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Division One Review-Week 15

Great Preston and East Leeds continue to move away from the rest of the field with each recording 6 point wins on Saturday.

Great Preston beat Rodley by 144 runs.

Matt King continued his rich vein of form with an excellent 134, which, supported by Lee Russells 76 enabled Great Preston to post 277-4. Rodley made a bright start to their innings though, with Simon Raistrick (38) and Gary Lewsley (37) putting on 73 for the first wicket. It was downhill after that however, as Lee Russell (4-42) and Andrew Clark (4-37) got to work and dismissed Rodley for 133.

East Leeds beat Gildersome by 5 wickets.

No real big scorers in this game as Haseeb Hashmi (41) top scored for Gildersome in their total of 180. James Watling was the leading wicket taker for East Leeds with 4-54. Daniel Thewlis then top scored for East Leeds with 39 as they passed the Gildersome total with 5 wickets to spare. Razeb Raja took 2-24 for Gildersome.

Great Preston keep a 4 point lead over East Leeds, with Adwalton and Gildersome an increasingly distant 15 points further back.

Adwalton beat Mirfield by 7 wickets.

Vinit Patel put the skids under Mirfield with figures of 4-28 as they were all out for 125, despite a spirited 48 from Mathew Haigh. Josh Bennett raced to 53* as Adwalton chased down the total for the loss of just 3 wickets.

East Leeds have next week off which gives Great Preston a chance to stretch their lead with a home game against Mirfield. Adwalton and Gildersome clash and the winners will go clear in third place, and bottom two Crossbank Methodists and Rodley meet at the Rumbolds.

Championship Review - Week 15

With momentous events taking place off the field over the weekend, there was plenty of on field action on Saturday. 

Hopton Mills winning draw with Liversedge.

The top two clashed and Hopton Mills posted a formidable total of 295-4, with Neil Browne again in the runs, scoring 109, supported by Chris Scott with 91*. Liversedge struggled in reply, with Mathew Butler top scoring with 47 as Brad Drake led the bowling with 4-13. However, last pair Nick Richardson and James Ives held out to close the innings on 145-9, denying Mills full points and keeping Liversedge on top of the table by one point.

Azaad beat Caribbean by 80 runs.

Azaad remain in third position after this win, just 2 points behind Hopton Mills. No further details due to no scorecard at the time of writing.

Oulton beat Northowram Fields by 68 runs.

An excellent all round performance from Jonny Gardiner was the key to this win for Oulton. Gardiner scored 44 and took 6-22 as Oulton set a target of 221-10, with Ryan Healey contributing 37. James Norcliffe was Northowram Fields leading bowler with 4-49. Despite 56 from Robert Larner, Gardiners heroics proved too much for Northowram in reply, and they finished on 153 all out.

East Ardsley beat Wakefield St Michaels by 5 runs.

A close finish here, but when East Ardsley were 64-7 it was looking like being a one sided affair. as St Michaels bowlers Michael Halloran (4-31) and Richard Atkinson (4-46) wreaked havoc amongst the top order. A defiant 38* from Tom Daniels led the revival though and enabled Ardsley to close on 156 all out. Richard Atkinson then got the reply off to a great start with 79, but wickets were falling regularly at the other end. David Battye with 4-26 was again in top form as St Michaels were dismissed for 151. 

Rule Reminder

Rule 5.4.2f

All clubs are reminded of the above rule which states that "any player who has played more 1st X1 than 2nd X1 matches will be ineligible for any of the last six 2nd X1 fixtures unless special permission is granted by the Emergency Committee".

Proposed merger of BCL and CYCL


Message from Mark Heald (Chairman All Rounder Central Yorkshire Cricket League)

As you are all aware cricket in Yorkshire is going through major changes with the introduction of 4 Premier Leagues. I am delighted that the Central Yorkshire League will form part of that structure.

As part of this process we have been engaging with other leagues on how they may feed into this new premier league.

Since discussions have begun many of us involved in the process have been concerned about the strength of the remaining CYCL divisions and for the future of the CYCL itself.

After months working closely with my colleague David Young, Chairman of the Bradford Cricket League we have put together this proposal which I can now circulate for your attention. It has the unanimous backing of the league management board of both leagues.

My belief is that this proposal presents a way forward for cricket in West Yorkshire; it answers many of the concerns that people have raised both within my committee and from those I have spoken to who represent CYCL clubs and indeed those playing within our league.

We are now entering a period of consultation and intend to implement this structure for season 2016. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns that your club may have.

Mark Heald

Chairman Central Yorkshire Cricket League

Second Team Review-Week 14

Second Team Premier Division.

Ossett and Wakefield Thornes continue to go toe to toe as joint leaders and now have an 8 point lead over third placed Batley.

Match of the Day: Batley winning draw against Carlton.

Carlton were looking in trouble at 79-6, mainly due to Roheil Hussains 3-59, but a revival inspired by Jordan Hartley (62) and Gavin German (48*) saw them eventually reach a respectable 212-7. Batley, however, chased the total down relatively comfortably as Imran Patel (97*) and Ebrahim Laher (50*) led them to 214-2.

Wakefield Thornes had Joe Cuthbertson (6-26) and Mathew Hawes (45*) in good form as they defeated Methley by 8 wickets. There was an 8 wicket win too for Ossett over Buttershaw St Pauls. Tamoor Saghir (6-34) and Gavin Goodlad (46*) were stand out performers for Ossett. Wrenthorpe also had an 8 wicket win, against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers. There is no scorecard received for this game at the time of writing. And Altofts beat Birstall by, you guessed it, 8 wickets thanks to Clive Jackson (3-11) and Dan Eden (37*). Finally, East Ardsley made it two in a row with an emphatic 9 wicket win over a 9 man Wakefield St Michaels. Patrick Green (4-21) and Ash Chapman (32*) leading the way for East Ardsley.

Second Team Championship.

Hopton Mills maintained a 0ne point lead over Azaad, with third place Oulton a further 18 points back.

Match of the Day: Azaad beat Northowram Fields by 164 runs.

Asad Bukhari top scored as Azaad posted 262-8. They then wrapped up a comprehensive win by bowling Northowram Fields out 98, with Aamir Siddique taking 4-23. Joe Potter top scored for Fields with 28.

Leaders Hopton Mills didn't have it all their own way against Townville, for whom both Kevin Rich (57) and Andy Ward (5-23) put in good individual performances. Mills had their own stand out performers though, as Neil Harrison (41) and Ian Lay (4-28) helped them to a 37 run victory. Oulton beat Hunslet Nelson by 161 runs in the other game, but unfortunately no scorecard has been received at the time of writing.

Second Team Division One.

Great Preston had their lead over East Leeds cut to 5 points following a surprise defeat to Mirfield by 94 runs. Sadly there are no further details as there is no scorecard at the time of writing. East Leeds game was conceded by Caribbean. The game between Gildersome and Rodley was re-arranged to August 29th due to Eid celebrations.

In the remaining scheduled match, Adwalton amassed 364-4 dec against Crossbank Methodists. Paul Bennett was in outstanding form, scoring 174, whilst Andrew Ingham was another centurion with 109. Mark Bailey top scored with 86 in the Crossbank reply, which finished on 169 all out, with Aidan Langley taking 3-20 for Adwalton.