Another topsyturvy Bradford League season comes to an end

The Bradford Cricket League season comes to an end tomorrow (Sat) with few issues still to be decided.
East Bierley, many people’s favourites for ther First Division title at the start of the season, go into their final game, against Undercliffe at South View, with a mathematical chance of taking the crown but it is Pudsey Congs who look like topping the pile after last weekend’s twomatch programme.
Bierley are 16 points adrift of new leaders Congs but, remarkably, the top five clubs have all won 15 games and there is every chance of that becoming 16 each after tomorrow’s matches.
Congs look the most likely to collect a win, from their visit to bottom club Bankfoot while second placed Bradford and Bingley, with a sixpoint deficit to make up on the leaders, are at home to Cleckheaton who could still make fifth place if Woodlands, having badly dented Pudsey St Lawrence’s chances on Sunday, come unstuck at relegated Saltaire.
St Lawrence should prove too strong for neighbours Farsley at Tofts Road but with Farsley now free from relegation worries, Yeadon will go down with Saltaire and Bankfoot, they could hammer the final nail in the coffin as St Lawrence face the frustration of being overtaken on the final furlong by arch rivals Congs.
Back in the early days of the Bradford League the popint scoring was simple, two for a win and one for a tie.
Had that system still been in place Bierley, Congs and Bingley might have been looking at sharing the title but the introduction of batting, bowling and penalty points (for slow over rates) has complicated the issue no end and Bierley might yet be left to rue the loss of three penalty points for their over rates.
If Congs do finish champions, however, it will be hard to begrudge them that honour for they have had to contend with one more abandoned game than St Lawrence or Bierley and two more than Bingley.
At the other end of the table there are no such complications. Gomersal, still in with a mathematical chance of the drop going into Saturday’s game at Bankfoot ended their worries with four quick wickets then coasted to victory by six wickets on the back of a welcome return to form for Andy Gorrod.
It has to be said that the 17yearold did seem to benefit from a big bucket of the good fortune that had largely deserted him during the second half of the season but he fully deserved his unbeaten 52 that ultimately saw Gomersal home.
Gorrod’s season’s stats make interesting reading for he was up amongst the First Division’s leading runmakers until, having just passed his 50 in the first match against Saltaire, he was run out backing up, without any prior warning, by opposition skipper Ijaz Khan.
It would be interesting to know whether that had any conscious effect on Gorrod but on a positive side, while the second half of the season yielded less than 300 runs, he was able to pass the 700 mark and for a 17yearold in only his second full season that isn’t bad going.
Hanging Heaton duly finished the season in style as they crushed Bowling Old Lane by 107 runs with Mark Lawson (93) and Alan Mynett (73) staging a 130run unbeaten stand for the eighth wicket before skipper John Carruthers rounded off his season in style with a 548 return off 14.3 overs.
Hanging Heaton are back in action on Sunday when they are taking part in Finals Day of the Dyson Insulations Twenty20 Cup at Bradford and Bingley.
They face Pudsey St Lawrence in the first semifinal at 1pm looking to win through to play Yeadon or Bradford and Bingley in the floodlit final at 7.30pm.

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