Mills send Bradford & Bingley crashing out

Manningham Mills sent the 2010 winners Bradford & Bingley crashing out of the competition in their delayed first round tie on Monday.

Mills made 154-8 in an innings reduced by rain to 30 overs with opener Farakh Hussain and Iqbal Khan both making 36 after Chris Thompson and Matthew Simpson each took two early wickets to reduce the hosts to 24-4.

Thompson went on to take 4-68, but could not prevent Mills from scoring at just over five and over.

Bradford & Bingley never got going in eply and lost wickets at regular intervals as they tried to maintain a brisk run rate. They were eventually bowled out for 102 as overseas professional Noman Ali (3-10) and Adal Islam (3-29) cashed in to seal a 52-run win.

Chris Marsden hit a six off the fourth ball of the final over to secure a five wicket win for Priestley Cup holders Pudsey St Lawrence in their first round tie at Saltaire.

Chasing the home side’s total of 198-9, St Lawrence needed five from the 50th over to win. Three runs came from the first three balls before Marsden launched a delivery from Saltaire skipper Ijaz Khan over the ropes to clinch his side’s place in Tuesday night’s second round draw.

Skipper Mark Robertshaw (61) and Adam Waite (55) shared an opening stand of 97 to give the innings a sound foundation. Dave Hester chipped in with 36, but Saltaire kept the pressure on and St Lawrence survived a few anxious moments before securing their win.

For Saltaire, overseas professional Nawaz Sardar made 42 and Tabbi Bhatti (40) while St Lawrence’s young opening bowlers Oliver Ashford (3-30) and Andrew Pollock (3-47) enjoyed more success.

There was a close finish at Lightcliffe where the home side bounced back from their 10-run opening day league defeat by Manningham Mills to defeat Undercliffe by 11 runs.

Their new overseas professional Suleman Khan made 48 in a total of 188 and took 3-30 as Undercliffe were dismissed for 177. Opener Matthew Bottomley made 56 and Zarak Khan (37) but Lightcliffe secured victory with Khan and Charles Roebuck (3-29) taking the bowling honours.

The third all Division One tie saw Pudsey Congs bounce back from their comprehensive defeat at Saltaire in the league 24 hours earlier with a four-wicket win over Cleckheaton.

New signing Nick Lindley led the successful pursuit of Cleckheaton’s 208-9 with a valuable 55, while Eugene Burzler chipped in with 39. Former Durham and Lancashire paceman John Wood was the pick of the Cleckheaton bowlers with 3-27.

The home side’s innings was built around a good innings of 65 from Tim Jackson and 35 from Ian Nicholson, Basil Akram, Congs’ winter signing from Essex League side Hainault and Clayhall, took 3-40.

Farsley, beaten finalists in 2009 and 2010, recovered from their nine-wicket league defeat at Undercliffe on Saturday to brush aside Division Two team Windhill by seven wickets.

Opener Mark Harrison, who captained Burley to the Aire-Wharfe League title and Waddilove Cup double in 2010, hit an unbeaten 55 and fellow new boy Haroon Rashid (32) as Farsley cruised past the Windhill score of 127. Nadeem Mohammed (44) and Umar Abbas (35) provided the bulk of the runs as Neil Laidlaw (3-8) kept the pressure on the visitors at Red Lane.

Gomersal compiled the highest score of the day. They made 283 as they defeated fellow Division Two side Keighley by 75 runs. Richard Gould (76) and Rob Ellis (61) hit half centuries while Greg Pickles weighed in with 38. Amjid Hussain impressed with the ball for Keighley and took 5-45.

Imran Patel made a fine 85 for Keighley who were pegged back by Pickles. He returned impressive figures of 6-29 as Keighley subsided to 208 all out.

Baildon, who were relegated along with Gomersal from Division One last season, continued their bright start to the campaign with a six-wicket success at Bankfoot.

Opener Jonny Reynolds made 66 to set the tone for a successful run chase after Bankfoot had made 193-9. Kasir Maroof, a winter signing from Yeadon, made 44 and Simon Webb 34. The Bankfoot total had owed much to the efforts of Aaqib Uppal (41), and Harvey Anderson (36).

Idle’s batting failed again as they went down by 113 runs at Great Horton. They were dismissed for 81 with Raheel Ahmed (3-13 and Sadaqat Zaman (3-15) doing the damage as they replied to Great Horton’s 194. Zaman smashed 50 off 51 balls as he and Muhammed Yassir (17no) added 62 for the last wicket after Sonny Matharu had taken 4-45.

Yeadon sealed their place in the second round with a 29-run win over Brighouse. Yeadon’s total of 197-9 was built around a disciplined half-century from promising young batsman Callum Goldthorp and 39 from Tariq Mehboob. Adil Ladak (3-34) and Umar Salim (3-48) were the pick of the Brighouse bowlers.

Brighouse made 168 in reply with Umar Salim, the former Gomersal and Lightcliffe batsman making 32, as Olver Halliday picked up 3-32.

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