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Yeadon's hopes hit by a double setback
8:45am Thursday 12th May 2011 in Bradford League
Yeadon’s hopes of making an immediate return to Division One have been hit by a narrow defeat and a three-point penalty.
But on the plus side they reached the last-eight of the Heavy Woollen Cup on Sunday with an emphatic 100-run win over New Farnley.
That has earned them an away tie at Slaithwaite on June 5.
The three-point penalty was imposed after Yeadon were guilty of breaking over-rate regulations in their matches against Lightcliffe and Bowling Old Lane the previous weekend.
It was announced on the eve of their match at second-placed Saltaire, but if anything the news seemed to galvanise James Golthorp’s side.
They put up a brave fight before losing by one wicket.
Newcomer Richard Spry hit the winning run off the fifth ball of the final over from Mahmood Rasool to edge Saltaire past the Yeadon total of 175-8 which was built around the contributions of James Todd (41) and Kassir Maroof (33) Saltaire had needed five runs from the final over to win and Spry and skipper Ijaz Khan, who had come together at 164-9, ensured that objective was achieved to keep their side two points ahead of Lightcliffe.
Sanjaya Kodimarakkalage (36), Fahid Rehman (33) and Javed Umarji (30) were the top scorers for Saltaire, while paceman Brett Kinsey (3-60) produced his best figures since joining Yeadon from Baildon.
On Sunday, Yeadon proved far too good for Central Yorkshire League side New Farnley.
Yeadon defeated New Farnley by 100 runs.
They made 181-7 despite former Yorkshire spinner Ian Fisher taking 4-34, and dismissed New Farnley for just 81 as Ben Elvidge (3-13), Damon Gormley (3-21) and Brett Kinsey (3-29) went to work.
Yeadon, who have now lost three of their Division Two games, entertain bottom-of-the-table Windhill on Saturday.