David Markham rounds up the latest club cricket action in Yorkshire with the Solly Central Yorkshire League, the ECB Yorkshire League and the JCT 600 Bradford League.
Solly Central Yorkshire League
Reigning champions Wrenthorpe increased their lead to six points in the Solly Central Yorkshire League Premier Division with a five wicket win at Birstall.
Joe Ellis took 4-61 and Tom Glover 3-23 as Birstall made 163-8. Then former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows led Wrenthorpe to victory with a top score of 76.
New Farnley’s title hopes suffered a setback when they went down by one wicket with one ball to spare in a high scoring thriller at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.
David McCallum with 58 and Ryan Sharrocks 46 put on 86 for the eighth wicket as Farnley recovered from 76-6 to reach 229. McCallum completed a fine all-round performance by taking 6-56, but his efforts were not enough to prevent Cavaliers scraping home by the narrowest of margins thanks to Nick Connolly with 64 and Marcus Walmsley 43 not out.
Townville went down to a 73-run defeat at Hunslet Nelson. Chasing Hunslet’s total of 168-9, Townville were bowled out for 95 with Daniel Cross taking 3-12, Derrick Hammil 3-20 and Michael Lambert 3-32.
Wakefield Thornes climbed off the bottom of the table following a six wicket win against Carlton. Carlton were bowled out for a modest 129, but their plight would have been worse but for a ninth wicket stand of 62 between Neil Roberts (35 not out) and Daniel Wilbor (18). Their total was never enough to challenge Thornes, who were led to victory by Nadeera Nawela with 64 not out.
ECB Yorkshire League
Rain frustrated second placed Rotherham’s attempt to end Harrogate’s unbeaten record in the ECB Yorkshire League.
Harrogate had lost two wickets for four runs, both of them to Archie Ogden, in reply to Rotherham’s 195-6 when more rain caused the match to be abandoned with only four overs of the second innings having been bowled.
Rotherham declared their weather interrupted innings in the 38th over after skipper James Moorehouse and Gurman Randhawa had shared an opening stand of 125. Moorehouse hit six fours and two sixes in his 70 while Randhawa scored 58. Nathan Smith (35) and Jordan Lowe (25) then put on 55 for the fourth wicket to give Rotherham a competitive total to defend.
Barnsley drew level with Rotherham after an eight wicket win at Castleford. Dominic Sharp (56) and Andrew Bourke (50) both scored half centuries as Castleford were restricted to 158-9 in their 55 overs as Graeme While took 4-38. Jonathan Trower and Simon Widdup gave Barnsley a great start with an opening stand of 75. Widdup was out for 47 while Trower went to make an undefeated 88, including five fours and one six as Barnsley won comfortably.
Scarborough beat Driffield by eight wickets at North Marine Road. Captain Andy Simpson scored an unbeaten 82 and Mark Tennant 35 not out to enable the home team to overtake Driffield’s all out score of 147. Earlier. seam bowler Jack Holt had taken six for 60 for Scarborough. Pakistan A batsman Aamir Sajjad was Driffield’s top scorer with 82.
York crushed Sheffield United by 142 runs Duncan Snell (59), Tom Pringle (55 not out) and Steve Crossley (52 not out) all scored half centuries as York totalled 267-5. Paul Cummins led United’s challenge with 64 not out, but they fell short of their target as leg spinner Pringle took 6-25 and Dan Wood 3-36.
Cleethorpes beat bottom club Hull by nine wickets, Andy Ellis taking 3-14 and leg spinner Alex Osmond 3-16 as Hull were bowled out for a mere 71. Indy Hayre then hit 36 not out, including five fours and one six as Cleethorpes cruised to victory.
Doncaster’s home match with Yorkshire Academy was abandoned with the Academy on 82-5 in reply to 120.
JCT 600 Bradford League
Slow left arm bowler Glenn Roberts took a hat-trick as Pudsey Congs climbed out of the relegation area with a 34-run home win over fellow JCT 600 Bradford League First Division strugglers Saltaire as the weather relented to allow a full programme of Bradford League matches.
Saltaire were going well at 56-1 in reply to Congs’ 156 all out when Roberts struck.
He had top scorer Farhan Khan (30), who had shared a second wicket stand of 53 with Tabbi Bhatti caught by Basil Akram. Bhatti fell next ball to a diving catch by wicket keeper Barbar Butt before Nawaz Sardar was trapped lbw to complete the hat-trick.
Saltaire struggled to recover from these blows as they were bowled out for 122 with Roberts returning 3-17 in 15 overs while Richard Lamb took 3-23.
Earlier, skipper Andrew Bairstow (51) and Nick Lindley (34) had rescued Congs against a superb display by Nawaz Sardar, who took 6-15.
Bottom club Undercliffe’s 48-run win at another struggling club, Farsley means that Saltaire are bottom of the table, but only four points cover the bottom four clubs as the battle to avoid relegation intensifies with Congs on 92, Farsley 90, Undercliffe 88 and Saltaire 87.
Mubtada Akhtar (43 not out), Matthew Bottomley (39) and former Farsley captain Ashley Metcalfe (34) were top scorers as Undercliffe made 220-6.
Haroon Rashid scored 64, but lacked support as Farsley were bowled out for 172 with pace bowler Imran Khan (3-26) and leg spinner Tom Hudson (3-41) helping Undercliffe move off the bottom.
At the other end of the table, defending champions Woodlands extended their lead to 38 points after taking as maximum 20 points from their 46-run win at Hanging Heaton.
Woodlands totalled 229 with Scott Richardson (50) and Sam Frankland (35) sharing an opening stand before overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed slammed seven sixes in a 23-ball 51 not out.
Former Yorkshire leg spinner Mark Lawson (57) and Imran Dawood (30) led Hanging Heaton’s challenge, but they were bowled out for 183 with Woodlands captain Pieter Swanepoel taking 3-44.
East Bierley moved into second place - two points head of Pudsey St Lawrence - after beating Bradford & Bingley away by five wicets. Left arm soinner Luke Jarvis took 5-34 as Bingley slumped to 129 all out. Openers, former Scotland captain and Yorkshire all-rounder Gavin Hamilton with 53 and opening partner Kez Ahmed set Bierley on course for a comfortable victory although they lost some late wickets as they neared their modest target.
Pudsey St Lawrence slipped to third behind East Bierley after a 90-run defeat at in-form Cleckheaton.
Richard Whitehurst (45), Ammar Mahmood (32) and James Lee (30) were top scorers as Cleckheaton made 177 with off spinners Chris Marsden (4-35) and Steve Watts (3-30) sharing seven wickets. The visitors were then shot out for 87 with former Yorkshire pace bowler Lee taking 3-29.
Lightcliffe gained revenge for their Priestley Cup defeat by beating Manningham Mills by 77 runs.
Yorkshire second team batsman Alex Lees made 39, Chris Taylor 35 and Alex Stead 32 to help Lightcliffe reach 202-6 before spinners Suleman Khan and Chris Greenwood got to work. Overseas player Khan took 5-26 and Greenwood 3-36 as Mills were bowled out for 125.
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