Naveed inspires Wibsey Park Chapel to title

Peter Kempton made a majestic half-century for relegated John Breare

Peter Kempton made a majestic half-century for relegated John Breare

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WIBSEY Park Chapel have been crowned Bradford & District Evening League Division Two champions.

Inspired, as per usual by Kashif Naveed, who scored a half-century and took 3-8, they clinched the title with a 64-run win over Shipley Providence.

The runners-up spot was a battle between long-time leaders Buttershaw St Paul's and Thackley.

However, Buttershaw failed to take advantage of their rival's defeat against Cambing as they were unable to raise a team for their match at Keighley.

Cambing's win meant that they have completed their best season ever, finishing third, two points behind second-placed Thackley.

Daisy Hill might not have triumphed in too many matches in their time in the league, but they have always played the game in the right spirit and with a smile on their faces.

Their commendable attitude and approach was duly rewarded when they played Mayfield and recorded their first win of the season.

Adam Hussain's half-century helped his side to 108-7, and it was only fitting that captain Bryan Greenwood was then the pick of the bowlers, his excellent 3-20 helping to dismiss the opposition for 102 and his team able to celebrate their first win of the season.

Denholme and Shelf won their respective matches to finish the season with exactly the same points in Division One, a point behind champions Salem Athletic.

Due to a better average over the whole season, however, Denholme claimed the runners-up spot and the right to defend the Les Benson Trophy on finals day at Keighley on Monday, August 25.

There was no shortage of thrills in the final round of top-flight fixtures as Salem tied against John Breare.

Salem made 117-8, with Chris Coates taking 3-13.

Veteran Peter Kempton then showed his class and experience to anchor the innings for Breare, who needed to win to stand any chance of being relegated.

His majestic half-century took his side to the brink of victory and, with one ball remaining, his side required two runs for the desired win.

However, they could only muster a scampered single to leave the scores level and Breare facing the prospect of life in Division Two.

The performance of the evening, and possibly the season, came from Thornton's Josh Hutchinson, whose 52 not out came off only 12 balls.

His five sixes, five fours and two singles against Bingley Congs completed an unhappy season for the Beckfoot Lane side, who managed only one victory all year.

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