Farsley took over at the top of the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division after leaders Bradford & Bingley crashed to a crushing 180-run defeat at Hanging Heaton. David Markham reports.
Their 42-run win over defending champions Pudsey Congs gives them a two point lead at the top, but so closely packed is the division that only 32 points separate all 12 teams.
Rob McFarlane took 6-27 as Bingley were shot out in 22.1 overs for a mere 67 in reply to Hanging Heaton’s 247-7. Only two batsmen, Chris Thompson (20) and David Clow (17) made double figures.
Earlier, James Stansfield had top scored with 89 while Nick Bresnan, brother of England and Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan made 51 and opener McFarlane underlined his all-round abilities with 47.
Farlsey took advantage of Bingley’s woes by taking 20 points from their win over Congs. Jamaican all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram took his tally of league runs to 713 with an innings of 68 as Farsley totalled 237 with opener Steve Simpson top scoring with 84. Muhammad Naved (4-43) and Eugene Burzler (4-65) each took four wickets for Congs.
Andrew Duckworth (3-29) and Ingram (3-43) then took three wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 195 with Josh Atkinson making 52.
Woodlands moved into third place, one point behind Bingley after their 37-run home win over Cleckheaton. Opener Scott Richardson held the early part of the Woodlands’ innings together with 74 before overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed took the game away from Cleckheaton with a swashbuckling 80 that included seven sixes. Woodlands closed on 270-8 before bowling out Cleckheaton for 233. Opener Mark Cummins top scored with 52 while Sarfraz completed a fine all-round performance by taking 3-41 in 15 overs.
Undercliffe are fourth after beating Pudsey St Lawrence by three wickets. It was St Lawrence fourth successive defeat.
Chris Marsden (53) and Dave Hester (52) scored half centuries while David Stiff made 43 as St Lawrence totalled 224-8, spinner Thomas Hudson taking 4-65 and Nawaz Sardar 3-61, but Undercliffe won with 2.4 overs to spare following a well-timed run chase.
Opener Ammer Mirza gave them a great start with 73 and they were finally guided home by former Yorkshire batsman Ashley Metcalfe with 49 not out and current Yorkshire bowler Moin Ashraf.
Baildon remain bottom despite beating Gomersal by 94 runs, but a mere seven points separate the bottom six clubs. Ahsan Butt with 77 and Simon Webb were top scorers as Baildon totalled 190-9 before skipper, paceman Craig Hitchenor led them to victory with 6-15 in 15 accurate overs as Gomersal were bowled out for 96.
A superb all-round performance by overseas player Imran Khalid inspired Manningham Mills to a 19-run win at East Bierley and lifted them out of the bottom two.
Khlaid hit a six and 16 fours in his 103 as he rescued Mils from 87-8 to reach 194 and received invaluable help from their last two batsmen Zeeshan Qasim and Tuseif Arshad. Khalid and Qasim (27) added 47 for the ninth wicket before Arshad joined Khalid in a last wicket stand of 60.
Skipper Lee Goddard (53) and Thomas Owens (45) gave Bierley hope, but both were dismissed by Khalid who finished with 4-61 as the home side were restricted to 175-9.
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