7:38pm Thursday 10th May 2012
By Bill Marshall
New Keighley captain Max Davidson made a big im-pression on his first day in charge as he took 6-20 to secure a 115-run win over Idle in JCT600 Bradford League Division Two.
The opening bowler destroyed the Idle innings as they were dismissed for 80 in reply to Keighley’s 195-5, a score built around a solid innings of 72 from young opener Freddie Pearson, Davidson weighing in with 28no down the order.
The relegated duo of Baildon and Gomersal made winning starts.
Baildon defeated Hartshead Moor by 29 runs at Jenny Lane, while Gomersal secured a 52-run victory at Bowling Old Lane.
Tom Smallwood (68) and Jonny Reynolds (40) helped Baildon to compile 216-9, left-armer George Saville being the best of the Moor bowlers with 3-56.
Hartshead were dismissed for 187 in reply, with Craig Field hitting 65. Sohail Raz, Baildon’s new-signing from Hunslet Nelson, proved the key bowler with 4-29.
Gomersal’s decision to promote experienced slow left-arm bowler Chris Rhodes from the second team paid early dividends as he took 4-21 in Old Lane’s 109 in reply to 161-9.
Left-arm opening bowlers James Russell (3-10) was the other key bowler for Gomersal. Only Tahir Khan (64) looked at ease for Old Lane.
The top scorer for Gomersal was former Old Lane player Abid Alishan (40), who was making his debut against his old club.
New skipper Adam Greenwood chipped in with 34, while experienced leg-spinner Mahboob Hussain (3-30) and Awais Ejaz (3-34) were Old Lane’s most successful bowlers.
© Copyright 2001-2013 Newsquest Media Group