Bradford League: Familiar look about pacesetters

Duncan Snell. PIC: Steve Riding

Duncan Snell. PIC: Steve Riding

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THE TOP of Division One is starting to take on a somewhat familiar look.

The sides who finished in the first three places last season find themselves residing there again after eight games of the current campaign, although in a slightly different order.

Leading the way are Woodlands, with Pieter Swanepoel’s side three points clear of champions Cleckheaton after a 142-run win over Bradford and Bingley.

A brilliant 5-9 from Safraz Ahmed broke the back of B&B, dismissed for a derisory 47 in reply after Woodlands opened with 189-9.

Their other contribution of note arrived from Duncan Snell (56), pictured.

Cleck overseas man Tanzeel Altaf (61 and 4-43) further endeared himself to the Moorenders with a fine personal contribution in their 103-run win over Yeadon.

It was Michael Nicholson (74) who top-scored in Cleck’s 203, Elliott Herd taking 6-71 for Yeadon.

But Altaf took the honours with the ball alongside John Wood (3-14) with Yeadon all out for 100, despite sterling stuff from Oliver Halliday (47) and Jake Wray (46).

Runners-up last term, Pudsey St Lawrence (216-3) are well placed in third place, 14 points behind Woodlands, after a seven-wicket victory over New Farnley (215-9), who have dropped to third from bottom.

In-form Mark Robertshaw (77no) steered home Saints, for whom Richie Lamb and Steve Watts took three wickets apiece. Nick Walker’s half-century was in vain for Farnley.

Morley (98) succumbed to Kez Ahmed (5-20) and Luke Jarvis (3-20) in a 45-run loss to East Bierley, with defeat tough on Dave Nebard (5-34) and Matt Dowse (4-27).

Gary Fellows hit a fine 66 to enable Hanging Heaton (192-4) to see off Farsley, despite the efforts of Andrew Duckworth (69no) and Joe Sayers (69).

Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance in action.

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