Ossett edge out Birstall to record first win of season

Birsatlls Charlie Orme sends down a delivery on his way to claiming 3-85 against his former club.
Birsatlls Charlie Orme sends down a delivery on his way to claiming 3-85 against his former club.

Ossett and Birtsall played out a cracking contest in Allrounder Bradford League Championship One last Saturday which the home side edged by one run to register their first win of the season.

Ossett openers Zubair Raje and Harvey Anderson (46) shared a century opening stand to set them on course for a total of 243-8.

Overseas player Khalid Usman hit an unbeaten 54, while Raje stroked 14 fours on his way to a top score of 87.

Former Ossett captain Charlie Orme claimed 3-85 when facing his old club for the first time since his close-season move.

Rishy Limechaya (71) and Nick Kaye (43) gave the Birstall innings impetus but once Eric Austin was out for 30, they fell away in the face of good bowling from Usman (4-38) and Paul Malone (3-63).

Birstall were eventually bowled out one run short despite having four overs of their innings remaining and they are rooted to the foot of the table.

Joint leaders Scholes and Methley continued their impressive starts to the season with emphatic victories .

Both sides have earned maximum points from their four matches and Scholes were guided to an impressive total of 264-9 against Bankfoot thanks to the efforts of opener Sam Gatenby (80) and Shoukat Ali (41).

Uwaise Mehmood (4-52) impressed for Bankfoot but their reply was soon in trouble and they were bowled out for 63 in the face of excellent bowling from Yassir Ali (5-28) and Andrew Robinson (3-21).

Methley recorded a 10-wicket win over Yeadon as Marcus Walmsley claimed 5-31 to help dismiss the visitors for 146.

Marcus Walmsley then made an unbeaten 70 as he and overseas player Muhammad Akhlaq (69no) shared an unbroken opening stand of 147 to steer them home.

Gomersal suffered a third defeat of the season, going down by 28 runs at Morley and they have slipped to seventh in the table.

Morley captain Oliver Halliday struck four sixes and five fours in a rapid 82 which helped his side post a total of 210.

Joel Pollard (3-45) was Gomersal’s best bowler.

Jamie Bloom (49) and Graham Hilton (39) battled hard for Gomersal but they were restricted to 182-9 as Sri Lankan Sangeeth Cooray took 3-37 and Henry Rush (3-43) as Morley moved up to fifth place.

Wrenthorpe remain three points behind the joint leaders after another good batting performance set up their 162-run win over Bowling Old Lane.

Captain Greg Wood (67) and the in-form Luke Patel (60) put on 113 for the third wicket after Andrew Bourke (55) had got the innings off to a good start.

Wrenthorpe’s 287-7 proved well beyond Old Lane as they were bowled out for 125 with Jonathan Rudge taking 5-23.

Fourth-placed Undercliffe also recorded their fourth win and are a point behind Wrenthorpe.

Baildon made 219-7 with captain Simon Bailey hitting 101.

Undercliffe overseas player Anas Mahboob led the reply with an unbeaten 92 as they edged home by two wickets to keep the pressure on.