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Shocks and surprises in Evening League
4:12pm Tuesday 17th June 2014 in Sport
THERE were some great games and a few surprises as the Bradford & District Evening League enjoyed a rare evening of sunshine.
Division One table-toppers Salem Athletic travelled to Shelf, and the home side must have been jubilant at the interval after they had dismissed the visitors for 64, with Khizzar Haif taking a devastating 5-9.
However, Salem's bowling proved equally as destructive, with Israr Ullah (3-6) and Mohammed Bilal (4-13) tearing into the home side. Panic led to three run outs and Shelf's last wicket fell 11 runs short.
Jamie Chapman enjoyed a splendid game for John Breare as he followed up his 3-34 in Smart Moves' 127-7 with a vital 48 as his team won by seven wickets.
Tong Park Esholt moved into second place with a comfortable win over bottom team Bingley Congs. Danny Groom made 42 in TPE's 104-8, and then Martin Wildsmith (3-26) proved his value with the ball (3-26) as Congs ended on 87-9.
Former joint Division Two leaders Keighley suffered their first defeat of the season as Mustafah Shah's 52 helped Mayfield to 135-8. Tight bowling and fielding, including two run outs, then restricted the home side to 96-5.
Shipley Providence also fell down the table as they were bowled out at Cambing for 74. Sajid Ali (25no) then saw his side home for an eight-wicket win.
Buttershaw St Paul's took advantage of other's misfortune, with Nick Haralabidis (3-11) producing a great spell to restrict Indian Panthers to 88-9. Michael Nicholson (49no) then saw his side claim the points for the loss of one wicket.
Wibsey Park Chapel returned to winning ways with a 63-run victory at valiant Daisy Hill, while Stonewhite recorded the biggest score of the day with a mighty 210-7 (A Hussain 55no, M Inayat 54no).
This was despite an impressive performance by 16-year-old keeper Adam Spendelow, who took two catches and two stumpings and a spectacular catch from veteran Phil Sharples. Queensbury replied with 140-5.