GLORIOUS sunshine equals runs galore – doesn’t it? Not always in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League, it would seem!
Current Premier Division leaders Woodlands have owed much to their accumulation of batting points but in their crucial clash with second-placed Bradford and Bingley at Albert Terrace, they found themselves all out for just 131 as their last six wickets fell for only 36 runs.
Although New Zealander Brad Schmulian had a rare failure with the bat he bounced back to take three wickets, for 14 runs, in 12 miserly overs and Bingley never fully recovered.
In the end it proved a close-run thing with Bingley needing just seven runs to win when the last wicket fell to signal their defeat.
That means that the Oakenshaw side will take the title if they can claim 11 points from their game at relegation-threatened Undercliffe tomorrow (Saturday).
Hanging Heaton’s attempts to make a challenge this season have been disappointing and it’s hard to imagine the frustration after results like last weekend’s one-run defeat at St Lawrence.
To lose by that margin, with two wickets in hand and a potentially match-winning innings of 105 off 111 balls from Ben Kohler-Cadmore behind them, must have been hard to take for skipper Gary Fellows, who had kicked the innings off with a commendable 52.
Cleckheaton’s up and down season continues with a home game against New Farnley, and there will be definite hopes of an improvement on last week’s result when they crashed to 48 all out in a seven-wicket defeat at home to Farsley.
Paceman Jonathon Whiteoak hit a top-scoring 17 batting at 10, the only Cleck batsman in double figures, having gone to the crease with the score on 23-8.
Hanging Heaton and Bradford and Bingley have no game, having played their fixture already.