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Championship Review - Week 18

Hopton Mills and Liversedge both collected maximum points so just one point continues to separate these two sides in their battle for the Championship title. 

Hopton Mills beat Northowram Fields by 91 runs.

Hopton Mills stayed top and effectively put paid to Northowram Fields distant hopes of figuring in the title race after this emphatic win. Ash Mackereth was again a crucial figure for Mills, scoring 99 runs and taking 3-50 with the ball. With Chris Scott contributing 55 as well, Mills closed on 232 all out, with Northowram bowlers Jason Smith (4-52), Zafar Khan (3-64) and Josh Bennett Keer (3-69) all chipping in. In reply, Fields struggled to deal with Brad Drake (3-29) as he and Mackereth led the way in dismissing them for 141. Chris Metcalf top scored for Northowram with 46.

Liversedge beat Oulton by 4 wickets.

Liversedge kept up the pressure with this latest win. Zach Wood grabbed the bowling headlines by taking 3-12 as Oulton were all out for 121, with William Harrison top scoring on 40*. It wasn't all plain sailing for Liversedge in reply, as Joe Sykes took 2-23, and wickets fell regularly. Captain Graeme Winn eventually steadied the ship, however, seeing his team home with an innings of 28*.

Azaad beat Wakefield St Michaels by 1 wicket. 

Azaad aren't completely out of the race yet, though at 8 points behind second place Liversedge with 3 games to go, their chances are looking more and more distant. They only just managed to scrape home in this game with lowly St. Michaels, but they got there in the end to collect 6 valuable points. A good bowling performance, led by Waheed Ahmed (3-17) saw St. Michaels dismissed for 98, Mark Atkinson top scoring with 29*. Imran Mahboob scored 27 for Azaad, but the rest of the batting struggled as Alex Leyshon (5-37) and Richard Atkinson (4-44) gave it everything to secure a victory, but last pair Zahoor Hussain and Waheed Ahmed saw Azaad over the line.

East Ardsley beat Caribbean by 8 wickets.

Harold Campbell scored 19 as Caribbean were all out for 68. Ash Battye's 20* led the way in East Ardsleys reply of 69-2, a win that puts East Ardsley up into fourth place.

This week Hopton Mills visit East Ardsley as they continue to try and maintain top spot. Azaad play Liversedge in a game that could prove to be crucial, whilst Wakefield St Michaels entertain Oulton and Caribbean are at home to Northowram Fields.

Jack Hampshire Cup Final Review

Methley JH winners 2015

Methley 2015 JH Cup Winners

If 2015 does turn out to be the last year of the Jack Hampshire Cup in its traditional format then, sadly, the competition went out with a bit of a whimper as Methley defeated Wrenthorpe by 10 wickets at Little Church Road on Sunday in front of a large crowd.

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Second Team Review - Week 17

Premier Division.

Its looking like a 3 horse race now for the title, with Ossett on 81 points, Wakefield Thornes 79 and Batley 75. Methley are still mathematically in with a chance on 61 points with 5 games left, but that would seem unlikely at this stage.

Match of the Day: Wakefield St Michaels beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers by 6 wickets.

Parish batsmen Raith Sidwell (88) and Euan Hardcastle (68) led the way as their side posted an impressive 274, with Lee Stevenson (3-41) and Peter Brown (3-70) getting amongst the wickets for St. Michaels. The run chase though, didn't faze Nick McMahon who scored an excellent 126, and with Martin Bramley registering 73*, St. Michaels got home with the loss of just 4 wickets to record a creditable win.

Dale Winterbottom was in sensational form for Ossett, scoring 108 and taking 5-27 as the league leaders stormed to a 165 run victory over Birstall. Wakefield Thornes stayed second as Faisal Yousufs 64* helped them beat Altofts by 6 wickets. Eight man Buttershaw St Pauls went down by 8 wickets against Batley, who's young openers Shoaib Hashmi (40) and Mohammed Iqbal (37) were instrumental in their win. Methley beat East Ardsley by 7 wickets with Amol Vani taking 4-13. It was looking like a very early finish as Wrenthorpe collapsed to 31-6. However David Robson (82) and Mathew Race (103*) had other ideas and put on 200 runs for the 7th wicket. Carlton recovered sufficiently though to still chase the score down Dan Simpson scoring 65 and Gary Close 51 to record a winning draw.

Championship.

Hopton Mills slipped up against Oulton, enabling Azaad to stretch their lead to 9 points. Azaad have next week off, so Mills have a chance to close the gap again in what is now a two horse race for the title.

Match of the Day: Oulton beat Hopton Mills by 52 runs.

Oultons Qudratullh Khan, with 58, was the mainstay of their innings of 147 all out. Mills would normally be fancied to chase that down, but Gary Dawber (4-20) led the way for Oulton as Mills were shot out for 95.

