All-Round Brice Puts Woodland On Top
Chris Brice produced a superb all-round performance to propel Woodlands to the top of the JCT600 Bradford League First Division.
Brice made a half-century to rescue his side from a parlous 44 for five and then took six for 16 with his slow left arm bowling as Woodlands inflicted a first defeat of the season on Farsley, taking over from them at the top of the table.
Brice, who made 50, was assisted in his rescue act by skipper Pieter Swanepoel with 31 not out and together they helped Woodlands to reach 143 for eight after Farsley’s overseas player Graham Hume blew away the home team’s top order with five for 14.
Woodlands' own overseas player, Sarfraz Ahmed made the early inroads, taking four for 19 before Brice took over to shoot out Farsley for a paltry 73.
The results leaves Woodlands with a four-point lead over last season’s champions, Cleckheaton, who climbed above Farsley after taking maximum 20 points from their 152-run win over second from bottom East Bierley.
Overseas player Tanzeel Afzal top scored with 74 as Cleckheaton made 249 for six before bowling out Bierley for a mere 97. Spinner Andrew Deegan with five for 36 and pace bowler James Lee with three for 30 did the damage.
Yeadon won their first match of the season, beating fellow promoted team New Farnley by 40 runs. Wicket-keeper Jake Wray repaid the captain’s faith in him after he was promoted to open the innings, top scoring with 74 as he and Tariq Mehoob (50) helped Yeadon to reach 227.
New Farnley were then bowled out for 187 with Muhammad Saeed taking four for 37 and Oliver Halliday three for 38. Nick Walker, who had earlier taken four for 45, was New Farnley’s top scorer with 63.
Yeadon’s win leaves Pudsey Congs at the bottom of the table. Congs are still without a win after their home match against local rivals Pudsey St Lawrence was curtailed by rain, Congs taking six bonus points and St Lawrence nine.
The match was evenly poised when the rain caused play to be abandoned, Congs needing 102 to beat their Pudsey neighbours with 17 overs and six wickets left. Opener Adam Waite top scored with 68 as St Lawrence made 216 for six. Congs opener Bilal Akram led his team’s challenge with 51 not out and they had reached 115 for four when the rain came.
Morley snatched a dramatic six-run win at home to Bradford & Bingley in a low scoring match. Teenager James McNichol played a patient innings of 56 as Morley limped to 135 for six.
Bingley also struggled in reply, but David Clow (40) and Patrick Dixon (23) put them on course to win the game with a sixth-wicket stand of 56. However, Dixon was run out for 24 with 20 still needed and Bingley lost their last four wickets for seven runs with pace bowler Nathan Bromby taking three wickets in four balls as the visitors were bowled out for 129.
Hanging Heaton gained an eight-wicket home win over Lightcliffe, bowling out the visitors for 86 with off-spinner David Paynter taking five for 24 and Dan Busfield three for 32.
Skipper Gary Fellows then led his side to victory with an unbeaten 58.
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