East Bierley earn derby triumph as Younis thwarts Cleckheaton

East Bierley's Marrawat Hussain in Bradford Premier League action against Cleckheaton last Saturday.
East Bierley's Marrawat Hussain in Bradford Premier League action against Cleckheaton last Saturday.

East Bierley celebrated picking up their first win in the Allrounder Bradford Premier League last Saturday as they defeated local rivals Cleckheaton by 49 runs.

Bierley went into the derby having lost their opening seven matches and they must have feared the worst having been bowled out for a modest 133.

It could have been even worse for the home side as they were reduced to 93-8 before tail-ender Taufeeq Ahmed’s late 21 proved crucial.

Left-armer Josh Thurwell impressed again for Cleckheaton with 5-38, while all-rounder Nick Walker backed him up with 4-43.

Ibrar Younis went on to produce a match winning performance for Bierley as he claimed 5-29 and with Rizwan Ali and Mahammad Hafeez picking up two wickets apiece, Cleckheaton were skittled out for just 84 in 23.5 overs.

Despite the win, and a welcome 16 points, East Bierley are still 19 points adrift of Scholes who suffered a 50-run defeat at Woodlands.

Woodlands built a total of 231-7 around the contributions of captain Tim Jackson (78) and Cieran Garner (66no), who looks to be finding his feet at first-team level having been promoted from the seconds.

Overseas player Aditya Waghmode was pick of the Scholes bowling as he claimed 4-73.

Opener Shoukat Ali (44) and Waghmode (41) helped Scholes into a decent position in reply but when they both fell to the left arm spin of Chris Brice, the innings faded away as they were bowled out for 181.

Brice finished with figures of 6-54, while there were two wickets apiece for Kez Ahmed and Ishfaq Ahmad as Woodlands earned a fifth win of the season which leaves them sixth in the table .

Farsley captain Ryan Cooper hit his first century of the season to help his side to a 128-run win over Bradford & Bingley which leaves them fourth in the table.

Cooper’s innings of 107 helped Farsley post 258-8 before Chris Henry (3-27) and James Logan (3-21) helped dismiss Bingley for 130 and they are third-bottom, 14 points above Scholes.

Townville secured a five-wicket win over in-form Lightcliffe as Richie Bresnan (4-17) and Connor Harvey (4-57) helped dismiss the visitors for 176 before Brayden Clark (70) and Kevin Ward (35) saw Townville to victory.