WHILE the weather may have scuppered the efforts of some teams this weekend, there was still enough action in the Yorkshire leagues to keep people interested. Here we round-up the action from the Bradford, Yorkshire ECB, Central Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Aire-Wharfe and Drake Huddersfield leagues.
LEG-SPINNER Tom Hudson produced a match-turning spell of 6-37 as Pudsey St Lawrence beat New Farnley by five wickets to take over at the top of Division One as rain again caused widespread disruption.
New Farnley, who had Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd and James Middlebrook in their side, collapsed from 156-4 to 190 all out as Hudson got to work.
The collapse was triggered by Hudson’s dismissal of Hodd – making his Bradford League debut – for an attractive 72.
Opener Adam Waite, who ran the London Marathon last Sunday, stayed the distance again to finish 69 not out as St Lawrence went five points clear of previous leaders Bradford & Bingley.
East Bierley moved up to third a further four points back after a 23-run win over Hanging Heaton.
Left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis took 5-31 and new overseas player Haziq Tareen (3-41) as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for191 in reply to the home side’s 214-6 in a game reduced to 40 overs a side.
Hanging Heaton were given a brisk start by former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows. He made 63 but once he was out wickets were lost in the pursuit of quick runs.
East Bierley had built their score on the sound foundations given to them by openers James Ford (47) and Mark Gill (36) during a first-wicket stand of 86.
The innings was given further impetus by Richard Atkins (43), Neil Gill (43no) and Danish Hussain (35) as left-arm spinner Ben Elvidge (4-56) again proved to be the best Hanging Heaton bowler.
Opener Tim Jackson followed up his century against Pudsey Congs with an unbeaten 69 from a Cleckheaton total of 145-2 against Lightcliffe before rain struck.
IAN PHILLISKIRK showed no mercy for his old Baildon team-mates as he powered Hanging Heaton to an emphatic six-wicket Priestley Cup first-round win.
Philiskirk, who led Baildon to the Bradford League Division One title in 2009, took 6-37 with his off spin and followed up for good measure with an unbeaten 87.
Baildon, who currently play in Division Two, made 195 due largely to an aggressive innings of 90 from their overseas player Waqas Maqsood.
He hammered five sixes and seven fours before falling victim to that man Philliskirk.
Hanging Heaton, winners of the cup in 2013, eased to their target with Philliskirk getting good support from Nick Connolly (42) and Gary Fellows (34).
Newcomers Scholes, currently leading Division Two, found out what it is like to mix with the big boys as they suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Woodlands.
Scholes were bowled out for 89 as Pieter Swanepoel (4-17) capitalised on the early successes of Elliot Richardson (3-27).
Woodlands lost an early wicket before Sam Frankland (55) and Scott Richardson (31no) took charge.
Pudsey Congs beat Farsley by 23 runs with Nick Lindley making 54 in their 202-9.
Dan Hodgson made 61 for Farsley, but it was not enough to prevent an early cup exit.
Bowling Old Lane saw off Brighouse by 50 runs thanks largely to half-centuries from Ahsan Butt (60) and Ayyuz Akram 49)
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RAIN decimated the league programme with all 18 matches in the three divisions abandoned.
The solitary game in which an innings was completed was at Delph and Dobcross where Steve Whitwam (45), Tim Welsford (39) and Jack Hargreaves (39) steered Golcar to 256-9.
Wasim Qasim claimed 5-84 for Delph, whose reply had not started when play was washed out.
Openers Alex Morris and Gharib Nawaz were both unbeaten on 22 as Premiership champions Hoylandswaine reached 52-0 from 11 overs against Shelley before the weather intervened.
Premiership debutants Moorlands, still looking for their first win, made a promising start at Skelmanthorpe when Australian all-rounder Chris Lloyd bagged two wickets to reduce the home side to 26-2.
Kirkburton’s opening bowlers, Craig Fletcher (2-12) and Tom Burkinshaw (2-10), had Shepley struggling at 22-4 from 9.4 overs.
Niall Lockley’s unbeaten 26 helped Elland reach 39-0 from eight overs at Slaithwaite.
