Bradford League: Shield win justifies Saints’ youth policy

Pudsey Congs' Andy Bairstow in action at home against Pudsey St Lawrence.
Pudsey Congs' Andy Bairstow in action at home against Pudsey St Lawrence.
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Pudsey St Lawrence secretary Richard Brown hailed a ‘dream weekend’ for his club as both their first and second teams enjoyed success.

Their first team enjoyed a seven-wicket win over local rivals Pudsey Congs on Saturday, before their second string secured the Priestley Shield on Sunday courtesy of a clinical 141-run win over Bradford and Bingley.

“It’s been a brilliant weekend,” said Brown. “It was a big game for the firsts. Although we’ve got a young side, we’ve got a lot of talent and it was a really convincing performance.”

He also paid tribute to the Saints’ victorious Second XI, picking out 16-year-old batsman Jack Allman for praise after he top scored with an unbeaten 88.

“They were absolutely awesome,” he enthused.

“We don’t buy many players in so we’re all very proud of what they’ve achieved.

“Jack got 88, which is outstanding for such a young lad at that level. That shows how much depth of talent we have at the club.

“We’ve had a few losses in the final over the past few years but that just makes it a little bit sweeter to win it this time.”

The final victory came on the back of Allman’s super knock before teenager Jordan Moore claimed four wickets to remove Bradford &Bingley for 189, well short of the Saints’ 325-run haul.

Focus now switches to the first XI’s title charge. After Saturday’s win, they top Division One with four games to go.

The local bragging rights came courtesy of an unbeaten 86 from Mark Robertshaw after Paul Hutchison and Richie Lamb had claimed three wickets apiece.

Second-placed Woodlands kept up the pace at the top with a 69-run win over Farsley.

Logan Weston’s century helped Woodlands on the their way before Grant Soames claimed five wickets to dismiss the visitors for 227.

Cleckheaton remain in the hunt for the league crown after a clinical eight-wicket victory over East Bierley.

The visitors struggled to 141 all out and Tim Jackson (77no) took full advantage to help his side claim the points.

Hanging Heaton remain level on points with Cleckheaton after their nine-run victory over Bradford & Bingley.

After Heaton set a modest 225-run target, Ben Elvidge claimed five wickets to limit Bradford to 216.

Lightcliffe moved up to eighth after their 43-run victory over bottom side Saltaire. Suleman Khan struck an impressive 184 out of 269-9 to ensure a spirited 226 all out run-chase was not enough for the visitors.

Undercliffe dropped down to 10th after a 68-run defeat at the hands of New Farnley.

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Morley and Scholes are still battling it out at the top of Division Two, writes DAISY YOUNG.

Leaders Morley have only lost once so far this season and they continued their fine form by beating Yeadon by 67 runs.

Morley made 255-6 in their innings largely through Richard Jubb (75) and Kashif Naveed’s (51no) .

The hosts then made sure that they wrapped up the points as they skittled Yeadon for 188 with Naveed (3-46) and Nathan Bromby (3-34) taking three wickets each.

Scholes are ready to pounce if Morley slip up after they beat Hartshead Moor by three-wickets.

Moor batted first, making a respectable 243, with Fahad Ul-haq (95) and Arun Balasubramanian (70) performing well. However, James Stansfield (86) and Kasir Maroof (50) helped Scholes on their way to victory at 244-7.

Baildon comfortably beat Gomersal by 80 runs to remain in third-place.

Baildon made 232-9 thanks to Chris Reynolds (52) and Dylan Duraisingham (48) before Waqas Maqsood (5-54) struck and helped reduce Gomersal to just 152 all out in reply.

Bowling Old Lane moved up to fourth with their three-wicket success over Keighley.

Johnathon Wilkinson (83no) led Keighley to 237-6, before Ayyaz Akram’s century took Old Lane to victory at 239-7.

Bottom of the table Idle clinched their first win of the campaign to give them a huge lift heading into the final games of the season.

They beat Spen Victoria by two-wickets despite a century from Bilal Ejaz (101no) which helped Spen to 187-7 after Alex Robinson (5-56) had burst through.

Idle then clinched victory with just one ball remaining as they reached 191-8.

Another two sides battling it out at the bottom faced each other with Brighouse coming out on top as they beat Windhill by four wickets.

Windhill’s Muhammad Yasin smashed 155 off 143 balls as they made 241-9. Brighouse then hit back with a century of their own, Sohail Hussain making 118 as he led his side to a winning score of 242-6.

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