Saudagar strikes to deliver overdue win for Hartshead

Hartshead Moor’s miserable start to their Bradford Premier League Championship B campaign finally came to an end when they eased to a promising victory against underwhelming Altofts.

It was the team sitting in ninth who batted first, with openers Jordan Carter and Imran Mayat stepping up to the crease.

The first blow was struck by Daniel Squire, as his ball caught Mayat (5) on the pads with the score on 17.

Carter also found runs hard to come by and was next to go when he was caught by Adil Ladak off man-of-the-match Nasseer Saudagar for 14 off 28 balls.

Richard Walker joined Arkam Asif at the crease but only one more run was scored before the No 4 was on his way back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers when he was trapped in front by the impressive Squire.

With the score slowly edging on to 32, Squire struck again, this time removing Stephen Palmer for a duck when he was caught by Liam Muggeridge.

With four down, the visitors were clearly in trouble and it got worse soon after when Myles Robinson was sent on his way after being caught behind by Craig Field off Saudagar to leave Altofts on 41-5.

The defiant Asif hung around, but after slowly making his way to a patient 12 off 32 balls his resistance was brought to an end when he was trapped leg before by Ladak with the score on 45-6.

Only two more runs were able to be added before the visitors were in trouble, this time Matthew Holstein caught by james Hardcastle to hane Saudagar his third victim of the afternoon.

A bright but breezy 12 off 20 balls from Callum Nuttall provided only temporary respite – his innings included a four and a six – bnefore he took was on his way, clean bowled by Saudagar.

Kieron Holliday hung around for 14 balls but didn’t trouble the scorers before he was on his way, clean bowled by Ladak, who finished with 2-9 from six overs.

Fittingly, the last wicket fell to Saudagar in the 28th over, Gary Richardson’s single boundary being his only contribution before being trapped leg before, leaving Hartshead’s star man with 5-27 from 14 overs, while Squire also impressed with 3-21 from eight as the visitors ended on 65.

The chase proved to be a formality with Hardcastle and Richard Ferry easing to an opening partnership of 54 before the latter was caught by Holliday off the bowling of Nuttall.

Four runs were added before Hardcastle followed, also for 25, when bowled by Holliday. Owen Brooke and Nicholas Ward saw their side home for a much-deserved victory.

Derby day looms on Saturday when Moor travel to fellow strugglers Brighouse.