Bradford League: Maximums for Farsley and Lightcliffe on opening day

Action from New Farnley v Morley ('100408a). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from New Farnley v Morley ('100408a). PIC: Steve Riding
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Farsley are the early leaders after Saturday’s 86-run victory and 20-point haul at home to Bradford & Bingley.

Farsley powered their way to 285-4 led by an unbeaten 88 from Andrew Duckworth, which was supported by decent knocks from Adal Islam (54), Ian Philliskirk (49) and former Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers (35).

Mark Harrison (3-45) and Neil Laidlaw (3-20) then helped send the Bees packing for 199 all out, despite the efforts of Charlie Best (40), Chris Thompson (34) and Matthew Simpson (34no).

The only other team to bag an opening day 20-point haul were Lightcliffe, who romped to a 179-run success at East Bierley.

Lightcliffe roared to 288-8 as Suleman Khan starred with an innings of 128.

Valuable support came from Oliver Robinson (48), Jonathan Wilson (37) and Alex Stead (31) in the face of Neil Gill (5-113).

Daanyaal Ahmed then took 4-36 as East Bierley were sent back to the hut at 109 all out.

Cleckheaton sit third after a six-wicket victory at Pudsey Congs bagged them 19 points from the opening weekend.

Congs posted a target of 243-8 with Callum Geldart (75) and N Lindley (59) excelling with the willow.

But the efforts of Tanzeel Altaf (4-71) and Andrew Deegan (3-38) proved crucial as Cleckheaton were then held to 245-4 despite good knocks from John Wood (88) and Mally Nicholson (70).

Woodlands also took 19 points from an opening day 61-run win at home to Hanging Heaton.

Woodlands made 203-7 batting first led by unbeaten knocks from Grant Soames (42) and Pieter Swanepoel (37) with Simon Mason (37) also getting going.

David Stiff captured 3-42 and was the pick of the Hanging Heaton bowlers.

But Heaton were then dismissed for 142 despite the efforts of Ismail Dawood (59) as Swanepoel capped a fine performance with a five-wicket haul (5-36).

Sarfraz Ahmed offered support with his spell of 3-38.

Morley took 18 points from their opening fixture with a two-wicket win at New Farnley.

New Farnley amassed 206-9 led by an unbeaten 74 from Peter Ross but Kashif Naveed was in fine form with the ball as he took 6-57.

That proved the foundation for victory as Morley then reached 210-8 thanks to good efforts from Naved Siddique (53no), Colin Nuthall (40) and Matthew Baxter (33).

Figures of 3-45 from leg-spinner Mark Lawson proved in vain.

The only other side to begin with a positive result were Pudsey St Lawrence, who cruised to a perfect 10-wicket win at Yeadon.

Yeadon were blitzed for just 66 as Richie Lamb (4-33) and Tom Hudson (3-11) got to work and the Saints skipped to 70-0 in 17.5 overs in reply thanks to an easy afternoon for openers Mark Robertshaw (33no) and Adam Waite (32no).

Looking ahead to this weekend’s division one fixtures, defending champions Cleckheaton face 2012 champions Woodlands, while last year’s devision two champions Farsley will face Lightcliffe in a top of the table clash. Meanwhile, newly promoted New Farnley will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they face a trip to Hanging Heaton.

Bradford and Bingley and Yeadon will both be looking for their fist win of the season this weekend, while Morley will look to build on their winning start when they meet Pudsey Congs, and Pudsey St. Lawrence will be looking to make it two wins from two when they welcome East Bierley.

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