First teams review August 11 2012

Division One

Lightcliffe opened up the title race as they became the first side to defeat leaders Woodlands this season.

Lightcliffe triumphed by 51 runs and are now up to third place in the table – 38 points behind the defending champions with six matches to go.

Quick Table
Woodlands (1)
East Bierley (3)
Lightcliffe (P)
Cleckheaton (4)
Pudsey St Lawrence (8)
Manningham Mills (10)
Bradford & Bingley (7)
Hanging Heaton (9)
Saltaire (P)
Pudsey Congs (5)
Farsley (2)
Undercliffe (6)

Half-centuries from Chris Taylor (63) and Alex Stead (55) enabled Lightcliffe to post a total of 220-6 before dismissing Woodlands for 169.

Left-arm spinner Chris Greenwood took 3-58 as Woodlands faltered.Opener Sam Frankland (48) and Chris Brice (34) were their top scorers.

Cleckheaton failed to capitalise on Woodlands’ defeat. They dropped from second to fourth after suffering an eight-wicket defeat by Saltaire.

Saltaire, who like Lightcliffe were promoted from Division Two at the end of last season, chased down a Cleckheaton score of 241-9 with two overs to spare. with opener Irfan Amjad making an unbeaten 101.

Amjad struck three sizes and eight fours and shared an opening stand of 129 with Farhan Khan whose 71 includes 11 fours. Amjad also shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 100 with Fahid Rehman (44).

Former Saltaire player Tim Jackson (45), Mally Nicholson (43) and Ammar Mahmood (40) had been the main contributors in the Cleckheaton innings which saw Mohammed Munir (3-32) and Kamran Anwar (3-46) prove to be the most successful bowlers.

East Bierley leapt into second place after securing a maximum 20 points for their 111-run win over relegation-threatened Farsley.

Skipper Lee Goddard led by example with 103 from 102 balls. His innings contained 13 fours and enabled East Bierley to make 245-7 despite the efforts of Farsley skipper Ian Philliskirk (4-66).

Even the efforts of Barrie Frankland (50) and Haroon Rashid (35) couldn’t save Farsley from being dismissed for 134 as Luke Jarvis took 3-39.

There was a further setback for Farsley when Pudsey Congs defeated Undercliffe by four wickets in the basement battle. The result leaves Farsley rooted in the relegation places, 22 points behind Congs.

Once again the fragility of Undercliffe’s batting proved so costly. They seemed to be heading for a big score when openers Callum Geldart (72) and Matthew Bottomley (48) put on 124, but a disappointing collapse saw them slump to 200 all out.

Basil Akram (3-18), Eugene Burzler (3-32) and skipper Glenn Roberts (3-49) sparked the Undercliffe slump.

Burzler crowned a good all-round performance by making a timely 69 as Congs eased home with 4.3 overs to spare. He built on the good work of Andrew Bairstow (47) as Congs gained a much-needed win and added to Undercliffe’s woes at the foot of the table. Undercliffe’s best bowler was Yassir Abbas (4-57).

JCT 600 Bradford League Tables 2012

The Bradford & Bingley pair of Alex Atkinson and Scott Etherington produced stunning individual performances in their side’s 56-run win at Pudsey St Lawrence.

Atkinson made a stunning 151 with eight sixes and 15 fours and was joined in a second-wicket stand of 214 by Etherington (81) as Bradford & Bingley piled up a score of 320-7

Etherington was determined not to be outshone by Atkinson and followed up by taking 6-36 as St Lawrence were dismissed for 264.

St Lawrence skipper Mark Robertshaw made a fine 101 which was laced with three sixes and 11 fours. He was joined in a third-wicket alliance of 120 with hard-hitting James Smith (79). St Lawrence were well placed at 229-3 with ten overs to go, but collapsed as Etherington took advantage.

Manningham Mills’ overseas player Noman Ali was in outstanding form as they crushed Hanging Heaton by nine wickets.

Ali took 7-13 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for just 115. The only batsman to make an impression was Imran Dawood with 43no.

Ali added to Hanging Heaton’s misery by smashing an unbeaten 67 as Mills raced to their target in just 14.5 overs.

Division Two

Quick Table
Baildon (R) 18 222
Yeadon (6) 18 221
Morley (4) 18 208
Keighley (3) 18 182
Spen Victoria (10) 17 171
Gomersal (R) 17 171
Great Horton (5) 17 167
Hartshead Moor (7) 18 160
Windhill (12) 18 143
Bowling Old Lane (8) 18 135
Bankfoot (9) 17 133
Idle (11) 17 80
Brighouse (13) 17 76

Baildon are the new leaders after inflicting a first defeat on Yeadon who have held top spot for much of the season.

Opener Gharib Razak (68) and Jonny Reynolds (67) batted well as they staved off the efforts of Mahmood Rasool (4-43) and Oliver Halliday (3-54) and helped Baildon to make 205-9.

Yeadon were sent spinning to defeat when Mushtaq Ahmed (5-39) and Tom Webb (3-44) got to work after some determined batting by Callum Goldthorp (52) and James Todd (45). Yeadon were dismissed for 171 to lose by 34 runs.

Baildon head the table by one point with Morley a further 13 points behind after beating Bankfoot by 71 runs in a match that was marred by a serious injury to Bankfoot’s Kamran Siddique. He fractured and dislocated a knee while fielding.

Former Bankfoot opener Gary Wainwright top scored with 46 for Morley as they made 208-9.Andy Marshall 94-52) was the most successful Bankfoot bowler.

Bankfoot ran into early trouble when they replied as Matthew Dowse took 3-36, Skipper Neil Nicholson ensured his team didn’t capitulate totally and was 53 not out as Bankfoot closed on 137-6.

Second team bowler Fezal Rajput (5-55) combined with left-arm spinner Ben Platt 93-17) to bowl Spen Victoria to a 103-run win over Idle. Idle were dismissed for 135 in reply to a Spen total of 238-6 which owed much to the efforts of skipper dan Shuffe (86) and Peter Jackson (80).

Bowling old Lane’s overseas player Devraj Patil has proved to be a shrewd signing. he continued his good form with an excellent 119 not out as Old Lane defeated Hartshead Moor by 124 runs. Patil built on the work of opener Faisal Mahmood (41) to help his side make 294-7.

Patil crowned a great individual performance by taking 6-57 as Hartshead Moor made 170. Graham Hilton (32) was their top scorer.

Keighley’s young batsmen were in good form as they defeated Brighouse by 164 runs. Opener Jonathan Wilkinson – fresh from his appearance for Yorkshire under-19s – led the way with 67 while Tom Stead (59) and Jack Beetham (39no) were the other main contributors to a total of 224-5.

Brighouse were never in the hunt and crashed to 60 all out as Joe Stead (4-19) impressed.

Mohammed Akbar (4-49) and Sadaqat Zaman (3-30) helped set up Great Horton’s three-wicket win over Windhill.

Their efforts enabled Great Horton to dismiss Windhill for 152. Skipper Paul Mosey (45) was the only batsman to offer prolonged resistance

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