Runs and wickets for Tod’s Neser

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New professional Michael Neser was in sensational form as Todmorden got a Lancashire League win on the board yesterday with a four-wicket success over Burnley at Centre Vale.

Born in South Africa but living in Australia, Neser took six for 48 and then hit an unbeaten 76 to lead his team to revised target of 185 from 47 overs.

Todmorden had looked set for an easier win. However, Michael Brown’s 63 not out lifted Burnley’s total from 79 for six to 194 for seven. He and Steve Brunt (38) put on 106 but Big Bash player Neser was the dominant force.

Lightcliffe were beaten in a nail-bitting finish to their home top-section Bradford League match against Farsley.

The visitiors’ last pair, wicketkeeper Matthew Green and last man Matthew Lumb, picked up the 11 runs they needed to overhaul Lightcliffe’s 182 for six and snatch the narrowest of victories.

Former skipper Jonathan Wilson top scored with 55, who added 85 for the fifth wicket with Josh Wheatley (32).

Left-arm spinner Chris Greenwood picked up the wicket of ex-Yorkshire man Joe Sayers for 37 when Farsley replied and he went on to take five for 51.

However, Farsley won with an over to spare to maintain their fine start to the season.

Brighouse went down to a four-wicket defeat at the hands of derby rivals Hartshead Moor in Division Two.

The home side, sent in to bat, only mustered 115 with Chris Page’s 25 the top score. Danny Squire (five for 30) and Adil Ladak (three for 19) did the damage.

Moor were 38 for three but Fahad Ul-haq (31) and Craig Field (30) helped see Moor to victory.

Northowram Fields got off the mark for the season at the second attempt at home to Buttershaw St Pauls in the Central Yorkshire League’s Championship Division.

In a game reduced to 38 overs per side, newcomer Saj Mahmood hit 92 to spur the hosts to a useful 211 for five.

Mahmood came in at number three and hit one particularly big six over the pavilion, although he did ride his luck at times.

John Lister made a fluent 31 and ex-Triangle player Christian Silkstone got his eye in with 27.

Butterworth lost wickets steadily to finish on 142 for eight, skipper Chris Thompson taking three for 22.

Elland got off the mark for the season in the Huddersfield League with a stunning 10-wicket win for their new-look side at Holmfirth.

The home side took 45 overs in making 76 all out after the previous day’s rain, Jack Hendy taking three wickets and opening partner Wasim Qasim doing the same when brought back to clean up the tail.

Jonathan Das (49 no) and Fahid Rehman (22 no) then made a mockery of Holmfirth’s earlier labours by knocking off the runs in 12.1 overs.

Barkisland suffered the batting blues at Shepley where they folded in 88 all out in reply to the hosts’ 186 for eight.

Only Jamie Summerscales (35) and Matthews Steers (21) offered much resistance.

Illingworth maintained their promising start in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League with an easy win over Addingham.

They made 237 for nine and bowled out their opponents for 112.

BRADFORD LEAGUE

Division One

Lightcliffe v Farsley

Farsley won By 1 wicket. Lightcliffe 7pts, Farsley 16 pts.

Lightcliffe 162 for six

C Roebuck lbw b N Laidlaw 23

C Taylor lbw b C Henry 32

S Stead c J Sayers b M Harrison 23

S Khan c A Islam b C Henry 4

J Wilson st M Green b M Harrison 55

J Wheatley c M Green b M Harrison 32

M Ashraf not out 4

C Dyernot out 0

Extras 9

Bowling: G Hume 13.0 1 52 0, N Laidlaw 10.0 3 42 1, M Lumb 5.0 1 12 0, C Henry 8.0 1 23 2, M Harrison 14.0 1 50 3.

FARSLEY 183 for nine

A Islam c M Ashraf b S Khan 15

J Sayers lbw b C Greenwood 37

M Harrison c A Stead b M Ashraf 38

I Philliskirk lbw b C Greenwood 11

A Duckworth st C Dyer b S Khan 12

G Hume c and b J Wheatley 12

M Green not out 29

B Frankland b C Greenwood 1

N Laidlaw lbw b C Greenwood 3

C Henry lbw b C Greenwood 8

M Lumb not out 0

Extras 17

Bowling: S Khan 14.0 2 41 2, M Ashraf 10.0 2 35 1, J Wheatley 10.0 1 42 1, C Greenwood 15.0 1 51 5.

Division Two

Brighouse v Hartshead Moor

Hartshead Moor won by 4 wickets

Brighouse 3pts Hartshead Moor 15 pts

BRIGHOUSE 115

Z Hussain c K Moodley b A Ladak 22

M Khurshid c F Nelson b D Squire 5

Z Jadoon c F Nelson b D Squire 4

U Salim lbw b D Squire 0

F Hussain lbw b G Saville 1

R Mohammed c and b D Squire 2

C Page c F Nelson b A Ladak 25

J Van Ee c F Nelson b A Ladak 14

D Ahmed lbw b W Smith 16

A Ashraf c F Nelson b D Squire 12

K Khan not out 0

Extras 14

Bowling: D Squire 11.1 3 30 5, G Saville 15.0 3 27 1, T Raven 4.0 0 17 0, A Ladak 8.0 3 17 3, W Smith 9.0 4 17 1.

HARTSHEAD MOOR 116 for six

R Thompson c C Page b A Ashraf 5

K Moodley b J Van Ee 2

W Smith c C Page b F Hussain 1

F Ul-haq b J Van Ee 31

C Field run out 30

F Nelson not out 8

D Squire c D Ahmed b F Hussain 11

G Saville not out 6

Extras 22

Bowling: F Hussain 9.2 1 28 2, A Ashraf 5.0 2 12 1, J Van Ee 12.0 4 24 2, U Salim 4.0 0 23 0, Z Jadoon 2.0 0 9 0, M Khurshid 5.0 0 11 0,

CENTRAL YORKSHIRE LEAGUE

Championship Division

Northowram Fields v Buttershaw SP

Northowram won by 69 runs. Northowram 4 pts, Buttershaw 0 pts.

