Stead to the fore again

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Alex Stead produced his second century in four matches as Lightcliffe recorded a 109-run win over East Bierley.

Stead hammered nine sixes and 10 fours as he hit a superb 146 and he totally dominated a third wickets stand of 158 with Josh Wheatley (24).

Second team skipper Michael Brooke made another important contribution of 49 as Lightcliffe posted a total of 254 for five.

East Bierley, who had defeated Pudsey St Lawrence last week, were bowled out for 145 as spinner Suleman Khan took four for 28. Mark Gill (46) and Kez Ahmed (36) were the best of the East Bierley batsmen.

Leaders Undercliffe continued their push for promotion with a comfortable 59-run win over Brighouse in Division Two.

Farakh Hussain got the Undercliffe innings off to a good start and the good work was continued by Ahmad Raja (45) and skipper Michael Kelsey (48) as maximum batting points were achieved with a total of 229. Captain Umar Salim (three for 26) and Johannes Van Ee (three for 73) were Brighouse’s best bowlers

Undercliffe’s young spinner Amir Hussain took five for 42 as Brighouse were bowled out for 170. Zafar Jadoon was top scorer with 59.

It was a good day for Calderdale’s Huddersfield League clubs with both Barkisland and Elland picking up comprehensive victories.

Alex Scholefield laid the foundations for Barkisland’s 103 run success over Shepley with a cracking mid-order 68.

That helped to post a decent total of 243 for eight with Shepley’s Oliver Davison claiming four for 81.

Shepley looked as though they might pose a problem with number three batsman Amar Rashid posting 65, but with Chris Williams bagging five for 28 and Matthew Steers three for 19, the visitors finished on 140.

Elland picked up five points from their four wicket success over Holmfirth.

Holmfirth got off to a decent start with their opening pair each reaching half centuries.

However, once Jack Hendy (three for 49) and Ashton Blakey (three for 96) got among them the innings subsided to 235 for seven.

Fahid Rehman plundered 73 at the top of the Elland card as they racked up 236 for six.

Northowram Fields fell 13 runs short in their chase to catch East Ardsley in the Central Yorkshire League Championship.

Josh Bennett-Keer and Zafar Khan both took four wickets to restrict East Ardsley to a manageable 120.

Unfortunately the batsmen were not able to live up to the task with the exception of Chris Metcalf whose mid-order 54 not out proved in vain.

Illingworth also missed out in a run chase, falling 10 short of Addingham’s total in Division Three of the Aire-Wharfe League.

Seventeen year-old Nelson opener Tyler McGladdery smashed his club’s record for the highest score by an amateur in hitting a magnificent 151 in his sides 33 run win over Todmorden at Seedhill.

McGladdery joined the likes of Jon Clare and Vishal Tripathi in scoring a Lancashire League century at the age of seventeen in surpassing Sean Lemon’s club record score of 143.

The left hander took 82 balls for his 50, 120 balls for his century and used 152 of the 155 balls that he faced in total to reach 150.

In all he hit 13 fours and four sixes, adding 176 for the second wicket with Toxy Hussain, who made 67 from 89 balls with three fours.

Professional Ryan Canning was unbeaten on 25 and Russ Bradley on 26 at the close of Nelson’s 289 for three.

McGladdery’s innings over shadowed Todmorden professional Michael Neser’s unbeaten 122 in the visitors innings of 230 for eight which was ended in the 44th over.

Neser hit 14 fours, a five and three sixes in making his maiden league century. Ben Pearson also made 32, Paul Senior an unbeaten 25 and Elliott Gilford 19.