Reigning Champions Woodlands Outplay Challengers

Reigning Champions Woodlands Outplay Challengers
Reigning Champions Woodlands Outplay Challengers
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Reigning champions Woodlands outplayed fellow pacesetters Pudsey St Lawrence, beating them by 149 runs in a top of the table clash in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division.

Woodlands posted the day's top score - 269-7 - after opener Scott Richardson (95) and Simon Mason (84) put on 163 for the second wicket. Mason's innings contained nine sixes, five of them in one over from off spinner Steve Watts.

St Lawrence never seriously threatened to match Woodlands' formidable total and were bowled out for 120 23wiuth left arm spinner Chris Brice taking 5-31. The result means that Woodlands have won their first three matches and hold a ten point lead at the top of the table over Manninghham Mills.

Mills also continued their great start to the season with a nine-wicket victory over Saltaire at Roberts Park. Iqbal Khan took 4-25 and Zeeshan Qasim 3-15 as Mills dismissed Saltaire for a paltry 83, of which Adam Patel scored an unbeaten 48. They and Woodlands are the only First Division teams to have won their first three matches.

At the other end of the table, it is a surprise to see last season’s runners-up Farsley and the 2010 champions Pudsey Congs adrift at the bottom after losing their first three matches.

Farsley are bottom with a mere eight points after a 79-run defeat at Hanging Heaton. Skipper John Carruthers took 4-34 and former Yorkshire, Kent and Somerset pace bowler David Stiff 3-42 as Farsley were bowled out for 128 in reply to Hanging

Heaton’s total of 207-8. Former Yorkshire wicket keeper Ismail Dawood (41), Nick Bresnan (36 not out), Joe Fraser (35) and Imran Dawood (31) were the main contributors for the home side.

Congs are only one point better off after losing at home to Bradford & Bingley by 26 runs. Opener Simon Davies top scored with 81 while new signing, Cumberland batsman Alex Atkinson made 44 as Bingley gained maximum batting points with 227-7.

The home side made a fine start with Gareth Phillips (55) and Nick Lindley (54) sharing an opening stand of 109, but, when they were out, they could not maintain the required rate as wickets fell and they finished on 201-7.

Cleckheaton, who have also lost their first three matches, suffered a tense one-wicket defeat at home to Undercliffe. Opener Tim Jackson top scored with 51 while Ian Nicholson made 38 as Cleckheaton totalled 212-8 with overseas pace bowler Imran Khan and left arm spinner Shaaiq Choudhrey each taking three wickets. Choudhrey then made 54 before Yassir Abbas with an unbeaten 58, including four sixes, led Undercliffe to victory with two balls to spare.

Skipper Lee Goddard scored 70 and Gavin Hamilton 56 in East Bierley’s 94-run win at Lightcliffe. They enabled Bierley to reach 202-8 and Kez Ahmed then took 6-31 as Lightcliffe were bowled out for 108.

In Division Two, leaders Gomersal have begun well in their bid to win promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.

They maintained their unbeaten start with a six-wicket win over Morley. Left arm spinner Chris Rhodes took 6-43 as Morley made 181-8. Skipper Adam Greenwood with 64 and Greg Pickles 71 then led them to victory.

Gomersal are six points in front of Yeadon, the other team who have won all three matches. Yeadon beat bottom club Idle by nine wickets after bowling them out for a mere 63.

David Markham

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