5:30pm Tuesday 8th May 2012
By Trevor Coe
Sarum Farooq blasted 212 not out as Ingrow St John’s smashed 395-9 at Cullingworth Seconds to buck the trend of low scores in the latest round of Craven League matches.
A dropped catch when Farooq was in the 40s proved costly as he whacked 11 sixes and as many fours in a team total that will go down in the record books as the fifth highest in the league’s history.
Anthony Partington struck 50 in reply as Cullingworth could only muster 187-9 in reply during the DIVISION THREE contest.
Barrowford Seconds moved a point clear at the top as they posted 181-6 at Crossflatts Seconds thanks to Jonny Ormerod (65) before dismissing the hosts for 109.
Haworth WE (182 – Joe Alvey 61) are second after a fine win over Haworth Road Seconds, who were dismissed for 72 as Andy Benfield (7-31) claimed his second seven-wicket haul in three weeks.
Peter Cowburn (88) and Will Smith (81no) provided the backbone of Gargrave’s 209-3 at home to Skipton CI. Smith then took 4-23 as the Sandylands side closed on 148-9.
Embsay Seconds (92-9 – Ben Threllfall 5-53) remain bottom after losing by five wickets at Chatburn.
Haworth Road are top of DIVISION ONE after a third win from as many matches, this time dismissing newcomers Airedale for 50 after posting 170 (Mansha Khan 50, Nadeem Zaman 5-68). N Zahid added an impressive 6-4 haul to his nine wickets of the previous week.
Three teams are four points adrift – including Cullingworth, who played their first game of the season at Ingrow. The hosts could only manage 88-9 in reply to a total of 166 (Steve Rogers 56, Joe Hoyle 6-58).
Embsay are joint-second after they also started for the first time and beat Thornton (138 – Scott Robinson 5-51) by three wickets.
Haworth complete the chasing trio after a fine display at Oakworth. Dan Trowers was dropped on 25 on his way to 111 not out in Haworth’s total of 229-5, before the hosts were restricted to 199-6 (Michael Scarborough 65).
Bradley (112) sprung a surprise at Bingley Congs as they triumphed by ten runs thanks to Matt Price (5-25) and James Heseltine (4-19).
Crossflatts (165) returned from Barrowford in high spirits after dismissing the hosts for 148, with A Ayub (45 and 5-23) their star performer.
Three teams share top spot in DIVISION TWO, with Cowling, Foulridge and Wilsden setting the pace after all enjoyed away victories.
Cowling made a useful 172-7 at Riddlesden thanks mainly to Martyn Dalby 62, who then took 3-18 as the home side crumpled to 93 all out.
Foulridge made a modest 114 (Joel Duerden 5-30) at Pendle Forest but then whipped whipped out their opponents for 90, with Aussie Andrew Dutton taking 6-37.
Long Lee posted 165 (N Singh 5-29) at home to Wilsden, who got home by two wickets after knocking off the 40 they needed off the last four overs despite the best efforts of Shazad Ahmed (6-53).
Solly Zakira (55no) guided Sutton to 186-7 (Mark Pickles 5-96) at Glusburn, who then crashed from 62-2 to 97 all out as Simon Doane and A Raza claimed four wickets apiece.
Sandy Lane (77) lost by four wickets at home to Cononley, while Ingrow St John’s (109) just held on to beat Oakworth Seconds by ten runs.
Shahid Mahmood (85no) and Ben Whitfield (52no) put on an undefeated 137 for the third wicket as DIVISION FOUR leaders Wilsden Seconds rattled up 222-2. Visitors Long Lee Seconds were all out for 99, with Mudassar Kayrni (5-30) and Rob Greenwood (4-20) doing the damage.
Glusburn Seconds were shot out for a paltry 36 in 29.3 overs at Airedale Seconds but the hosts were then hustled out for a pathetic 29 as Rummy Smith took 7-9 in 8.1 overs with five maidens.
Martin Casey (4-11) and Adam Millward (4-10) shot out Bradford & Bingley Thirds for just 43 but Ingrow Seconds lost seven wickets reaching their target.
Riddlesden Seconds collapsed to 39 all out and Adie Ratcliff made 36 not out as Haworth Seconds romped home by ten wickets.
Bradley Seconds beat Bingley Congs Seconds by two wickets and Cononley Seconds lost at home to Sandy Lane Seconds by nine wickets.
Cowling Seconds maintained their unbeaten start with a 47-run victory over Oakworth Thirds in DIVISION FIVE. Chasing a modest 112-7, the visitors were undone by Zahid Shafait (6-29) and Ray Jones (2-19 off 13 overs).
Sutton Seconds and Chatburn Seconds are three points behind in joint-second spot after meeting at Royd Hill at playing out a tie. Sutton went first and made 94-9 and Chatburn looked to have snatched the points when they reached 94-8, before losing their final two wickets to leave the scores level.
There was another low scoring affair at Foulridge Seconds where Pendle Forest Seconds were the visitors. The Noyna side were shot out for a miserable 29 (A Khalid 5-4) but their opponents did not fare much better as they got home by just three wickets. Imran Khaliq took 6-11 in a game where no batsman reached double figures.
Stephen Timperley (47) and S Durham (28) put on 79 for Eldwick & Gilstead Seconds at Denholme Seconds. The other nine batsmen could only manage 34 runs as the innings closed on 113. But Chris Innes (4-19) and Timperley (3-25) then hustled the hosts out for a disappointing 50.
Skipton CI Seconds struggled to 70-9 as Tom Storr (5-27) got to work on them. Visitors Gargrave Seconds quietly went about their business and got home by seven wickets in the 39th over.
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