Carruthers Takes 1,000th Wicket

There were celebrations for John Carruthers this weekend
There were celebrations for John Carruthers this weekend
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Hanging Heaton pace bowler John Carruthers has joined a select band of JCT 600 Bradford League players to take 1,000 wickets in first team matches.

The 44-year-old player, who is in his second spell at Hanging Heaton after spending four years at nearby Birstall in the Central Yorkshire League between 2006 and 2009, reached this coveted landmark when he dismissed Tariq Mehboob during Hanging Heaton’s 108-run over Yeadon in the First Division.

Carruthers said: "I am very proud to have done it. I have played with and against some very high quality players, including Test and county cricketers and I have enjoyed the challenge of bowling against some high class players."

Carruthers finished with three for 28 while new ball partner Dan Busfield took three for 18 as Yeadon were bowled out for 73. Earlier, Hanging Heaton had made 181 for seven with former Yeadon batsman Ben Elvidge top scoring with 47 and Nick Connolly making 42. Muhammed Saeed was Yeadon’s best bowler with five for 53.

Reigning champions Cleckheaton hold a 12-point lead at the top of the division after a 14-run win in a high-scoring match against third placed Pudsey St Lawrence.

Mally Nicholson made 74 and opener Andy Gorrod 71 as Cleckheaton posted a challenging 245 for six while Richard Whitehurst struck three sixes in the final over, bowled by off-spinner Steve Watts, which proved to be crucial in the outcome of the match.

St Lawrence made a strong bid to reach their target with the league’s top run-scorer, opener Mark Robertshaw, leading the way with 97. This took his tally for the season to 631, helping the visitors to make 231 for nine, which gained them maximum batting points, but not enough to win.

Overseas leg-spinner Tanzeel Altaf with five for 56 and pace man Iain Wardlaw (3-76) were Cleckheaton’s most successful bowlers.

Second-placed Woodlands kept in touch with the leaders ahead of next Saturday’s match between the top two sides with a 55-run win at Lightcliffe. Logan Weston was top scorer with 57 not out while opener Sam Frankland made 44 and Sarfraz Ahmed 31 as Woodlands reached 222 for six, three short of a fifth batting point.

Overseas player Suleman Khan made 46, but received insufficient support as Lightcliffe settled on 167 for eight with Scott Richardson taking  four for 42.

Mark Harrison’s winning start as Farsley’s captain continued as they beat Morley by two wickets. Harrison, who took over as skipper a fortnight ago, led his side to victory over Pudsey Congs in his first match in charge and led from the front in this match, top scoring with 55 as fourth-placed Farsley eased past Morley’s total of 153 for nine with five overs to spare.

Morley were in deep trouble at 58 for eight until second team player Richard Winn scored an unbeaten 70. South African Graham Hume achieved his fourth five-wicket haul of the season for Farsley, taking five for 19 while Neil Laidlaw took three for 32.

Pudsey Congs lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a tense one-run win over fellow strugglers East Bierley. Bierley needed two runs from the last ball to win the game, but Luke Jarvis was run out to leave Congs the winners by the narrowest of margins.

Andrew Bairstow (41) and Barbar Butt (34) were the top scorers as Congs made 195 for eight. Nicky Rushworth (52) and Gavin Hamilton (45) led the way for Bierley, but they fell one run short on 194 with opening bowler Mubtada Akhtar taking four for 56.

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