THE Woodlands duo of Brad Schmulian and Tim Jackson set a new all-time Bradford Premier League first-team record partnership of 326 as they powered their side to a Premier Division win at Methley.

Their unbroken stand beat the previous highest for any wicket of 304 and bettered the previous best for the second wicket of 295.

Kiwi Schmulian led the way with his maiden century for Woodlands. He scored 153 not out, an innings containing three sixes and 15 fours, while Jackson made 137 not out after striking three sixes and 17 fours.

The previous highest partnership for any wicket was the unbroken 304 set by the Undercliffe openers Mark Gilliver (165no) and Mark Chapman (117no) against Gomersal in 2000.

Schmulian and Jackson also took the second-wicket record away from Lee Goddard (155no) and Gavin Hamilton (127no) who shared an undefeated stand of 295 for East Bierley against Saltaire in 2010.

Woodlands made 329-1 in their 50 overs and an already tough target was made more difficult for Methley when rain reduced their innings by three overs and brought Duckworth Lewis Stern into play.

Jordan Laban (72) and opener Adal Islam (40) shared a second-wicket stand of 104 as Methley made 241-7 in 47 overs. Chris Brice finished with 3-62 and fellow spinner Kez Ahmed (3-77).

There was a thrilling game at Tofts Road where Pudsey St Lawrence pipped Bradford & Bingley by three runs.

Barrie Frankland came to the rescue for champions after they were reduced to 79-7 by Bailey Wightman (4-45) and new signing Graham Whiles from Knaresborough with 3-52.

Frankland made a defiant 53 and shared an eighth-wicket stand of 81 with Richie Lamb (29) Their efforts helped boost the St Lawrence score to 178-9 after they had been put in to bat.

Their runs proved vital as Bradford & Bingley made a determined push for victory. Overseas player Muhammad Afridi led the chase with 68, but Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson (4-24) and leg-spinner Archie Scott (4-24) ensured that Saints bowled out the visitors for 175.

New Farnley lost their last seven wickets for 39 runs as they were bowled out for 145 by Hanging Heaton. Left-armer Josh Holling was the chief destroyer with 6-35.

The New Farnley innings looked to be progressing well while Dan Hodgson (45) and skipper Lee Goddard (38) were batting together, but the innings took on a different complexion when they departed.

Hanging Heaton were given a revised Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 135 when seven overs were lost from their innings. Despite wicketkeeper Ishmail Dawood having to retire hurt with a dislocated thumb, they cruised home by four wickets with Callum Geldart (30) and a limping Ben Kohler-Cadmore (29no) leading the way. There was a third injury worry for Hanging Heaton with all-rounder David Stiff suffering a calf niggle.

A maiden Bradford Premier League century from Christian Silkstone rescued Lightcliffe from 29-5 and helped them post a total of 173 as they defeated Undercliffe by 33 runs. Silkstone struck seven sixes and 10 fours as he made his runs from 105 balls.

Undercliffe’s opening attack of Craig Wiseman (4-25) and Zeeshan Qasim (4-39) bowled well and posed problems for the home side. Rob Burton (19) added 75 for the sixth wicket with Silkstone and was the only other Lightcliffe batsman to make double figures.

Undercliffe were undone by the bowling of Yasir Abbas (4-24) as they were bowled out for 140. Opener Michael Kelsey top scored with 35.

Wrenthorpe registered their first win in the Premier Division as they defeated Cleckheaton by three wickets on DLS.

Cleckheaton made 181-9 after being put in at Wrenthorpe. Former skipper John Wood led the way with 50 while Nick Walker (39) and captain Mally Nicholson (38) chipped in with valuable runs. Khalil Khan was the pick of the Wrenthorpe bowlers as he took 4-37 in a tidy 12-over spell.

Opener Irfan Amjad led the way a with 68 not out as Wrenthorpe reached their revised target by scoring 178-7 despite the threat posed by former Yorkshire spin bowler Azeem Rafiq (5-54)

Farsley’s decision to bowl first at Townville looked to have paid off as they dismissed their opponents for 136 in 27.1 overs, but the home side had other ideas as they hit back to bowl out the Red Laners for just 75

Townville had no answer to Chris Beech (5-26) as they lost their last eight wickets for 33 runs. Once Beech removed top scorer Harry Warwick for 46, the floodgates opened.

Farsley’s reply was soon in trouble against Connor Harvey (5-18) and Jack Hughes (3-22) as they crashed to a 61-run defeat.