Bradford League: Carruthers passes big milestone

John Carruthers.
John Carruthers.
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SATURDAY proved an extra-special day for one cricketer.

Step forward Hanging Heaton stalwart John Carruthers, above, who became just the 16th player to take 1,000 Bradford League wickets in first team matches when he dismissed Yeadon’s Tariq Mehboob during his side’s 108-run Division One success at Bennett Lane.

Carruthers, who later claimed the wicket of Matthew Yeadon to wrap up his side’s win as he finished with figures of 3-28, was applauded from the field by club members and congratulated by all the Yeadon team.

On his achievement, Carruthers said: “Its absolutely fantastic. It has taken four or five years since coming back to Hanging Heaton, but it has been very worthwhile to get the wickets but I feel the turnaround in the club is more important.

“I was in two minds whether I wanted to get wickets at Pudsey last week, because to achieve it at home and for us to get the win is perfect. I’d like to know how many players I’ve bowled in that time.

He added; “My first Hanging Heaton wicket was at Manningham Mills and to follow in the footsteps on some of the people on the 1,000 wickets list is unbelievable.

“I wouldn’t put myself in the same bracket as some of those players but fortuntalely I’ve been able to get there and I am very proud to have done it.”

It was a Division Two double-header at the weekend with improving Hartshead Moor following up Saturday’s five-wicket win over Idle with a four-wicket victory over Bowling Old Lane, skipper Will Smith sealing a good few days with a top-score of 50.

In-form Adam Greenwood (87) and Jack Seddon (66) helped Gomersal recover from their loss at Great Horton with a five-wicket win over Brighouse.

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