Our weekly round-up of action from Yorkshire’s club cricket scene, including Bradford, Yorkshire ECB, Central Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Aire-Wharfe, York Senior and Huddersfield leagues.
Simpson smash-hit as Hull finally celebrate
Andy Simpson lit up a high-scoring battle between the bottom two sides and clinched Hull’s first eight-point win.
Sheffield United made a solid start, Jaco Scholtz scoring 67, but with Jahangir Alam taking 5-89 they needed Luqman Asad to make 42 as the last two wickets added 81 to take United to 252.
That proved no barrier to Simpson. He smashed 18 fours and six sixes in his 143 not out off 125 balls and put on 159 with Chris Grey (61) as Hull won by seven wickets.
Connor Ryan (44) and Jack Potter (40no) led Harrogate to 252 as Ali Jahangir took 5-50. Barnsley, however, reinforced their title challenge by getting home by five wickets, Danial Rafiq (74) and Zohaib Ahmad (77no) leading the way.
Rotherham remain top after Mark Cummins (5-22) led the downfall of Appleby Frodingham, who were dismissed for 127 despite Duncan Heath’s 80. Anthony Del Borrello (65no) saw the leaders home.
Adam Whatley and Ryan Mckendry set up York’s eight-wicket win at Sheffield Collegiate with four wickets each as the home side were bowled out for 130. Simon Lambert (72no) and Liam McKendry (41) then led the successful run chase.
A fifth-wicket stand of 90 between Matthew Waite (67) and Jordan Thompson (54) helped Yorkshire Academy to 198-8 but once again they were on the wrong end of a tight finish when Castleford’s last pair, Jarran Cook (41no) and Luke Edwards (19no), put on 41 to win the match.
Doncaster struggled to 168 against the attack of Nick Hardgrave (6-55) and Alec Drury (3-14). Alec’s cousins, George (35no) and Sam (82no), Drury then clinched victory for Driffield with an unbeaten 121 stand.
Middlebrook stars in Farnley’s triumph
Pudsey St Lawrence’s 11-match unbeaten run was ended when they suffered a seven-wicket home defeat against East Bierley.
But despite the loss, they still lead by 24 points because second-placed Woodlands were also beaten, going down by 78 runs at New Farnley.
St Lawrence were bowled out for 179. Just captain James Smith (46) and Matthew Duce (41) looked at ease as Awais Ejaz (4-19) and Haziq Tareen (3-50) did the damage.
Openers James Ford (69) and Mark Gill (57) ensured there were no alarms for East Bierley.
Yorkshire’s James Middlebrook hit his second-successive century for New Farnley as they beat Woodlands.
Middlebrook struck two sixes and 10 fours in an unbeaten 120 and shared a first-wicket stand of 118 with Mattie Good (53) as New Farnley made 274-5.
Middlebrook (3-46) and fellow spinner Dave McCallum (5-51) impressed as Woodlands, despite an unbeaten 87 from opener Sam Frankland, fell for 196.
Former Yorkshire fast bowler David Stiff took 5-28 as Hanging Heaton bowled out bottom team Saltaire for 144 to set up a five-wicket win. They trail Woodlands by 14 points and St Lawrence by 38.
Farsley are out of the bottom two after a seven-wicket win at Lightcliffe, pushing their opponents into the drop zone.
Captain Mark Harrison’s took 5-48 as Lightcliffe were restricted to 193-9 despite Alex Stead (81) and Josh Wheatley (51) adding 108 for the first wicket. Farsley were helped by a second-wicket stand of 113 between opener Jack Holland (64) and Yorkshire second team player Dan Hodgson (82no).
Undercliffe suffered a one-wicket defeat off the final ball against Pudsey Congs despite Michael Kelsey’s 5-51.
Austin bows out with almost 12,000 runs
TOWNVILLE are 10 points adrift of Premiership leaders Methley after Ossett inflicted their first defeat in any competition this season.
All-rounders John Sadler (65no and 3-59) and Gurman Randhawa (51 and 3-54) were Ossett’s match-winners as they beat the Castleford side by six wickets.
Marcus Walmsley (64 and 4-33) kept Methley on course to retaining the title by leading them to a three-wicket win against Carlton.
There was no fairytale end to Eric Austin’s 18-year CYL career in his final game for Birstall before he returns home to New Zealand.
Former Wrenthorpe, Mirfield Parish Cavaliers and Scholes batsman Austin finished unbeaten on 22, taking his tally to 11,924 CYL runs, as Birstall were routed for 92 by Wakefield Thornes’ Mahmood Rasool (6-10) and Matt Varley (3-15).
David Toft (60no) and James Wolfenden (35no) shared an unbroken 94-run stand as Thornes won by nine-wickets in 13.1 overs.
Opener Neil Bourke smashed five sixes in a sparkling 106 off 106 balls in Wrenthorpe’s 30-run win at St Paul’s whose scoring was led by Paul Carroll (72).
South African all-rounder Warren Ekstraal’s 35 and 6-42 was in vain in Hunslet Nelson’s one-wicket defeat at Batley.
