Usman Fareed’s all-round show key for Bradford Moor YCA

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Just five points separate the top three Group A sides after a fascinating day of Bradford Mutual Sunday School League action.

Leaders Interlink lost to Bradford Moor YCA, who now trail the pace-setters by a single point.

Bradford Moor made 252 (Ghazafan Khan 62), Mohammed Pandor taking 4-45, before Interlink were all out for 134 as Usman Fareed completed a fine all-round display with 4-37 to add to 40 with the bat.

Bradford Gymkhana moved up to third, four points behind Bradford Moor, after a three-wicket win over Great Horton Church.

Abrar Hussain hit 60 and Tariq Hussain took 4-22 as Church made 162-8. But an undefeated 58 from Mohammed Shoaib saw Gymkhana home by three wickets.

The day’s top scorers were Heaton, who amassed a huge 333-7 at Cambing thanks to Kamran Mir (115) and Waqas Butt (93). Ibrar Hussain took 4-58 for Cambing but 6-31 from Zeeshan Hussain saw the home side dismissed for 54.

In the battle of the bottom two, Hallfield overcame Omars by just four runs. Nayyar Iftikhar scored 46 in Hallfield’s 169 and although Umer Farooq then scored 80 in reply, Mohammed Adrees took 4-29 as Omars were all out for 165.

Girlington (171-9 – Mohammed Bilal 5-45) defeated Salem Athletic by 67 runs. Salem were dismissed for 104, with Majid Zia taking 5-61 and Ijaz Ahmed 4-45.

Apperley Bridge remained undefeated at the top of Group B after a three-wicket win over Girlington, who were struggling at 40-8 before 91 from Moazam Hussain helped them to a respectable 179. But another innings of 91 from Zahid Ullah Khan saw Apperley Bridge power to their target.

Salem Athletic defeated Bowling Baptists, who posted a decent 201-5 (Ajmal Mahmood 60, Kasim Malik 46no). Salem passed that score for the loss of seven wickets thanks to Yassir Shezad’s 67.

Bradford Gymkhana defeated Greenfield 95 to 48 in a low-scoring match, while there were five wickets apiece for Fraz Zaffer and Naveed Akram – one in each innings – as Allerton defeated Yorkshire LPS by seven wickets after bowling them out for just 70.

Bryan Greenwood led from the front with 68 in Cross Roads & Daisy Hill’s highest score of the season (204-9) against Mayfield. Josh Butterfield then ripped the heart out of the Mayfield batting with 4-16 in his 10-over spell to see Mayfield all out for 73.

Group C leaders Mandhata increased their advantage to 46 points after beating West Bowling by 12 runs. Mohammed Luckman took 5-20 as Mandhata made 109, before nine-man West Bowling replied with 97.

VVS Laxman scored 210-8 against Great Horton Meths but the visitors held out for a draw at 142-5 as Paul Cuthbertson scored 64 not out.

Hallfield (114) had a narrow two-run win over Great Horton Church, who were all out for 112 against Sohail Butt (7-27).

Cambing gained a much-needed win over Bradford Indians, dismissing them for 48 in reply to 154 all out.

In Group D, Yorkshire LPS still lead the way after defeating Buttershaw St Paul’s by seven wickets, Viral Patel taking 6-10 as Buttershaw were all out for 93.

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