It's honours all round as Bradford League campaign draws to a close

It's honours all round as Bradford League campaign draws to a close

THE 2013 Bradford League honours list is headed by Cleckheaton – the newly-crowned Division One champions – and elsewhere in the district our clubs have flourished.

Hanging Heaton lifted the Heavy Woollen Cup and were runners up in the Priestley Cup.

Spen Victoria were in with a chance of promotion right up until the closing day of the campaign.

And their second tier rivals Gomersal provided an opening pair who hit almost 2,000 runs between them in Richard Gould, whose 1,181 saw him top the Division Two batting charts, and Andy Gorrod (817).

Cleckheaton’s Tim Jackson, pictured, hit 1,018 Division One runs to finish fifth in the averages and Hanging Heaton’s former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows was not far behind with 983 in his first season back in the Bradford League, following a lengthy stint at Wrenthorpe.

One-time Spen Victoria and Derbyshire left-arm spinner Glenn Roberts topped the Division One bowling tables for Pudsey Congs, with 42 wickets at 12.71.

But the star bowler of the season was undoubtedly 38-year-old Spen paceman Rob Burton, who smashed his own personal best wicket tally with 80, at just 9.34, to top the Division Two bowling records.

Hanging Heaton’s player-chairman, John Carruthers, weighed in with some key wickets during the season.

And he impressed during the club’s cup successes, but was left still needing another seven victims to take his career total to 1,000. And, as a result, another season at Bennett Lane definitely looks on the cards for 42- year-old Carruthers.

By Mike Popplewell

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