In the Bradford Cricket League Division Three, the top three teams are separated by just four points as they approach the thrilling conclusion of the promotion battle in the final round of fixtures scheduled for next Saturday.
Scholes currently leads the pack with 294 points, closely followed by Altofts with 292 points and Great Preston with 290 points. All three teams secured victories in their recent matches.
Scholes displayed their dominance with an emphatic eight-wicket triumph over Spen Victoria. They successfully chased down Spen’s score of 201-8, thanks to outstanding performances by Christian Jackson (63 not out), Adam Greenwood (67), and James Robson (56). For Spen, Chris Allen (54) and Peter Jackson (46) were the top contributors.
Altofts, led by opener Andrew Wood’s magnificent 107 runs (featuring 18 fours), posted a formidable total of 312-7 before dismissing Brighouse for 184. This resulted in a commanding 128-run victory for Altofts. Sam Denison (57) and Luke Whitmore (50) also made valuable contributions, while Abid Ali managed 63 for Brighouse. However, Brighouse never posed a serious threat to Altofts’ score, with Jacques Porter taking 3-55.
Great Preston secured a comfortable nine-wicket victory against Crossbank Methodists. They bowled out their opponents for just 115 runs, with James Conlon (3-40) and Luke Kane (3-12) playing pivotal roles. Oli Baron (61 not out) and Hayden Mortimer (37) then guided Great Preston to victory.
In the upcoming final day of fixtures, all three top teams will be playing away matches. Scholes will face Crossbank Methodists, Altofts will visit East Leeds, and Great Preston will compete against Gildersome & Farnley Hill.
East Leeds celebrated only their second win of the season by defeating Adwalton by six wickets. Kamran Farooq’s unbeaten 61 played a crucial role in chasing down Adwalton’s total of 106. Nathan Cant was the highest scorer for Adwalton with 32 not out, while Wahab Hussain (4-51) and Kirti Tandel (3-42) were the standout bowlers.
Windhill & Daisy Hill concluded their season with a hard-fought two-wicket victory over Gildersome & Farnley Hill. Haris Butt’s impressive 73 runs helped them chase down Gildersome & Farnley Hill’s score of 175. Sayed Salman (53) and Jack Bradford (48) were the top scorers for Windhill & Daisy Hill, while Khalid Mehmood (3-62) and Sajjad Ijaz (3-43) excelled with the ball.