THE dust has now settled on the Bradford League season, but Jer Lane are still on cloud nine after completing a famous treble.

The Horton Bank Top side secured promotion and the Division Two title on the last day with a win at Bowling Old Lane, before beating East Ardsley in the Jack Hampshire Cup final on the same weekend in September.

Those successes followed their victory over Sandal in the T20 Group B Cup final the month before.

Summing up a remarkable season for his side, Jer Lane captain Raqeeb Younis said: "It's up there with the best seasons I can remember.

"When you consider our achievement, a clean sweep of trophies, it's something that won't be forgotten for a long time."

Asked if winning the league title was the biggest success of the three, Younis said: "That's the one we're most proud of, 100 per cent.

"Cup games are a one-off and anyone can turn up and beat you on their day.

"But the league is a marathon and winning it shows you're a consistent side.

"I was proud because we lost badly to Buttershaw St Paul's in mid-June, but instead of panicking, the lads got together and vowed not to let that happen again.

"After that defeat, we put together a few good results in a row. In the end we only actually lost twice all season."

The title and promotion race still went to the final day, with Younis explaining: "The league was the hardest of the three trophies to win, because there was still a possibility we wouldn't get over the line going into the last game at Bowling Old Lane.

"We had more games rained off than our rivals, which saw them catch up, so we had to beat Old Lane.

"We lost the toss and had to bat first on a wet wicket, but we're a good team, and we gritted it out to win."

There were some standout individuals for Jer Lane in 2021, with Younis saying: "Farakh Hussain and Cosmond Walters are hard to stop when they get going with the bat.

"Farakh had a bad start to the campaign, but he got back on track, and both he and Cosmond can win you a game single-handedly.

"It meant teams were often chasing 250 or 300, which was tough against our bowlers."

Younis added: "Our veteran right-arm swing bowler Amjid Khan leads the attack and he can make that new ball talk too.

"The lads are always winding him up, asking him when he's finally going to retire, but he's still very good and you can depend on him for 40 wickets a season."

Younis expects a similar Jer Lane side to take to the field for 2022, though he said replacing top all-rounder Asad Mahmood, who left in mid-season, is still a priority.

Asked what the expectations are now, Younis said: "Our first target is to consolidate ourselves in Division One, as it's a tough league.

"The standard is a lot better, so all I can say is we'll give a good account of ourselves, try and stay up, and anything else is a bonus.

"There are no major expectations at the club for 2022, and we expect it will be difficult, but you never know."