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Updated: Woodlands return to top spot

Updated: Woodlands return to top spot

Just 24 hours after suffering a shock three-wicket defeat at Wrenthorpe, Woodlands bounced back with a 10-wicket win over Bradford & Bingley which took them back to the top of the table.

Openers Sam Frankland (73no) and Tim Jackson (35no) enabled them to cruise past Bradford & Bingley's score of 113-9 in a match reduced to 31 overs per side after a delayed start.

Gareth Phillips (36) was the top scorer for Bradford & Bingley as the accurate Woodlands attack kept the run rate in check. Left-arm spinner Chris Brice emerged with the best figures of 3-24.

Having scored119 not in the defeat by Wrenthorpe, Frankland finished the weekend with 192 runs without being dismissed.

The 19 points Woodlands earned from the game took them to 258, two ahead of New Farnley and seven more than Townville. New Farnley have played one game more than each of their rivals. 

On Saturday, Wrenthorpe pulled off the biggest upset of the season by defeating Woodlands on a dramatic afternoon in the Premier Division.

They triumphed by three wickets and with Townville going down by seven runs at Methley and leaders New Farnley having their game at Pudsey St Lawrence washed out without a ball being bowled, it was not a happy day for the title contenders.

After being bowled out for 82 by New Farnley and 67 by Townville in their previous two games, Wrenthorpe must have feared the worst when they slumped to 49-4 chasing a revised Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 219 in 40 overs.

Woodlands speared in control, but a fifth wicket stand of 154 between overseas player Khalil Khan (80) and Mohammad Suleman (92) turned the game on its head.

But there was still time for another twist with both batsmen falling lbw to Chris Brice (4-71) reverse sweeping and Mustafa Rafique getting run out without facing a ball, before Wrenthorpe eased home with seven balls to spare.

Although the match was initially a 47 overs per side contest, Woodlands chose to declare after reaching 230-1 in 44 overs to give themselves more time to push for the win.

Frankland was at his stylish best as he struck two sixes and 12 fours while making 119. He shared in an opening stand of 110 with Jackson (44) and added an undefeated 120 for the second wicket with Brad Schmulian (56no).

Little Church Lane is proving a tough place for the top teams to visit. Earlier this season Methley inflicted a first defeat on New Farnley and now they have toppled Townville as well.

Jordan Laban was the top scorer for Methley with 43 Picture: Ray Spencer

Harry Warwick hits out for Townville during his knock of 59 Picture: Ray Spencer

Set a DLS target of 179 from 34 overs, Townville came up short as they were restricted to 171-7. Veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (4-67) prospered as wickets were lost in pursuit of quick runs. Harry Warwick (59) and Jack Hughes (40no) fought hard, but their efforts were not enough to prevent Methley from securing victory.

Methley made 202-9 in 45 overs With Jordan Laban (43), Tom Chippendale (42) and Jason Marshall (41) leading the way as Hughes (4-40) and Conor Harvey (4-71) again took the bowling honours.

Batley lifted themselves off the bottom of the table after beating Morley by 11 runs at Scatcherd Lane.

Their new overseas player Zafar Gohar, who has played Test and one-day international cricket for Pakistan, took his tally of wickets in three games for the club to 16 as he picked up 6-33 to spark a dramatic Morley collapse.

Set a DLS target of 113 in 29 overs, Morley looked to be heading for victory when openers James McNichol (54) and Jack Rowett (33) put on 80, but eight wickets fell for 17 runs, and they finished on 101-8.

Batley had made 99-6 in 29 overs in their rain interrupted innings. Opener Abdul Wahid (47no) batted patiently while Nathan Bromby (4-44) was the pick of the bowlers for Morley who are now propping up the table.

James Byrne (6-62) produced another vital contribution for Hanging Heaton as they defeated Cleckheaton by 10 wickets.

 After bowling out the Moorend side for 111, rain led to Hanging Heaton being set a DLS target of 81 and 24 overs which openers Nick Connolly (43no) and Gary Fellows (31no) knocked off.

Just eight overs were bowled at Red Lane before play was abandoned with the home side on 41-1 against Bradford & Bingley.

Division One

Ossett moved 37 points clear at the top of Division One after winning their rearranged game with Birstall by seven wickets.

The victory was set up by Marcus Walmsley (6-24) as Birstall were dismissed for 76 when they batted first. Skipper Nick Kaye top scored with 34.

Rain led to Ossett being set a DLS target of 75 in 42 overs which they achieved thanks to an unbeaten 43 from Sri Lankan Rishin Patabedgige.

Ossett now have 238 points with Bankfoot on 201 and rapidly improving Carlton on 193 who made it eight wins in a row as they defeated Baildon by 118 runs in the only Division One game to be completed.

Jonathan Rudge continued his fine form with the ball by taking 5-44 as he and Farrouk Alam (3-7) did much of the work as Baildon were dismissed for 82 when replying to Carlton’s 200-9.

Rudge also added 33 useful runs with the bat in an innings which saw opener Steve Cooper (44) top score against a bowling attack in which skipper Dwayne Heke (4-49) and Simon Bailey (4-60) were the best performers.

