Patel hits ton as last-wicket pair steer Mills to victory

Division One

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

Adam Patel hit his first century for Manningham Mills as they scored a dramatic one-wicket win over neighbours Saltaire.

Patel made an impressive 114not out and was joined in a match-winning last-wicket stand of 74 by Zeeshan Qasim (31no).

Saltaire had looked on course for victory when they reduced Manningham Mills to 89-6 and then 189-9 in reply to their 262-5, but on each occasion Patel stood firm and found a defiant ally.

First it was wicketkeeper Mohammed Altaf (37) in a seventh-wicket partnership of 81, and then Qasim.

Patel hit three sixes and 12 fours in his superb innings but could not have turned the game around without the help of Altaf and Qasim.

Defeat was hard on Saltaire’s young batsman Fahid Rehman. He had earlier made 104 not out from 106 balls with seven sixes and eight fours.

Rather like Mills, Saltaire looked to have squandered the good work of opener Farhan Khan (44) when they slipped to124-5, but Rehman revived his side in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 138 with the returning Tineshe Gomwe (62no).

The result leaves Saltaire fourth from bottom, but they will be encouraged by the fact that the three teams beneath them all lost.

Once again Pudsey Congs were undone by spin as they suffered a 60-run defeat at Bradford & Bingley. Sandeep Ravishankar (4-55) and Harry Smallwood (4-69) helped restrict Congs to 200-9 in response to a challenging 260-4.

Skipper Andrew Bairstow (34) and opener Nick Lindley (33) got starts but were unable to get the substantial score their side needed.

Alex Atkinson (94no), Simon Davies (49), Scott Etherington (39), and David Clow (34) were the main contributors for Bradford & Bingley as they took advantage of the fact that the Congs attack lacked a cutting edge. Off spinner Edward Walmsey (3-60) was their best performer.

Congs remain a point above the relegation places because Farsley went down by five wickets to Hanging Heaton at Red Lane.

Former Hanging Heaton batsman Haroon Rashid made a fine 83 and was supported by Matthew Lumb (40) as Farsley posted a score of 216-9.

Hanging Heaton cruised to victory with five overs to spare thanks to crucial half centuries from Ahsan Butt (64), Joe Fraser (58) and Rob McFarlane (55).

Undercliffe remain bottom after an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Cleckheaton. who are now up to third. Opener Matthew Bottomley batted throughout the Undercliffe innings for an unbeaten 87.

Crucially, he lacked support with last man Mukdas Mohammed the next highest scorer with 24 as former Undercliffe paceman James Lee took (5-50) and Ammar Mahmood (3-54).

Cleckheaton are a side full of confidence and that showed as they romped past Undercliffe 196 with 16.1 overs to spare. Tim Jackson (63), Ian Nicholson (57no) and John Wood (38) led the victory charge.

Woodlands strengthened their grip on top spot as they beat Pudsey St Lawrence by eight wickets while second-placed East Bierley went down by five wickets to Lightcliffe.

Woodlands were indebted to a second-wicket partnership of 161 from opener Scott Richardson (90no) and Simon Mason (89) as they chased down a St Lawrence score of 196-8. Richardson hit two sixes and ten fours, while Mason struck one six and 14 fours

St Lawrence looked in deep trouble when they lost their first two wickets with just one run on the board, but they were revived by a stirring innings of 81 from James Smith, 50 from Gareth Clough and a handy 31 not out from Steve Thompson.

On a day dominated by big partnerships, Lightcliffe skipper Jonathan Wilson (84no) and Chris Taylor (69no) shared an unbroken sixth-wicket alliance of 121 as their side surprised treble-chasing East Bierley.

After an opening stand of 74 which was dominated by Alex Lees (52), Lightcliffe had faltered until Wilson joined Taylor and transformed his side’s fortunes and led them to a five-wicket win.

East Bierley, whose 231-5 includes contributions from Mark Gill (52), skipper Lee Goddard (40), Rao Anjum (39no), Richard Atkins (38no) and Andrew Rennison (33) are now 44 points adrift of Woodlands.


Division Two

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

Yeadon remain the league’s only unbeaten side after recording a 70-run win over Idle to extend their unbeaten start to the season to 16 matches.

Slow bowlers Damon Gormley (5-23) and Ben Elvidge (4-24) sent Idle spinning out for 95 with only Wajid Hussain (33) offering prolonged resistance.

Skipper James Todd (41) had top scored for Yeadon while Elvidge chipped in with 30. The one bright spot for lowly Idle was the performance of Michael Kelsey (6-54)

Yeadon are nine points ahead of Baildon who continued to add momentum to their promotion push with a three-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane.

Alex Hewitt’s unbeaten 34 was crucial as Baildon held off the threat of Zubair Najeeb (4-50) and Awais Ijaz (3-47) to secure victory.

Skipper Amjid Hussain signalled his return to form with 55 for Old Lane as they made 145 batting first. Overseas player Devraj Patil (30) was the only other batsman to challenge the domination of Tom Webb (4-40), Zubair Najeeb (4-50) and Awais Ijaz (3-47).

Morley are 11 points behind Baildon in third place after beating Gomersal by four wickets. Skipper Matthew Baxter (54) and Luke Heinemann (31) steered their side home as they replied to Gomersal’s 179 all out. Jonathan Boynton made 55 for Gomersal who found their former overseas player Kashif Naveed (4-50), a real threat.

Opener Reece Jennison hit a magnificent 136 as Hartshead Moor tied with Windhill. Jennison hit six sixes and 12 fours and with Nathan Madden (44) gave his side the impetus to chase Windhill’s 248-5. Hartshead Moor needed eight runs from the last over, but could only manage seven

Opener Neil Johnson (54), Raqeeb Younas (48) and Hassan Mehmood (41) chipped in with valuable runs for Windhill. Teenage spinner Jack Baldwin (3-45) was Hartshead’s best bowler.

Spen Victoria’s Tosh Baker was another batsman to make a century. His unbeaten 103 – containing two sixes and 12 fours, helped his side to make 259-3 as they beat Keighley by 58 runs.

Baker was joined in a second-wicket stand of 124 by opener Peter Jackson (70)  and then shared an unbroken 100-run partnership with skipper Dan Shuffe who hit  59 not out from 36 balls.

The league’s all-time leading runscorer, Richard Robinson, marked his return after injury with 66 while Imran Patel made 65 as Keighley were dismissed for 200. The former Gomersal duo of Ben Platt (4-45) and Rob Burton (3-49) sealed Spen’s win.

Even an unbeaten 91 from Will Smith couldn’t save Brighouse from a 23-run defeat against Great Horton.

Muhammad Akbar took 5-37 as Great Horton successfully defended their total of 166 in which Raheel Ahmed and Muhammed Bilal both made 34. Kamran Khan (4-44) and Umar Salim (3-52) were Brighouse’s most successful bowlers.

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