The Bradford Mutual Sunday School Cricket League kicked off on a bright, sunny day yesterday with a number of batsmen scoring fifties.

In Group A, the clash between the two Bradford Gymkhana teams led to the A team coming out on top by 75 runs.

Batting first, they made 223 for nine, Mohammed Basharat top-scoring with 51, Habib Ur Rehman taking four for 41 for the B, team who replied with 148 all out.

Omars got their season off to a winning start with a six-wicket victory over newly-promoted Heaton, S Khan being the day's chief batsman with 105 not out in Omars' 140 for four after Heaton were all out for 134.

BPR started the campaign with a four-wicket victory over Muff Field, M Kadel taking six for 25 and Mohammed Majid scoring 58 for BPR.

In Group B, there was a century partnership, Imram Yousaf (72 not out) and Husarm Khalid sharing an unbroken stand of 136 for Heaton B in their 152-run victory over Buttershaw St Paul's, Safwan Yousaf weighing in with 54 not out.

Odsal defeated Great Horton Meths by 22 runs, Paul Cuthbertson scoring 46 in Odsal’s 142 and John Bond taking four for 26 for Meths, who were dismissed for 120 with Clive Paget taking four for 28.

Mayfield gained a one-wicket success over Cross Roads & Daisy Hill Meths, and Hallfield defeated Mandhata by four wickets, Imran Masood bagging five for 23 and Irfan Abbas scoring 45 not out for Hallfield.

Top score of the day was in Group C as Bowling Baptists made 229 for five declared against Bradford Indians, who were dismissed for 111.

Andrew George led the way with 72 not out and Mohammed Illyas scored 38 not out before Jonathan Clough took four for 23.

West Bowling, who narrowly missed out on promotion last season, got off to a winning start against Cambing B, defeating them by nine wickets.

John Beesley took four for 31 as Cambing were all out for 104. C Carter then scored 51 not out as West Bowling passed their total with one wicket down.

Best Bowling performance of the day went to Andy Meredith of Central YMCA, who took seven for 22 as Muff Field were dismissed for 51, YMCA winning by eight wickets.