With three out of 4 districts in West Yorkshire under socialisation lockdown cricket continued this weekend. Watching a number of games today it was good to see member clubs adhering to ECB and league guidance. Today’s fixtures were the first third of the second half of the season with another excellent day for cricket and once again another week of interesting results. There was some confusion at Central Leeds home fixture but the match went ahead.
Another busy week for players registrations in both Quaid e Azam Premier and Dewsbury Cricket Leagues. The Quaid e Azam Premier Cricket League has now registered 136 new players since the registration window opened whilst Dewsbury and District Cricket League had 24 since the start of last week.
Subhan finished the stronger off the two clubs as they beat Mylahore Seniors 3 times and are poised to challenge others in the Star Section for the play offs. Subhan bowled out Mylahore Seniors CC for 101 with a man of the match performance from Irfan Maqsood who finished with bowling figures of 5 for 20 runs. Subhan chased the score but not without a fight back from Mylahore Seniors who claimed 6 wickets to earn themselves some bowling points. An unbeaten 53 from Shahid Farooq helped the home side claim their third consecutive win.
A low scoring game for Premier Section between Central Leeds and Bradford Moor, Central Leeds bowled well to restrict Bradford to 103 to claim maximum bowling point but struggled to chase the target as they were bowled out for just 64 runs.
Kashmir continue with their winning streak, this time at Bardsy Cricket Club where they were hosted by Flix CC. Kashmir elected to bat first and set a target of of 200 with the loss of 5 wickets, Faisal Javed innings of 91 not out was key in securing another win for his team and Kashmir now press on to challenge others for the league championship title. An innings of 55 from Sadaqat Zaman gave Flix some hope but the score was just too much as Flix were bowled out in the final over, best figure of the match with the ball came from Ibrar Younis who claimed 4 wickets for just 22 runs in his 6 overs.
At Rawdon Meadows where Heaton Park hosted Friends, Friends won the toss and elected to bat first. They got of to a flying start scorer at a rate of 7 runs per over. Heaton Park claimed their first wicket in the 5th over but Friends continued to score freely and were eventually all bowled out for 161 with performances with the bat from Jawed Hafeez (42) and Rashid Ayub (44no).
Heaton Park also scored at a health rate in the early overs of the game and chased the target with the loss of 6 wickets to claim maximum points. Innings from Captain Haaris Hussain (48) and Mohammed Bilal (62) ensured a third consecutive win in the group.
Darulshafa continue with a disappointing start and lost their third consecutive match, this time against Whiterose who batted first and were restricted to just 149 with Amir Hussain bagging 6 wickets for 40 runs. Cosmond Walter 46 helped Whiterose to defend a below par total. Darulshafa found the total of 149 difficult to chase and lost the match by 20 runs.
A surprise result of Star Section was between Punjab and Mylahore Tabs A, Punjab were bowled out for just 146 an outstanding performance from U17 Abdullah Ejaz 5 for 13 runs helped secure a win for Mylahore Tabs A who chased the score with the loss of just 5 wickets.
Diamond had a good win against Karmand, Adeel Ashraf’s unbeaten 58 secured another win to move them to mid table. Diamond restricted Karmand to 143 and chased the target with the loss of 5 wickets.
Kings XI continued with their good form and claimed their third consecutive win and in doing so, maintained the 100% record. Kings XI batted first and set a target of 222 with the loss of 9 wickets at Jinnah Arena. Contribution from Hassan Ali (59), Tahir Javed 47 and Urfan Asghar (45no) helped Kings XI set a above par target score. The match was played hard with a lot of friendly banter on a very flat wicket. 222 was well above par and needed an outstanding innings from Indus Bradford to win, Hazrat Zaman (49) and Mohammed Tayyab (43) made good contribution but needed to go onto three figures if they were to take the match but the bowling of Imran Asghar (4 – 32) restricted Indus to 169 all out.
The top of the table tie at Woodhouse Cricket Club in the words of the umpiring official “it was a brilliant match”. Rising Star elected to bat first and scored 198 all out of their 35 over. Khan chased the target with the loss of 7 wickets, performances with the bat from Uzair Ali (54) and Muhammad Shoaib (44no). The win puts them first place just 1 point ahead of Kings XI. The new pointing system has most certainly changed the way clubs are strategically securing wins.
The grudge match was played at Liversedge Cricket Club between Bhalot and AK Eagles, pride was at stake between the two teams considering they were only playing one fixture in the delayed season. Innings from Kamran Hussain (66) and Yasir Ali (45) gave assistance to the home side to set a par target. Wasim Javed was the pick of the bowlers with figure of 5 for 29 runs for AK Eagles. AK Eagles couldn’t repeat the wins of the previous weeks and only manage 162 for 9 of their 35 overs and maintained their second place, 11 points behind the leaders Kashmir. The leading scorer of the game for AK Eagles was Umar Abbas (48).
Another close match was played between Kings XI Lahore and Yorkshire Lions, Kings XI Lahore batted first and scored 214 before being bowled out, performance with the bat from Adnan Sayed (65) helped his club to a above par score. Yorkshire Lions fell just 9 runs short with the loss of 8 wickets, the only performance with bat coming from Bilal Shahid (55)
Another tense match played in the Crescent Section was played between Northcliffe and Mylahore Tabs B at Northcliffe Park. Northcliffe batted first and scored 144 all out, Palvinder Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for Tabs B with figures of 4 for 9. Mylahore Tab B chased the score with the loss of 8 wickets moving them to forth place in their respective table, 43 runs from Muhammad Muaaz secured the win for this club. Saqib’s bowling figures of 4 for 20 wasn’t enough to secure a win for Northcliffe.