Local cricket: Round-up from the weekend May 23-24

Horsforth v Knaresborough in the Aire Wharfe League. 'Leon Harber goes on the attack for Horsforth. (Picture: Steve Riding).
Horsforth v Knaresborough in the Aire Wharfe League. 'Leon Harber goes on the attack for Horsforth. (Picture: Steve Riding).
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Here we round-up the action from the Bradford, Yorkshire ECB, Central Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Aire-Wharfe, York Senior and Huddersfield leagues.

Bradford League

Today’s Pudsey derby has been given added spice by the fact that St Lawrence and Congs go into battle sitting first and second respectively in Division One.

St Lawrence have 98 points and are 18 ahead of Congs after their 144-run win over Farsley.

Spinners Chris Marsden (5-38) and Tom Hudson (3-30) sealed the victory as Farsley were dismissed for 132 with Dan Hodgson’s unbeaten 64 their only consolation. St Lawrence’s 276-6 included 70 from Adam Waite and 50 not out from 30 balls from Matthew Duce.

Congs saw off bottom team Saltaire by eight wickets. Paceman James Pearson took 5-42 as Saltaire perished for 159, Tariq Mehboob making 50.

Andrew Bairstow made an unbeaten 58 to see Congs home after opener Nick Lindley’s (52).

Champions Cleckheaton produced a fine performance to defeat Woodlands by four wickets. Skipper John Wood made 65 as Woodlands’ score of 200 was passed with ease.

Spinner Chris Brice took 4-72 for Woodlands but his side were left to rue their inability to cash in on the good start that openers Duncan Snell (82) and Sam Frankland (41) gave them before leg spinner Tanzeel Altaf (4-58) and paceman Curtis Free (3-38) sparked a collapse.

Undercliffe’s secured their first win by beating East Bierley by 19 runs. Gulsheraz Ahmed (50), Farakh Hussain (35) and Michael Kelsey (35) helped Undercliffe to 199 despite the efforts of Haziq Tareen (3-61). Spinner Amir Hussain (4-46) kept East Bierley in check as they finished of 180-9. New Farnley defeated Bradford & Bingley by five. Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd made 55 for Farnley. Bradford struggled against spinners Dave McCallum (4-46) and James Middlebrook (3-36).

Yorkshire ECB

Graeme Attenborough put on a match-winning display as Doncaster Town cruised to victory by 120 runs at Hull.

On a day when many batsmen found runs hard to come by, he cracked 18 boundaries in a superb 116 and put on 123 with Rhys Mann (55) as Doncaster recovered from 2-2 and 84-4 to post a creditable 273-9.

He then picked up 4-30 and a run-out, and with Alex Gosney, who followed up an unbeaten 45 with 3-44, dismissed the home side for 153 in which Chris Grey (45) top scored.

Prolific batting has put Harrogate at the top of the table but it was tight bowling that kept them there, Sam Davies 
(3-25) the pick with an impressive set of figures as they restricted Castleford to 133. For once the leaders had a poor start, struggling at 33-4 but Jack Potter (48no) and David Foster (53no) clinched victory. That increased their lead at the top as Barnsley slipped to a second successive defeat, going down by 25 runs at home to Appleby Frodingham. Ali Jahangir (4-49) tore through the visitors’ middle order but a late 40 from Zane Scott helped them to 211 and despite the efforts of Azeem Rafiq (41), Zohaib Ahmad (46) and James Brown (35), Barnsley fell short.

Richard Kettleborough (45) helped Sheffield Collegiate recover from 99-5 to 218 but with Eliot Callis (83) and Ben Ainsley (45) leading the way, Yorkshire Academy won by five wickets.

Ryan McKendry (6-38) and Tom Pringle (4-54) dismissed Sheffield United for 183 a total York passed with ease thanks to Simon Lambert (92no), Adam Whatley (43) and Liam McKendry (38no).

James Moorhouse (59) and Mark Cummins (69no) put on 107 as Rotherham Town won by eight wickets at Cleethorpes.

Central Yorkshire

OSSETT moved level on points with champions Methley at the top of the Premiership when former Yorkshire all-rounder Gurman Randhawa (50 and 4-18) led them to a 123-run win over Birstall.

Luke Patel hit an an unbeaten 86 and Richard Foster and Sohail Raz each struck 43 as Methley overhauled Wrenthorpe’s 212-6 that featured a 95-run stand between Jordan Sleightholme (82) and Sam Wigglesworth (40) and an unbeaten half-century from Chris Leaf.