David Blakeley hammered 88 and Nazar Hussain struck an unbeaten 55 off 39 balls as Mirfield PC posted 228-3 at Altofts, whose reply fell short on 207-9 despite a century stand between Arkam Asif (87) and Steve Palmer (52).
Azaad lost top spot in the Championship with a 127-run defeat to Wakefield St Michael’s, for who John Bowett hit 59 and Ahmad Hussain took 4-13.
Great Preston are the new Division One leaders after they beat Adwalton by six wickets and title rivals East Leeds lost at Mirfield.
Jack Hampshire Trophy
Holders Methley trounced Townville by 176 runs in the quarter-finals.
Openers Marcus Walmsley (108) and Richard Foster (91) shared a 178-run stand in Premiership leaders Methley’s 300-3, which also included an unbeaten 54 by Marcus’s twin brother Ed.
Sohail Raz (3-18) and Ben Waite (3-15) then helped rout Townville for 124.
Wakefield Thornes and Hunslet Nelson easily beat Carlton and Mirfield Parish Cavaliers respectively.
Will Stiff (59) top scored as Hunslet posted 216-7, which also included 33 apiece from Danny McTernan, Matt Smith and Aqash Auyrangzeb.
Terry James (20) was the only batsman who reached double figures as Mirfield were routed for 54 by Jack Hebden (3-22), Warren Ekstraal (3-1), Stiff (2-16) and Auranngzebb (2-4).
David Toft hammered 116 off 94 balls and put on 187 for the fourth wicket with Faisal Irfan (83) as Thornes piled up 259-4.
Carlton were skittled for 71, with Mahmood Rasool claiming 3-15 and Toft 3-16.
Darryl Hendricks (94), Jordan Sleightholme (54), Sam Wigglesworth (50no) and James Smith (36) led Wrenthorpe to 299-7 against Championship leaders Hopton Mills.
Brad Drake’s unbeaten 48 was in vain for Hopton who were bowled out for 175 by Mark Bentley (4-49), Chris Leaf (2-30) and Greg Wood (2-35).
Morley’s blast keeps Otley on title course
Ben Morley scored a sparkling century as Otley overcame Beckwithshaw by four wickets and stretched their lead over them at the top to 15 points at the halfway stage of the season.
Ricky Halloran (4-53) and James Davies (3-48) restricted Beckwithshaw to 182 with Miles Buller (42) top-scoring at No 7. Morley then hit 23 fours in making 112 off 100 balls and putting on 146 with Josh Atkinson (52) to keep Otley on course to retain their title.
Kirkstall Educational passed Bilton’s 190 total with six wickets in hand thanks largely to Andy Siddall (43) and Dan Mason (65).
Toby Jacklin’s second six-wicket haul in succession saw Steeton bowled out for 128. Jacklin made 30 only for Collingham to collapse to 86-8 against Joseph Stead (4-47) and James Emmott (4-25).
Up stepped Collingham No 9 Adam Wetherall and he smashed seven fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 55 to clinch a one-wicket win.
Farhan Khan made 102 in North Leeds’ 227-7, a total that was too great for struggling Ilkley despite a defiant half-century from Alex Bailey.
Jim Pickles (80no) shared match-winning stands with Nick Robinson (46) and Alex Fox (42no) as Follifoot eased past Guiseley by seven wickets but they still need to wipe out their 89-point deduction for an ineligible player.
Nathan Goldthorp starred as Rawdon halted the recent good run by Burley. He hit 41 and with George Myers (69) helped Rawdon to 209. He then picked up 5-27 and with Andrew Doidge (4-41) skittled Burley for 127.
Horsforth took the last six Illingworth wickets for 15 runs to clinch a 85-run win and stay clear at the top of Division Two, three points ahead of Colton.
Ryan Sharrocks was the Horsforth star as they flew the Division Two flag with a victory over Division One strugglers Ilkley.
Sharrocks produced a seven-over spell of 5-14 as Ilkley were bowled out for 163, with Alex Bailey top scorer on 39.
Henry Wilson and Rob Spivey had Horforth on the back foot at 32-4 but Sharrocks (36), Mark Gilliver (64no) and Bailey Worcester (28no) kept their nerve to clinch a five-wicket win.
Will Liddle and Sajad Ali picked up four cheap wickets each as Thackley were bowled out for 101, a total Bilton passed in 19.4 overs with Michael Donnelly (40no) leading the way.
Jamie Pickering was the Otley hero as the holders eased through against Collingham, the side they beat in last year’s final.
He took 4-11 as Collingham were restricted to 162 in which Toby Jacklin made 57, then hit 45 and with Josh Atkinson (47) ensured Otley remain on course for a second successive double.
Charlie Davy hit a half century on Burley’s 204-8 in which Charlie Swallow took 5-51.
Ben Rhydding started well enough but at 40-0 lost five wickets in four overs for the addition of 12 runs. Shane Etherington took 3-14 as the home side were dismissed for 132.
Leaders blown away in Treeton showdown
This was the day the season took a dramatic twist.
Whitley Hall’s greatest test was always going to be the last match of the first half of the season, against last year’s champions Treeton, and so it proved.
