Hartshead secure derby triumph

Hanging Heaton wicketkeeper Joe Suggitt celebrates the wicket of Ian Wood.
Hanging Heaton wicketkeeper Joe Suggitt celebrates the wicket of Ian Wood.

Hartshead Moor secured a thrilling eight-run derby victory over Gomersal in Bradford League Division Two last Saturday.

Hartshead’s win dented Gomersal’s hopes of closing the gap on the promotion chasing teams.

Arun Balasubramanian, Moor’s close-season capture from Great Horton, led the way with an unbeaten 93 in a total of 207-5.

Former Hartshead man Joel Pollard threatened to win it for Gomersal with a half-century but they finished on 199-9.

Promotion chasers Scholes ran up the highest score of the season as they made 343-4 on their way to a 228-run win at Windhill.

Overseas professional Atif Zaidi led the run spree with an unbeaten 122 which contained six sixes and 12 fours.

He was joined in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 123 by Joe Duffy (50no) as Scholes built on the opening partnership of 123 between Kasir Maroof (97) and Toby Thorpe (40).

Windhill were sent spinning to 115 all out by Danny Cross (5-38) and Mohammed Sharafat (3-17).

Scholes share second place with Baildon and are 10 points adrift of leaders Morley who beat struggling Idle by 138 runs after dismissing them for 101.

Former Baildon batsman Adal Islam ended up on the losing side despite making a superb 116 for Spen Victoria.

His innings contained a six and 19 fours, but he lacked support as overseas paceman Waqas Maqsood took 5-49 and Spen were bowled out for 228 before Baildon captain Simon Bailey guided his side to a five-wicket victory with 56.