and Rizwan Ali (3-31) produced tight spells, but Sikander Mahmood’s knock of 31 helped them edge home.

Leaders Batley continued their winning run with a 75-run win over Pudsey Congs. Their in-form bowlers Muhammad Shahnawaz (5-32) and Tariq Hussain (3-13) wrapped up the victory by bowling out Congs for 77.

Overseas player Sami Ullah had earlier demonstrated his value to the Batley side with an unbeaten 67 which, along with 36 from opener Roheil Hussain, helped them post a score of 152.

They were the two batsmen to counter the threat of Yasir Ali (6-34) and young spinner Sam Wasniewski (3-53).

Batley now have an 18-point lead because their two closest challengers, Bankfoot and Morley, both lost close encounters.

Bankfoot went down by two runs to improving Hartshead Moor, while Morley went down by one wicket against Gomersal.

Overseas player Ali Shan made the game’s decisive contribution with the bat. He made 70 and was easily the game’s top scorer as he helped his side to 145 in the face of good bowling from spinner Andrew Stothart (5-49) and Jawad Waheed (4-27).

The value of Shan’s runs became clear when Bankfoot were pegged back by Josh Tingle (5-51) and Mohammad Khan (3-21) as they were bowled out for 143.

Morley’s decision to bat first was something they soon came to regret when they were bowled out for just 105. Only Oliver Halliday (48) posed a threat as Richard Wear (4-16) and Chris Rhodes (3-19) got to work.

It looked as if Morley had got themselves off the hook when they reduced Gomersal to 87-9, but Rhodes (16no) dominated a last-wicket stand of 20 with Chris Greenwood to see his side home.

Baildon climbed above Pudsey Congs in to fourth place after a 14-run win over relegation-threatened Wakefield St Michael’s.

Skipper Jonny Reynolds (93no), opener Will Grace (61) and Blair Oakley (40) enabled Baildon to secure maximum batting points with a total of 228-4.

St Michael’s made a spirited reply with Cavan Connolly (59) and Ollie Lightfoot (39) showing the sort of effort that could still get their side out of trouble. Aussie Oakley (5-48) was the pick of the Baildon bowlers.

St Michael’s will have their sights on Keighley and East Bierley who are just 19 and 20 points ahead of them respectively.

Keighley’s slide down the table continued with a six-wicket defeat at Ossett. Half-centuries from opener Oliver Newton (67) and an unbeaten 55 from Jack McGahan were backed up by important contributions from Joe Finnigan (36no) and Chris Hosley (35) as Keighley’s total of 215 was overhauled.

Nathan Storton’s knock of 63 was the highlight of a Keighley innings in which Ossett skipper Dan Busfield picked up 4-46.

Championship Two

Birstall boosted their promotion challenge with a four-wicket win over fellow contenders Yeadon in a rehearsal for the Jack Hampshire Cup final on August 18.

Yeadon’s batsmen were kept in check by some tight Birstall bowling after opting to bat first. Openers Gareth Lee (38) and Rob Smith (28) shared a stand of 56 in 27 overs, but once they were parted the innings subsided.

The last nine wickets fell for 25 runs as Yeadon were dismissed for just 109. James Russell (3-40), Josh Haynes (3-27) and Ryan Gray (3-8) did the damage.

Birstall eased to victory in 22 overs with opener Ian Carradice making their top score of 38.

The result leaves Birstall in second place, 24 points behind leaders Carlton and 21 ahead of Yeadon with six games to play.

Carlton’s overseas player Kershaski John Lewis was the headline act once again as they defeated fourth-placed Buttershaw St Paul’s by nine wickets.

John Lewis produced his season’s best bowling figures of 7-24 as St Paul’s were skittled out for 88 and hit an unbeaten 59 to steer his side to their target.

Bowling Old Lane continued their climb away from the danger zone and added to Liversedge’s relegation woes as they inflicted a 183-run defeat on them.

Paceman Zeeshan Haider (6-25) and Adam Zahid (4-27) ripped through the Liversedge batting to dismiss them for just 55 when they replied to the Old Lane total of 238.

The experienced Ahsan Butt provided the key contribution to the Old Lane total with a knock of 75. Mohammed Lorgat with 3-16 was the most-successful Liversedge bowler.

Altofts and Hopton Mills recorded important wins in their respective bids to pull clear of relegation. Altofts defeated bottom team Adwalton by 97 runs while Hopton Mills had an emphatic nine-wicket victory over East Ardsley.

An opening stand of 126 between Azhar Sharif (74) and Liam Webb (56) was built on by Jordan Carter (54no) as Altofts compiled a total of 242-7.

Despite a hard-hit 80 off just 55 balls from Umar Shakir in which 76 of his runs came in boundaries – six sixes and 10 fours – Adwalton were bowled out for 145 with Ismail Patel taking 5-17.

Ashley Mackereth blasted four sixes and 10 fours while making 79 to guide Hopton Mills past East Ardsley’s score of 130 with just one wicket down. Andy Grey (5-24) had earlier set up the win as the East Ardsley batsmen found the going tough.

Mohammed Maroof took 5-40 for Spen Victoria but could not save his side from a 48-run defeat at Hunslet Nelson.

Patrick Hinchliffe (46) helped Hunslet Nelson to 160 and that proved to be a winning total as Will Stiff (4-18) helped bowl out the visitors for 112.

Jer Lane’s overseas fast bowler Hazrat Shah showed his batting prowess in their 79-run win over Northowram Fields.

Coming in at number nine, Shah smashed 90 from just 50 balls and peppered the boundary with seven sixes and nine fours.

He dominated a last-wicket stand of 76 with Matthew Johnson which swelled the Jer Lane total to 291. Shah’s knock built on the earlier good work of Abubakar Dawood (64). Josh Bennett-Kear was the pick of the Northowram Fields bowlers with 5-67.

Jacob Slater (47) and skipper Dru Patel (39no) top scored for Northowram Field as they were bowled out for 212 with Amjid Khan taking 5-65.


Leaders Sandal pocketed a maximum 20 points after cruising to a nine-wicket win over Rodley.

Sam Noden (4-30) before Lee Geldard (5-12) sparked a collapse which saw Rodley lose their last six wickets for four runs as they were bowled out for 64.

An unbroken second-wicket stand of 50 between Danny Riley (29no) and Matthew Westwood (20no) ensured that Sandal wrapped up victory with the minimum of fuss.

Windhill & Daisy Hill bowled out Crossbank Methodists for 81 on their way to a three-wicket win. Gaurav Patel (4-25) and Tabassum Bhatti (3-5) exploited the favourable bowling conditions to set up their side’s victory.

Imran Patel (4-27) gave Windhill & Daisy Hill a few anxious moments before they reached their target with seven wickets down.

Rain prevented what looked like being a close finish to the match between Gildersome & Farnley Hill and East Leeds.

James Watling was unbeaten on as East Leeds finished on 182-6 from 42.3 overs. Any hope of chasing down the Gildersome & Farnley Hill total of 227-9 was literally washed away.

The Gildersome & Farnley Hill innings featured half-centuries from Adam Campion (66) and Stefan James (52). Watling was the best of the East Leeds bowlers with 4-61, figures which Martin Morley (4-27) bettered in the reply.





Top picture: Farsley all-rounder Pat Kruger
Picture Two: Gildersome & Farnley Hill batsman Adam Campion
Picture Three: East Leeds all-rounder James Watling
Pictures: Ray Spencer


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