In an extraordinary turn of events, the Bradford Cricket League Division Two witnessed two tied matches on the same day, an occurrence that is quite rare in the cricketing world.
The clash between Hopton Mills and Keighley, as well as the encounter between Bowling Old Lane and Hunslet Nelson, both concluded with the scores level, leaving spectators in awe of the thrilling contests.
Keighley’s seasoned batsman, Mark Gilliver, etched his name in history by becoming only the third player to surpass the remarkable milestone of 17,000 runs. Gilliver contributed 19 runs in Keighley’s pursuit of a target of 238 runs in 39 overs. Scott Etherington (65), Simon Bailey (53), and Amjid Hussain (53) propelled their team towards victory, but the match ended in a tie when their last two batsmen were run out.
For Hopton Mills, Mark Ashton (82), Will Cutt (58), and Ben Haigh (37 not out) were the main contributors to their total of 253 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Keighley’s Hussain shone with the ball, taking 3 wickets for 45 runs, while Jabari Mills claimed 3 wickets for 81 runs for the opposing team.
In the clash between Bowling Old Lane and Hunslet Nelson, overseas player Hazrat Abbas displayed an impressive bowling performance, claiming 5 wickets for 36 runs. Hunslet Nelson’s innings concluded at 177 runs in response to Bowling Old Lane’s score of 177 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Andy McIntosh (51) and Jack Scanlon (48) were the leading scorers for Nelson, while Farhan Hussain (61) and Imran Malik (43) stood out for Old Lane. Among the Nelson bowlers, Will Stiff (3-33) and Matthew Varley (3-75) showcased commendable performances.
In another intense match, league leaders Hartshead Moor faced a tough challenge against Liversedge but emerged victorious with a 12-run win. Hartshead Moor set a target of 250 runs, with notable contributions from Chris Wynd (64), Craig Field (52), and Chris Swift (51). Liversedge displayed a valiant effort, reaching 238 runs for the loss of 7 wickets, with Parvaise Khan scoring 53 runs and Bryson Nicholls adding 46 runs. Moin Hussain took 4 wickets for 72 runs for Hartshead Moor, while Quadratullah Aziz achieved an impressive haul of 5 wickets for 65 runs for Liversedge.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow continued their recent impressive form, securing an 88-run victory over Northowram Fields. Iqbal Khan (85 not out) and Qamar Shahzad (50 not out) played pivotal roles as last year’s Division Three runners-up amassed 227 runs for the loss of 6 wickets before restricting their opponents to 139 runs. Ben Grech displayed resilience for Northowram Fields, scoring 79 runs, but lacked support as Khan (3-26) and Surender Singh (3-39) dismantled the batting lineup to secure victory.
Lightcliffe’s Rob Edmond shone with a brilliant century, leading his team to a comprehensive 103-run win over the struggling Buttershaw St Paul’s. Edmond’s exceptional knock of 103 runs, comprising two sixes and 14 fours, was supported by Alex Stead (51) and Niall Lockley (53), guiding Lightcliffe to a formidable total of 255 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. In response, Buttershaw St Paul’s could only manage 152 runs before being bowled out, with Abdul Rahman (38) and Mussawar Shah (31) being the highest scorers. Lightcliffe’s Peter Dobson stood out with the ball, claiming 4 wickets for 47 runs.
Wrenthorpe’s struggles continued as they suffered a four-wicket defeat against Crossflatts. Muhammad Addas (42) and Mustafa Bhatti (35) propelled Wrenthorpe to a total of 227 runs. Crossflatts’ Nadeem Safdar impressed with figures of 4 wickets for 36 runs, limiting Wrenthorpe’s scoring opportunities. In the chase, Azhar Mahmood (46), Tinashe Gomwe (43), Josh Brooksbank (41), and Safdar (35 not out) all contributed to Crossflatts’ successful run chase, leading them to a well-deserved victory.
As the Bradford Cricket League Division Two continues to provide thrilling encounters, fans eagerly anticipate the upcoming matches, hoping for more exhilarating cricket action in the weeks to come.