Salem Athletic off to flier in defence of title

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Salem Athletic off to flier in defence of title Salem Athletic off to flier in defence of title

Last season’s Bradford Mutual Sunday School Group A champions Salem Athletic got off to a winning start with a five-wicket success over Great Horton Church.

Saeed Ur Rehman took 5-3 as Church were all out for 108.

Bradford Gymkhana, who were last year’s runners-up, defeated Heaton by three wickets, with Uzair Khan (4-17) the chief destroyer as the hosts were dismissed for 89.

Apperley Bridge's first match in Group A ended in defeat. They scored 212 all out (Mohammed Junaid 56, Qaiser Javed 4-45), a total which Girlington passed with seven wickets down as Haroon Rashid top-scored with 40.

Yorkshire LPS’s return to the top flight saw them go down against Cambing, who made 150-7 (Hashim Hashmi 54). LPS could only muster 63 all out in reply, Shakeel Ahmed doing much of the damage with 4-4.

In Group B, newly-promoted VVS Laxman got off to a winning start, defeating Girlington by eight wickets. Mahesh Patel made 85 not out as they chased down 150.

Omars beat Allerton by four wickets after dismissing them for just 60, Majid Hussain taking 7-32.

Greenfield had to settle for a winning draw at Bowling Baptist after making 173-8 (Adeel Ahmed 55). Bowling replied with 147-5, Akthar Mahmood hitting 61 and Ghazanfar Bashir 51 not out.

Salem Athletic defeated Great Horton Church by four wickets after Adnan Shezad claimed 6-28 in Church’s 140 all out.

Bradford Gymkhana defeated Hallfield by nine wickets thanks to five wickets each from Naveed Ikram and Mohammed Naeem, who skittled Hallfield out for only 36.

In Group C Yorkshire Friends came out on top against Parkside in the meeting of the two new clubs. Parkside made 117 (Rizwan Hameed 4-28), a total which Friends passed with eight wickets down as Rahan Ameen bagged 4-16 and Tariq Hussain scored 57.

Hallfield defeated Mayfield by 44 runs, Sohail Butt notching 41 in Hallfield’s 139 and then taking 4-7 as the hosts were all out for 95.

Chris Carter made 66 and Adam Jason Harlow 50 not out as West Bowling scored 143-4 at Great Horton Meths. Mohammed Lukman Khalil then took 4-44 as Meths were all out for 109.

Alex Wood (4-16) was key for Cross Roads & Daisy Hill in their seven-wicket win over Yorkshire LPS, who were all out for 106.

Mandhata’s Nirow Rana scored 70 in their 215-9 against Muff Field. Anthony Romano then scored 86 as Muff Field were 161 all out.

Group D saw the top score of the day where newcomers Tabs scored 286-7 at Cambing. Mohammed Awarish scored 129 not out and Adeeb Mushak 61.

Paul Cutherbertson, now playing for Mayfield, scored 87 not out in their 191-9 at YMCA. Gary Smith then took 6-8 as YMCA were all out for 27.

Shair Ahmed took 4-5 for Indians but they still lost by three wickets as Buttershaw St Pauls. Indians, batting first, made 70 all out.

Muff Field defeated Great Horton Meths by 19 runs. Alex Pearson scored 51 in Muff Field’s 84 all out, Joe Deakin taking 5 for 45 for Meths, who replied with 65 all out, Jarad Priestley claiming 4-2.

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