Cricket: New Farnley duo combine to sink Morley in cup

James McNichol
James McNichol

A brutal fourth wicket partnership of 175 between Simon Lambert (77) and Lee Goddard (97) paved the way for New Farnley as they eased into the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals at the expense of Morley.

The Scatcherd Lane side were without Kashif Naveed and David Nebard and they were well and truly beaten in a 124-run defeat.

Nathan Bromby (3-31) and James McNichol (2-25) were the leading bowlers but Lambert and Goddard propelled the visitors to 287-7.

McNichol (79 not out) and Bromby (32) also shone with the bat but it wasn’t enough for the hosts as they fell short on 163-7.

Morley’s All Rounder Bradford League Premier outing on Saturday also ended in disappointment as they suffered a three-wicket loss to bottom side Scholes.

Morley, who have lost their last three games, elected to bat but fell for just 66 as James Harding (4-35) and skipper James Stansfield (3-8) exploited the helpful bowling conditions. Morley’s last four wickets fell for just one run.

Scholes also struggled with the bat, in the face of terrific work from Matthew Dowse (5-25), but they limped to their target for the loss of seven wickets.

There was better news for Morley’s reserves in their Bradford League Second XI Premier clash with strugglers Undercliffe.

Phil Dixon hit a terrific innings of 96 but Brett Kinsey (4-52) and Richard Winn (3-71) shared the seven wickets to fall as the hosts’ innings came to an end on 215-7.

Ash Daly (57), Rob Lintin-French (45) and Michael Darby (45 not out) then stepped-up to guide Morley to a close on 216-7 and victory with 13 balls to spare.

Asif Latif (3-34) and Shahzad Jamil (3-86) were the most successful Undercliffe bowlers.