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"Six Hit" Competition Heats Up

The competition to be the first winner of the Simon Stirling Cup for scoring the most 6s in CYCL league matches is heating up. The cup has been presented to the league in memory of the popular former Carlton, East Ardsley and Wakefield St Michaels player who sadly passed away last December.

Carltons Farrukh Alam is the current leader with an impressive 28 sixes, but he is being challenged by Hopton Mills Ian Lay with 26 and Northowram Fields Chris Metcalf on 25. Other contenders are Ash Mackereth of Hopton Mills and Azaads Amjad Ali who both have 20, whilst Richard Foster from Methley is on 18. On 16 are Neil Browne (Hopton Mills), Alex Pearson (Mirfield) and Chris Priestley (Adwalton).

Division One Review-Week 13

East Leeds took advantage of Great Prestons week off to take over at the top of Division One.

East Leeds beat Adwalton by 4 wickets.

James Curtis scored 45 and Andy Langley 43 as Adwalton posted a total of 229. Kirti Tandel took 4-65 for East Leeds. Tandel then lead the run chase with an excellent 127 as East Leeds eased home for the loss of 6 wickets, Adwaltons James Paterson taking 3-50. The win enabled East Leeds to go top by 2 points.

Gildersome beat Crossbank Methodists by 95 runs.

Third placed Gildersome piled up a  score of 264-9. Liam Pearson got them going with 52 but the innings really came alight when number 8 Gavin Dyson came in and hammered an excellent 125 to close the innings on 264-9. Jimmy Abbott took 4-52 for Crossbank. The Meths reply was steady enough but never really threatened. Dyson rounded off a memorable afternoon by taking 3-22, and despite the efforts of Richard Hosley (47) and James Coulborn (38) they were all out for 169.

Mirfield beat Rodley by 42 runs.

Mirfield went fourth after winning this low scoring encounter against an out of sorts Rodley. Mirfield batted first and struggled as Philip Howell (4-30) and Andrew Ralph (4-22) reduced them to 69-9. A 10th wicket partnership of 41 from Joe Dransfield (18*) and Mark Eastwood (24) enabled them to post a barely respectable 110. It proved to be more than enough, however, as Eastwood (3-6) and Dan Gough (3-35) led the way in shooting Rodley out for 68, Philip Howell top scoring with 22*.

With East Leeds having next week off, Great Preston get the chance to go back to the top when they entertain Mirfield. The other fixtures see Crossbank Methodists face Adwalton and Gildersome visit Rodley.

Townville Look To Reach Heavy Woollen Cup Final

Townville are at home to Huddersfield League side Hoylandswaine this Sunday (19th) in the semi finals of the Heavy Woollen Cup. Hoylandswaine qualified after a remarkable run chase against Huddersfield league rivals Kirkburton. Set 308 to win they scored 312-2 to progress through and earn a visit to Townville and set up what should be a excellent game.

Bradford League sides Woodlands and Pudsey Congs meet in the other semi final.

Championship Review-Week 13

Hopton Mills and Liversedge have broken away at the top of the Championship, as third placed Azaad lost for the second week running.

Hopton Mills went one point clear of Liversedge, but would have felt frustrated at missing out on 6 points against Oulton. Neil Browne continued his fantastic run of form with the bat, scoring another century, this time 110. Another key player this season, Ash Mackereth, supported him with 50, as Mills posted 263-7. David Flint took 4-69 for Oulton. In reply Oulton never really looked like chasing the total down, but held out stubbornly for the innings to close on 131-8.

Liversedge produced an excellent display to win at Azaad, and now go 3 points ahead of the Wakefield side. Simon Kay continued his superb form this season, this time taking 5-40 as Azaad were dismissed for 92, despite a defiant 45 from Imran Mahboob. Graeme Winn (41) and Alan Sumner (31) ensured Liversedge got home safely at 93-4.

East Ardsley won a close victory in a high scoring game with Northowram Fields. An opening stand of 69 by Scott Mullins (35) and Julian Smith (49) set Ardsley on their way, and some late order assistance from Tom Daniels (39) ensured a competitive total of 225-9. Northowram gave it a good shot with their run chase, especially Shakeel Mahmood who scored 77, but the Ardsley attack were in a determined mood and with Ash Pearson taking 3-44 and David Battye 3-19, Fields were all out for 215, just 10 runs short.

Wakefield St Michaels continued their recent run of good form with a comprehensive 252 run win over Caribbean. Mark Atkinson was in impressive form for St. Michaels, scoring 125. James Cooper contributed 51 and the innings closed at 291-8. Keon Williams was the leading wicket taker for Caribbean with 4-80. Nick Downward was in tremendous form with the ball for St Michaels taking 7-19 as Caribbean were shot out for 39.

Hopton Mills are at home to East Ardsley in week 14 as the look to stay in first place. Liversedge, who entertain bottom side Caribbean will be looking to stay hard on their heels though. Azaad will look to return to winning ways at Northowram Fields, whilst in form Wakefield St Michaels have a home game with Oulton, who after a good first half of the season, have stumbled in recent weeks.

T20 Finals Report 2015

Wakefield Thornes victorious T20 team

Wakefield Thornes T20 winners 2015

The sun shone all day and a large crowd gathered at Birstall CC to watch the climax to the All Rounder Cricket CYCL 20/20 competition.