Woodlands End Losing Run, Cleckheaton Stay Ahead
Woodlands ended their three match losing run with a seven wicket home win over Saltaire, but remain in second place after JCT 600 Bradford League First Division leaders Cleckheaton beat bottom club Baildon.
Left arm pace bowler Sarfraz Ahmed ripped through the Saltaire batting line-up, taking six for 26 as the visitors, lacking influential overseas player Khuram Shahzad, were bowled out for 127. Fifteen-year-old spinner Ben Twohig backed up Sarfraz, taking three for 30.
Woodlands reached their target without too much trouble, Sam Frankland making 39, Scott Richardson 38 and Simon Mason 32.
Cleckheaton extended their lead to 13 points after taking 18 points from from their two wicket home win over Baildon. Opening stand of 184 between Gharib Razak (97) and Vaibhav Naik (83) laid the foundations for Baildon total of 259-6. Overseas all-rounder Ammar Mahmood then guided Cleckheaton home with 128 not out, the home team timing their run chase to perfection as Mahmood hit the winning runs off the third ball of the final over.
Saltaire dropped into the bottom two after Morley’s revival gathered pace with their third win in a row, picking up maximum 20 points with a 99-run against Hanging Heaton.
David Paynter was the day’s top scorer, making 166 with four sixes and 22 fours, his second century in a row as he led Morley to 257-9, David Stiff taking 6-61.
Hanging Heaton’s innings crumbled once Gary Fellows (33) and Joe Fraser (31) were out. Off spinner David Nebard took five for 45 against his old club while fellow spinner, overseas player Kashif Naveed took four for 41. The win moved Morley up to fourth from the bottom, 15 points above the relegation positions.
Bradford & Bingley slipped to third from the bottom, five points above the relegation places, following their eight wicket home defeat against Lightcliffe – their third defeat in a row.
After being bowled out for less than 100 in their previous two matches, Bingley made 222 for seven thanks to Ryan Cooper, who hit seven sixes and six fours in his unbeaten 102, leading a recovery in a sixth wicket stand of 70 with Chris Thompson (39) after they were struggling at 68 for five.
Lightcliffe paced their reply to perfection, reaching their target with eight balls to spare with Alex Stead making 100 against his old club and skipper Chris Taylor 98 not out in a match winning stand of 183.
Pudsey St Lawrence posted the day’s top score, making 280 for five to set up a 123-run win at Manningham Mills.
Skipper Mark Robertshaw top scored with 98 as he shared a third wicket stand of 134 with James Smith (66). Mills were bowled out for 157 with Jordan Moore taking five for 44 and Craig Wiseman three for 33. Top scorer Zarak Khan was the only Mills batsman to offer much resistance with 64.
Pudsey Congs beat East Bierley at home in a low scoring game. They bowled out Bierley for 133 with Eugene Burzler taking four for 35 and Richie Lamb three for 51 while Andrew Rennison did his best to hold Bierley’s innings together, but received little support.
Congs also found batting difficult particularly against the spinners. Slow left arm bowler Luke Jarvis took five for 51 in 15 overs while off spinner, skipper Kez Ahmed was even more accurate with two for 36 in his 15 overs, but Callum Geldart led them to their two wicket win with 59 with 8.5 overs to spare.
Farsley strengthened their place at the top of the Second Division after beating Bankfoot by 76 runs to extend their lead to 33 points as their nearest challengers lost. Second placed Spen Victoria slipped to a four wicket defeat at Hartshead Moor while third placed New Farnley lost by the same margin at Yeadon.
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