In Division Two of the Bradford Cricket League, the former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Tim Bresnan exhibited no leniency towards the struggling Wrenthorpe team. He shone for the table-toppers, Hartshead Moor, in their commanding 158-run triumph.
Bresnan showcased his prowess by leading the batting charts with 82 runs in Hartshead Moor’s total of 282-7. He then continued his impact, taking 6-11 to dismiss Wrenthorpe for 124.
Liam Pearson (57 not out) and Josh Marsden (45) also played pivotal roles in Hartshead Moor’s victory, while Muhammad Adda (32) top-scored for Wrenthorpe.
Securing the second position, Bowling Old Lane overcame Keighley by 62 runs. Ahsan Alishan’s impressive 5-35 and Shahzaib Khan’s 3-59 led to Keighley’s dismissal for 165. Zahir Shah contributed 32 runs as they pursued a DLS-adjusted target of 228.
When they batted first, Old Lane managed to score 221-8, with Hisan Ahmad (61) and Shahzaib Khan (59) leading the charge. Ijaz Ahmed was the standout bowler for Keighley with figures of 4-52.
Hunslet Nelson maintained their streak of good performances with a narrow two-run victory against Lightcliffe. Spinner Matthew Varley’s figures of 5-70 restricted Lightcliffe to 183-9. Isaac Dikgale’s 74 runs weren’t enough as they fell short of their DLS target of 186.
Hunslet Nelson’s total of 189 was buoyed by Andy McIntosh’s 58 and Sam Thewlis’ 33. Dikgale claimed the best bowling figures for Lightcliffe with 3-38.
Opener Tinashe Gomwe’s unbeaten 101 powered Crossflatts to a formidable score of 272-3, leading to a convincing 121-run victory over Buttershaw St Paul’s.
Gomwe’s knock included four sixes and eight fours, with support from Azhar Mehmood (64) and Dominic Bennett (32).
Chasing a DLS-adjusted target of 286, Buttershaw St Paul’s were dismissed for 151. Skipper Adam Wainwright managed 43 runs, but Bennett’s 5-37 ensured a comprehensive win.
This result widens the gap by 38 points between Crossflatts and the second-to-last St Paul’s, intensifying the struggle to avoid relegation.
In a successful outing, overseas player Jabari Mills scored 71 runs and took 4-46, guiding Hopton Mills to a 67-run victory over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow, finalists of the Gordon Rigg Jack Hampshire Cup.
Raheel Ahmed (54) was another significant contributor as Mills compiled a score of 224. Kamran Khan picked up 3-55. Chasing a DLS-adjusted target of 230, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were bundled out for 162. Usman Maqsood’s 3-50 was instrumental in Hopton Mills’ victory.
Northowram Fields secured a 72-run triumph over Liversedge, aided by Abubakar Dawood’s 50, Harry Hauenstein’s 40, and Callum Phillipson’s 37. Posting a total of 232, Northowram Fields set Liversedge a DLS-adjusted target of 233.
Mounam Ijaz’s 3-39 stood out for Liversedge, but they were bowled out for 160. Bryson Nicholls (43) and Wasim Nazir (34) were the top scorers, while Jason Smith’s 4-29 led Northowram Fields’ bowling effort.