Brice Stars As Woodland Extend Their Lead

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Brice Stars As Woodland Extend Their Lead
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Chris Brice produced a fine all-round performance as defending champions Woodlands extended their lead in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division on the day bottom club Saltaire gained a surprise win at Hanging Heaton.

Opener Sam Frankland (55) and Simon Mason (52) scored half centuries while Brice made 40 not out in Woodlands’ 213-7.
Overseas all-rounder Kashif Naveed (43), James McNichol (39) and Matthew Baxter (31) kept Morley in the hunt and they were well placed at 165-5, but lost their last five wickets for a mere 15 runs as Woodlands completed their 33-run win with Brice taking five for 62 and taking his 500th Bradford League wicket in the process while overseas pace bowler Sarfraz Ahmed claimed three for 29.

This 19 point win takes Woodlands’ tally to 130 points – 25 ahead of both Cleckheaton, who suffered a 21-run home defeat against Lightcliffe and Pudsey St Lawrence, who thrashed Bradford & Bingley by ten wickets at Tofts Road while Pudsey Congs, who won at Baildon, are three points further back.

Oliver Robinson top scored with 90 in Lightcliffe’s total of 211 for nine well supported by Alex Stead (41) and David Hester (37). Tim Jackson (41) and Mally Nicholson (39 were top scorers as Cleckheaton were all out for 190 with left-arm spinner Suleman Khan took three for 33.

St Lawrence bowled out Bingley for 142 with off spinner Steve Watts their most successful bowler with four for 29 in 12.5 overs. Skipper Mark Robertshaw (73) and Adam Waite (58) then led St Lawrence to victory with 15.5 overs to spare.

Slow left arm bowler Glenn Roberts produced an outstanding performance as Congs beat Baildon by seven wickets at Jenny Lane, taking five for 22 in 13 overs as Baildon were dismissed for 154, of which with opener Kasir Maroof top scored with 51.

Openers Nick Lindley (64 not out) and skipper Gareth Phillips (46) set Congs on their way with an opening stand of 71 and they completed their win with 12.5 overs left after an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 55 between Lindley and Andrew Bairstow (22). The result leaves last season’s Second Division champions 11 points adrift at the bottom.

Fifth placed Manningham Mills’ challenge faltered in a high scoring home match against East Bierley, who lost both their matches over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Adam Patel top scored with 89 as Mills posted a challenging 253 for eight, but Bierley were equal to the task, sealing their eight-wicket win with seven overs to spare. Mark Gill (90 not out) and Gavin Hamilton (82) set them on their way with an opening stand of 132 and, after Tabbi Bhatti was dismissed cheaply, Gill and Andrew Rennison (58 not out) put their seal on their outstanding win with an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 91.

The day’s outstanding result was Saltaire’s six-wicket win at Hanging Heaton, which owed much to an all-round contribution from Khuram Shahzad. The overseas player took four for 41 following economical spells from opening bowlers Turseif Arshad and Awais Ejaz as Hanging Heaton were restricted to 180 for nine, of which James Stansfield top scored with 70.

The visitors made a bad start, losing their first two wickets for 25, but recovered to win with 13.4 overs to spare with Shahzad making an unbeaten 82. The result lifts Saltaire 13 points clear of the bottom and two points above the relegation places.

In Division Two, leaders Farsley maintained their unbeaten record by beating Idle by nine wickets, but there was a surprise defeat for second placed New Farnley at Brighouse by eight runs, the league’s new boys finishing on 172 for nine in reply to Brighouse’s 180.

David Markham

© Cricket World 2013

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