JCT 600 Bradford League First Division leaders Woodlands returned to winning ways at home to Hanging Heaton as opener Scott Richardson scored his second century in the last three matches. By David Markham
Defending champions Pudsey Congs had ended Woodlands’ nine match winning run the week before, but the leaders quickly recovered to thrash Hanging Heaton by 137 runs.
Richardson struck three sixes and nine fours in his 107 to help Woodlands post the day’s top score – a formidable 293-4 – and shared an opening stand of 119 with Sam Frankland (89). Richardson then added 83 for the second wicket with Simon Mason (53) before overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed put then match beyond the visitors by smashing 52 off 27 balls.
Hanging Heaton never offered a serious challenged and they were bowled out for 156 with skipper Pieter Swanepoel and Richard Spittlehouse each taking 3-34, Mark Inwood contributing a third of the total with 56.
Woodlands hold a 14 point lead over second placed Cleckheaton, who continued their winning form by beating bottom club Gomersal by 57 runs.
Positive batting by skipper John Wood and James Lee enabled Cleckheaton to make a challenging score of 264-6. Wood, again opening the innings, hit two sixes and 11 fours in his 93 while Lee struck 52 not out from 32 balls, including three sixes and four fours.
Gomersal slumped to 81-6 before Danny Lloyd with 41 and 16-year-old Jack Seddon, who included five sixes and seven fours in his 63 lifted the total to 207-8 and four batting points. The defeat leaves Gomersal 42 points adrift of safety.
Another side in relegation trouble are next to the bottom Baildon, who went down by nine wickets at third placed Farsley.
The 2009 champions were bowled out for 211 with Ahsan Butt top scoring with 50, but this total proved to be no problem for Farsley for whom 20-year-old Joe Greaves scored his second century of the season – 104 not out - as he shared an unbroken second wicket stand of 174 with captain Ian Philliskirk (71 not out).
Pudsey Congs won their third match in a row, beating Bradford & Bingley by 41 runs at Wagon Lane. After being put into bat by Bingley on a pitch that offered help to the bowlers, Congs managed to reach 200-8 thanks to top scorer Mark Gill, who held the early part of the innings together with 75 before skipper Andrew Bairstow guided them to what proved to a winning score with an invaluable unbeaten 45. Scott Etherington took 4-54.
Bingley made a bad start, losing their first four wickets for 44 and, although overseas player Naveed Ghany (35) and Chris Thompson (23) gave them hope with a fifth wicket stand of 54, once they were out they lost wickets at regular intervals and were dismissed for 159. Overseas bowler Mohammad Naved took 4-27 while off spinner Ed Walmsley and Eugene Burzler each took two wickets.
Pudsey St Lawrence ran East Bierley close before going down by six runs. Gavin Hamilton (78) and Gharib Razak (70) shared an opening stand of 140 as Bierley totalled 232-8. The home side were facing a heavy defeat after sliding to 139-8 with 7.2 overs left before No 8 batsman Iain Priestley dramatically revived their hopes in partnership with Andrew Parratt. Priestley hit 95 with six sixes and 11 fours and Andrew Parratt 24 to leave St Lawrence needing 22 to win from the final over, but they managed only 15.
There was another close finish at Manningham Mills where visitors Undercliffe won by nine runs. Overseas player Nawaz Sardar top scored with 60 while Ammer Mirza and Luke Holroyd both made 40 in Undercliffe’s total of 204-8.
Mills were in trouble at 67-5, but they were rescued by Gulsheraz Ahmed (80) and Zeeshan Qasim (33) before being bowled out for 195 with 13 balls left. Yorkshire pace bowler Moin Ashraf took 4-61 while Sardar completed a fine all-round performance with 3-22 in 14.5 overs.
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