THE Bradford Premier League have expressed their condolences following the sad passing of Nadeem Hanif.

The opening bowler and middle-order batsman was a stalwart of the league, and he served Manningham Mills and Bowling Old Lane with distinction.

Hanif had also turned out for Aire-Wharfe League Premier Division side Tong Park Esholt.

The Bradford League posted the following tribute on X, formerly Twitter:

Manningham Mills Cricket Club no longer exists, but both Bowling Old Lane and Tong Park Esholt shared the post.

Tong Park also posted a lovely message on their Facebook channels, which read:

"The club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nadeem Hanif following a short illness.

"Noddy was a cornerstone of the first XI during the early years of the club following the merger having also previously played for Esholt.

"He recently returned to the club after a few years at Menston and Yeadon to play the odd game and was looking forward to a few more this year.

"He’ll be remembered for his accurate bowling, sharp in his pomp, big hitting and hands like buckets!

"His 10 wickets in a TPE first team game against Colton are likely the highlight of his club career.

"A great guy to play with, Noddy could be a fierce competitor on the field but was a kind, funny, thoughtful gentleman off it.

"Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends at this deeply sad time."

A devastated Old Lane shared their own tribute earlier this week, which read:

"It is with great sadness and a broken heart, we share with you that our Nadeem Hanif 'Noddy' has passed away this evening after a really short illness.

"Noddy played for our Over 50s and was a cornerstone for West Bowling CC for over 20 years.

"Anyone who knew or played against him will know what a great person and cricketer he was.

"On the pitch, he was a special player, opening the bowling, once taking all 10 wickets for Tong Park Esholt, and a hard hitting middle order batsman, but he was also a gentle giant.

"He was also a gentle giant, always with a smile on his face and only kindness in his heart.

"He will be truly missed by many not least us at BOLCC.

"It was an honour to have played with him, he will be missed by many.

"We request you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Noddy."