IF the Bradford League season at the elite end of the table has been about the three-way battle for the Premier Division between eventual champions Woodlands, Townville and New Farnley, the story in the lower reaches of the league has definitely been about Jer Lane.

With an autumnal chill just starting to break through at the cup final venue of Spen Victoria, the Bradford-based club completed a quartet of trophy victories.

The 52-run win over plucky East Ardsley in the Jack Hampshire Cup final can now be added to Jer’s Division Two league title, the Group B T20 finals day victory at Carlton and the second team’s Division One championship success.

All-rounder Cosmond Walters, man of the match at Spen Victoria, said of what the club have achieved in 2021: “It is brilliant. That was the goal from the start of the season, and to achieve it is really wonderful.”

Walters, who was pushed for his man-of-the-match trophy by Jer Lane opener Farakh Hussain, who made 107 off 73 balls compared to Walters’ 101 off 71 deliveries, confessed however that the campaign has not always gone without hiccups.

He said: “It was definitely not a smooth season going through. We definitely had to fight for most of our wins, but what has got us through is that we have a strong batting line-up right down to No.11, and mental strength as well.”

Hussain, carrying on from his destructive innings at Carlton in the T20 semi-final, hit 14 fours and five sixes, while Walters smacked seven fours and seven sixes in Jer Lane’s 306-5 off their 40 overs.

The onslaught didn't end there either, with No.6 Ibrar Younis weighing in down the order with 52 not out off 23 balls, including seven fours and two sixes.

Ashley Pearson somehow escaped the punishment, with his eight overs costing just 28 runs, and he then added 111 for East Ardsley’s eighth wicket with skipper Richard Vigars (61) when the game was pretty much up.

Walters plays his best cricket when he is chilled, and there is no doubt that Jer Lane provide an ideal environment for him to flourish.

He said: “It is really wonderful because most of them (the players) are like brothers to me so I am really relaxed and comfortable with them.

“This is my fourth season with the club but I was playing Quaid-e-Azam League with them before that, so it’s been smooth sailing.”

As for his fellow centurion, Walters said: “Farakh is a very destructive batsman and, on his day, he will take any bowling attack apart.

“Once he gives us a really good platform, we know that when we have a good start, we can be positive, and that is when I am most comfortable.”

Walters also took a wicket with his off-spin, turning one up the slope to dismiss East Ardsley opener Josh Wild for 14.

The all-rounder said with a big grin on his face: “It was a good wicket but that was the ball of the century.”

It may only be mid-September but Walters’ thoughts are already turning to next April, when Jer Lane will be playing in Division One alongside the likes of Undercliffe, Pudsey Congs and East Bierley.

He said: “I will be having a chat with the chairman as I definitely believe that we need a little bit more strength.”