In the Championship, Armondbury Wesleyans were in trouble at 50-6 from 19 overs against joint leaders Holmfirth, who are aiming for a swift return to the top-flight after relegation.Bilal Khiljee snapped up 4-12.
Shepley, the last Huddersfield League club to win the Heavy Woollen Cup in 2011, host Hoylandswaine in the second round on Sunday.
Other ties involving Huddersfield clubs are: Methley v Kirkburton, Barkisland v Woodlands, Shelley v Townville, New Farnley v Skelmanthorpe, Scholes v Wakefield Thornes and Gomersal v Delph and Dobcross.
Holders Pudsey Congs visit Hanging Heaton in the only tie that does not feature a Huddersfield League team.
THE first round of the Huddersfield League’s Sykes Cup was badly disrupted by wet weather.
Waterlogged pitches ruled out play in nearly all the ties, many of which have been re-arranged for next Sunday.
Yesterday’s postponements could cause a fixture pile-up because next Sunday is also the scheduled date for the Heavy Woollen Cup second round in which eight Huddersfield League clubs are involved.
Shepley’s home tie against Thongsbridge will continue today (1pm start).
Shepley reached 81-2 from 20 overs yesterday before play ended.
Linthwaite’s home game against Armitage Bridge will also be played today.
CHAMPIONS Yorkshire Academy climbed back to the top of the table but they were made to work hard for their win by Hull.
It looked likely to be a routine victory when Hull slipped to 105-7 but James Phillips (51) joined Chris Grey and the pair put on a sparkling 102 for the eighth wicket. Grey included 17 fours in his 103 and was the last wicket to fall in Hull’s 241-9.
With the rain threatening, the Academy needed quick runs. Eliot Callis (54) gave them a good start before Yaaser Imtiaz (57no) and Jordan Thompson, who smashed 95 not out off 44 balls, clinched a seven-wicket win.
York have still to pick up a point after going down by 41 runs to Rotherham.
James Moorhouse (43), Anthony Del Bello (47) and Archie Ogden (61) were the main contributors to Rotherham’s 266-8 but York seemed on course when Liam Mckendry (58) and Alex Collins (50) put on 81 for the fourth wicket. However, Ben Sanderson followed up a useful 25 with four wickets as York slumped from 196-5 to 225 all out.
Castleford collapsed under the accuracy of Alex Gosney (5-42) and even though John Randerson (54) helped them recover from 27-5 to 159-9 it was not enough against Doncaster, who won with three wickets to spare thanks to Stuart Guy (54) and Matthew Head (32no).
Harry Warwick (42) was top scorer in Cleethorpes’ 208-9 which looked threatened when Duncan Heath (42) and Matt Morland (30) put on 78 for Appleby Frodingham’s first wicket. But an accurate spell of 5-56 from Alex Osmond, who had earlier scored 31, saw Cleethorpes to a 44-run win.
Jonathan Tattersall’s half-century was in vain as Harrogate were rained off against Driffield on 110-4.
PREMIERSHIP champions Methley increased their lead to eight points by beating Altofts in one of two completed top-flight games.
Opener Arkam Asif (39no) and Jonathon Donnelly (37) led Altofts to 51-1 before Methley captain Marcus Walmsley (5-18) and twin brother Ed (4-12) sent them collapsing to 83 all out.
Eight Altofts batsmen were out without scoring, with last man Ian Tennant (7) the only other player to score.
Methley knocked off the runs in 9.4 overs, Richard Foster hammering two sixes and nine fours in an unbeaten 54 off 29 balls.
Wakefield Thornes defeated promoted Batley in the only other Premiership match that started.
David Toft hit 14 fours in a sparkling 102 off 134 deliveries and shared a fifth-wicket century stand with Faisal Irfan (36) as Thornes posted 242-8. Muhammad Hafeez took 4-42.
Thornes were denied maximum points by Batley’s last pair Tariq Hussain (22no) and Huzaifa Patel (16no), who put on 24 as they salvaged a batting point by replying with 189-9, which also featured 77 by Sardar Khan.
