20/20 Quarter Final Review

Firstly a huge pat on the back to 20/20 competition organiser Mark Gilman for picking the warmest and sunniest evening of the year on Tuesday to hold the first ever quarter final stage!

The combination of the weather and the cricket brought a good turn out to Mirfield Parish to watch the game with Wakefield St Michaels. The visitors batted well and posted a very competitive total of 171-6. The Parish chase wasn't always up with the run rate, but overseas star Naz Hussain always had the situation under control and his 80* proved crucial as he finished off the game with a towering 6 in the final over as Parish finished on 172-2.

Another overseas player enjoying the distinctly un-english conditions was Hopton Mills Barbadian Neil Browne. Browne hammered 86 and Chris Scott 39 as Mills compiled an excellent 209-4 at Birstall. Once again Nick Kaye led the way for Birstall as he top scored with 54, but a match winning spell of bowling from Phil Scott (4-11) saw the home side eventually all out for 136, and see Hopton Mills through to Finals Day.

Another overseas player, Ravi Palliyaruguge, played a key role in Wakefield Thornes win over Carlton. His 3-10 led the way in restricting Carlton to 129-9, despite Farrukh Alams 48. Palliyaguruge then scored 38, supported by James Wolfendens 32 and Tom Froggetts 30 as Thornes reached 133-6 from 18.2 overs, Jonny Hughes taking 3-18 for Carlton.

Gildersomes brave run in the competition came to an end as they found going to defending cup holders Methley a step too far. They certainly put in a good effort in the field as Methley posted 177-6, but found the Methley bowling a little too hot to handle and were dismissed for 48 in reply.  

The line up for the Finals day at Birstall CC on Sunday 12th July is therefore confirmed as Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, Hopton Mills, Wakefield Thornes and Methley.

CYCL Cup Semi Final Draws

The draws for the semi finals of the Jack Hampshire and Wheatley cups were made tonight and are as follows:

Jack Hampshire Cup Semi Final

Methley v Wakefield Thornes.

Hunslet Nelson v Wrenthorpe.

Wheatley Cup Semi Final

Carlton A v Hopton Mills A

Ossett A v Birstall A

All ties to be played on Sunday 19th July.

Second Team Week 11 Review

Second Team Premier Division

An incredible individual performance was the highlight of the day, if not the season, as the top five all win.

Match of the Day: Ossett beat East Ardsley by 336 runs.

Ossetts Gavin Goodlad was simply superb as he raced to 214 not out off just 118 balls. His innings included no less than 30 fours and ten sixes. He put on 224 with Mathew Wood (80) and then partnered Dale Winterbottom (38) to a third wicket stand of 103 as Ossett declared on 384-3 after 44 overs. It was a day to be remembered for the popular Goodlad and one he deserves. For East Ardsley, who had only 7 players and were shot out for 48, it was a day to forget. Full credit to their team, which included a number of juniors, for persevering in difficult circumstances. Goodlads heroics ensured Ossett stay in second place, just two points behind Wakefield Thornes.

Thornes stayed top after beating Birstall by 8 wickets with Josh Hudson-Evans scoring an unbeaten 50. Batley are third after beating Wakefield St Michaels by 7 wickets as Saqib Talib took 5-31. Stephen Preshaw took 4-39 to lead fourth placed Methley to a 6 wicket win over Carlton. Wrenthorpe are up to fifth after a 39 run win over Buttershaw St Pauls, Brandon Hewlitt taking 4-48 for Wrenthorpe. In the remaining game Mirfield Parish beat Altofts by 54 runs. Tom Heaton excelling for Parish with figures of 7-28. All these fixtures are reversed in week 12.

Second Team Championship.

Match of the Day: Northowram Fields beat Oulton by 54 runs.

Chris Metcalfs 83 was crucial in setting up a total of 219 all out for Northowram Fields, Steve Dawber taking 3-36 for Oulton. The Oulton reply was going nowhere until number 9 Inayat Ahmadzai decided to take the game back to Fields and top scored with 44. It wasn't enough, however, and Oulton were all out for 165, Josh Dodd taking 3-46.

Hassan Hussains unbeaten 58 was the highlight of Hunslet Nelsons 5 wicket win over Townville, whilst in the other game played Hopton Mills beat Liversedge by 45 runs. Azaads day off saw their lead at the top cut to four points over Hopton Mills.

Second Team Division One

Match of the Day: Great Preston beat Gildersome by 58 runs.

Great Preston maintain a ten point lead at the top thanks to this win. Michael Wade had a good day all round, scoring 36 and taking 4-9. Gildersome had good contributions from Mayur Patel (4-27) and Sufiyan Zaman (65) and remain in fourth place.

