Bradford League round-up: Ossett lose unbeaten tag in early season top of table clash

Ossett narrowly missed out in a rain affected early season top of the table clash with Birstall in Division One of the Gordon Rigg Bradford League.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 9:00 am
Three wickets: Ossett's Dan Busfield.

Both teams took 100 per cent league records into the match, but it was Birstall who emerged with an 11-run success.

Josh Haynes (69) and Benedict Gundry (66) helped them to 232-8 with Max Chappell (3-45) and Dan Busfield (3-66) the pick of the Ossett bowlers.

Rain interrupted the Ossett innings and gave them a Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 230 from 42 overs.

James Keen (46) and Marcus Walmsley (39) tried to keep their side up with the rate, but after they departed Juned Delair (5-8) and Haynes (4-56) cashed in to bowl out Ossett for 219.

Wrenthorpe ran into a batting storm with Mark Robertshaw hitting a superb 156 as Pudsey St Lawrence recorded the season’s highest score of 360-5 on their way to a big 242-run win in the Premier Division.

Robertshaw hit three sixes and 22 fours as the Wrenthorpe bowlers took a battering at Tofts Road. He was joined in a third wicket stand of 100 by Archie Scott (46), while Harry Cullingford (42) and Chris Marsden (40) also chipped in.

Wrenthorpe struggled from the start of their reply and were bowled out for 118 with leg spinner Scott taking 4-49 and Matthew Race (24) top scoring.

Wakefield St Michael’s registered their second win in Division Two when they beat Bowling Old Lane by five wickets.

Half centuries from Mark Atkinson (53) and Ashley Hale (53no) helped them to 208-5 before bowling out Old Lane for 102 with Cavan Connolly (4-36) and Zaeem Zulfqar (3-13) leading the way.

Sandal’s unbeaten run came to an end as they suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Despite an unbroken eighth wicket 85-run stand between skipper Kristian Shuttleworth (60no) and Amai Ganjam (35no) Sandal’s 177-7 total did not prove enough.

A fifth wicket stand of 146 between Gary Jennings (87no) and Peter Bowles (74) enabled third-placed East Ardsley to build on the 102 runs that openers Josh Wild (57) and Richard Vigars (44) put on to post a score of 311-6 in their 149-run win over Scholes in Division Two.

Altofts had a day to forget as they were skittled out for 50 and suffered a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Great Preston in Division Three.

Lee Russell (5-13) and Jacob Wright (4-37) sliced through the brittle Altofts batting before Dan Ranasinghe (33no) guided them to victory.