Hartshead made to suffer again as Spen ease to win

Daniel Squire of Harsthead
Daniel Squire of Harsthead

Hartshead Moor can’t buy a Championship B win in the Bradford League at the moment and lost a 30-over game against near neighbours Spen Victoria.

They had some hope at the tea interval after posting 136-7.

Craig Field carried his bat for 80 and Bradley Davis took 3-35.

However, Spen sailed past the total with five overs and two balls to spare for the loss of just two wickets. Nicholas Montgomery was unbeaten on 86 not out while Oliver Davison hit 50.

Hartshead’s 2nd XI managed a 16-run win in a low scoring 30-over game against Spen.

Hartshead scored 116 thanks mainly to Harry Swain (24) and Owen Brooke (23). Usman Maroof took 4-21.

Soni Abhishek then took four as Harshead prevented Liam Grant (29) and Mark Loker (26) getting Spen over the finishing line.

Hartshead are away to old rivals Gomersal on Saturday. The 2nds entertain Gomersal and the club has no games on Monday.

There was no play in the All Rounder Bradford cricket League Premier Division match at Pudsey Congs, who were set to entertain a Scholes side looking for their first league win of the season.

Scholes 2nds lost a 30-over match at Keighley’s Lawkholme Lane ground.

Scholes made 136-7, with Neil Kellett hitting 40, but Keighley reached their target with an over to go thanks to Louis Horsefield (58) and Daniel Murphy (41).

Scholes entertain East Bierley on Saturday and on Monday are down the road at Cleckheaton. The 2nds are at Baildon on Saturday and have no game on Monday.

Rastrick CC’s new signing Faisal Javed is expected to make his long-awaited debut at Clayton West on Saturday.

Javed joined the Round Hill men from Cartworth Moor, having scored 1,000 runs and taken over 30 wickets in the Huddersfield League Conference last season.

Cricket chairman Paul Shaw said the all-rounder had been out of the country for the early part of the season but had now returned and would take his place in the top order.

Rastrick’s 2nds host the same opponents.

Both of Rastrick’s teams were washed out last Saturday, the first at Denby and the seconds at Meltham.

The 3rds’ Halifax Sunday League cup group game was cancelled because Bradshaw had players at Wembley watching the Shaymen.

Lightcliffe 3rds are through to the semi-final of the Halifax Sunday League’s Rod Warhurst Cup competition.

They didn’t need to get out of second gear to beat Queensbury at the weekend and group leaders Bridgeholme lost again.

Queensbury opted to bat and accumulated runs slowly. Sam Kalanovic eventually found his mojo and ate into the batting with swing and a new-found slower ball along with a couple of catches for Jack Booth and Liam Holmes.

Marcus Kelly picked up three lower-order wickets as Queensbury made 87 all out, their captain having sportingly been recalled after being given out caught off his thigh-pad.

In response, veterans Colin Saunders (29no) and Steve Hartley (38no) kept things simple as Lightcliffe sailed home by eight wickets.