Naveed on form for victorious Morley

On a weekend when the weather led to mass postponements across the local area, the Heavy Woollen Cup first round took centre stage on Sunday afternoon.
Matt Bremner takes a single for Townville against Spen VictoriaMatt Bremner takes a single for Townville against Spen Victoria
Matt Bremner takes a single for Townville against Spen Victoria

Morley’s Kashif Naveed produced a stunning spell of bowling, taking 4-1 as Skelmanthorpe were skittled out for 65 in reply to the home side’s innings of 166.

He was ably assisted by David Nebard who returned figures of 3-7 as wickets tumbled after the opening pair were parted with just 12 runs on the board.

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Naveed had earlier hit 43 and Colin Nuthall a fine half century on a day when batting was not easy.

Accurate bowling from Josh Sullivan and Grant Soames saw Methley cruise through to the second round at the expense of Slaithwaite.

Hamid Khan (46) top scored as Methley set an impressive target of 221 and even though Ian Hall (25) and Chris Coleman (27) gave the visitors a good start, they were unable to cope with the bowling of Sullivan (4-28) and Soames (4-13) and lost their last five wickets with only 12 runs added.

Half centuries from James Middlebrook and Lee Goddard, who smashed two sixes in his 53, helped New Farnley race to 238-6 at Wakefield Thornes and they looked set for an easy victory when the home side collapsed to 43-6.

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The tail put up a spirited fight back with Faisal Irfan (49), Akila Isanka (39) and Greg Wadsworth (35) raising home hopes but in the end it was too much and they were dismissed for 162.

Andrew Bourke (41) and Sam Wigglesworth (39) led the way as Wrenthorpe eased past Cawthorne by 71 runs.

Batting first, Wrenthorpe posted 214-9 as I Khan claimed 3-47.

In reply, Cawthorne were bowled out for 143.

Jack Hughes’ 84 was the highlight of Townville’s 209 in which Alex Leadbeater took 4-69.

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The total proved far too good for Spen Victoria who were bowled out for 85 with Jack Hebden returning 3-22.

Meanwhile in the Crowther Cup first round, Hanging Heaton defeated Delph and Dobcross by six wickets.

Delph and Dobcross amassed 100 in their innings with J Hudson-Evans (2-0), U Rehman (2-24) and J Carruthers (2-10) all claiming two wickets apiece

Hanging Heaton then eased past the winning post at 102-4 with Rob McFarlane hitting an unbeaten 36 and Francis Nelson 29.

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