Hodgson maintains Farsley’s title push

Wakefield St Michael's batter Alex Leyshon on his way to his second half-century of the weekend.
Wakefield St Michael's batter Alex Leyshon on his way to his second half-century of the weekend.
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fARSLEY STAYED in the hunt for the Bradford League title after a 62-run victory over Pudsey Congs.

Second-placed Farsley amassed 292-6 when they batted, while the home side could only manage 230 all out.

Gildersome bowler Liam Pearson

Gildersome bowler Liam Pearson

Dan Hodgson inspired the victory, hitting an impressive 92, while team-mate Christopher Henry bagged five wickets as Congs ultimately came up short. Farsley’s league representative, Graham Wragg, said: “The bowling was tight on a batters’ wicket with Chris Henry producing another standout performance and Adam Ahmed continuing to bat and bowl well beyond his years.”

Congs put up a fight with Jonathan Donnelly taking three wickets and Irfan Amjad hitting 100 not out, while team-mate Danesh Hussain managed an spirtied 72. It was not enough though as Pudsey Congs sunk to bottom of the table, 12 points from safety.

Leaders Hanging Heaton enjoyed a routine eight-wicket victory over Bradford and Bingley.

Thomas Chippendale was the chief destroyer with the ball for Heaton, claiming 6-37 while Muhammed Rameez also chipped in with two wickets.

Heaton then cantered to victory, with Nicholas Allan (64) and Richard Foster (40 not out) leading the way with the bat. The home side rallied with Dan Clow hitting 38, but it was not enough as they remain mid-table.

Elsewhere, third-placed Woodlands defeated relegation- threatened Cleckheaton by one wicket. Run machines Gregory Finn (94 not out) and Liam Collins ( 54) did most of the damage for the away side. Cleckheaton’s Ian Nicholson hit 65 not out, but it was in vain as the side’s poor form continued with a fifth defeat in a row.

Pudsey St Lawrence remain in the title race as they won by an outstanding 10 wickets against Lightcliffe.

Star bowler Oliver Ashford claimed an impressive 5-41, while team-mate Richie Lamb also did some damage claiming three wickets.

The home side only needed Mark Robertshaw (126 not out) and Adam Waite (122 not out) as they strolled to a comfortable victory. Lightcliffe (262 all out) put up a spirited display as Matthew Baxter managed 91 runs, with team-mate Kashif Naveed also in good form hitting 77 before being bowled by Lamb.

At the bottom end of the table there was a surprise win for Batley, beating mid-table Townville by 29 runs. Key contributor was Naik Zada as he carried his bat for 44 not out, despite being the penultimate batsman. Home side bowler Tariq Hussain also played his part, taking 4-38 while standing firm for 21 runs. Fellow bowler Muhammad Hafeez further pegged back any Townville chances of victory by taking three wickets. Visiting bowler Jack Hughes put up a fight taking an outstanding 5-15. Hughes then took to the crease for the away side, managing 45 runs. Kris Ward tried to get Townville off to a good start but could only muster up 28 runs.

East Bierley slumped to their fifth loss in six matches against New Farnley, losing by a wicket. Lee Goddard (65 no out) was top scorer for the away side.

In the Jack Hampshire Trophy on Sunday, Hartshead Moor’s last man Chris Swift hit a four from his third ball to secure a nail-biting one-wicket win over Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Altofts will be at home in the semi-finals after they defeated Keighley by six wickets.

They will meet Wakefield St Michael’s who defeated Gildersome by 45 runs. Alex Leyshon (64), Mark Atkinson (46), Ismail Patel (36)and Ayaz Sedat (36) saw St Michael’s post 243-8.

Liam Knowles and Martin Morley both made 67 in a fifth-wicket stand of 130. But they finished on 198-8 as Hugh Birchall took 4-35.