All Rounder banner
All rounder banner
Transfers: All the moves as they happen
  News
Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2016 20:46
LEAGUE CREST BAIRSTOW SPARKLES IN JCT600 CHALLENGE MATCH
Suleman Khan
Suleman Khan hits out in his innings of 47 for the JCT600s as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow looks on
Picture: ©Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow blasts one of his 14 sixes
James Smith
James Smith looks to play a forcing shot
Callum Geldart
Opener Callum Geldart pulls a ball for four

Jonny Bairstow lit up the JCT Challenge match with a stunning innings of 141 not out off just 59 as the Yorkshire Vikings beat the JCT600s by 46 runs.

Bairstow arrived at the crease with his side on 18-2 and proceeded to dismantle the Bradford League bowling attack with some ferocious strokeplay which must have impressed the watching Australian star Glenn Maxwell.

The England batsman thrilled the crowd of more than 1,000 with 14 sixes and nine fours and it provided great entertainment for the spectators.

Bairstow received good support from former Lightcliffe batsman Alex Lees (46) in a third-wicket stand of 129 after openers Andrew Hodd and Andrew Gale had departed cheaply. Hodd was run out by a direct hit from Callum Geldart, while Gale was caught by Adam Patel off the bowling of James Wainman.

Beneficiary Rich Pyrah weighed in with 21 as he and Bairstow added 51 for the fifth wicket. All, of the bowlers were made to suffer as the Vikings finished their 20 overs with a total of 236-5.

It was to the immense credit of the JCT600s side that they set about their reply in positive style. The tone was set by skipper Gary Fellows and Geldart

They put on 36 before Geldart holed out from the swift bowling of England paceman Liam Plunkett.

Former Yorkshire player Fellows made aa positive 36 before he lofted a catch to the Pudsey St Lawrence all-rounder Jordan Thompson - deputising for Maxwell - off leg spinner Adil Rashid.

The highlight of the JCT600s' innings wasa provided by Lightcliffe's Suleman Khan. He made 47 from 24 balls with five sixes and two fours before lofting Pyrah into the hands of Lees.

James Smith made a breezy 36 as the wickets started to fall as the JCT600s finished with a highly-creditable 190-8.

They were beaten but could hold their heads high on a night when the JCT600 Bradford League showed itself in a good light..

Although the Sky TV cameras and media attention was on the newly-arrived Maxwell, the one talking point was Bairstow's brilliant century on a night when the spectators were treated to 28 sixes and great value for their £3 admission.


Liam Plunkett
England paceman Liam Plunkett lets fly for Yorkshire Vikings Picture: ©Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
  jct600S
  The JCT600s pictured before doing battle with the Yorkshire Vikings at Pudsey Congs

ADVERTISERS
Sano physiotherapy Advert
Rehman Pc Sports Pro Coach