Baildon climbed to fifth on Sunday when they defeated Gomersal by 38 runs in their rearranged fixture with Haris Hussain taking 7-39.

Hussain helped his side to dismiss Gomersal for 158 as they replied to the Jenny Laners score of 196-7. Heke (63), Simon McDermott (41) and Bailey (30) were their top scorers.

Undercliffe opener Ollie Hardaker took his tally of runs to 511 in his last five innings with 97 against Keighley. Billy Whitford (64) joined him in an opening stand of 149 before skipper Scott Etherington chipped in with 36 in a total of 237-3 declared. Keighley were 21-0 when rain brought play to an end.

Birstall openers Josh Haynes (35) and Eric Austin (34) helped their side to 156-5 in 36 overs at Gomersal before play was abandoned.

The relegation clash between Hartshead Moor and Lightcliffe saw only six overs of play with the home side reaching 37-0 at Highmoor Lane.

Leaders Ossett saw only nine overs of action at Pudsey Congs during which they reached 32-0. Second place Bankfoot saw their home game with East Bierley abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Division Two

Jer Lane, Hopton Mills and Northowram Fields all recorded victories but Sandal and Buttershaw St Paul’s suffered defeats which leave them with ground to make up in the crowded promotion race.

Big-hitting Farakh Hussain smashed an unbeaten 64 as Jer Lane hurtled to a nine-wicket victory over bottom team Spen Victoria. They passed their opponents’ score of 90-7 in just 11.1 overs.

Amjid Khan was again the pick of their bowlers with 3-32 while Qasim Akbar (33) top scored for Spen Victoria.

Jer Lane now have 210 points and are 23 ahead of Hopton Mills who chased down a revised target of 171 from 29 overs to defeat relegation-threatened Scholes by four wickets. Openers Chris Scott (44) and Ashley Mackereth (43) played key roles in the run chase.

Scholes were bowled out for 233 in 36.5 overs before rain interrupted play and reduced the length of the Hopton Mills innings. Saif Tahir (62) top scored for Scholes while Aqash Aurangzeb (45) and Wasim Khaliq (39) also made important contributions. Andy Grey (3-50) and Umar Abbas (3-65) were the best of the Mills bowlers.

Joe Hough (4-44) led the way as Northowram Fields bowled out Hunslet Nelson for 118 to set up a six-wicket win. Skipper Will Stiff (35) provided the only real resistance.

Farhan Hussain (33no) and skipper John Lister (30no) were at the wicket when Northowram Fields sealed another important win.

Buttershaw St Paul’s had a day to forget as they were bowled out for just 64 in their eight-wicket defeat at Wakefield St Michael’s. Syed Bukhari took 4-20 and Cavan Connolly (3-18) took the bowling honours during an innings which saw nine of the wickets fall to catches.

Yeadon skipper Gareth lee played a key role in his side’s five-wicket win at Sandal. He took 4-19 as the home side were dismissed for 157 and made an unbeaten 52 in his side’s successful reply. Gulsheraz Ahmed (37) and young Simeon Pickering (31) also made useful contributions to the successful run chase. Matthew Westwood top scored with 41 for Sandal.

The match between Bowling Old Lane and East Ardsley was unable to go ahead after a medical emergency involving one of the players prior to the start.

Division Three

Leaders Crossflatts had their lead cut to 10 points as they suffered only their second defeat of the season at the hands of East Leeds.

Zahid Tarvis took 6-20 as Crossflatts were bowled out for 93 to lose by 41 runs. Kirti Tandel top scored with 42 not out in the East Leeds total of 134. Wasim Hussain (4-38) was the pick of the Crossflatts bowlers while Joe Greenwood (45) was their only batsman to get going.

Second-place Great Preston bounced back from last Sunday’s defeat at Altofts with a seven-wicket win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. Skipper Oli Baron hit an unbeaten 65 as they eased past the Gildersome & Farnley Hill score of 127.

Baron had earlier taken 3-7 to support the efforts of Lee Russell (3-23) and Oliver Newton (3-35) in bowling out Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Muhammad Shah produced a fine all-round performance to help Crossbank Methodists to a 21-run win over Altofts. He top scored with 92 as Crossbank Methodists scored 227-9 and followed up with 5-78 as he and Arshad Jan (5-62) bowled out Altofts for 206.

Christian Duncan (58) gave Shah good support in the Crossbank Methodists innings as young Joshua Hen-Boisen (5-52) posed the main threat. Oliver (69) and Australian Hayden Bagoly (50) made half centuries for Altofts.

In the only other game to get completed, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow defeated Adwalton by four runs. Usman Qureshi (40) and Kanhu Pattnayak (36no) helped Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to a total of 149-7 in 28 overs.

Umar Bashir took 4-36 and scored 41 as Adwalton replied with 145-7. Pattnayak was the best of the Adwalton bowlers with 3-43.

Promotion chasers Brighouse had reduced Liversedge to 25-4 when rain brought an early end to their game while Rodley were 25-0 against Windhill & Daisy Hill when the weather intervened.


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