NORTHOWRAM FIELD 211 for five

R Larner c J Robson b B Neyland 4

J Lister c A Dawood b C Kellett 31

S Mahmood c I Carradice b B Neyland 92

C Silkstone c J Robson b M Mohammad 27

B Grech c P Mistry b B Neyland 16

Z Khan not out 21

J Bennett Keer not out 9

Extras 11

Bowling: B Neyland 11.0 1 53 3, P Mistry 11.0 2 34 0, C Kellett 8.0 0 56 1, M Mohammad 8.0 0 65 1.

BUTTERSHAW SP 142 for eight

K McDermott c B Grech b J Bennett Keer 19

J Burston c J Bennett Keer b C Thompson 18

J Robson c R Larner b J Smith 14

A Dawood c J Lister b C Thompson 17

I Carradice b C Thompson 19

D Mistry b J Bennett Keer 14

B Neyland st B Grech b G Morrison 14

P Mistry c Z Khan b J Norcliffe 16

C Kellett not out 4

M Mohammad not out 0

Extras 7

Bowling: J Bennett Keer 11.0 2 35 2, Z Khan 8.0 2 25 0, C Thompson 8.0 0 22 3, J Smith 8.0 1 47 1, G Morrison 2.0 0 8 1, J Norcliffe 1.0 0 3 1.

HUDDERSFIELD LEAGUE

Premier Division

Holmfirth v Elland

Elland won by 10 wkts. Elland 6pts, Holmfirth 0pts.

HOLMFIRTH 76

M.Kasir c Arms b Khan 10

S.Denton b G.Finn c Hendy 0

H.Singh c G.Finn b Hendy 8

S. Rehman c Evans v Hendy 0

M.Gummerson c Hendy b Khan 16

J.McNamara c Fahid b A.Finn 6

B.Thornton c & b Qasim 9

A.Abbas st G.Finn b Gardner 10

O.Moorhouse b Qasim 1

M.Gummerson not out 2

G.Thornton b Qasim 0

Extras 14

Bowling: W.Qasim 11 2 22 3, J.Hendy 9 4 12 3, S.Khan 9 3 16 2, A.Finn 7 3 13 1, F.Rehman 5 1 9 0, W.Gardner 4 3 2 1

ELLAND 78 for none

J.Das not out 49

F Rehman not out 22

3Bowling: S.Denton 2 0 15 0, M.Gummerson 6 1 22 0, A.Ahmed 4 1 31 0, H.Singh 0.1 0 6 0.

Shepley v Barkisland

Shepley won by 98 runs. Shepley 6pts, Barkisland 0pts.

SHEPLEY 186 for eight

D.Wood b Thompson 17

J.Clarkson c Robinson b Thompson 24

D.Allan c Ackroyd b Scholefield 6

L.Wiles b Steers 48

O Cox c Williams b Scholefield 3

J.Ardron c Summerscales b Steers 17

O Davidson c Sykes b Williams 7

D.Glover c Robinson b Williams 27

C.Glover not out 32

D.Wood not out 1

Extras 4

Bowling: A.Scholefield 14 3 62 2, C.Thompson 13 5 14 2, L.Brown 1 0 10 0, C.Williams 9 1 65 2, M.Steers 8 0 34 2.

BARKISLAND 88

A.Kaye b D.Glover 1

J.Summerscales c Cox b Wood 35

L.Brown b Glover 0

A.Scholefield c C.Glover b D.Glover 0

S.Oddy c Clarkson b Wood 5

D.Robinson c Clarkson b Allan 2

P.Ackroyd c Wiles b Davidson 10

D.Sykes st Clarkson b D.Wood 7

M.Steers c Allan v Davidson 21

C.Thompson st Clarkson b Davidson 0

C.Williams not out 6

Extras 1

Bowling C.Glover 6 2 21 0, D.Glover 8 5 9 3, D.Allan 7 2 21 1, D.Wood 8 1 34 3, O.Davidson 2.2 1 3 3.

LANCASHIRE LEAGUE

Todmorden v Burnley

Todmorden won by 4 wickets. Todmorden 10 pts, Burnley 2pts

BURNLEY 194 for seven (reduced to 184)

DD Pickup c Hanson b Neser 40

CT Burton lbw b Neser 0

B Tripathi c Hanson b Neser 0

CJR Holt lbw b Neser 4

JN Whitehead run out 13

DO Brown b Neser 7

MJ Brown not out 63

SR Brunt c Hanson b Neser 38

GF Lalor not out 6

T Lawson did not bat

J Capstick did not bat

Extras 23

Bowling: Neser 17 3 48 6, Foster 10 2 33 0, Senior 8 1 35 0, Shoukhat 8 0 33 0, A Sutcliffe 7 0 42 0

TODMORDEN 188 for six

SD Newbitt lbw b Lawson 3

BD Sutcliffe lbw b Holt 15

EC Gilford b Lalor 34

MG Neser (Pro) not out 76

KM Garland lbw b Holt 4

*A Sutcliffe b Tripathi 34

F Priestley lbw b Tripathi 0

PD Senior not out 7

Extras 15

Bowling: Lalor 14 2 36 1, Lawson 4 0 18 1, Holt 16 1 66 2, Tripathi 6.3 0 39 2, Capstick 5 0 29 0.