Muhammed Abrar's 5-19 and Amjad Hussain's 72* were the key performers as Azaad secured a winning draw against Hunslet Nelson. Northowram Fields also picked up 4 points, this time against Liversedge. Josh Dodd (3-23) and Stephen Elliott (38) both made telling contributions for Fields.

Division One.

East Leeds won the crunch game against Great Preston, narrowing the gap between these two sides to 7 points. Gildersome are still hanging on here, being another 9 points further back, but with a game in hand on the top two.

Match of the Day: East Leeds beat Great Preston by 9 runs.

An excellent batting display by East Leeds saw John Gomersall (65), Martin Kent (53) and Ryan Truswell (63*) help them compile 222-4. Great Preston kept up with the run rate, but crucially, were losing wickets on a regular basis. Mark Mosby (65) and Joe Thurlow (44) kept them in the hunt, but, led by Darrell Jones (3-49), East Leeds finally dismissed Great Preston for 213 to keep the title race going for a little longer yet.

Rodleys Chris Bradbury scored 76, but Gildersome, with Mohammed Zafar scoring 64, got home by 3 wickets to keep their faint title hopes alive. Paul Bennett scored 89* as Adwalton secured a winning draw against Crossbank Methodists, and there was a terrific effort by Caribbeans Mohammed Kasim who took 5-6, all clean bowled, in his sides 14 run win over Mirfield.

Division One Review-Week 17

With Great Preston having the week off, East Leeds closed the gap between the two sides to 6 points, and the Division One title race would appear to be firmly between these two now.

East Leeds won a high scoring dual with Adwalton, but were unable to collect the full points. James Watling scored 65, Dean Atkinson 52* and Kirti Tandel 40 as East Leeds posted 295-7. Steven Laycock took 2-54 and James Paterson 2-45 for Adwalton. In reply, Andy Langley hit 97 and Mathew Donohoe 56 as Adwalton came agonisingly close, finishing on 285-8, with Shamoon Mushtaq taking 3-80.

Haseeb Hashmi scored 105 and Khalil Liaquat took 5-27 as Gildersome defeated Crosssbank Methodists by 8 wickets. James Abbott (39) and Richard Hosley (34) helped Crossbank to a total of 157-10, Gildersome going on to score 161-2.

Rodley were in dire straights at 17-5, but 38 from Paul Smith helped them to finish on 107-10, Mirfields Andrew Young taking 4-15. Mirfield chased the total down for the loss of 5 wickets.

The crunch game this week is East Leeds vs Great Preston. A win for Great Preston will put them on the edge of winning the title, however if East Leeds triumph the race will go right to the wire. Rodley play Gildersome and Crossbank Methodists play Mirfield in the other games.

Championship Review-Week 17

With four games to go, Hopton Mills and Liversedge have broken away from the pack in the race to win the Championship.

Hopton Mills hold a one point lead after a winning draw with Azaad. Mills compiled 234-7 thanks to good contributions from Gary Senior (58), Chris Scott (57) and Stephen Bland (47*). Syed Shah Bukhari was the leading wicket taker for Azaad with 5-55. Imran Mahboob scored 72 in the Azaad reply, but Mills bowlers Neil Browne (4-37) and Ash Mackereth (3-33) pegged them back. They couldn't quite take the two final wickets, though, and Azaad finished on 184-8.

Liversedge, meanwhile, beat East Ardsley by 4 wickets. With Simon Kay (4-57) again in the wickets and Graeme Winn picking up 3-33, the Ardsley innings had slumped to 95-8. It then got a timely boost as Dave Kibler went on the counter attack, scoring 63* taking the final total to 173-10. Alan Sumner (67) and Paul Marlow (30) led the Liversedge reply which finished on 179-6, collecting a vital 6 points in the process.

Northowram Fields joined Azaad on 8 points behind Liversedge after a winning draw with Wakefield St Michaels, who posted 217-8 thanks to James Cooper (60) and Richard Atkinson (50). Jason Smith (4-56) and James Norcliffe (3-52) were among the wickets for Northowram Fields. Richard Atkinson was also in great form with the ball as he went on to take 5-55 as Northowram batted. Robert Larner gave Fields an excellent start with 99, and his colleagues went on to chase the total down with a score of 220-9.

In the remaining game, Oulton cruised to a 10 wicket victory over Caribbean, who were all out for 80. Shan Khan top scored with 23 and Matthew Boucher took 3-22 for Oulton. Opening pair Imran Mayat (49*) and Dan Bridges (28*) then saw Oulton safely to victory.

This week Hopton Mills entertain Northowram Fields. A defeat here will leave Northowram with a mountain to climb to win the title, whilst Mills will be looking for maximum points to keep the Liversedge challenge at bay. Liversedge are playing Oulton, and also need to keep winning in the final run in. Azaad aren't completely out of things yet and they visit Wakefield St Michaels, whilst Caribbean play East Ardsley in the remaining fixture.