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Two Hussains made themselves too hot to handle for Shepley as Cartworth Moor 1XI consigned them to their second defeat. Skelmanthorpe’s speedy start to the season was halted by Elland in a close affair at Hullen Edge.
A Raja Hussain 81 helps Cartworth Moor to Victory Over Shepley.
Cartworth Moor firsts proved effective with the bat this weekend, putting on 226/9 in their allocated 40 overs. Opener Sajjad Hussain got the team off to an excellent start with 46 runs before Raja Hussain hit a magnificent 81 in 59 balls. More runs came from Nasib Ullah (21) and Irfan Muhammad (25) which gave Cartworth a more than respectable score to bowl against.
Shepley came out fighting with a lovely worked 66 from opener Keenan Davies-Mosley and 32 from Nigel Hoyle, but unfortunately their valiant efforts were not equalled by the rest of the team and succumbed to Cartworth after 38.4 overs.
Thongsbridge Victorious over Cumberworth.
Electing to bat first, Cumberworth went out to deliver a score worthy of bowling at...but unfortunately fell short of the mark. After opener James Senior hit 24, the rest of the team failed to match his batting performance with the team putting on a total of 112 after the full 40 overs, a score which would eventually prove problematic.
The Thongsbridge batting line-up seemed unphased as they knocked Cumberworth off after only 27.1 overs and sailed to victory, with notable scores coming from opener Patrick Armeson (26), Thomas Webster (27) and James Thompson (28*).
Denby Dale Seen Off By Exceptional Moorlands Batting.
With Denby Dale putting on a considerable amount of runs in their allocated 40 overs (178/6), it seemed like a great first innings until Moorlands made light work of their score.
Denby captain Aidan Geldart led his team to a fantastic start with his 69, followed by runs from Jack Tyas (21), Noah Wood (31) and Harry Stubbs (25) topping up the run count to give them an honourable score to bowl at.
Moorlands however came out fired up and needed only 26 overs and 3 batsmen to bring their team to victory. Captain Andrew Fortis hit an incredible 83no with fellow opener Daniel Leeming scoring 36, before Joshua Riding joined the attack and managed to get his half century in 31 balls, effortlessly delivering Moorlands their victory over Denby Dale.
Elland Narrowly Beat Skelmanthorpe After an Exciting Final Few Overs.
Skelmanthorpe winning the toss and electing to field first might not have resulted in the events they had hoped for. Cody Parr (50) and Thomas Thornton (42) both had great knocks to help Elland put on a score of 144/8 after their full 40 overs.
A great contribution across the board from Skelmanthorpe was unfortunately not enough as they were all bowled out for 130 after 38.3 overs, not before efforts from Jack Greene (34) and Dan Barber (30) gave them a glimmer of hope. These efforts were matched by Elland’s bowling as Hamza Zafar had an exceptional performance with the ball (4-10). In addition to this, Dale McMullan provided great figures of 3-18.
A Rowlands Five-for Puts Mirfield Parish Cavaliers Ahead Against Linthwaite.
Linthwaite won the toss and elected to bat first but unfortunately couldn’t get steady at the crease as all wickets were lost for 102, giving them an uphill challenge for the second innings. Connor Rowlands proved tricky with the ball as he made light work of Linthwaite’s batting line-up, acquiring excellent figures of 5-10. Mirfield opener and captain Ben Tillotson hit a noteworthy 51no and anchored his team on their way to victory, eventually knocking Linthwaite’s runs off in only 18 overs with help from his teammates. All in all it seemed an easy day at the office for the away side.