Bradford League: Derbies big attraction as Scholes opt for switch

Woodlands opener Tim Jackson.
Woodlands opener Tim Jackson.
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THE weather may have not done too many sides a favour on Saturday, but Bradford League new boys Scholes were not complaining.

The New Popplewell Lane outfit, who made the move from the Central Yorkshire League to Division Two of the Bradford League at the end of last season, used the elements to their advantage to claim a derby victory over Gomersal to extend their 100 per cent record in the league.

Opening, Scholes hit an impressive 265-7, with Hasnain Abbass hitting a fine 128 before taking 3-31 as he and Mohammed Sharafat (5-33) helped dismiss Gomersal for 154 for a 111-run win.

But it could have been different in a rain-affected programme in the top two divisions, which saw just two matches completed.

Scholes secretary Paul Calvert said: “We got a decent score and Gomersal started well and made a very fast start in reply.

“But when the weather was at it’s worst, Gomersal were offered the chance to come off and they turned it down.

“They carried on and then lost a few wickets and when there were probably wanting to go off, the umpires said that having turned it down before, that they would have to stay on now. It worked out well for us in the end.

“One of the main reasons we wanted to come into Division Two was the five local derbies with three teams around Cleckheaton (Gomersal, Spen Victoria and Hartshead Moor) and Brighouse and Bankfoot within 10 minutes.”

Scholes’ back-to-back wins are all the more noteworthy, given that a call-up to the Pakistan A side to their designed overseas player in batsman Ali Waqas means they have had to do without him so far.

They are hopeful that a replacement in Usman Saeed will receive his visa shortly.

Scholes are 12 points clear of Morley, who made 192-7 against Windhill, whose reply reached 102-4 before the rains came.

Ben Jenkinson (56) top-scored for the Scatcherd Lane men, keen on returning straight back to the top flight.

Bilal Ejaz (60), Adal Islam (58) and Peter Jackson (52) hit half-centuries for Spen Victoria against Brighouse (36-0). Hartshead Moor could not reply against Keighley (146) after Andrew Parratt (4-41) and Daniel Squire (3-29) got in the wickets.

The only game to finish in Division One saw early leaders Bradford and Bingley (86-0) whitewash Lightcliffe in double-quick time.

The hosts were skittled for 83 inside 31 overs, with Noman Ali (4-9) and Matthew Simpson (5-43) in inspired form before Phil Slater’s blistering 67 not out saw Bradford & Bingley home in under 12 overs as they beat the rain in style.

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