Hopton Mills continued their dominant run in the Bradford Cricket League Division Two with a resounding 162-run victory over Wrenthorpe, thanks to an outstanding century from their overseas player, Jabari Mills. Mills’ magnificent innings, which included six sixes and 10 fours, propelled Hopton Mills to a commanding total of 270-5. The batting effort was further supported by notable contributions from Chris Scott (73 not out) and Mark Ashton (55).
Wrenthorpe struggled to keep pace with the target throughout their innings and were eventually bowled out for just 108. The bowling attack of Hopton Mills, spearheaded by Tauseef Haider (4-13) and Ben Haigh (3-30), proved too strong for the opposition as they led their team to a comprehensive victory.
In another match, second-placed Hartshead Moor secured a comfortable 67-run win over Lightcliffe. Andrew Gale’s resilient knock of 70, combined with Josh Marsden’s impressive 66, guided Hartshead Moor to a total of 227-8. Lightcliffe’s batting lineup failed to provide significant resistance, with Subhaan Ammar’s 37 being the only notable contribution. The spin duo of Australian Leo Montiet (3-40) and Lewis Lomax (3-53) played a crucial role in sealing victory for Hartshead Moor.
Bowling Old Lane bounced back from their previous defeat with a five-wicket triumph over Liversedge, courtesy of an excellent all-round performance by Hazrat Abbas. Abbas showcased his bowling prowess, claiming six wickets for 48 runs, as Liversedge were bundled out for a modest 123 despite Imran Dawood’s 43-run effort. Abbas also played a vital role with the bat, contributing 38 runs to guide Bowling Old Lane to their target.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow avenged last season’s defeat in the Gordon Rigg Jack Hampshire Cup final by securing an emphatic 85-run win over Buttershaw St Paul’s. Despite a relatively low team score of 160, with extras being the highest contributor at 24, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow turned the tables by dismissing St Paul’s for a meager 75. The bowling duo of Surender Singh (4-22) and Kamran Khan (3-50) wreaked havoc, while Mussawar Shah (4-33) shone brightest among the St Paul’s bowlers.
Keighley continued their impressive form, registering a 66-run victory against Hunslet Nelson. Wasim Hussain’s excellent bowling performance, claiming five wickets for 55 runs, proved instrumental in restricting Nelson to 205 all out in response to Keighley’s formidable total of 271. Andy McIntosh (48) and Jack Scanlon (38) top-scored for Keighley.
Keighley’s batting trio, Mohammad Shahnawaz (47), Raees Hussain (46), and Johandre Barnard (31), played crucial roles in securing victory, despite the efforts of Matthew Varley (4-55) and Joshua Morris (3-58) from the opposing bowling attack.
Northowram Fields clinched victory by eight wickets against Crossflatts, propelled by an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 119 runs between Australian Harry Hauenstein (84 not out) and Richard Gould (59 not out). Their exceptional display, combined with opener Abubakar Dawood’s solid knock of 58, allowed Northowram Fields to chase down Crossflatts’ score of 240-8. Joe Hicks led the way for Crossflatts with a well-crafted 93, while Hauenstein’s bowling figures of 3-18 stood out.
As the Bradford Cricket League Division Two continues, Hopton Mills maintain their position at the top of the standings with an impressive victory, asserting their dominance in the league. The competition remains fierce as teams strive to secure victories and climb the rankings in pursuit of promotion.