Townville are four points behind the top two after beating Batley by 57 runs. All-rounder Jack Hughes’ unbeaten 62 off 63 balls and 6-44 gave the Castleford side the edge.

Simon Parker (57no) and Steve Cooper (56no) shared an unbroken century stand as Carlton recovered from 68-5 to post 233-6 at Altofts who salvaged a batting point by holding out at 199-9 with an unbroken last-wicket partnership of 50 between Myles Robinson (43no) and Jordan Carter (14no). Nazar Hussain hit a century and Adil Mustafa snapped up 5-22 as Mirfield Parish Cavaliers bagged their first victory by beating Hunslet Nelson by 127 runs.

Promoted Buttershaw St Paul’s are still without a win after Wakefield Thornes’ Matthew Varley 
(4-24) and Ravinda Paliyaguruge (3-34) routed them for 106. Matthew Jordan (44) and James Wolfenden (42) put on 84 as Thornes won in just 12.5 overs.

Hopton Mills have a two-point lead over Azaad in the Championship, with Oulton a further three points adrift after all three won.

League newcomers Great Preston stepped up their Division One promotion bid when James Marston (100) and Lee Russell (47) shared a 107-run stand to steer them to 246-9 at Mirfield who were routed for 99 by Andy Clark (6-18) and Russell (3-52).


PREMIERSHIP leaders Scholes maintained their unbeaten league record with a seven-wicket win at Moorlands.

Joe Carter (74) and Tom Boorman (45) steered Scholes to victory after Tom Brook 
(4-56) and brother Josh (3-31) toppled Moorlands for 162 which included 68 by Andy Fortis.

Honley, Hoylandswaine and Shepley maintained their challenges. Tim Taylor (85), Aaron Crispe (52no) and Tim Sykes (40) guided Honley to 242-4 against Slaithwaite who managed only 141.

Yasir Abbas (38 and 5-55) was champions Hoylandswaine’s match-winner as they beat Kirkburton by 15 runs.

Javaid Ahmad (44), Jonathan Butterfield (3-33) and Andrew Smith (3-40) were Kirkburton’s best performers.

Tom Denton, Oliver Davidson and Christian Smith hit half-centuries as Shepley posted 
270-6 against Broad Oak who were out for 143 by Nasir Jamal (4-19) and Danny Glover (3-27).

Hasnat Yousaf’s century was in vain as Shelley fell for 255, replying to Delph and Dobcross’ 355-4 who had a double century-stand between Andrew Gleave (125) and Greg Buckley (114).

Bottom two Golcar and Skelmanthorpe both won. Irfan Amjad completed an unbeaten century with a winning six as Skelmanthorpe ended their slump with a two-wicket victory at Barkisland. Golcar’s Tim Welsford (4-37) and Will Hinchcliffe (3-28) routed Elland for 69.

Tom Barber (56) and Kyle Hitchman (5-26) led Clayton West to a 85-run win at Armitage Bridge in the Championship.

Ben Raven-Hill hammered 133 and Jamie Hayes 111 as Thongsbridge piled up the day’s highest score of 361-3 against Almondbury Wesleyans.

Aire Wharfe

OPENER John Inglis hit a superb 106 in 118 balls as Beckwithshaw continued to dominate with an easy win over fourth-placed Bilton.

Inglis starred in three half-century stands before being fifth man out and, with Alexis Twigg (34) and Alex Lilley (42) weighing in, Beckwithshaw set a 265-7 target. The result was never in doubt. With Istikhar Hussain (4-28) continuing the form that has helped Beckwithshaw bowl out every opponent to date, and Yasar Ali picking up 3-20, Bilton were dismissed for 154 despite a half-century stand between Sajad Ali and Mustahsan Shah.

Defending champions Otley continue to provide the biggest threat to Beckwithshaw after beating Burley by six wickets. Defending a 193 total, Nick Brook took the first four Otley wickets but James Davies smashed a quickfire unbeaten 116 and with Jamie Pickering (47no) saw Otley to victory. Ben Heritage (86) and Kuda Samunderu (62no) top scored in Rawdon’s 221-8 and then Samunderu picked up three wickets as North Leeds were restricted to 155-9.

Toby Jacklin took 5-15 as third-placed Follifoot were skittled out for 85, setting up a six-wicket win for Collingham. Tom Stead included two wickets in two balls in his 3-12 and with James Emmott (3-18) tore through Ilkley’s batting for just 99, a total Steeton passed in 22 overs.

