CLECKHEATON fell at the first hurdle in last Sunday’s All Rounder Bradford Premier League’s Priestley Cup competition after a dramatic three-run defeat at home to Pudsey St Lawrence in their first round tie.
Overseas left arm spinner Qaiser Ashraf (5-27) and wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson, with five catches, were the stars of the first innings as St Lawrence were dismissed for 210 with one ball remaining.
It was an early birthday present for Lahore-based Ashraf, who celebrated his 23rd birthday the following day, but it all went a bit sour for him and Cleckheaton as keeper Nicholson (72 not out) and last man Andrew Deegan (1 not out) agonisingly fell just one boundary short of victory.
St Lawrence will now be at home to Premier Division newcomers Batley, who had a first-round bye, in round two on 4th June.
Also through to the last 16 are Hanging Heaton who have the tie of the round with their reward for a 22-run win over the other top flight newcomers, Townville, is a home tie with Bradford side Woodlands.
Nick Connelly was the star of the Hanging Heaton innings with 91, just missing out on his second century of the weekend, but their final score of 266 was always in Townville’s reach until the closing stages when David Stiff swung the game Hanging Heaton’s way with a 4-31 return.
Woodlands went through with a 90-run win at Bradford and Bingley, and Wrenthorpe had a 75-run win over Pudsey Congs to secure a home tie with Birstall, who had a first round bye. East Bierley were 37-run winners over Lightcliffe, and go to New Farnley, who beat Baildon. Gomersal’s free pass to round two has left them with a trip to Methley.
Methley went through without too much trouble at Ossett when Jordan Laban hit 100 out of 300 for five then Matthew Lumb and Marcus Walmsley took three wickets apiece to shoot out the home side for just 80 with Zube Raje making a top score of 15.
The remaining first-round game saw Yeadon win at Bankfoot to secure a second-round tie at home to Undercliffe while in the other second round games Morley will be at home to Bowling Old Lane and Scholes will play Farsley.
It will be a stern test for First Division Scholes, a side bidding for an early return to the top flight, as Farsley are showing good form in the Premier Division and are intent on improving on last year’s third place finish.