Bradford League round-up: Brandon Hewlett’s heroics help Sandal to maintain fine start

Brandon Hewlett produced a superb all-round display to help continue Sandal’s impressive start to the season in Division Two of the Gordon Rigg Bradford League.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 9:00 am
Al-Mustafa Rafique bowling for Wrenthorpe against Methley. Picture: Steve Riding

After electing to bat first they looked in trouble against Hunslet Nelson when Hewlett came into bat with the score on 95-6. But his innings helped turn the match round with Sandal going on to record a 155-run victory.

Hewlett smashed four sixes and nine fours in an 86-ball knock of 82. With support coming from Anai Ganjim (31no) Sandal were able to reach a more than respectable 237-8.

Not content with his batting efforts, Hewlett followed up by taking 7-48 with the ball as he and Sam Noden (3-33) then bowled out Nelson for just 82.

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East Ardsley chalked up their first win in Division Two with a 39-run triumph at Yeadon.

Solid batting from skipper Richard Vigars (58), Gary Jennings (43) and Josh Wild (40) took them to a score of 226.

The home side managed 187 in response with Ashley Pearson (3-48) leading the Ardsley attack and two wickets apiece for Jonathan MacGregor and Louie Hurley.

Wakefield St Michael’s could not keep up the winning theme in Division Two as they ran into a stunning innings from overseas player Cosmond Walters on their way to a 173-run defeat to Jer Lane.

The West Indian hammered 11 sixes and 18 fours in an innings of 161 as Jer Lane piled up a huge 347-8 score. Cavan Connolly (4-76) was the pick of the Wakefield bowlers.

Openers Qasar Hameed (40) and Alex Leyshon (34) provided a solid start for St Michael’s in a 67-run opening stand, but although Ashley Hale contributed 30 and Zaeem Zulfqar 28 wickets fell at regular intervals, leaving them all out for 174.

Ossett continued their encouraging start to the new season when they made it two wins from two in Division One.

New overseas player Rishin Patabedigemade played a big part in an eight-wicket win over Lightcliffe, hitting an unbeaten 59 and joining with James Keen (39no) to guide Ossett past their opponents’ 140 score.

Lightcliffe’s decision to bat first did not pay off as they lost their first three wickets for three runs. Jack Hendy (63) battled hard to revive his side, but lacked support as they were bowled out for 140, with spinner Matthew Varley taking 5-35.

Wrenthorpe could not follow up their opening day win in the Premier Division as they were well beaten by old foes Methley.

Methley’s teenage opener Alex Cree (128) scored his maiden Bradford League century as they piled up 324-6 batting first and went on to record a huge 249-run victory.

Wrenthorpe were never at the races in their reply as they were shot out for only 75. Only Jonathan Donnelly (15) and Sam Storr (13) were able to reach double figures in a disappointing effort.

After a cracking opening day win it was back down to earth for Altofts in Division Three as they lost by 93 runs to East Leeds.

Despite a good bowling effort from Elliot Carter (4-72) East Leeds were able to score 227 with Altofts all out for 134 in reply.