Hartshead Moor seal win to spark title celebrations

Hartshead Moor celebrate clinching the Bradford League Championship Two title following victory over nearest rivals Altofts last Saturday, adding to their Jack Hampshire Cup win earlier this month. Picture: Ray Spencer
Hartshead Moor celebrate clinching the Bradford League Championship Two title following victory over nearest rivals Altofts last Saturday, adding to their Jack Hampshire Cup win earlier this month. Picture: Ray Spencer

HARTSHEAD MOOR secured the All Rounder Bradford League Championship Two title with three games to spare thanks to a 141-run win over second placed Altofts last Saturday.

Hartshead’s 17th win of the season saw them obtain an unassailable 88-point lead at the top as the club added the Championship Two trophy to the Jack Hampshire Cup they won earlier this month.

Opener Mohammad Khan added another half-century to his tally, which now stands at 893 runs, after he scored 76.

Club chairman Matthew Evans hit 54, while Iain Wardlaw (27), Ahsan Butt (26) and Joe Bowman (26) supported as they racked up 238-7.

Hartshead captain Danny Squire produced his best bowling performance of the season as he took 6-47.

Wardlaw supported with 4-40 and has now claimed 67 league wickets as Altofts were bowled out for 97 to spark more celebrations for the Highmoor Lane outfit.

Defeat saw Altofts lose their grip on second place as Hunslet Nelson beat Keighley by five wickets to move a point ahead of them.

Keighley were bowled out for 159 as Derrick Hammill claimed 5-30 despite Sam Murphy and Travis Nightingale both making 39 for the home side.

Andrew McIntosh raced to a century from just 85 balls, including eight sixes and seven fours, as Nelson sealed victory.

Hopton Mills picked up a valuable 37-run win over Liversedge to boost their hopes of survival.

Stephen Bland (39) top scored in Hopton’s 173-8 as Wasim Khaliq (3-36) and Asif Ali (3-25) posed the main threat.

Despite 51 from captain Paul Marlow and 44 from opener Alan Sumner, Liversedge were dismissed for 136, with Michael Carroll taking 3-35 and victory leaves Hopton 17 points clear of second-bottom Brighouse.

Brighouse piled up the runs against bottom-team Spen Victoria when they accumulated 305-7 on their way to a 145-run win.

Asad Mahmood (86), Sohail Hussain (62) and Samir Farooq (52no) all made half-centuries.

George Deegan top scored with 34 as Spen replied with 160-7, with Mohammad Abrar taking 3-14, but Spen are now 21 points adrift at the bottom.

Northowram Fields missed the chance to close the gap on the top three after suffering an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Idle.

Salman Khan claimed 7-44 as Northowram were reduced to 28-5 before John Lister (67) and Shakeel Mahmood (46) shared a sixth-wicket stand of 111 to guide their side to 170.

Opener Abdul Qader hit an unbeaten 75 and Arbaab Hussain (62) in sharing a 117-run second-wicket stand as Idle cruised to victory.

Spin bowlers Ben Platt (4-32) and Tosh Baker (4-59) helped Buttershaw St Paul’s to bowl out Carlton for 140 in a 34-run win.

Opener Chris Wynd made 50 for Carlton but lacked support as they replied to St Paul’s 174.

Opener Jonathan Burston (38) top scored for St Paul’s while Nick Busby (3-56) and Will Smith (3-32) were Carlton’s best bowlers.