Scholes Cricket Club climbed to the top of the Bradford Cricket League Division Three standings with an impressive 43-run victory over Spen Victoria. The intense clash saw Jamie Robson and Josh Fell shine with the bat, while the Scholes bowlers proved too much for their opponents.
Batting first, Scholes put up a competitive total of 174 runs, thanks to stellar performances from Jamie Robson, who scored 58 runs, and Josh Fell, who contributed 40 runs to the team’s tally. Gary Keywood led the bowling attack for Scholes, claiming four wickets for 41 runs, closely followed by Adam Greenwood with figures of 3-24.
Spen Victoria faced a challenging chase, but their batsmen failed to make a significant impact against Scholes’ formidable bowling attack. The Spen Victoria side was bowled out for 131 runs, with Niall Phayer and Mohammad Hussain performing well, taking four wickets each.
Meanwhile, Great Preston showcased their promotion aspirations as they registered an emphatic 160-run victory over Crossbank Methodists. Great Preston’s batsmen dominated the match, posting an impressive total of 304-9. James Conlon continued his good form, scoring 67 runs, while Oli Baron (56), Danny Harwood (36 not out), and Ethan Walker (36) made valuable contributions. Crossbank Methodists struggled to counter Great Preston’s bowling attack, with Rumman Virk being the top scorer with 36 runs. They were eventually bundled out for 144 runs, with Sam Holmes and Chris Aplin taking four wickets each to secure Great Preston’s triumph.
Adwalton’s captain, Matty Waller, led from the front with a brilliant unbeaten knock of 121 runs, guiding his team to a five-wicket victory over East Leeds. Adwalton successfully chased down East Leeds’ target of 298-8, with Waller’s exceptional innings comprising one six and 18 fours. James Lord (45), Andrew Ingham (34), and James Colbourn (34) also played crucial supporting roles in the successful run chase. East Leeds had set a challenging total, with Kashif Rehman (92), Tanzeel Khan (69), and Tanuish Singhvi (32) leading the charge. Tom Davidson was the pick of the Adwalton bowlers, claiming five wickets for 81 runs.
In another thrilling encounter, Windhill & Daisy Hill secured a 22-run victory over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. Aarya Jadhav’s impressive knock of 96 runs, supported by Mohammed Waseem (44), Shoaib Iqbal (43), and Harris Butt (40), powered Windhill & Daisy Hill to a competitive total of 291-7. Gildersome & Farnley Hill fought hard, primarily led by Sayed Saleem’s heroic century of 110 runs, but fell short at 268 runs. Shoaib Iqbal continued his outstanding form, claiming five wickets for 80 runs to contribute significantly to Windhill & Daisy Hill’s victory.
Lastly, Altofts recorded a resounding 151-run win over Brighouse, thanks to an excellent opening partnership between Andrew Wood (93) and Dominic Richardson (53), which set the stage for victory. South African batsman Jacques Porter added 63 runs to the total, helping Altofts post a commanding score of 275-4. Brighouse struggled to keep up with the required run rate and were eventually dismissed for 124 runs. Nakul Balasubramaniam fought valiantly, scoring 41 runs, but Saif Tahir (4-25) and Jacques Porter (4-35) proved to be too much to handle for the Brighouse batsmen.
The Bradford Cricket League Division Three continues to deliver thrilling encounters as Scholes replaces Spen Victoria at the top of the table, promising an exciting race for promotion.