Bradford And Bingley Extend Their Early Lead
Bradford & Bingley extended their lead at the top of the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division table to 12 points after a three wicket win at Manningham Mills as Farsley and Hanging Heaton both lost.
Pace bowler James Davies produced the division’s best bowling performance by taking 6-36 as Mills were dismissed for 128.
Farakh Hussain top scored with 50 while Iqbal Khan made 35 not out, but received little support from their team-mates.
Sri Lankan opener Naweed Ghany gave Bingley a flying start, hitting 11 fours before he was run out for 49 out of 72-3, but Mills battled hard and the visitors lost four more wickets in pursuit of their modest target before they recorded their fourth win in a row.
Farsley moved into second place despite their defeat at East Bierley while Hanging Heaton are in third place, a further three points adrift after going down by three wickets in a low scoring game at Baildon.
Last season’s Second Division champions were bowled out for 97 as Richard Atkins with 5-29 and Craig Hitchenor 3-36 exploited some helpful conditions. Only James Stansfield showed any resistance contributing more than half his team’s total with 53 not out. Baildon also struggled in reply before winning their second match of the campaign.
Undercliffe moved off the bottom of the table after winning their first match of the season by beating Gomersal by 31 runs.
Yorkshire batsman Callum Geldart led the way with 78 as they posted a testing 250-7 and received good support from Matthew Bottomley (43), Nawaz Sardar (37) and Ashley Metcalfe (34) as off spinner Adam Greenwood took five wickets.
Shabbir Rashid led Gomersal’s challenge with 97 supported by teenage opener Andrew Gorrod 55 and Greg Pickles 31, but they fell short on 219.
Woodlands, who lost their first two matches won their third match in a row with a comfortable eight wicket success at Pudsey St Lawrence. Pieter Swanepoel with 4-40 and slow left armer Chris Brice 3-55 did the damage as St Lawrence were bowled out for 193 with only skipper James Smith showing much resistance as he dominated the innings with 91.
That total presented few problems for Woodlands. Scott Richardson struck 12 fours in his 55 during an opening stand of 84 with Sam Frankland (38) before Brice with 50 and Simon Mason 38 sealed their victory with an unbroken third wicket stand of 97 with 17.3 overs to spare.
Cleckheaton slipped to the bottom of the table after a 44-run home defeat against Pudsey Congs. Their hopes must have been high at the interval after James Lee with 4-25 and Ian Wardlaw 3-47 had bowled out Congs for a modest 135, but new Scottish bowler Richie Lamb took 5-38 as Cleckheaton were bowled out for a mere 91.
Skipper Andrew Bairstow with 37 not out and Gareth Phillips 33 were Congs’ leading scorers.
The most thrilling match was at East Bierley, where Farsley's West Indian all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram continued his extraordinary start to the season by scoring 151 not out, taking his aggregate to 520 for only once out, but still finished on the losing side.
The highlight of his innings was smashing 32 four sixes and two fours - off the final over bowled by Kez Ahmed as Farsley totalled an impressive 266 for eight.
However, it wasn't enough to beat Bierley, for whom Andrew Rennison scored a superb 102 not out, making the winning runs and bringing up his own century with a six off the final over of the innings to complete a four wicket victory.
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