Veteran David Battye (8-29) produced the season’s best bowling performance in East Ardsley’s Championship victory at promoted Caribbean.
Ashley Pearson (37), Louie Hurley (37) and Simon Davies (30) guided Ardsley to a five-wicket win after Battye toppled Caribbean for 135, which included 49 from Haseen Bashir.
Imran Mayat (43), Daniel Bridges (26no) and Ryan Healey (21no) led Oulton to 117-2 from 27.4 overs at Liversedge before rain ended play.
Division One newcomers Great Preston were foiled by rain after openers Danusha Ranasinghe (72no) and Matthew King (68no) steered them to 144-0 from 21 overs, replying to Adwalton’s 209-9.
NO games were completed in the top three divisions due to the rain but all bar three in the bottom four, mainly around Doncaster, went the distance.
In those games that got started, Whitley Hall again batted impressively, scoring 189-4 in 36 overs against Wickersley.
Chris Siddall added 70 not out to his 52 in the first game and an unbeaten 44 in the second.
Alex Fletcher (35) and Andrew Wilson (31) continued the torment for Wickersley, who have fallen a bit flat after their astonishing opening day 366-9 against Houghton Main.
Elsecar, meanwhile continued their indifferent start, being all out to Wath for 175.
Paul Cummins (49) again batted well and Scott Jones made 54 but the irrepressible Rob Barlow took 4-42 for Wath, even with a wet ball. Frustratingly, Wath were unable to start their reply.
But if Wath were frustrated, imagine the feelings of Treeton after their previous week’s humiliation. They demolished Darfield for 56 with Steve Foster claiming 4-5 and Muhammed Attari (3-21) but had no opportunity to knock them off.
Conisbrough rattled up 311-7 through James Doran’s 111 and Scott Lowe’s 98 but could only get 19 overs in against Houghton Main, who reached 94-3.
Hallam bowled well, reducing Tickhill to 109-8. Nicky Page scored 33 and Mark Williams (3-34) was again amongst the wickets.
Aston Hall were taken to 78-3 by Nicholas Smit (32) and Matthew Cartwright (31) against Coal Aston.
Outstanding matches on Saturday are Whitley Hall against Conibrough, who have started well, and Wickersley, who will be facing another Melbourne fast bowler at Tickhill, having recently fallen to Darfield’s Michael Topp.
Ryan Bradshaw smashed an unbeaten 119 off 122 balls and shared century stands with Vic Craven (67) and Michael Donnelly (44no) as Bilton raced to 241-2 against Ilkley.
Despite the efforts of Jonathan Hughes (35), Nick Cockcroft (35) and Andy Wheeler (32), the visitors were always off the pace and were bowled out for 203.
Istikhar Hussain is on a hat-trick ball when he starts bowling against Follifoot on Saturday after ending North Leeds’ innings with two in two.
Hussain (3-19), Mark McEneaney (3-49) and Alex Lilley (3-12) skittled the visitors for 89 to set up a comfortable eight-wicket win that sends them to the top of the table.
Half-centuries from Jim Pickles and Damian Lawrence helped Follifoot to 251-9. Nick Brook (73) and Ed Brown (42) led Burley’s run chase but they fell 19 short of victory despite a late unbeaten stand of 48 between teenagers Sam Fox and Alfie Roy-Webb.
Jack Harrison (65) top-scored in Collingham’s 226-7 before a five-wicket spell from Tony Jacklin dismissed Guiseley for 125.
James Davies took 5-42 as Rawdon were dismissed for 139 of which Andrew Duckworth made 45. The rain came before Otley could bat.
Steeton were also thwarted by the rain against Kirkstall, Andrew Foulds stranded on 99 not out and John Akrigg on 45.
Jonathan Horner (48) and Danny Gautrey (49) led the way as Colton overhauled Thackley’s 147 to stay top of Division Two.
Green Lane remain in pursuit after Azhar Mehmood (5-25) and Neil Britton (4-39) dismissed Tong Park Esholt for 100, while an unbroken 109 stand between Luke Brooksby (76no) and Joe Lewis (29no) saw Illingworth past Ben Rhydding’s 224-8.