Bradford League: Promoted Scholes see off Wrens to net first division title

Scholes' 'Yassir Ali celebrates after getting the important wicket of Wrenthorpe opener Jordan Sleightholme for 22. PIC: Steve Riding

Scholes claimed the Championship One title trophy on Saturday after defeating hosts Wrenthorpe by three wickets.

Methley claimed second place and promotion to the Premier Division after a nine-wicket win over Baildon.

Scholes' Andrew Robinson celebrates getting the wicket of Neil Bourke, of Wrenthorpe. PIC: Steve Riding

Opener Shoukat Ali, one of the key figures in Scholes’ success this season, steered them to victory with an unbeaten 78 as they overhauled the Wrenthorpe score of 156-9.

He stood firm after his side were reduced to 17-3 and ensured that Scholes finished top of the pile after leading for much of the season.

Yasir Ali chipped in with a valuable 36 to back up his early efforts with the ball. Ali took 3-45 and Andrew Robinson (3-40) as Wrenthorpe were made to struggle for runs.

They plunged to 74-7 before Rudge (36no) and Matt Holstein (25) gave the score a boost, but 156-9 didn’t prove enough as Scholes recovered from their poor start to win with 14.5 overs to spare.

Methley showed no mercy for a weakened Baildon side as they bowled them out for just 54 to set up the victory which enabled them to finish runners up.

Undercliffe claimed fourth place after defeating Morley by six-wickets at Intake Road. Opener Colin Nuthall made a battling 51 for Morley, but his colleagues were unable to break the shackles placed on them by the accurate home attack.

Debut-making Bradley Gerrard-Harrison made an unbeaten 30, but a total of 156-5 proved to be below par as Undercliffe eased to their target with 10.4 overs to spare.

At the opposite end of the table their was frustration for Bowling Old Lane as they defeated Ossett by 17 runs in their final game but finished in the bottom two by a solitary point.

Ossett survived by virtue of denying Old Lane the two extra wickets they needed.

If the teams had finished level on points, Ossett would have been relegated as Old Lane had one more win.

Yeadon, who have flirted with relegation, also ended on a winning note as they defeated bottom team Birstall by two wickets.

Hunslet Nelson claimed the second promotion spot in Championship Two with a 52-run win over Northowram Fields.

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