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Priestley Cup final report
Updated: Friday, September 2, 2016 23:40
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PUDSEY ST LAWRENCE V WOODLANDS AT SPEN VICTORIA SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Woodlands
The victorious Woodlands team with the Priestley Cup after their 115-run victory over Pudsey St :Lawrence
Picture: Ray Spencer

 

Sarfraz Ahmed said goodbye to the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League as a winner as his Woodlands team marked his farewell performance by lifting the Priestley Cup at Spen Victoria.

There was a tear in the eye of the big man as he was given a guard of honour from both teams as he left the field with the applause of the crowd ringing in his ears.

Sarfraz and Jackson
Sarfraz Ahmed and skipper Tim Jackson lift the Priestley Cup aloft
Picture: Ray Spencer
Brice and Moss
Man of the match Chris Brice receives his award from league president Keith Moss
Picture: Ray Spencer

Sarfraz, who has given 16 years service to Woodlands as their overseas player, wanted to go out on a high and he certainly did by helping them to their 12th major trophy.

The big man played his part with 2-23 in his ten overs as Wodlands dismissed Pudsey St Lawrence for just 99 to secure a convincing 115-run triumph.

Woodlands victory was well deserved and they took the initiative from the moment Tim Jackson won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bat first.

The pitch was dry and conditions were remarkably good despite the heavy rain of the previous 24 hours. Spen Victoria's decision not to have a home game on Saturday clearly paid off as groundsman Peter Jackson presented the teams with a pitch in fine condition.

Woodlands skipper Tim Jackson started hesitantly against the young left-armer Charlie Parker, but he blossomed after hitting a no-ball free hit for four. He went on to make 41 in an assertive opening stand of 83 with Sam Frankland before holing out to Adam Waite off the economical off spin of Chris Marsden (1-28).

Frankland, whio played fluently for his 44, was next to go as he was smartly stumped by Matthew Duce off the leg spin of Tom Hudson.

Woodlands started to lose momentum and wickets.Off spinner Steve Watts removed Alex Atkinson, before Parker claimed the wickets for Greg Finn and Sarfraz. When Richie Lamb dismissed Jordan Laban, Woodlands had slumped to 153-6 with 7.3 overs to go.

Chris Brice quickened the tempo with 17 before being bowled by Watts, while Elliot Richardson was bowled by Lamb to make it 175-8.

Logan Weston, who had come in at the fall of the first wicket stood firm as the wickets fell around him. He looked set to become the only player to make 50 when he was caught on the boundary for 49 off Lamb.

Scott Richardson struck a useful 24 not out to ;push the Woodlands total up to 214-9, a much more challenging total than seemed likely when they slipped to 153-6.

St Lawrence caught and fielded well to back up their bowlers, but they were clearly disappointed not to contain their opponents to a score under 200.

The St Lawrence reply was hugely disappointing. Mark Robertshaw was lbw to Sarfraz for 11 and the die was cast. Adam Waite, Barrie Frankland, askipper James Smith and Chris Marsden were out cheaply as their side slumped to 55-5.

Spinner Chris Brice turned the screw with a man-of-the-match winning display of 3-14 before off spinner Kez Ahmed took 4-11 to bring the St Lawrence innings to a close.

St Lawrence batted poorly and contrbuted to their own demise as Woodlands took advantage with their bowlers being backed up by some excellent catching.

It meant that Sarfraz had the perfect send off and few could begrudge th hugely-popular player his final moment of glory.

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