In the Bradford Cricket League Division Two, the race for the title is going right down to the wire, with Bowling Old Lane leading Hartshead Moor by five points as they head into the final round of fixtures next Saturday.
Both teams will be playing at home in their last matches. Bowling Old Lane is set to take on Keighley, while Hartshead Moor will host the bottom side, Wrenthorpe.
Bowling Old Lane had every reason to celebrate after securing maximum points in a challenging match against Hunslet Nelson. Abdulla Ijaz was instrumental in their victory, taking an impressive 5-34. Despite Sam Thewlis’ valiant effort with 49 runs, Nelson was bowled out for a total of 162. Opener Shahzaib Khan (55) played a pivotal role in guiding Old Lane towards their target, with Thewlis (3-39) being the only threat from the opposition.
Meanwhile, Hartshead Moor clinched a 49-run victory over Liversedge. Australian fast bowler Leo Manteit (4-23) and Tim Bresnan (4-22) led the charge by bowling out their opponents for a mere 120. In the Hartshead Moor innings, Liam Pearson (42) and Chris Wynd (32) were the top scorers, contributing to their total of 169. Quadratullah Azizi was the standout performer for Liversedge, taking 4-39. They are now just two points above the relegation positions ahead of their final game against Northowram Fields.
Buttershaw St Paul’s continued their quest to avoid relegation with an impressive 181-run win over third-placed Lightcliffe. Paul Carroll (58), Adam Wainwright (40), and Amer Ayoub (35) led the charge as St Paul’s posted a formidable total of 284, despite the efforts of Peter Dobson (4-67). Lightcliffe struggled in their reply, collapsing to a meager 103 all out, with Mussawar Shah (4-43) and Harry Dibb (3-13) wreaking havoc.
Crossflatts, though, are still in danger despite a convincing nine-wicket win over the struggling Wrenthorpe. Asif Yousaf (5-18) and Azhar Mehmood (5-26) showed no mercy as Wrenthorpe was bundled out for just 50. This result takes Crossflatts to 196 points, closely followed by Liversedge (191) and Buttershaw St Paul’s (189). In a quirky twist of fate, Buttershaw St Paul’s will face Crossflatts at home next Saturday, while Liversedge will visit Northowram Fields.
Touseef Haider was the star for Hopton Mills, taking 6-39 as they dismissed Keighley for 108 on their way to a comfortable seven-wicket win. Zahir Shah’s 51 was the only resistance from Keighley, while Gary Senior (34 not out) steered Mills towards their victory target.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow sought revenge for their recent Gordon Rigg Jack Hampshire Cup final defeat to Northowram Fields by defeating their rivals by 26 runs. Ovais Shah (97), Iqbal Khan (62), and Wajid Hussain (35) played crucial roles in helping them post a total of 233-7 before dismissing Northowram Fields for 207. Overseas player Surender Singh was instrumental, taking 5-50, while Australian Harry Hauenstein top-scored for Northowram Fields with 64 runs.