FORMER Gomersal and East Bierley left arm spinner Matthew Barnes made the headlines this week when he acquired a Priestley Cup record he could have done without.
Barnes, who joined Bradford League Championship side Liversedge this season from Buttershaw St Paul’s, was recruited primarily as a second team player at Roberttown Lane.
But he was pressed into first team action against Cup holders Bradford and Bingley – and faced a ‘Barnes-storming'’ innings from Bingley’s Noman Ali.
Barnes bowled six overs in all, five of them quite tidily whilst conceding 28 runs, but it was the other that proved a record-breaker as Ali hammered six successive sixes, making Barnes the first bowler in the competition’s 112 year history to concede 36 in an over.
In the same game, there was an outstanding performance from Liversedge all-rounder Paul Marlow, who held the innings together with a superb unbeaten 105 as his side made a respectable 222-9 in response to the Premier League side’s 308.
There was no joy either for Birstall, who lost their first Priestley Cup game by 56 runs at Baildon, where the home side were restricted to 189-9 thanks to a three for nine return from Kamran Khan late in the innings.
Birstall never looked likely to overhaul that total as Blake Glen took the first three wickets with only 27 on the board and Mushtaq Ahmed wrapped it up late on with a five for 21 return.
There was some success for Cleckheaton, skipper John Wood hitting 81 in 59 balls to secure a seven-wicket win at Altofts, while Hanging Heaton and Batley, the League’s surprise performers, will join Gomersal in the last 16. Gomersal went through by virtue of a bye following Windhill’s late withdrawal from the League.
At Pudsey Congs, it was skipper Gary Fellows who proved Hanging Heaton’s match winner when he hit 124 not out to record his second century of the weekend, as he followed up a two for 42 bowling stint that helped restrict the home side to 254 for 9 on the way to a seven wicket win.
Batley, who lead the way in the Championship A division with four wins out of four, added a cup success to their Bradford League CV when they saw off Saltaire by 21 runs in their tie at Mount Pleasant.
A superb six for 22 performance from Muhammed Shanawaz was the key element of this match as Batley successfully defended a total of just 145 all out.
Scholes beat Morley by five runs at Scatchard Lane, Hartshead Moor were crushed by nine wickets at Lightcliffe, despite making 181-6, East Bierley lost by three wickets at Methley and Spen Victoria went down by 89 runs at Carlton.