Metcalfe Reaches Milestone In Farsley Win

Metcalfe Reaches Milestone In Farsley Win
Metcalfe Reaches Milestone In Farsley Win
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Former Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire batsman Ashley Metcalfe reached an important landmark in his long career when he became only the second player in the history of the JCT 600 Bradford League to score 16,000 runs.

Metcalfe, who has been playing in the league for 30 years, scored the three runs he needed in an innings of 13 to pass that coveted landmark while playing in a Second Division match for leaders Farsley against Gomersal.

Farsley totalled 220 for seven thanks to all-rounder Mark Harrison, who scored 108 not out, including two sixes and 16 fours. Richard Gould, who set a new league record of 218 the week before, top scored with 44 in Gomersal’s reply, but they were restricted to 183 for nine with Harrison completing a fine all-round performance by taking four wickets as Farsley won by 37 runs.

Six-hitting Sarfraz Ahmed came to Woodlands' rescue as the defending champions maintained their 24-point lead at the top of the First Division after beating one of their nearest rivals Pudsey St Lawrence by 87 runs.

Woodlands were struggling at 127 for seven when Sarfraz arrived, but - not for the first time - he quickly transformed their precarious position by striking six sixes and one four in an undefeated 44 as he added 77 with his skipper Pieter Swanepoel to enable them to reach 205 for nine.

It proved to be a winning score as the normally free-scoring St Lawrence were bowled out for 117 with Swanepoel taking three for 30.

St Lawrence, who began the day in joint second place, dropped to fifth as a result of this defeat to leave Cleckheaton as Woodlands nearest challengers following their 47-run win at next to the bottom Saltaire.

Consistent batting from Ian Nicholson (66), John Wood (41) and Mally Nicholson (38) enabled Cleckheaton to score 207 for seven. Then pace bowlers, skipper Wood (3-17) and James Lee (3-61) each took three wickets a Saltaire were bowled out for 160 with Mohammed Munir (36 not out) their top scorer.

Manningham Mills are third, 11 points behind Cleckheaton after an 80-run win at Lightcliffe. Skipper Adam Patel top scored with 102 not out, striking two sixes and 11 fours as Mills posted the day’s highest score of 264 for five. Patel built on a good start given them by openers Adal Islam (41) and Farhan Khan (40) while overseas player Ali Noman added a useful 35.

Opener Charlie Roebuck hit two sixes and 12 fours in his 82, but only Suleman Khan (33) gave him much support as Lightcliffe were bowled out for 184 with Zeeshan Qasim taking (4-44) and Ali (3-48).

Left-arm spinner Glenn Roberts was the match-winner as fourth placed Pudsey Congs beat bottom club Morley at home by 22 runs and draw level on points with neighbours St Lawrence.

Morley must have had hopes of winning after bowling out Congs for 150 with spinners Kashif Naveed (5-50) and David Paynter (3-34) making the decisive contributions. Babrar Butt (38), Roberts (37 not out) and Andrew Bairstow (31) were Congs' top scorers.

Morley made a sound start with openers Matthew Baxter and James McNichol putting on 42 for the first wicket, but wickets fell steadily after that and they were bowled out for 128 with Roberts taking six for 32.

Hanging Heaton gained a 57-run win at East Bierley with skipper Mark Lawson making an invaluable 69 as the visitors recovered from 58 for four to reach 214 with Yassir Abbas taking five for 35.

Former Somerset bowler David Stiff then took five for 42 as Bierley were bowled out for 157, only Andrew Rennison (42) and Tabbi Bhatti (40) providing much resistance.

Baildon lost by 50 runs at Bradford & Bingley. The home side recovered from 50 for four to reach 219 for nine with Alex Atkinson top scorer with 74 while Chris Thompson made 45. Baildon were bowled out for 169 with Scott Etherington taking four wickets. Overseas player Sohail Raz was top scorer with 40.

David Markham

© Cricket World 2013

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