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Burley skittled by bowling ace Ali
6:40am Thursday 26th April 2012 in Sport
The 2010 champions Burley made a miserable start to the new season.
They were skittled out for 57 with former Green Lane bowler Yasser Ali picking up 5-9 as Beckwithshaw record a nine-wicket victory.
The defending champions Thackley had to settle for a losing draw against Bilton.
Thackley’s Nasser Jamal (5-32) and new signing Yasar Ali (3-43) gave them helped dismiss Bilton for 166.
Majid Khan (46) showed why he has been signed from Batley, and Thackley looked set to snatch victory when Bradley Goodaire (32) thumped two sixes with just two overs to go.
But he was then bowled and, facing 11 to win off the last over and then losing their ninth wicket, the home side settled for a draw.
Otley were helped to 145-7 thanks to a half-century seventh-wicket stand between Stewart Smith (36no) and Andrew Ross (23).
Robbie Miller (42) and Nick Smith (32) led the Ben Rhydding response but the new boys only managed 114-6 and two points.
Robert Atkinson took 7-29 as Follifoot were bowled out for 97 but Guiseley were struggling at 68-7 when rain forced the game to be abandoned.
In Division Two, Harden’s Phil Leng (4-43) and James Seymour (4-33) had newly-relegated Rawdon struggling at 81-8 before new boy Tony Gilks helped them to 152 with a half-century.
That proved crucial because, despite 60 from opener Andrew Wear, Harden were still seven runs short of victory with only one wicket remaining at the close.
Phil Atkinson (47) and Jake Wray (42) top-scored in Green Lane’s 180-9, and Neil Britton (5-19 and M Adeel Ashraf (3-28) had Ilkley struggling at 56-9 but they hung on for a point.
Umer Yaqoob returned to torment Bolton Villas, picking up 5-36, and, together with Eddie Clayton (4-11), dismissed the home side for 66 in reply to Bardsey’s 146.
Last season, Hall Park struggled in Division Three but they got off to a flying start at relegated Tong Park Esholt after Jonathan Postle (4-18) dismissed the home side for 117. Danny Smith (38) led the response as Park clinch-ed victory by five wickets.
Gareth Lee (5-39) restricted Silsden to 139-9 and then hit a lively 71 in Menston’s reply.
But when he was stumped with two balls to go, his side still needed three for victory. Ryan Robinson grabbed a single, then step forward Jack Ryan who smashed the final ball for six.
Jake Kegworth marked his Horsforth debut with 26 as they passed Alwoodley’s 54 with seven wickets in hand.