The Scholes versus Altofts promotion clash proved to be an exhilarating encounter at New Popplewell Lane, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats. Visitors Altofts emerged victorious by a narrow margin of six runs, but not before facing a fierce challenge from Scholes, who fell just short of their target of 214 runs in 25 overs.
Christian Jackson, with an impressive knock of 69, and Adam Greenwood, contributing 35 runs, led Scholes’ pursuit of the demanding target, ultimately finishing on a commendable 207-6. Saif Tahir of Altofts showcased his bowling prowess, claiming three wickets for 51 runs.
When Scholes had their turn to bat first, they made a solid start, posting 161-1 in 25 overs. Dominic Richardson’s unbeaten 87 and Jacques Porter’s well-crafted 49 wreaked havoc on the Altofts bowlers.
In another thrilling encounter, Great Preston claimed the top spot, edging past Windhill & Daisy Hill by three wickets. Ben Wilkinson’s resilient 52, accompanied by Ethan Walker’s valuable contribution of 43, steered Great Preston to their target of 144 runs in 21 overs. Despite Shoaib Iqbal’s efforts, taking three wickets for 34 runs, Windhill & Daisy Hill fell short.
Prior to the rain interruption, Windhill & Daisy Hill managed to accumulate a respectable total of 182-9. Ahsan Tanveer displayed his batting prowess, scoring 64 runs, while Sam Holmes (4-22) and Lee Russell (4-47) showcased their bowling skills for Great Preston.
Wakefield Sy Michael’s owed their thrilling one-wicket victory over Gildersome & Farnley Hill to the heroic last-wicket partnership of Cavan Connolly and Waheed Ahmed. Facing the threat of defeat due to the excellent bowling display by Nasir Shah (6-51), the duo guided their team to a nail-biting win.
The triumph was set up by Nazakat Hussain (5-51) and Syed Bukhari (4-25), who combined their bowling prowess to dismiss Gildersome & Farnley Hill for a mere 112 runs. Nasir Shah’s valiant knock of 37 was in vain.
Spen Victoria displayed their bowling dominance as Chris Allen (4-32) and David Charles (4-10) orchestrated the downfall of Crossbank Methodists, bundling them out for just 87 runs. Although Spen Victoria encountered some difficulties, they managed to secure a four-wicket victory.
Led by skipper Matty Waller’s unbeaten 60, James Lord’s solid 45, Chris Bishop-West’s composed 38, and James Colbourn’s well-crafted 35, Adwalton posted an impressive total of 200-5 against Brighouse. In pursuit of 222 runs in 31 overs, Brighouse faltered and were dismissed for 138 runs. Asif Amir top-scored with 34 runs, while Tom Davidson’s exceptional bowling figures of 4-16 stood out.
With an action-packed day of cricket in Bradford, the spectators were treated to captivating displays of skill, resilience, and team spirit.