Hanging Heaton snatch victory after St Lawrence pair smash league record

Division One

Chris Marsden and Jordan Thompson smashed the all-time Bradford League sixth-wicket record but even their efforts couldn’t save Pudsey St Lawrence from a stunning four-wicket defeat by Hanging Heaton.

Marsden made 150 and 15-year-old Thompson 68 as they put on 214 to better the previous league beat of 190 set by Drighlington’s Giles Boothroyd (108) and Gary Newton (79) against Salts in 1990.

They rescued their side after Rob McFarlane (4-39) had reduced them to 69-5 and enabled them to post a score of 305-9. Marsden smashed eight sixes and 21 fours, while young Thompson stroked two sixes and seven fours.

Hanging Heaton weren’t daunted by the size of the target. McFarlane got them off to a brisk start with a brisk 94 from 67 balls which included four sixes and 14 fours.

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

But the crucial partnership came when former Pudsey St Lawrence fast bowler David Stiff joined James Stansfield. Together they added 103 for the fifth wicket. The big-hitting Stiff hammered eight sixes as he raced to 66 from 35 balls. Stansfield made 69 off 78 balls as Hanging Heaton won with three balls to spare.

The 614 runs scored at Bennett Lane set the tone for a day when the batsmen finally came into their own.

Opener Sam Frankland made an undefeated century as champions Woodlands pickled up a maximum 20 points as they defeated bottom-team Undercliffe by 149 runs

Frankland’s innings contained two sixes and 11 fours and he shared in two impressive partnerships. After putting on 128 with Scott Richardson (82), he was joined in a second-wicket stand of 164 by Simon Mason who blasted 99 off 59 balls. Mason hit nine sixes and five fours as Woodlands made 292-2.

Undercliffe never threatened the Woodlands score as they were bowled out for 143 as paceman Sarfraz Ahmed took 4-24.

Lightcliffe batsmen Alex Stead and Suleman Khan both hit centuries as their side defeated Bradford & Bingley by 58 runs.

Stead and Khan came together with their side struggling at 27-2, but quickly changed the complexion of the game with a partnership of 190. Stead’s 128 was littered with seven sixes and ten fours, while Khan’s 106 – made off 98 balls – included six sixes and 12 fours.

Lightcliffe’s score of 282-4 proved too much for Bradford & Bingley who replied with 224-9. James Davies (54) and Harry Smallwood (40no) were the top scorers while Khan (3-46) was the best of the Lightcliffe bowlers.

Cleckheaton moved into second place after defeating Farsley by 117 runs. Their three left-handers James Lee (55), Ian Nicholson (44) and Tim Jackson (41) guided them to 240-7, despite the efforts of Neil Laidlaw (4-52) and Matthew Lumb (3-71).

Farsley crumbled to 123 all out as only Haroon Rashid (43) made an impression as spinner Ammar Mahmood (3-3) and Andrew Deegan (3-11) wrapped up Cleckheaton’s seventh win.

Cleckheaton have moved two points ahead of East Bierley who beat Saltaire by 50 runs. Former Derbyshire and Leicestershire player Nick Walker was their match winner . He made 46 as they posted a total of 162 and followed up by taking 4-42 as Saltaire were bowled out for 112.

Farhan Khan top scored with 42 and Tabbi Bhatti (36) before Saltaire lost their last nine wickets for just 29 runs.

Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup finalists Manningham Mills maintained their winning form with a 31-run success over Pudsey Congs.

Opener Farakh Hussain again gave his side a rapid start with a forceful 81 and he was supported by overseas player Noman Ali (76) as Manningham Mills made 231 . Eugene Burzler (4-28) was the best of the bowlers for Congs.

Opener Nick Lindley (56) maintained his good form for Congs, but only Babar Butt (34) was able to build on his good work as Congs finished on 200-8 as Gulsheraz Ahmed took 3-45 and Zeeshan Qasim (3-62).


Division Two

Quick Table
Yeadon (6)
Baildon (R)
Morley (4)
Gomersal (R)
Keighley (3)
Hartshead Moor (7)
Spen Victoria (10)
Great Horton (5)
Windhill (12)
Bankfoot (9)
Bowling Old Lane (8)
Idle (11)
Brighouse (13)

Yeadon stretched their unbeaten run to 17 matches as they defeated fourth-placed Gomersal by 76 runs.

They achieved their success despite a remarkable spell of bowling from Gomersal’s slow left-arm spinner Chris Rhodes.

He opened the bowling and returned the impressive figures of 15-13-7-3 , but despite his efforts Yeadon still managed to make 190-8.

Tariq Mehboob led the way with an unbeaten 57, while Oliver Halliday (53) and Ben Elvidge (34) added valuable runs.

Gomersal were dismissed for a disappointing 114 in reply as Nick Hudson picked up 5-10. Skipper Adam Greenwood and Jack Seddon both made 31 for Gomersal.

Baildon made it another miserable afternoon for bottom-team Brighouse as they raced to seven-wicket win. Jonny Reynolds (5-22) and Mushtaq Ahmed (4-18) dismissed Brighouse for 87. The one batsman to resist for long was Will Smith (39).

Baildon, who are 12 points adrift of Yeadon, cruised to their victory target with Reynolds finishing 48 not out.

Third-placed Morley were frustrated by the weather, A heavy shower interrupted their match with Bowling Old Lane and prevented them from forcing a victory.

Their overseas player Kashif Naveed was in great form. He made 115 not out off 87 balls to guide his side to a total of 233-7. Naveed hit three sixes and 17 fours as Awaiz Ijaz 4-83 proved to be the best Old Lane bowler.

Old Lane were tottering at 151-9 when time ran out. Ayyaz Akram (71) top scored for Old Lane while Naveed (4-57) and Nathan Bromby (3-30) bowled well for Morley.

Rob Burton (6-48) produced his best bowling figures of the season as Spen Victoria defeated Hartshead Moor by five wickets.

Burton was well supported by Joel Pollard (3-20) as Hartshead Moor were dismissed for 105. Ben Platt made an unbeaten 31 as Spen Victoria eased home.

Young Freddie Pearson made a fine 96 as Keighley romped to a seven-wicket win over Great Horton. Jonathan Wilkinson (34) and Imran Patel (32) gave him good support as they chased down Great Horton’s total of 182. Mohammed Said (67), Sadaqat Zaman (38) and Marrawat Hussain (32) were Great Horton’s top scorers.

Micky Hutchins (39) and James Holdsworth (35no) steered Bankfoot to a six-wicket win at Windhill where they bowled the home side out for 99. Jack Holland (41) was the top scorer for Windhill while Aaqib Uppal (3-14) was the most successful Bankfoot bowler.

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