Gomersal completed a three wicket home win over Pudsey St Lawrence in an extraordinary, record breaking match that produced 686 runs. David Markham reports.
It beat the previous JCT 600 Bradford League record of 628 set by Yeadon and Pudsey St Lawrence in 2003.
Teenagers, opener Andrew Gorrod and 16-year-old Jack Seddon were Gomersal’s heroes as they chased down St Lawrence’s formidable total of 342-6 to win with seven balls to spare.
Gorrod laid the foundations of this remarkable victory, making his second league century of the season, striking five sixes and ten fours as he made exactly 100 while No 5 batsman Ben Platt stepped up the pace with a knock of 75 that included seven sixes and four fours.
Seddon and Ben Platt then launched the final onslaught on the St Lawrence bowlers after Gomersal suffered a mini collapse that saw them lose three wickets for two runs, including Platt.
At 255-7 with 88 still needed, a Gomersal win looked unlikely, but No 9 batsman Seddon smashed 51 off only 19 balls with six sixes and three fours in an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 89 in a mere 5.2 overs while Ben Platt hit five sixes and a four in his unbeaten 53.
The result was tough on the St Lawrence’s batsman, who must have thought they had done enough to win the match. Openers Mark Robertshaw with 109 and Adam Waite 86 put on 160 for the first wicket and skipper James Smith added 58, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their side losing their fourth match in a row.
Bradford & Bingley increased their lead at the top of Division One to 14 points after a 94-run win over bottom club Baildon at Wagon Lane.
Simon Davies with 73 and Scott Etherington 42 shared an opening stand of 104 and received good support later in the innings from Sri Lankan Naweed Ghany 57 and Matthew Duce 34 not out as Bingley totalled 257-6.
Pace bowler James Davies produced best bowling figures of the season - 8-64 - as Baildon slumped to 75-9 before skipper Craig Hitchenor and James Midgley put on 88 for the last wicket with Hitchenor hitting three sixes and 12 fours in an unbeaten 74.
Farsley retained second place despite losing down by one wicket to Undercliffe in a tense finish.
Prolific West Indian Lorenzo Ingram continued his fine form, making 76, as Farsley were restricted to 190-9. Opener Matthew Bottomley held the Undercliffe innings together with 55, but the match swung Farsley’s way when they lost three wickets for to runs, leaving them needing 22 to win with only wicket remaining.
However, wicketkeeper Luke Holroyd proved to be Undercliffe’s match winner, hitting five sixes, including a top edge for six off pace bowler Neil Laidlaw to win the match with seven balls to spare.
Woodlands moved into third place after their fifth win in a row, beating Manningham Mills by eight wickets. Left arm spinner Chris Brice took 5-19, including a hat-trick as Mills were bowled out for 78.
Pace bowlers James Lee and Iain Wardlaw each took 5-28 as Cleckheaton dismissed Hanging Heaton for 56 to set up a six-wicket win.
Defending champions Pudsey Congs beat East Bierley by five wickets. After restricting Bierley to 164-9, Gareth Phillips made 52 before Barbar Butt with 53 and Edward Walmsley 34 guided them to victory with an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 67.
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