Woodlands increased their lead at the top of the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division to 19 points after a 65-run home win over Pudsey St Lawrence. By David Markham
For, while Woodlands gained maximum 20 points from their win, their nearest challengers Cleckheaton had to settle for two points less from their 58-run victory at Pudsey Congs.
Foundations for Woodlands’ total of 254-7 were laid in an imposing opening stand of 140 between Sam Frankland and Scott Richardson.
Frankland top scored with 80 while Richardson made 47 and there was good support lower down the order from Chris Brice (30) as Gareth Clough (3-40) and Steve Watts (3-50) each took three wickets.
Fit again opener Mark Robertshaw led St Lawrence’s challenge with 52, but there was insufficient support from his team-mates and they were bowled out for 189 with left arm spinner Chris Brice taking 4-64 and overseas paceman Sarfraz Ahmed 3-40.
Congs must have fancied their chances after bowling out Cleckheaton for 183 with overseas pace bowler Muhammad
Naved the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-47.
However, Cleckheaton, who were without their Yorkshire pace bowler Iain Wardlaw, hit back strongly to bowl out the defending champions for 125 with James Lee, recently released by Yorkshire taking 4-48, including the key wicket of Congs captain Andrew Bairstow for 34.
There was a high-scoring match at fourth placed Farsley where the home side chased down East Bierley’s total of 248-8 with ten balls to spare.
Opener Gharib Razak (54) and skipper Lee Goddard (47) were Bierley’s top scorers while Ryan Lumb took 4-55.
Farsley’s successful run chase was led by Joe Greaves with 62 and Lorenzo Ingram, who put his recent lean spell behind him with an unbeaten 57.
Manningham Mills ended their three match losing run with a seven wicket win at Bradford & Bingley.
James Davies guided Bingley to their total of 229-6 with 91 not out while acting captain Matthew Duce made 34 and opener Simon Davies 30.
Mills reached their target with three overs to spare with overseas all-rounder Imran Khalid leading the way with 62 not out while Gulsheraz Ahmed (49) and Farakh Hussain (43) gave good support.
This 18-point win leaves Mills still third from the bottom, but 35 points ahead of next to the bottom Baildon, who lost by three wickets at Hanging Heaton.
Baildon found some batting form, making 248-5 which featured 100 from Ahsan Butt, who hit two sixes and 14 fours while Johnny Reynolds made 48 not out.
However, Hanging Heaton rose to the challenge as they reached their target with 14 balls to spare thanks to James Stansfield 59, Rob McFarlane 44 and Mark Lawson 26.
Bottom club Gomersal are 52 points adrift of safety after their seven wicket home defeat against Undercliffe.
Greg Pickles top scored with 84 while Shabbir Rashid made 54 as Gomersal reached 229-9, Yorkshire pace bowler Moin Ashraf taking 6-52.
Undercliffe cruised to victory with 3.4 overs to spare thanks to a third wicket stand of 121 between skipper Ben Heritage (65 not out) and Ashley Metcalfe (68) before overseas player Nawaz Sardar (46 not out) joined his captain in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 69.
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