Cleckheaton push Saints close in cracking cup clash

Qaiser Ashraf has a successful appeal as James Smith of Pudsey St Lawrence is out caught by Cleckheaton wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson first ball in last Sundays cracking cup tie. Pictures: Steve Riding
Qaiser Ashraf has a successful appeal as James Smith of Pudsey St Lawrence is out caught by Cleckheaton wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson first ball in last Sundays cracking cup tie. Pictures: Steve Riding

Cleckheaton gave Pudsey St Lawrence a huge scare in last Sunday’s Priestley Cup first round before slipping to an agonising three-run defeat at Moorend.

Cleckheaton’s new overseas player Qaisar Ashraf took 5-27 and had Bradford League Premier Division champions St Lawrence in trouble.

Charlie Best top scored with 60, while Barrie Frankland (34) and Chris Marsden (33) helped boost the Saints total to 210.

Mally Nicholson hit an unbeaten 72 in reply and threatened to win the match but they finished agonisingly short on 207-9.

Holders Woodlands eased into the second round with a 90-run victory over Bradford & Bingley.

Greg Finn struck 56 at the top of the Woodlands innings, while Jamie Pickering (37) before Chris Brice (40no) and Scott Richardson (36no) shared an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 58, which helped the visitors post 261-8.

Bingley overseas player Noman Ali hit a six and 10 fours on his way to 60, while Yassir Abbas (31no) supported but Bingley were dismissed for 171 with quick bowler Elliot Richardson taking 3-56.

East Bierley progressed as they defeated Lightcliffe by 37 runs.

Umar Yaqoob (41) and Adal Islam (37) made useful contributions in East Bierley’s total of 237, which saw Ian Philliskirk claim 4-49.

Philliskirk dalso led the way with the bat, making 77 once a sixth wicket stand of 118 between Philliskirk and former East Bierley captain Rob Burton (51) was ended, they fell away to 200 all out, with Tuseif Arshad (4-23) pick of the bowling.

Jordan Laban was part of the Woodlands side who won the cup last season and he helped steer his new side, Methley, into the second as he scored a century in a crushing 220-run win over Ossett.

Laban hit a six and 14 fours in his 100 which helped Methley make 300-5 with support from captain Grant Soames (48) and Edward Walmsley (33) .

Ossett’s batting crumbled to 80 all out as Marcus Walmsley (3-16) and Matthew Lumb (3-27) struck and Methley host Gomersal in the second round on June 4.