Pieter Swanepoel is back to top form this year after being troubled with a shoulder injury throughout last season, and Swanny on song and Saffy hitting the spot from the off on the still bowler-friendly wicket spells big trouble for any batting side. At 17-4 the match was already beyond Bingley (no Chris Thompson this time who famously almost won a match a few years ago with a century from a not dissimilar position). Noman Ali looked the most accomplished of the Bees batsman and he hung around for a while before being brilliantly run out by Adam Goldthorpe with a direct hit at a single stump. There was no more resistance as Saffy cleaned up the tail to end up with 5 for 9 from 9.3 overs which included a magnificent caught and bowled, Swanny had 3-26 and Scott Richardson 1-7 when he came on for the openers to change ends, and the Bingley innings concluded with the score on 47.
Woodlands 18 points Bradford & Bingley 4 points.
The interval allowed time to appreciate what is the best-equipped ground in the Bradford League. Not only are they the only club to have floodlights, they also have a very fine 5-lane outdoor net facility, a lovely old fashioned pavilion and a fine scorebox – one of the first in the league to be electrified.
Ussy looked solid
Only Duncan Snell held firm until he was joined by wicketkeeper Usman Salim with the score at 84-5. These 2 put on another 20 runs before Duncan fell to a catch behind off former Woodlands’ off-spinner Harry Smallwood for a stylish 56. Adam Goldthorpe perished from the next ball which brought skipper Pieter Swanepoel to the wicket and he and Usman proceeded to steady the ship with a stand of 51 before Swanny fell, again to Harry Smallwood, for a fine 31.
JCT600 BRADFORD CRICKET LEAGUE 1st DIVISION
SATURDAY 31st MAY 2014
Report by Stuart Tordoff
The 1st XI travelled to Wagon Lane as undefeated league leaders without last week’s match-winner Chris Brice who was again on wedding duty, to meet a Bradford & Bingley side lacking all-rounder Chris Thompson (badly dislocated finger) sitting in mid- table with 3 wins and 2 losses from their first 7 games. Skipper Swanepoel won the toss and decide to bat on a wicket which looked as though it would give some help to the bowlers. And so it proved as the young opening attack of Jack Hartley and Matthew Simpson worked their way through the Woodlands’ early order with Jack, son of former Yorkshire CCC’s Neil Hartley, looking particularly impressive.
Unfortunately the electronics in the scorebox have failed and repair is proving difficult to effect with the result that score reporting is reduced to a simple score - wickets- overs- last innings board, which at least is electrified! Those with smart phones resorted to following the detailed scorecard on the excellent league website which is kept almost instantaneously up to date. We saw the promised sunshine only very intermittently during a cool day which resulted in the tea room doing a good trade in cups of tea throughout the day, although one or two did sample the Tetley’s which was expensive but in fine form.
Time for a cameo from Sarfraz Ahmed who didn’t disappoint with three 6s in his 21 whilst Usman perished going for runs in the penultimate over for an excellent 34 which was peppered with several of his trademark straight drives. Would a total of 189-9 be enough? The general consensus was that it looked like a winning score in the conditions.