Trusty double act rescue champions

Champions Woodlands were again indebted to their opening bowlers Pieter Swanepoel (4-57) and Sarfraz Ahmed (3-53) for pulling a match out of the fire.

When Cleckheaton’s Ian Nicholson (72) and Ammer Mahmood (43) added 116 for the third wicket it looked as though their side would chase down the Woodlands score of 217-8. However, Sarfraz and Swanepoel came up with the key wickets as Cleckheaton were restrict to 213-9, leaving Woodlands the winners by four runs.

Pudsey St Lawrence are just a point behind Woodlands after a comfortable 54-run win at Farsley. Mark Robertshaw (54) and Gareth Clough (51) helped St Lawrence to make 203-7, before restricting Farsley to 149-8 with young Oliver Ashford taking 4-26.

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Five days after knocking Bradford & Bingley out of the Priestley Cup, Manningham Mills beat them again by seven-runs. Iqbal Khan (37) and Adal Islam (36) rescued Mills after their former player Phil Slater, the Bradford & Bingley skipper, took 6-56. They helped their side to 145, a total they defended thanks to fine bowling from overseas player Ali Noman (4-32) and Zeeshan Qasim (3-36). New boy Alex Atkinson made a battling 63 for Bradford & Bingley.

Hanging Heaton defeated Undercliffe by nine runs. Skipper John Carruthers (3-28) and Mark Lawson (3-36) helped dismiss Undercliffe 109 in reply to the home side’s 118. Undercliffe’s new overseas pace bowler Muhammad Khan took 6-23.

Lightcliffe’s Alex Stead hit the first century of the new season. His 122 and 81 not out from Alex Lees helped their side defeat Saltaire by 26 runs.

Neil Gill won five successive titles with Pudsey Congs, but on Saturday he took 3-6 as he made his debut for East Bierley against them following his transfer from Wrenthorpe. Gill’s contribution helped East Bierley bowl out Congs for 108. East Bierley skipper Lee Goddard hit an unbeaten 58 as he and Andrew Rennison (42) guided their side to an emphatic eight-wicket win.

Gomersal’s wicketkeeper Jack Seddon hit a maiden century as his the leaders Bankfoot by 113 runs.