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Ali’s fine knock in vain as Scholes fade after making bright start

Callum Geldart plays a reverse sweep during Hanging Heaton's Priestley Cup quarter-final defeat away to New Farnley last Sunday. Below Andrew Brewster in action on his way to figures of 4-30. Pictures: Steve Riding.
Callum Geldart plays a reverse sweep during Hanging Heaton's Priestley Cup quarter-final defeat away to New Farnley last Sunday. Below Andrew Brewster in action on his way to figures of 4-30. Pictures: Steve Riding.

Scholes and East Bierley occupy the bottom two places in the Allrounder Bradford Premier League as the season reaches its halfway point.

icket defeat at the hands of Methley last Saturday and are three points behind third-bottom Bradford and Bingley.

The two promoted sides from Championship One last season have had contrasting first halves of the campaign as Methley have claimed some notable scalps and victory last week saw them move above Woodlands into fifth place.

Scholes looked to be set for a challenging score when openers Shoukat Ali (71) and Chris Dennison (57) shared a stand of 91.

But when they were parted all 10 wickets fell for 76 runs and Scholes were all out for 167 as Marcus Walmsley (4-54) and captain Grant Soames (5-53) did the damage.

Walmsley capped a fine game by making 83 in reply and along with Matthew Waite (47no) ensured their side had little trouble passing the Scholes total.

East Bierley’s woes continues as they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Townville and enter the second half of the campaign 24 points adrift at the foot of the table.

Townville compiled the day’s highest score as they racked up 368-6.

Opener Kevin Ward was in top form and made a season’s best score of 135, which included a six and 25 fours.

He was joined in an opening stand of 134 by Jonathan Booth (40). Brayden Clark (44) continued the good work before captain Connor Harvey smashed an unbeaten 83 from 59 balls with five sixes and nine fours.

Taufeeq Ahmed was the most-successful East Bierley bowler with 3-101 and followed up with the top score of 53 as his side were dismissed for 189, with Harvey following up his efforts with the bat by taking 3-33.

Woodlands suffered a 135-run defeat at the hands of Farsley, who reached the halfway point in the season in fourth place.

Woodlands reduced Farsley to 80-4 but were unable to capitalise as overseas player Pat Kruger hit a maiden Bradford Premier League century to lead their recovery.

James Logan (37) was the only early-order batsman to make an impression before Kruger took centre stage.

The South African all-rounder hit five sixes and 11 fours in his unbeaten 103 while the best of the Woodlands bowlers was spinner Kez Ahmed with 3- 79.

Woodlands could only muster 129 in reply as captain Tim Jackson top scored with 29, while Greg Finn made 25 batting at number three.

Seamer Chris Henry was the chief destroyer with 6-45, while spinner Logan took 3-35 to complete Farsley’s eighth win of the season, which leaves them fourth but very much in the hunt as they are just 20 points behind New Farnley.