In a thrilling encounter in the Bradford Cricket League Division 3, Adwalton Cricket Club secured a convincing win over Spen Victoria, thanks to a magnificent century by James Lord. The triumph marked Adwalton’s third consecutive victory and further boosted their aspirations for promotion.
Electing to bat first, Adwalton set an imposing target of 270 runs for Spen Victoria. James Lord showcased his batting prowess with an exceptional knock of 115 runs, including two sixes and 15 fours. Captain Matty Waller provided valuable support with a solid innings of 44 runs. Adwalton concluded their innings at 270-9.
Spen Victoria faced a daunting task as they embarked on their chase. However, they struggled to maintain a steady momentum against the disciplined bowling attack of Adwalton. Subhan Butt and Nathan Cant wreaked havoc, claiming four wickets for 49 runs and three wickets for 47 runs, respectively. Paolo Girardi (38) and Corey Roebuck (32) were the highest scorers for Spen Victoria. Ultimately, Spen Victoria were all out for 186 runs, falling short of their target.
In another gripping contest, Altofts Cricket Club emerged victorious by a narrow margin of two wickets against Crossbank Methodists. After bundling out Crossbank for a modest 117 runs, thanks to the impressive bowling performance by Jacques Porter (5-53) and Saif Tahir (4-53), Altofts faced a challenging pursuit. Crossbank’s Lewis Lockwood displayed resilience with a notable score of 64 runs. However, Saeed Yameen Ali (6-64) troubled the Altofts batsmen. Nevertheless, Andrew Wood’s crucial contribution of 43 runs ensured Altofts reached the target, clinching a hard-fought victory.
Great Preston showcased their dominance by posting an imposing total of 330 runs for the loss of nine wickets against East Leeds. Hayden Mortimer (75), Ethan Walker (56), Richard White (45), and Danny Harwood (34) were the primary contributors to Great Preston’s formidable score.
Despite the efforts of Kashif Rehman (51) and Amraze Mahmood (32) for East Leeds, their batting lineup succumbed to the pressure imposed by the Great Preston bowlers. Sam Holmes claimed four wickets for 44 runs, while Ethan Walker secured three wickets for a mere four runs. East Leeds were dismissed for a paltry 158 runs, resulting in a comprehensive 172-run victory for Great Preston.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill registered an emphatic 196-run victory over Brighouse, courtesy of an unbeaten century by Sayed Salman. Salman’s exceptional innings of 102 runs, laced with 12 boundaries, guided Gildersome & Farnley Hill to a formidable total of 272-7. Jack Bradford also contributed with a solid knock of 42 runs. Brighouse struggled against the bowling attack of Muhammad Shah (5-34) and Jordan Edmondson (4-23), collapsing for a mere 76 runs.
In a match between Wakefield St Michael’s and Windhill & Daisy Hill, St Michael’s emerged triumphant with a convincing seven-wicket win. Captain Ashley Hale played a captain’s innings, remaining unbeaten on 52 runs, while Shamsullah Dost (44) and James Chapple (44) provided crucial contributions. Windhill & Daisy Hill could only manage a total of 164 runs, with Sajjad Ijaz top-scoring with 32 runs. Kashif Najam (4-32) and Syed Bukhari (3-23) led the bowling attack for St Michael’s.
These results in the Bradford Cricket League Division 3 reflect the fierce competition and determination of the teams as they battle for success and promotion in this thrilling cricket season.