Underdogs are underwhelming

IF every dog has its day, it was a day to forget for the underdog in the first round of the Central Yorkshire League’s Jack Hampshire Trophy and the second round of the Bradford League’s Priestley Cup.

Scholes’ defeat at Buttershaw St Pauls was the one major upset of the round in the Jack Hampshire Trophy, for having completed a six-wicket win at champions Townville the day before they went into the tie as Premier Division leaders.

With Mo Sharafat and Zain Abbas taking three wickets apiece Scholes restricted the experienced Townville batting but they came unstuck when facing Buttershaw junior Kevin McDermott in the Jack Hampshire.

Batting first, Championship side Buttershaw hit 211-3 in their 40 overs, with an unbeaten 113 from McDermott.

Scholes began well with 91 from opener Abbas but the next five batsman mustered only 16 runs between them and that proved the difference between the sides as the home side won by 22 runs.

Elsewhere things went largely to form as Birstall (75-2) made short work of it at East Leeds (73) and Mirfield Parish lost by 72 runs at home to Methley in the only all-Premier Division tie.

It was much the same in the Priestley Cup where First Division Hanging Heaton, Cleckheaton, East Bierley, Woodlands, Bradford and Bingley and Pudsey Congs all progressed at the expense of Second Division opposition.

Pudsey St Lawrence won the all First Division clash with New Farnley while Second Division Undercliffe produced the only upset in beating First Division Morley.

Hanging Heaton were tested at Saltaire where the home side hit 212-8, Amer Ayoub 72 not out. But Joe Fraser topped that with 78 not out as the visitors eased home by six wickets with 13 overs to spare.

East Bierley (92-2) knocked off the runs they needed at Idle in only 12.1 overs.

Ian Nicholson (5-25) helped Cleckheaton bowl out Windhill for 104, leaving Andy Gorrod (46 not out) to see his side home with nine wickets and 33 overs in hand, but it was a little closer at Baildon where Oakenshaw side Woodlands were six wicket winners.

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