Shuffe hits century to set up East Bierley’s first success

Evan Edwards bowling for Spen Victoria against Hopton Mills last Saturday.
Evan Edwards bowling for Spen Victoria against Hopton Mills last Saturday.

Dan Shuffe hit an unbeaten century to guide East Bierley to their first win of the Allrounder Bradford Premier League season, against Scholes, last Saturday.

The East Bierley captain struck five sixes and 11 fours to finish on exactly 100 and help his side claim maximum batting points as they closed on 228-9.

James Harding was the pick of the Scholes bowlers as he returned impressive figures of 5-59.

Scholes were bowled out for 117 in reply as Awais Ejaz took 4-2, despite the efforts of Yasir Ali, who top scored for the home side with 33.

The final six Scholes wickets fell for just 18 runs and victory kick started a fruitful bank holiday weekend for the South View Road men, who have climbed out of the bottom two thanks to back-to-back victories.

Morley, who started last Saturday in second place, were dismissed for the day’s lowest Premier Division score of 68 as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of improving Farsley.

James Wainman, the left-arm bowler who played for Yorkshire Vikings in their Natwest Blast defeat by Leicestershire Foxes on Friday, helped reduced Morley to 12-4.

Ben Jenkinson (28) offered brief hope of a revival before the last four wickets fell for eight runs and Morley were dismissed in 27.5 overs.

Musafa Rafique (4-5) capitalised on the earlier good work of Wainman (3-15).

Although Farsley lost three wickets in reply, opener James Pickles (30) and Ryan Cooper (25no) helped them race to their modest victory target in just 17.2 overs.