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Pudsey clubs in Dales Council League clean sweep
The two remaining Dales Council League issues in Division A and Division B were resolved on the final day.
Pudsey Congs claimed the Division A title and Pudsey St Lawrence were crowned champions of Division B, which, adding to Pudsey Congs B having already taken the Division C title made it a clean sweep of championships for the followers of cricket in the West Leeds area.
In Division A, Pudsey Congs (175-4, Graham Curtis 50, Mohammed Zulfikar 45) wrapped up their championship after recording a 26-run win at home to Shipley Providence (149, Steve Bedford 4-33).
Halifax Direct (206, Adnan Mahmood 42) finished as runners-up, completing their programme with a 34-run win at home to Cookridge (172-8).
The normally free-scoring New Wortley only managed 153 (Sunil Suskandia 58, Safiullah 45). However, it was still 17 runs too many for visitors Farnley Hill (136, Abdul Rauf 4-27).
In the meeting between the clubs who will be seeking pastures new for 2014, home side Crompark were put out for 107 (Tim Shackleton 4-18). In reply, Hepworth & Idle knocked off the runs to win by six wickets.
Baildon (115-3, Tom Hopwood 43no) recorded a win at Leeds Sikh (112, James Butterfield 4-15), while relegated Adel (110) went down to a three-run defeat at the hands of visitors Saville Stars (113).
In Division B, Pudsey St Lawrence (131-2) claimed the title following an easy win over depleted Baildon B, who earlier made 129.
The closest finish in this division came at Hepworth & Idle B (128, Tom Woodley 4-26), where visitors Crompark B (131, Chris Jennings 57, Paul Medley 4-25, David Charles 4-35) sneaked home by three runs.
Runaway Division C champions Pudsey Congs C (147-5, Zahid Mahmood 62, Mohammed Sohail 5-48) signed off the season in style with a five-wicket win at Thornbury B (146, Asfaq Sheik 43), with Mahmood completing a fine personal performance when returning 6-46 with the ball.
The highest score of the day came at Drighlington-Whitehall, where the home side reached 307-6, with Zair Shah cracking an unbeaten 119 for the home side with Bhaven Mistry (55) and Naweed Ur Rehman (45) adding to visitors Baildon’s woes, who were dismissed for just 98 in reply.
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