Scholes celebrate debut season with promotion to the top flight

James Stansfield’s Scholes have been promoted to Division One of the JCT600 Bradford League.

That is after their very first season in the league after decades of playing in the old Central Yorkshire League, which is merging with the Bradford League next summer.

Former Huddersfield Town and Halifax Town centre-back Stansfield has seen his charges chase champions Morley all the way with very consistent performances, including their latest three-wicket victory over Bankfoot in the penultimate fixture of the 2015 season.

Bankfoot batted first and posted a challenging score of 187-9 with Cosmond Walters (32), Aaqib Uppal (28), Hisan Ahmad (46) and Neil Nicholson (32) all contributing well to the final score.

Christian Jackson (3-16), Mohammed Sharafat (4-31) bowled very tidily for Scholes.

Kasir Maroof (50), Jackson (44 no), Stansfield (39) and Atil Zaidi (26) ensured their side got home with three wickets remaining. Kamran Siddique (4-32) bowled very well for the Odsal Top-based side.

Now the hard work will begin over the close season for Stansfield and his committee as they look to strengthen for life in the very strong Division One.

Scholes’s second team were on the wrong end of a nine-wicket defeat by Bankfoot’s second string.

The Scholes players found themselves back in the pavilion after 25.1 overs, being all out for 107. Nick Firth had top scored with 39 and the extras column had contributed 20 to the total or it would have been a sad looking score for Bankfoot to overhaul.

Asad Ullah (3-27), Saqib Asghar (3-25) and Samad Rahman (3-18) had been the destroyers of Scholes.

In reply, Bankfoot lost Abbas Wajid for 31 but Jordan Tailford (57no) and Asghar (15no) saw their side home.

Lightcliffe’s Seconds virtually made safe their position in Division One with an eight-point haul against New Farnley in a high scoring game which they lost by 24 runs,

New Farnley batted first and posted a score of 244-9 with Reece Thompson hitting 110, Jack McGahan 42 and Cameron Wallis 25. Teenager Alan Kennedy bowled well and took 4-61.

Lightcliffe captain Michael Brooke hit a splendid 108 and fellow veteran James Horne made 55 abut they fell agonisingly short at 216 in the 49th over.

It is doubtful Bradford and Bingley, 16 points short of Lightcliffe, can catch them on the last game of the season and Keighley are already doomed for Division Two.

“We live to fight another day in Division One and it really is the place to be to bring on the excellent crop of youngsters we are producing at the club,” said Brooke.

“There is a lot pf pride in the village the way we encourage our youngsters which this season is right down to Under-9s and they were most disappointed rain robbed them of their big final on Monday but they will try again on Sunday.”