Local cricket: Brave Congs find it far from quiet on the Weston front

Michael Nicholson of Cleckheaton.
Michael Nicholson of Cleckheaton.
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ALL was definitely not quiet on the Weston front for Woodlands on Saturday.

An extremely positive campaign for Cumberland player Logan Weston got even better by virtue of a fantastic 134 to help check the recent momentum of Pudsey Congs in a 67-run success –to keep the Albert Terrace outfit in the Division One title hunt.

Weston followed up his fabulous knock in Woodlands’ 225-8 to help Pieter Swanepoel’s side dismiss Congs for 158 by taking 3-52 and they remain 25 points behind champions and leaders Cleckheaton.

On Weston’s exploits, secretary Brian Pearson said: “Logan has been playing quite a lot of cricket of late, with Cumberland and Unicorns as well.

“When you play a lot, I suppose it can go one of two ways; you play too much and become stale or you get yourself into form.

“We are undoubtedly seeing evidence of the latter in Logan’s case. I was told it was a masterclass on Saturday.

“Our lads said that the opening spell of (Congs bowler) James Pearson was the quickest spell they had seen for a year or two and he really hit his straps on a hard wicket.

“He accounted for our first three with sheer pace, but Logan dealt with it.

“He was joined by Pieter Swanepoel, who like Brian Close never flinched when he copped a few! But they just decided to dig in and held the innings together before Logan built up a partnership with Scott Richardson jnr.

“With no Chris Brice, Logan stepped in and gave us 15 overs of spin and also took a catch. His grandma and grandad were watching him, so it was a good day all around for the Weston family.

“I have got to say the risk we took in recruiting Logan despite not having seen him has paid off. He’s also a lovely lad to boot – quiet but also very ambitious.”

It’s as you were at the top with Cleck hitting a big 310-7 en route to an 80-run triumph over New Farnley (230).

Second-team skipper Chris Dobson (44), handed a chance with openers Tim Jackson and Andy Gorrod unavailable, made the most of matters before James Lee (67) and Michael Nicholson (64) injected further impetus in a stand worth 125 – with Ian Nicholson (60) also in the runs.

Star overseas turn Tanzeel Altaf and Iain Wardlaw then took four wickets apiece as Farnley fell short, despite notable contributions from David McCallum (54) and second-teamer Joe Bedford (57).

Steve Watts was the headline act for third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence (137-4), taking a fine 5-29 in their six-wicket success at Lightcliffe, dismissed for 136.

Adam Waite (42) and Mark Robertshaw (37) led Saints’ reply.

In fourth spot are Farsley (206-2), for whom veteran Ian Philliskirk excelled with a rare ton as they inflicted more gloom upon basement boys Yeadon (205-6).

Against one of his old sides, Philliskirk struck 103, putting on 192 for the second wicket with Barrie Frankland (88no).

Earlier, skipper James Todd hit 67 for Yeadon, but it was to no avail.

Ex-Morley player Dave Paynter (54no) piled on the agony for his old club as Hanging Heaton (222-4) secured the spoils against the relegation-haunted Scatcherd Lane outfit, all out for 118.

East Bierley’s demise continued as their depleted side crashed by 142 runs to Bradford and Bingley.

Bierley are just one point above second-from-bottom Morley with six games to go.

Farsley have confirmed that former Yorkshire opener Joe Sayers is to take up a job in the City – and won’t be at the club next season.

The Leeds-born batsman, 30, who announced his retirement from first-class cricket in January, is to move to London to take up a position in the City, with a view to potentially working abroad in the future.

Farsley will be looking to replace him with a ‘like-for-like’ replacement for 2015.

Chairman David Storr said: “Joe has been good for the club, although we knew it was probably going to be just for one year before he moved on due to his career in business and commerce.

“We wish him every success.”

Last weekend was a double-header in Division Two, with Undercliffe’s grip on top spot showing no signs of relenting after wins over Hartshead Moor and Keighley.

Moor (157-8) hit back after their loss to Undercliffe with a narrow two-wicket win over Bankfoot (154) on Sunday, with Richard Ferry (65) hitting his second half-century of the weekend, with Fahad Ul-Haq (4-32) in the wickets again.

It was a good weekend for Gomersal, who secured victories over struggling duo Bowling Old Lane and Idle to move up to fourth place.

Skipper Greg Pickles (111) and Adam Greenwood (96) took the honours in Gomersal’s huge 335-4 against Idle, Josh Fell then taking 6-44 to dismiss the visitors for 219.

Big-hitting Pickles shared in century stands with Greenwood and Jonanthan Boynton (68no) to inflict plenty of pain upon his old club.

Spen Victoria, after their impressive victory over Keighley, slumped to a massively disappointing two-wicket loss to rock-bottom Windhill, who claimed just their second league success of the campaign at the 18th time of asking.

Yorkshire face an anxious wait on Friday evening

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