Caribbean are in second place and their latest win was by 35 runs over Adwalton, thanks to bowling figures of 5-12 from Mohammed Kasim. An unbeaten 57 from John Gomersall helped East Leeds maintain third place after a winning draw with Rodley and Mirfield defeated Crossbank Methodists by 78 runs, Mark Eastwood taking 4-32. 



Division One-Week 11 Review

A shock defeat for East Leeds allowed Great Preston to open up a four point lead at the top of Division One.

Great Preston beat Adwalton by 6 wickets.

Great Prestons Andy Clark took 5-58 as, supported by Lee Russell (4-46) Adwalton were bowled out for 183. Matthew Donohoe was again in excellent form for Adwalton, scoring 71. Donohoe wasn't finished there though, as he went on to take 2-27 in the second innings. It wasn't enough though to stop Great Preston and their Australian run machine, Matt King (72*) chasing down the total for the loss of just 4 wickets.

Mirfield beat East Leeds by 54 runs.

East Leeds were overtaken by Great Preston at the top after this unexpected reverse. With Alan Olbison (5-54) reducing Mirfield to 88-7, all seemed to be going to plan. There followed though a tremendous rearguard action from Mirfield, led by Scott Young (35) and Joseph Dransfield (34*) to see them close on 202-9. Despite another good innings from Dan Lawrence (44), East Leeds never really got going and were eventually all out for 148, Dan Gough taking 4-32 to secure an excellent win for Mirfield.

Rodley beat Crossbank Methodists by 2 wickets.

Joe Metcalfes 2-10 was the pick of the Rodley bowling as Crossbank were dismissed for 119, Alan Firth top scoring with 26. Gary Lewsley (39) gave Rodley a good start to the run chase, but with Alan Firth (4-16) now starring with the ball, Rodley stuttered to an unpromising 99-8. At that point Julian Horsley (17*) and Andrew Ralph (13*) dug in and steered Rodley home to a narrow win.

East Leeds will be keen to make amends in week 12 when they are at home to third placed Gildersome. Great Preston, meanwhile, are at home to Rodley and Crossbank Methodists entertain Mirfield. Adwalton have the week off.

Championship Review-Week 11

A significant week in the Championship as Hopton Mills opened up a five point lead at the top as rivals Azaad and Oulton both slipped to defeats.

Hopton Mills beat Northowram Fields by 113 runs

Ash Mackereth was back in form as his 72 set Hopton Mills on their way to an impressive 277 against Northowram Fields. Neil Browne (40) and Stephen Bland (39) helped keep the scoreboard ticking along towards a big total, although Northowram did take all ten wickets. Zafar Khan was again their main wicket taker with 4-54. Glen Morrison (33) provided some resistance in Fields reply, but there wasn't enough support as they were all out for 164, Michael Carroll taking 4-40.

Wakefield St Michaels beat Azaad by 127 runs.

After a grim run of defeats, St Michaels have bounced back in recent weeks, and on Saturday produced this stunning win over previous league leaders Azaad. John Bowett (59) and Chris Thornton (44) gave St Michaels a great start with an opening stand of 93. Things slowed down a little after that as Azaads Kashif Najam (4-40) and Syed Shah Bukhari (4-38) kept plugging away, but the innings eventually closed on 219. In reply, Ahmad Hussain's excellent spell of 4-13 led the way in dismissing Azaad for a disappointing 92 all out, with Mohamed Zubair Badat top scoring with 27.

Liversedge beat Oulton by 6 wickets.

Oulton 143-10. Liversedge 147-4. Sadly no further details available as no scorecard available at the time of writing. A good win for Liversedge though, which takes them level with Oulton, and just one point behind Azaad.

East Ardsley beat Caribbean by 87 runs.

Little is going right for bottom club Caribbean as they continue to search for an elusive first win of the season. East Ardsley, on the other hand, have shown an encouraging improvement in recent weeks. Batting first, Ardsley shared the runs round with Ash Battye (49) and Ash Pearson (49) leading the way to a challenging total of 239-10, Shan Khan taking 3-51 for Caribbean. There were some positives in the Caribbean reply, with scores of 49 from Haseen Bashir and 44* from Anthony Williams. It wasn't enough though, as East Ardsley, led by Dave Kibler (4-18) dismissed them for 152.

Week 12 sees Wakefield St Michael looking to continue their good run in a difficult looking game with Hopton Mills. Azaad will be looking to bounce back in their visit to Caribbean and Oulton visit Northowram Fields. The remaining game has Liversedge entertaining East Ardsley.