Saltaire’s overseas player Israr Ullah produced an extraordinary performance in the JCT600 Bradford League Second Division, taking nine wickets for a mere eight runs to help his side beat Hartshead Moor by 85 runs.
Ullah took the last nine wickets as Hartshead collapsed from 38 for one to 54 all out in reply to second-placed Saltaire’s total of 239 for nine. Ullah also impressed with the bat, top scoring with 67.
Another overseas player in impressive form was Undercliffe’s Nawaz Sardar, who scored 136, his third century of the season as the leaders beat Bowling Old Lane by 114 runs. Sardar hit five sixes and 13 fours and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 192 with Liam Bentley, who made an unbeaten 77 in Undercliffe’s total of 281 for four. Old Lane replied with 167 for five.
Defending champions Cleckheaton are the new leaders of the First Division. They beat Farsley by 150 runs while leaders Woodlands went down to their first defeat of the season at home to Pudsey St Lawrence in a tense match.
Slow left-arm bowler Chris Brice took five for 44 as Woodlands bowled out St Lawrence for 141, but the Pudsey side hit back to dismiss Woodlands for 131, taking the final wicket in the last over, off-spinner Steve Watts taking four for 29.
Cleckheaton have lead of 11 points over Woodlands with St Lawrence a further four points adrift after their 10-run win.
Foundations for Cleckheaton’s impressive victory were laid in a first-wicket stand of 192 between Andy Gorrod and Tim Jackson. Gorrod hit three sixes and 16 fours in his 124 - his first century for his new club - while Jackson hit two sixes and 10 fours, just missing out on his century after being dismissed for 92.
Cleckheaton totalled a formidable 273 for nine before they dismissed Farsley for 123. Former Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers made 63 not out, but received little supper as spinners Tanzeel Altaf took five for 44 and Andrew Deegan three for 34.
It was also a notable day for one-time champions Pudsey Congs, who recorded their first win of the season, collecting maximum 20 points from 88-run home win over Bradford & Bingley.
Joe Greaves was top scorer with 64 while Nick Lindley made 43 and Gareth Phillips 34 as Congs reached 268 for seven before dismissing Bingley for 180 with overseas bowler James Pearson taking six for 53.
Ryan Cooper top scored with 44 for Bingley while Jacob Roach made 39 and skipper Phil Slater 34, but it wasn’t enough to challenge Congs' total.
Despite their win, Congs are still bottom of the table, one point behind Yeadon, who recovered from 23 for five to beat Morley away from home by four wickets. After restricting Morley to 129 for eight, After those early scares, Tariq Mehboob led Yeadon to victory with an unbeaten 70.
East Bierley gained a six-wicket win at Hanging Heaton after bowling the home side out for a 116, of which David Stiff made 40. Kez Ahmed was Bierley’s most successful bowler with three for 10 before skipper Gavin Hamilton with 49 and Mark Gill 30 guided them to their modest target.
New Farnley beat Lightcliffe at home by five wickets after dismissing the visitors for 109, spinner David McCallum (4-23) and pace bowler Nick Walker (4-29) each taking four wickets.
Walker then completed a fine all-round performance by scoring an unbeaten 43 while Rishi Limbechaya made 42 as New Farnley cruised to victory.
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