Landmarks Abound As Bradford League Season Ends
It was day of personal landmarks as the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division programme drew to a close.
Joe Greaves reached the 1,000 run mark with his fifth century of the season to help Farsley make sure of second place by beating bottom club Gomersal by seven wickets. By David Markham
The 20-year-old batsman hit five sixes and 12 fours as he scored 103 not out to take his tally for the season to 1,019 while Andrew Duckworth made 53, Barrie Frankland 42 and Steve Simpson 39 as Farsley raced past Gomersal’s total of 241-6 with 15 overs to spare.
Gomersal batsman Danny Lloyd also had something to celebrate. He scored his first Bradford League century in his last game before emigrating to Australia. His unbeaten 105 included six sixes and six fours.
Woodlands opener Scott Richardson was another batsman to reach 1,000 runs for the season during their match at Bradford & Bingley while his team-mate, former captain Tim Orrell passed 10,000 Bradford League runs.
Richardson, who began the day on 995, made 15 runs to take his total to 1,010 while Orrell scored 20 to take his career tally 10,010.
Unfortunately for them, Woodlands’ championship season ended in anti-climax as they slid to only their fourth defeat of the season.
Richard McCarthy, making possibly his last first team appearance for Bingley took 4-46 while Will Briggs took 4-60 as Woodlands were bowled out in only 30.4 overs for 120.
James Davies led Bingley to their five-wicket victory with 47 not out, sharing an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 64 with David Clow while opener Simon Davies made 34. Woodlands skipper Pieter Swanepoel took 3-24.
Skipper Lee Goddard promoted himself to open the innings and top scored with 92 as East Bierley made sure of third place with a 42-run win at Undercliffe. The home side were bowled out for 161 in reply to Bierley’s 203 with Kez Ahmed (4-24) and Chris Elstub (4-47) each taking four wickets.
Last season’s champions Pudsey Congs ended the season on a winning note, beating Hanging Heaton by four wickets to make sure of fourth place.
Nick Bresnan scored 52 and Joe Fraser 42 as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 155 with off spinner Ed Walmsley taking 4-49. Opener Mark Gill then led Congs to victory with an unbeaten 79, leg spinner Mark Lawson taking 4-46.
An off spinner in even better form was Steve Watts, who took 6-28 to help Pudsey St Lawrence beat Manningham Mills away by six wickets. Farakh Hussain 46 and Gulsheraz Ahmed 36 were top scorers as Mills were dismissed for 142. Opener Adam Waite with 39 and Chris Marsden 32 not out then led St Lawrence to their winning target.
The decline of one time title challengers Cleckheaton continued with their fourth defeat in a row – by 41 runs at home to relegated Baildon.
Richard Atkins scored 65 and Ahsan Butt 63 as Baildon posted a total of 210-7. Cleckheaton were then bowled out for 169 with Tom Smallwood taking 4-39 and Tabbi Bhatti 3-47. Opener Mark Cummins was Cleckheaton’s top scorer with 47 and Ian Nicholson made 38.
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