Bradford: Champions suffer at the hands of Hartley

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Champions Cleckheaton are notoriously slow starters but even they must have been stunned by the emphatic nature of the 164-run defeat they suffered at Bradford & Bingley.

Young paceman Jack Hartley – son of former Yorkshire player Neil – took 7-47 as Cleckheaton were dismissed for just 80 in reply to the home side’s 244-9, of which Ryan Cooper made 84.

The opening day’s matches produced four centuries and two of them came in Pudsey St Lawrence’s 14-run win at East Bierley.

James Smith hammered five sixes and 15 fours as he made an unbeaten 126 which helped St Lawrence to a total of 269-5.

East Bierley’s captain Dan Shuffe scored even quicker. He made 110 from just 71 balls with 10 sixes and five fours, but it couldn’t save his side from defeat as they finished on 269-8.

Australian opener Nick Connolly batted throughout the Hanging Heaton innings for an unbeaten 106 which, with help from David Paynter (40), enabled his side to total 252-5

Newly-promoted Saltaire made a spirited reply but couldn’t deal with left-arm spinner Ben Elvidge (7-57) as they were bowled out for 207.

The fourth century maker was the Pudsey Congs captain Gareth Phillips. His 106 not out helped his side to 240-7 to defeat Undercliffe by 127 runs.

There was also a close finish at Albert Terrace where Woodlands edged home by 13 runs. The home side made 185-9 thanks to Grant Soames (45) and Sarfraz Ahmed (38no).

Nick Walker hit an aggressive unbeaten 73 for New Farnley who were dismissed for 172. Left-arm spinner Chris Brice took 5-65.

New captain Alex Stead made 63 as Lightcliffe defeated Farsley by 38 runs.