Woodlands increased their lead at the top of the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division to 22 points with a 94-run win over one time leaders Bradford & Bingley. By David Markham.
Opener Scott Richardson batted through the innings for 105, including four sixes and 12 fours as Woodlands recovered from 114 for seven to reach 191 for eight and was given good support by overseas player Safraz Ahmed (33), who helped him put on 70 for the eighth wicket.
Bingley never looked challenging that total and were bowled out for 97 as they slid to their fourth defeat in a row.
Skipper Andrew Bairstow led Pudsey Congs to a thrilling five wicket win at Hanging Heaton in a match the defending champions looked likely to lose.
Congs, who lost their three wickets for five runs, were facing defeat when a fourth wicket went down at 38 as they chased Hanging Heaton’s total of 225.
However, Bairstow began the revival in a fifth wicket stand of 104 with Andy Siddall (51) before leading his side to victory with three overs to spare in an unbroken partnership of 85 with Barbar Butt. Bairstow struck two sixes and nine fours in his undefeated 93 while Butt made 33 not out.
Earlier, Hanging Heaton, who slipped from second to fifth as a result of this defeat, made a brisk start thanks to opener Mark Lawson’s 78, which included three sixes and eight fours and he received good support from Nick Bresnan (43) and Joe Fraser (31) as spinners Glenn Roberts (5-74) and Ed Walmsley (3-44) shared eight wickets.
Farsley moved back into second place 22 points behind leaders Woodlands after beating bottom club Gomersal by 81 runs.
Skipper Ian Philliskirk promoted himself to open the innings and scored 96 as Farsley made the day’s top score of 239-6 and was supported by the prolific Lorenzo Ingram (44) and Craig Thornton (38no).
Gomersal were bowled out for 158 to leave them 27 points adrift of safety. Greg Pickles top scored with 49, but received little support as Philliskirk (3-30), Ryan Lumb (3-51) and Chris Henry (3-53) each took three wickets.
All-rounder Gareth Clough produced an outstanding bowling performance as Pudsey St Lawrence moved into third place after a 97-run home win against Manningham Mills.
Teenage opener Adam Waite (57) and David Stiff (50) both made half centuries for St Lawrence while Clough scored 44 in St Lawrence’s total of 176. Clough then took 7-11 as Mills were shot out for a mere 79.
Cleckheaton’s great form continued with a 21-run run win over next to the bottom Baildon. A little over a month ago they were bottom. Now they are in fourth place, only one point behind St Lawrence.
They owed much to opener Mark Cummins, who batted throughout their innings, making an unbeaten 69 off 152 balls as they struggled to 153-6 in conditions favouring the bowlers. Cummins received good support from Tim Jackson (40) as they shared what proved to be an important second wicket stand of 73.
Yorkshire second team pace bowler James Lee then took 5-51 as Baildon were dismissed for 132. Baildon’s overseas player, Sri Lankan Dehiwalage Perera, whose arrival has been delayed by administrative problems, top scored with 34 on his debut while Johnny Reynolds made 32 as the visitors were bowled out for 132.
East Bierley beat Undercliffe at home by 51 runs in a match reduced to 40 overs following a delayed start. Gavin Hamilton (56) and Gharib Razak (32) shared an opening stand of 92, but after that Bierley lost wickets regularly and settled on 177-8.
Overseas pace bowler Muhammad Azhar Ullah, who earlier made 33, then took 5-22 as Undercliffe were bowled out for 126 with Zarak Khan top scoring with 42.
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