Bradford Cricket League Division Two: Bowling Old Lane triumphed over Liversedge by nine wickets, seizing the opportunity presented by Hartshead Moor’s 45-run loss to Lightcliffe, thereby claiming the top position.
Abdullah Ijaz’s stellar performance of 7-37 shone through as Liversedge was dismissed for 82 runs, with Mounam Ejaz contributing 31. Old Lane’s journey to victory was smooth, with Shahzaib Khan remaining unbeaten at 45 runs.
In the third spot, Lightcliffe achieved a total of 196-9 at Highmoor Lane. Later, they managed to bowl out Hartshead Moor for 151 runs, thus keeping their slim chances of promotion alive.
Following their resounding 144-run triumph over Wrenthorpe, Hopton Mills closely trailed Lightcliffe by just a point. This result also confirmed a third consecutive relegation for the Wakefield side.
Jabari Mills once again showcased his exceptional form, amassing 56 runs. Alongside Gary Senior (43), he propelled Mills to a score of 235-7 before dismantling Wrenthorpe for a mere 91 runs. Leading the way were Usman Maqsood (3-30) and Touseef Haider (3-25).
Buttershaw St Paul’s extended their late surge to evade relegation with a five-wicket victory over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Mussawar Shah’s bowling brilliance, securing figures of 5-46, proved pivotal as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow, despite Khurram Shehzad’s 50 runs, were bundled out for 155. Jonathan Burston (35 not out) and Shah (37 not out) guided St Paul’s to triumph.
In the Gordon Rigg Jack Hampshire Cup final preview, Abubakar Dawood’s unbeaten 84 propelled Northowram Fields, opponents of Heckmondwike & Carlinghow, to a five-wicket win against Crossflatts. They successfully chased down a total of 164, wherein Joe Greenwood contributed 40 runs and Jacob Stephens scored 31. Dawood (3-29) and Jason Smith (3-40) excelled as the standout bowlers.
Continuing their winning streak, Hunslet Nelson secured a seven-wicket victory over Keighley. Patrick Hinchliffe (3-18) and Sam Thewlis (3-47) joined forces to dismiss Keighley for 135 runs. Subsequently, skipper Jack Scanlon (52 not out) and Thewlis (33 not out) guided Nelson to a comfortable win.