Wednesday 7 May 2014 

Farsley, Pudsey St Lawrence Protect Records

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Farsley, Pudsey St Lawrence Protect Records
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Neighbours Farsley and Pudsey St Lawrence are the only unbeaten teams in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division.

Farsley, who won the Second Division title last season, are three points clear at the top after beating Morley at home by 36 runs while St Lawrence beat reigning champions Cleckheaton by four wickets.

Farsley were in early trouble after losing their first three wickets for 12 runs, but Andrew Duckworth (63) and South African Graham Hume (58) led their recovery with a fifth-wicket stand of 97 to enable them to reach 168 for six in their 50 overs.

Morley struggled in reply and were bowled out for 132 with Chris Henry taking three for 16 and Ian Philliskirk three for 24.

Foundations for St Lawrence’s win over Cleckheaton were laid by spinners Tom Hudson and Steve Watts. Leg-spinner Hudson took four wickets for nine runs while off spinner Watts captured three for 24 as Cleckheaton lost their nine wickets for 58 runs as they were bowled out for 130.

St Lawrence also lost cheap wickets and, at one time they were 21 for three, but wicket-keeper Matthew Duce led them to victory with an unbeaten 56. Cleckheaton skipper John Wood had made the early inroads, taking three for 21, but it was all in vain.

Woodlands are third, three points behind St Lawrence, after beating an under strength Lightcliffe team by nine wickets  Left arm spinner Chris Brice (4-23) and pace man Scott Richardson (4-28) did the damage as the visitors were bowled out for 83.

Big-hitting Pakistani pace bowler Sarfraz Ahmed, promoted to open the innings, hit five sixes as he made 33 off 13 balls as Woodlands sped to victory in 14 overs.

At the other end of the table there were first wins for Hanging Heaton and East Bierley.

Joe Fraser (66) and Ben Elvidge (58) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 119 before David Stiff hammered 54 off 25 balls as Hanging Heaton made the top score of the day - 235 for eight. Oliver Halliday then took five for 61 as the newly promoted home team were dismissed for 122.

Bierley beat Pudsey Congs by five wickets. Skipper Gareth Phillips with 52 and Callum Geldart (43) were Congs' top scorers as they made 195 while slow left-armer Luke Jarvis was Bierley’s most successful bowler, taking four for 47.

Opener Tabbi Bhatti then guided Bierley to victory with an unbeaten 68, supported by fellow opener Mark Gill (39), Andrew Rennison (33) and Danny Shuffe (29).

Bradford & Bingley won their second match in a row, beating promoted New Farnley away by 79 runs. Bingley were in trouble at 93 for seven before they were rescued by an eighth wicket stand of 68 by Jacob Roach (38) and Harry Smallwood (25), which enabled them to reach 180 for nine.

Pakistani left-arm spinner Noman Ali then took four wickers for six runs and Chris Thompson four for 39 as Farnley were bowled out for 101

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