Anyone who had played against Treeton when Charlie Roebuck was on form would not be surprised and he combined with Steve Foster at his most competitive,
Whitley Hall unbeaten all season, were simply blown away.
Whitley scored just 126 – their previous lowest score in a completed innings while batting first having been 274 – as evergreen seam bowler Foster captured 5-33.
Openers Roebuck and Foster then made unbeaten knocks of 76 and 49, respectively, to give them a 10-wicket win in 15 overs.
Whitley Hall remain top but their last match of the season is at home... against Treeton.
Tickhill maintained their momentum, beating Coal Aston after reaching 230-8. Andrew Rennison made 60 and James Stuart took 7-37.
Aston Hall’s attack struck back, bowling Conisbrough out for 159 in reply to 168. Nicholas Smit made 42 and captured 4-34.
Darfield made only 146 as Matt Newman struck with 6-31 but they bowled Hallam out for 110 as Michael Topp replied with 6-41.
Elsecar, revelling in their return to form, beat old rivals Wickersley. Ainsley Swallow (72) and Jason Meadows led the way to 257-7.
Scott Jones (6-54) pegged Wickersley back to 221 despite Haider Jehangir making 73 and Jordan Lowe 59.
At Wath, Lee Rigby made 79 as Houghton Main moved to 240-7 despite Sam Whitlam’s 5-70. The struggling hosts were pegged to 189-8 but secured a batting bonus point through Sam Drury (55) and Jonathan Hays (47).
Saturday: Brook and Boult strike to topple champion
HOYLANDSWAINE’S hopes of retaining the Premiership title were rocked by a nine-wicket defeat at leaders Scholes.
Josh Brook (4-26) and Jono Boult (3-50) toppled Hoylandswaine for 124 and Joe Carter (65no) and Peter Drysdale (32no) shared an unbroken 91-run stand as Scholes knocked off the runs in 16 overs.
Shepley maintained their challenge by scraping a nine-run win at Slaithwaite.
Alex Walker (5-27) and David Hales (3-35) routed Shepley for 114 but Slaithwaite’s reply was soon in deep trouble at 37-6 and they were bowled out for 105 by Danny Glover (4-23) and Nasir Jamal (3-24).
Shelley and Golcar improved their chances of avoiding relegation. Yousaf Hasnat (81) and Shershan Naidoo (73) led Shelley 247-8 against Moorlands, who managed only 121.
Tim Welsford (5-39) and Jack Hargreaves (3-7) skittled Barkisland for 118, replying to Golcar’s 149.
Tim Sykes (67) and Edward Wilson (62) put on 121 as Honley overhauled Elland’s 169-8 that included 43 by Siraj Sajid.
Andrew Gleave (103), Greg Buckley (72), Chris Laker (47no) and Graeme Simpson (46) guided Delph & Dobcross to 287-6 against strugglers Skelmanthorpe, whose reply of 185-9 featured a half-century by Bjorn Taylor.
Ben Simpson (95no) and Matthew Smith (65) steered Championship leaders Cawthorne to a seven-wicket win at Clayton West, who recovered from 82-6 to post 220-9 thanks to Robert Kaskiewicz’s unbeaten 72.
Jaycob Curtling struck 91 as Armitage Bridge stepped up their promotion bid by beating Holmfirth, whose three-wicket defeat was hard on all-rounder Bilal Khiljee (111 and 4-64).
Sunday: Scholes on course for top-flight title
Leaders Scholes stayed on course for the Premiership title with a 129-run win at Shepley.
Shepley were routed for 104, replying to Scholes’ 233-8 that included half centuries by Joe Carter and Toby Booth.
Champions Hoylandswaine bounced back from Saturday’s defeat at Scholes by beating Golcar by six wickets.
Ben Potter (4-29) and Yasir Abbas (3-30) limited Golcar to 149 which Hoylandswaine overhauled in 28 overs thanks to Sarjinder Pal Singh (44) and Max Joice (42no).
A century stand between Graeme Simpson (72) and Greg Buckley (65) steered Delph and Dobcross to a four-wicket win at Slaithwaite who were kept at 178-8 by Wasim Qasim (4-49).
Dave Berry (42), Max Berry (38) and Lewis Bradley (3-16) were Slaithwaite’s best performers.
Luke Bridges (100) and Jamie Summerscales (67) put on 99 as Barkisland piled up 284-6 against Elland, who were toppled for 105 by Alex Scholefield (3-35) and Jake Finch (3-15).
Yousaf Hasnat (83), Abdul Wahid (44) and Joe Sykes (30) led Shelley to 247-9 at Kirkburton who managed only 186-9, despite Iqbal Khan’s 68.
All-rounders Aaron Crispe (42 and 4-38) and Tim Taylor (31 and 3-31) gave Honley the edge against Moorlands whose defeat was hard on Chris Lloyd (5-55).
Irfan Amjad (49), Bjorn Taylor (49), Luke Webster (48no), Tony Goodin (5-58) and Kris Whittaker (4-46) shone for strugglers Skelmanthorpe in a three-wicket win against Broad Oak.