Close season signing Simon Mason scored a spectacular first JCT 600 Bradford League century as Woodlands became the new leaders of the First Division. David Markham reports.
Mason, who joined Woodlands from Yorkshire League club York, hit an unbeaten 163 from 123 balls, including nine sixes and 20 fours as they crushed Gomersal by 182 runs to record their seventh win in a row – a result that sent the visitors to the bottom of the table.
Opener Scott Richardson gave good support with 66 as Woodlands amassed a formidable 315-5 before left arm spinner Chris Brice completed their victory by taking 6-26 as Gomersal were bowled out for 133.
Woodlands made a bad start to the season, losing their first two matches, but their form since then underlines their championship credentials and they are ten points clear at the top after previous leaders Farsley went down to a 63-run home defeat against Manningham Mills.
Mills set Farsley a stiff challenge by making 284-6 as overseas player Imran Khalid followed up his century in the previous week’s win over East Bierley by top scoring with 89 while Masood Ahmed made 69.
Jamaican all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram led Farsley’s challenge with 62 to take his season’s tally to 775, but lacked support as the home side were dismissed for 221.
Third placed Bradford & Bingley suffered their second defeat in a row as they lost at Pudsey St Lawrence by four wickets.
Bingley lost their last eight wickets for 51 runs with off spinner Steve Watts taking 6-48 after a second wicket stand of 140 between Naweed Ghany (79) and Scott Etherington (60) had given them a strong foundation.
Openers Mark Robertshaw (36) and Adam Waite (32) gave St Lawrence a good start before David Stiff completed their victory with pugnacious innings of 62 that included five sixes and four fours.
Hanging Heaton opener Mark Lawson scored 140 to help Hanging Heaton move into fourth place by beating Undercliffe by 27 runs in a high scoring match that produced 555 runs.
The former Yorkshire leg spinner, who hit three sixes and 21 fours, shared a second wicket stand of 155 with Joe Fraser, who scored 57 while James Stansfield chipped in with 47 not out to enable Hanging Heaton to make an impressive 291-4.
Undercliffe made a bold challenge led by second team batsman Zarak Khan, who made 85 while skipper Ben Heritage scored 57, but they were bowled out for 264 as Hanging Heaton captain John Carruthers took 5-72.
Yorkshire pace bowler James Lee took 5-49 as Cleckheaton beat East Bierley away by 56 runs. Opener Mark Cummins played a characteristically solid innings of 73 as Cleckheaton totalled 199-7, just missing out on a fourth batting point before bowling out Bierley for 143. of which opener Gharib Razak made 52.
There was a tense finish at Baildon, where defending champions Pudsey Congs scraped home by one wicket following an unbroken last wicket stand of 38 between Alex Hewitt (21 not out) and overseas pace bowler Muhammed Naved (18 not out).
Until then, Baildon had looked set for victory as left arm spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took three for 24 in 15 overs to support the work of pace bowlers Craig Hitchenor (3-50) and Richard Atkins (3-51).
Earlier Baildon had failed to build an opening stand of 92 between Johnny Reynolds (54) and Simon Webb (32). Following this fine start, they collapsed to 156 all out with off spinner Ed Walmsley taking five for 33 while Naved took three for 30. The only consolation for Baildon was that the six bonus points they gained was enough to lift them off the bottom of the table.
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