Having only come up from Division Three last season, Horsforth took over top spot in Division Two with an 89-run win over Knaresborough masterminded by Leon Harber (57), Gareth Lee (44) and Ryan Sharrocks (67). Five wickets from Jake Zslinszky and unbeaten stand between Charlie Bell (64no) and Sam Wilson (37no) gave Pool victory over previous leaders Green Lane.

South Yorkshire

CHARLIE ROEBUCK of Treeton was the star turn on Saturday.

The former England U19 and Yorkshire player, still only 23, made 103 out of 166-3 on a pitch that everyone else found challenging.

It enabled Treeton to overcome Hallam and stay within touching distance of Whitley Hall at the top of the South Yorkshire League.

Whitley themselves had to battle hard against Houghton Main. Tanzeel Ali top-scored with 58 as Houghton made 226-7. Jim Tasker bowled 15 overs for 35.

Three of Whitley’s top batsmen got out in the 30s and it took an unbroken stand of 61 by Greig Batty (44) and Sam Chatterton (24) to get the winning runs after they had been struggling on 166-6.

Aston Hall continued Elsecar’s disappointing form and their own progress to the top of the league.

A fantastic partnership of 132 by Matt Sheppard (68) and Tim Shaw (55) after they had been 70-7 took them to 205 (Scott Jones 5-33), which proved too much for Elsecar for whom only Ainsley Swallow (54) really got going.

Conisbrough beat Darfield as Arosh Janoda’s 51 in 43 balls enabled Conisbrough to reac 133, and his 4-32 (and Oliver Jackson’s 4-60) bowled Darfield out for 99.

Tickhill defeated Wath with similar scores, 131-119. Best figures were 4-38 by James Stuart.

And Wickersley had a better day as they made 246-9; Richard Harrison (91), Haider Jahangir (43) and held Coal Aston to 
220-8; David Rodgers (51) and Liam Johnson (45) thanks to an outstanding bowling performance by Johan Bothma (5-59).

Next week, the key match will be the two unbeaten sides Whitley Hall and Aston Hall playing each other at Whitley, one which will be of interest to Treeton and Wickersley, who also meet.

York Senior

PREMIER DIVISION leaders Woodhouse Grange wasted little time recording a fifth win of the season, their match against York II lasting a total of just 46 overs.

Steve Burdett produced the division’s best figures to date, bowling unchanged to finish with 6-20 from 14.3 overs as the visitors were all out for 66.

Matthew Durkin (26) and Nick Hadfield (21) both finished not out as the hosts romped home inside 17 overs losing just the one ticket. Woodhouse now have a 24-point lead over the chasing pack.

The biggest upset of the day came at Dunnington, where the home side climbed off the bottom of the table with their first win, a seven-wicket victory over previously unbeaten Sheriff Hutton Bridge. The visitors, led by David Bradshaw (72) reached 237-8, but an unbroken partnership between Jack Bolam (76) and Collis King (69) saw the hosts home.

Acomb were another team to have their unbeaten start to the season ended, when they lost by three wickets at Scarborough. Joe Dale (72) scored his third half-century of the season, but the visitors were limited to 178-7.

Mark Tennant (37) top-scored in the successful reply.

Stamford Bridge climbed into second place, their victory at Beverley Town owing much to all-rounder Mark Beckett who, along with Dom Rhodes, each took three wickets as the home side led by Jon Vodden (50) were restricted to 197-8, he then top scored with 75 as the visitors replied with 198-4.

Heworth held on inside the top six despite finishing on the wrong end of the draw at Fenner.

Will Parker (102no) and Joe Hewitt (80) shared a third-wicket stand of 145 out of the home side’s total of 237-3, and despite Oliver Sherwood (44), Neil Johnson (42) and Tom Owen (41) all getting starts for the visitors none were able to go on to play the innings which would have got their side closer than the 188-7 they ended on.

Hull Zingari’s first victory of the season came against Clifton Alliance, but they got home with just four balls to spare. Joe Ashdown reached three figures for the second time this season, and his unbeaten 122, along with 58 from John Gilham helped the visitors to 234-6.

But despite three wickets each for David Skaith and Alex Renton the hosts got home thanks to James Berridge (60) and Jack Storey (39), before an unbeaten 29 from Callum Hellwig saw them over the line.

Studley Royal are still searching for a first win despite scoring 253-3 against Easingwold.

Anthony Mackle (106) and Rob Nicholson (74) shared an opening stand of 131, and Steven Walmsley finished unbeaten on 51, but their efforts only merited a share of the points, because earlier in the day Stephen Piercy (129) and Paul Skilbeck (80) had shared a 166-run third-wicket partnership as the visitors made 266-6.