It's tight at the top in Evening League

5:10pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

Three clubs are currently joint top of the Bradford & District Evening League Division One, with defending champions Denholme being joined by Shelf and Salem Athletic.

Amer Ayoub top scored with 52 not out in Shelf’s commanding 128-6 at Bingley Congs.

Sajid Khan then enjoyed the bowling conditions as he took four wickets to leave the home side on 88-7, with only Charlie Raistrick (34no) offering any real resistance.

John Breare made exactly the same total (88-7) at Denholme, with Shane Etherington once again proving his value (3-25).

The reliable Chris Welch (30no) and Charlie Davy (36) then saw Denholme win comfortably by eight wickets.

Scott Richardson junior returned excellent figures of 4-13, but Mohammed Bilal made a crucial half-century in Salem’s 109-6.

In reply, Thornton lost a steady stream of wickets, and when Nik Cumming was dismissed for 31, their challenge fell away and they finished on 91-7.

Mohammed Qadir enjoyed a fine game for Smart Moves as his 32 helped his team to 114-9 at Tong Park Esholt. He then proved equally effective with the ball (4-18) as they kept the home side to 76-8.

Things are equally tight at the top of Division Two, with four teams sharing top spot.

Buttershaw St Paul’s continue to enjoy their return to the league. Queensbury’s Adam Spendelow (46) and Aaron Buckley (42) helped to post 110-5. However, Jamie Robson (53) responded in fine fashion to lead his side to a seven-wicket win.

Shipley Providence's Imran Khalid claimed the man of the match honours as he took 5-3 to dismiss Oakworth for 81. He then hit a quickfire 40 as his side lost wickets around him, but they secured the points with just two wickets in hand.

Elsewhere, Keighley enjoyed an eight-wicket triumph over Indian Panthers, while Faisel Mohammed (4-8) and Martin Dunne (3-15) took advantage of a lively track to bowl Wibsey Park Chapel out for 44. Mayfield didn’t have everything their own way, losing seven wickets before claiming the points.

Cambing overhauled Daisy Hill’s 59 all out to claim a welcome win by five wickets.

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