Record breaker Richard Gould wrote himself into the JCT 600 Bradford League history books with a innings of 218 for Gomersal in a second division match against Great Horton.
It is the highest individual score in the league's 110-year history, breaking the previous record set by Azam Khan with 214 for Hartshead Moor against Keighley in 1998, which was equalled only a fortnight ago by Windhill’s overseas batsman Fakhar Hussain, also against Great Horton.
Gould, whose previous clubs include Farsley and East Bierley, becomes only the sixth player in league history to score a double-century.
His record-breaking innings came off 174 balls and included 16 sixes and 19 fours. Gould shared an opening stand of 198 with Andy Gorrod, who made 79 as Gomersal totalled a massive 374 for four before bowling out Horton to complete a 237-run win.
There were two surprise results in the Second Division. Leaders Farsley's nine-match winning run was brought to an end when visitors Undercliffe beat them by 53 runs. Captain Ben Heritage scored 99 not out as Undercliffe totalled 258 for seven before bowling out Farsley for 205.
Second-placed New Farnley lost their second match in a row after being surprisingly being bowled for 71 at Bankfoot. Nigel Hanson took six for 16 to lay the foundations for Bankfoot's eight-wicket win and Spen Victoria took advantage, leapfrogging into second place after beating Windhill by 44 runs.
Baildon moved off the bottom of the First Division and out of the relegation places with a 21-run home win over East Bierley. Baildon’s total of 178 for seven looked vulnerable, but they quickly made inroads into Bierley’s batting line-up, reducing the visitors to 11 for four. Richard Atkins staged a rescue act against his old club with 37 before the visitors collapsed to 98 for nine.
Neil Gill and Sam Toothill then defied the home team with a last wicket stand of 59 with Gill hitting four sixes and nine fours in his 82 before he became Tom Webb’s fifth victim as Bierley were dismissed for 157. Webb finished with five for 47 after left-arm spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (3-21) and skipper Craig Hitchenor (2-30) made the early breakthroughs.
Leaders Woodlands enjoyed a 63-run win at Hanging Heaton. All-rounder Grant Soames top scored with 65 in Woodlands’ total of 226 for nine before the reigning champions restricted the home side to 163 for nine with opening bowlers Sarfraz Ahmed taking four for 43 and skipper Pieter Swanepoel three for 61.
Cleckheaton and Pudsey St Lawrence stayed in joint second place after gaining maximum 20 points from their matches. Opener Tim Jackson scored 120 in Cleckheaton's 197-run home win over Bradford & Bingley. Jackson, who struck five sixes and 12 fours, shared a second wicket stand of 136 with Ammar Mahmood (60) before Richard Whitehurst hit five sixes in his 44 as the home side reached 292 for four.
Bingley lost their first five wickets for 28 before Ryan Cooper (42) and acting skipper Chris Thompson (30) added 59 for the sixth wicket, but Bingley then lost their last five wickets for a mere eight runs as they were dismissed for 95.
St Lawrence posted what proved to be an unassailable 308 for five at home to Saltaire after recovering from losing two early wickets. Opener Adam Waite (93) and James Smith (84) led the recovery with a third-wicket stand of 160, wicket-keeper Matthew Duce made 56 and Chris Marsden smashed 50 off only 21 balls. Saltaire struggled in the face of this formidable total and were bowled out for 125 with quick bowler Craig Wiseman taking six for 45.
Zarak Khan’s 106 was the highlight of fourth placed Manningham Mills’ 73-run home win over Pudsey Congs. Zarak shared a third wicket stand of 170 with opener Adal Islam (77) as Mills totalled 276, Richie Lamb and Eugene Burzler each taking four wickets.
Opening bowlers Zeeshan Qasim (5-57) and Wasim Qasim (3-44) reduced Congs to 85 for six before an unbeaten 66 from Mubtada Akhtar helped the visitors to reach 203 – and four batting points.
Morley slipped to the bottom of the table after an eight-wicket home defeat against Lightcliffe. Warwickshire’s former Yorkshire pace bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby (3-21) and overseas player Suleman Khan (3-42) each took three wickets as Morley were bowled out for 136. Oliver Robinson (64) and Chris Taylor (44) shared an unbroken stand of 106 as Lightcliffe cruised to their target.
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