The Pudsey clubs – Congs and St Lawrence – are setting the pace in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division along with the two other unbeaten clubs Hanging Heaton and defending champions Woodlands.
St Lawrence gained dramatic 16-run win over Cleckheaton after taking the last six wickets for 19 runs. Skipper John Wood with 37 and Ammer Mahmood 31 appeared to have put Cleckheaton on course for victory at 147 for four in reply to St Lawrence’s 182 for eight, but spinners Chris Marsden with four for 32 and Steve Watts three for 20 sparked the collapse and they were bowled out for 166. Earlier, opener Adam Waite had held St Lawrence’s innings together with a fine knock of 78 while Yorkshire pace bowler Iain Wardlaw took five for 52.
Congs lead the table by one point from their neighbours after a thumping 150-run win against Saltaire with Eugene Burzler 54 and opener Nick Lindley 50 the top scorers in their total of 214 while Mansha Khan took five for 36. Slow left arm bowler Glenn Roberts followed up his seven wicket haul in the first match by taking three for 14 as Saltaire were bowled out for a mere 64.
Left arm spinner Chris Brice took six for 32 as Woodlands beat Lightcliffe by five wickets. Lightcliffe were bowled out for 161 with Alex Stead top scorer with 61. Scott Richardson (43) and Grant Soames (35 not out) then led the champions to victory as off spinner Josh Wheatley took three for 43.
Newly promoted Baildon went down by four runs in a high scoring match at Hanging Heaton. Former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows, who has joined Hanging Heaton from Central Yorkshire League champions Wrenthorpe, was top scorer with 69 while former Somerset all-rounder David Stiff struck five sixes in his unbeaten 61. Simon Davies, their new signing from Bradford & Bingley, with 47 and skipper, former Yorkshire leg spinner Mark Lawson 36 gave good support as Hanging Heaton reached 256 for six. Simon Bailey was the visitors’ most successful bowler with four for 60. Baildon made a big effort to overtake this formidable total led by Simon Webb (73), Jonny Reynolds (67) and Sohail Raz (53), but they finished just short of their target on 252 for eight with Stiff taking four for 85.
East Bierley’s new Pakistani left arm pace bowler produced a match winning performance, taking six for 54 in their 76-run win at Bradford & Bingley. Bierley, without opener Gavin Hamilton, who was delayed at Heathrow Airport after returning from an MCC tour of the Caymen Islands, made 210 for nine with Andrew Rennison (40) and Richard Atkins (33) their top scorers. Bingley were never in the hunt after losing early wickets and were bowled out for 134.
There was a close finish at Manningham Mills, where the home side beat Morley by one wicket in the final over despite a fine bowling performance from Nathan Bromby, who took six for 40. Overseas player Kashif Naveed was top scorer with 50 as Morley made 143 for eight. Mills lost early wickets, but recovered to edge home with four balls to spare.
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