Shocks and surprises in Evening League

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Michael Nicholson, right, scored 49 not out for Buttershaw St Paul's Michael Nicholson, right, scored 49 not out for Buttershaw St Paul's

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.

Shelf's 54 was not the lowest total of the day as Thornton were dismissed for 33, with Shane Etherington taking 4-7 as Denholme secured an eight-wicket win in 5.2 overs.

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.

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