Bradford League: Hunter and Halliday help Yeadon set the early pace

Joe Sykes bowling for Oulton in their 59-run defeat to Heckmondwike.
Joe Sykes bowling for Oulton in their 59-run defeat to Heckmondwike.
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YEADON are top of the pile in Championship A after an unblemished opening two games of the campaign.

Openers James Todd (55) and Jake Wray (46), who put on 94 for the first wicket, anchored Yeadon’s opening weekend salvo of 177-5 against Idle in a match reduced to 30 overs per side.

In reply, Idle were dismissed for 100, with Michael Hunter (4-36) and Oliver Halliday (3-25) among the wickets.

Two points behind Yeadon are Batley (137-1), who continued their encouraging start to the campaign with a comprehensive nine-wicket triumph over Ossett (136-8).

Tariq Hussain (4-38) proved the star turn with the ball, with openers Sufyan Patel (65) and Aqeel Mukhtar (53no), who enjoyed a bountiful opening stand worth 115, then cranking up the gas as Batley eased to victory with 11.3 overs left.

Hunslet Nelson (99-9) were tantalisingly placed in reply to Undercliffe’s 112 when their game ended.

As Undercliffe did not receive the same number of overs as their opponents it meant each side got three points plus the bonuses they had earned.

Undercliffe’s main man with the ball was Zeeshan Qasim (5-24), with Will Stiff (32 and 3-36) and Derrick Hamill (4-30) catching the eye for Hunslet.

Liversedge’s game at Keighley was abandoned as was Baildon’s encounter with Saltaire.

A cracker took place in Championship B between Wrenthorpe and Bankfoot, with the latter edging home by one wicket in an absorbing affair.

A dramatic encounter saw 19 wickets fall for 161 runs.

Opening, Wrens were skittled for 80, Nigel Hanson wreaking havoc with 6-27, though last man Edward Marshall (25no) gave them hope.

Bankfoot were soon in bother, with Jonathan Rudge (5-42) and Jordan Sleightholme (3-16) in the groove, but veteran Greg Colehan (14no) got them over the line at 81-9.

Townville (185-8dec) took the honours with a 59-run success over Carlton (126-9), orchestrated by oversman man Matthew Bremner’s 78. In the wickets for Townville were Nadim Hussain (3-29), with Farrukh Alam (4-55) and Ismail Patel (3-40) being Carlton’s best.

Hartshead Moor (78) suffered a second successive loss, going down by seven wickets to Bowling Old Lane (81-3), for whom Adal Islam (5-30) and Sadaqat Zaman (4-41) excelled.

Methley (168-1) are just behind Townville (167) in third after easing to a nine-wicket triumph against Hopton Mills.

A first-wicket stand of 149 between Hamid Khan (64) and Marcus Walmsley (63no) helped Methley to saunter to victory with opener Ashley Mackareth (51) being Hopton’s leading light.

The Walmsley brothers of Edward (3-11) and Marcus (3-31) curtailed Hopton’s progress.

Overseas man Nic Montgomery (6-20 and 64) turned in a virtuoso performance to help Spen Victoria (151-4) get their season rolling with a six-wicket victory over Brighouse (149).

Key contributions with the ball from Joel Pollard (4-37) and James Russell (3-22) ensured Gomersal (223-6) took the spoils in an 87-run win against Altofts (123).

Adam Greenwood was top man with the bat for Gomersal, hitting 50. For Altofts, Myles Robinson hit 70, while Matthew Holstein was the pick of their attack with 3-47.