Suleman Ton Downs Lightcliffe
Overseas player Suleman Khan made a superb 124 not out as Lightcliffe inflicted a first defeat of the season on Pudsey St Lawrence in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division.
Khan struck six sixes and 15 fours, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 132 with skipper Jonathan Wilson (47) as Lightcliffe overcame St Lawrence’s challenging 251 for six with 11 balls to spare to record their second win of the season.
The highlight of St Lawrence’s innings was a century from opening batsman Mark Robertshaw whose 122 included two sixes and 16 fours as he shared a third-wicket stand of 143 with skipper James Smith (71).
St Lawrence dropped to third place in Division One as a result of this defeat behind two unbeaten sides, leaders Farsley and second-placed Woodlands.
Farsley beat bottom club Yeadon, but only after a struggle as the 16-run margin of victory indicates. Mark Harrison top scored with 50 as Farsley were bowled out for 151 and then took four for 26 with his spinners as Yeadon were dismissed for 135, of which New Zealander Elliott Herd made 54 to go with his three wickets in the Farsley innings.
Farsley lead the table with 73 points, six ahead of Woodlands, who beat Pudsey Congs by eight wickets. Congs, who are without a win, made 175 for nine with slow left-arm bowler Chris Brice taking four for 37 and Pieter Swanepoel three for 52.
Opener Scott Richardson then top scored with 56 while new signing Logan Weston made 48 not out and Simon Mason 40 as Woodlands won comfortably.
Elsewhere, Bradford & Bingley gained a five-wicket home win over East Bierley, bowling out the visitors for 177 with spinners Noman Ali (3-38) and Harry Smallwood (3-45) each taking three wickets before cruising to their target with 13.3 overs to spare thanks to Ryan Cooper (85 not out) and David Clow (57).
Defending champions Cleckheaton beat newly promoted New Farnley. Solid contributions by James Lee (44 not out), brothers Ian (43) and Michael Nicholson (39) and Richard Whitehurst (31) enabled Cleckheaton to reach 201 for seven before bowling out New Farnley for 170 with Scott Richardson (44), Nick Walker (40) and Lee Goddard (31) their top scorers.
Half-centuries from former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows (59) and Ben Elvidge (52) helped Hanging Heaton to beat Morley by 38 runs.
In Division Two, Hartshead Moor’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end when Undercliffe beat them by 127 runs to move level with Keighley at the top of the table.
Undercliffe had two century makers, opener Hamid Khan and overseas player Nawaz Sardar, who both scored 114, to help their side reach an imposing 281 for four. Zeeshan Qasim then took five for 18 as Hartshead were bowled out for 154.
New captain Freddie Pearson top scored with 61 in Keighley’s 31-run win over Spen Victoria. Keighley made 173 before bowling out Spen for 142, new Australian player Andrew King taking five for 54.
Undercliffe and Keighley lead the table with 77 points, 20 points ahead of Baildon, who moved into third place after beating Idle by 26 runs. Spinners Mushtaq Ahmed, with four for 28, and skipper Simon Bailey (3-28) did the damage as Baildon bowled out Idle for 146.
There were centuries for two overseas players in Brighouse’s 86-run win over bottom club Windhill. Fakhar Hussain made 119 against his old club in Brighouse’s 269 for nine before Windhill’s new overseas batsman Salman Ali replied with 126. Unfortunately, he received little support from his team-mates as they were bowled out for 183.
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