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Final report 2015

Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015 0:06

Scott Richardson

Scott Richardson produced a match-winning spell of 5-43 for Woodlands
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Gharib Nawaz
Hoylandswaine's top scorer Gharib Nawaz
Max Joice
Hoylandswaine's Maz Joice is stumped by Greg Finn
Sarfraz Ahmed
Woodlands Sarfraz Ahmed is clean bowled
Scott & Elliot Richardson
Woodlands' brothers Scott and Elliot Richardson
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A troublesome shoulder injury has prevented Scott Richardson from taking his regular place in the Woodlands bowling attack this season, but he was the one inflicting the pain as he bowled his side to a 34-run win over Hoylandswaine at Ossett.

Pressed into action because skipper Pieter Swanepoel had gone to South Africa, the Cumberland player stepped up to the mark with a man-of-the-match performance.

He took 5-43 to rip the heart out of the Hoylandswaine innings when it looked as if the Huddersfield League champions were romping to victory.

But Richardson, an unassuming young cricketer, would be the first to achnowledge the contributions of left-arm spinner Chris Brice who produced a madterful spell of 3-14 in his ten overs, and opening bowler Sarfraz Ahmed who only conceded eight runs in eight overs.

It was Brice who made the initial breakthrough to dismiss pener Gharib Nawaz, well known to Bradford League followers after his spells with Keighley, Spen Victoria, Saltaire, East Bierley and Baildon, after he hammered 60 off just 57 balls.

Nawaz hit two sixes and11 fours as he played with a freedom nobody else was able to match on a wet pitch which had resulted in the start being delayed.

While Nawaz was at the wicket, the Woodlands score of 182, a good one given the testing conditions, looked extremely vulnerable.

Nawaz was joined in an opening stand of 81 by former Hanging Heaton batsman Alex Morris. When he was trapped lbw by Brice, the momentum started to shift.

Richardson ensured it was a game changing shift as he ripped out five middle-order batsmen to leave Hoylandswaine's hopes in tatters at 124-8.

Woodlands were not going to let Hoylandswaine off the hook. After Keswick Williams was trapped lbw to give Brice his third wicket, Elliot Richardson - younger brother of Scot - gained consolation for the earlier punishment he had been subjected to by Nawaz's bat by bowling last man Javed Iqbal with 4.2 overs remaining.

While the bowlers will rightly get the credit for Woodlands win, it would be wrong to under-value the important part that Cumberland batsman Logan Weston played in their success.

Woodlands found batting to be extremely difficult as the ball seamed around and Weston showed great maturity as he made 59 from 106 balls. His innings contained one six and nine fours.

He ensured that Woodlands didn't capitulate after finding themselves in trouble at 89-6 as Iqbal took 4-29 with some fine bowling.

Skipper Sam Frankland (25) was the next highest scorer, while there were useful runs from the tail which pushed the score from a modest one to a challenging 182.

Hoylandswaine, who had put Woodlands in, bowled well but in the end grit, determination and some inspired bowling, earned Woodlands the cup for the second tiime.


Logan Weston

Logan Weston sweeps during his crucial innings of 59 for Woodlands

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