Salem Athletic on verge of title

Umar Khatab made an unbeaten 32 for Salem Athletic

Umar Khatab made an unbeaten 32 for Salem Athletic

First published in Sport

SALEM Athletic are a point away from claiming their first Bradford & District Evening League title after defeating defending champions Denholme.

Tom Cummins (36) was the only batsmen to make a score of any note against some impressive Salem bowling.

Opener Dil Nawaz (26no) held the reply together, ably supported by Waheed Rehman (22) and Umar Khatab (32no), to secure a vital win with two overs to spare.

Shelf are joint-second with Denholme in the Division One table after Jawaad Waheed and Kamran Ahmed took three wickets apiece to restrict John Breare to 128-7. Zahir Shah (38) then ensured victory for the home side.

Breare remain in a relegation battle with Tong Park Esholt and Smart Moves, who are all level on nine points after Smart Moves' win over already-relegated Bingley Congs.

Wibsey Park Chapel remain joint-top of Division Two after their score of 143-5 was too much for rivals Oakworth.

Jordan Laban's explosive half-century meant that Buttershaw St Paul's are level top after their eight-wicket success over plucky Daisy Hill.

Thackley remain a point behind the leading duo after Adam Boocock produced an impressive spell of bowling (4-8) to limit Queensbury to 81-8. Joe Ollerenshaw (38) then made sure that his team returned to winning ways.

Elsewhere, Stonewhite enjoyed a narrow win at Mayfield, while there was surprisingly no play at Indian Panthers due to rain.

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