GIVEN the current weather conditions and the state of the wickets, there were plenty of low scores in the latest series of arrowselfdrive Central League matches.
None more so than at Holmbridge and Almondbury Wesleyans, where the Premiership Bridge were skittled for 39, while the Kaye Lane club’s second string fared even worse as they shuttered to 24 all out!
Holmbridge were up against early front-runners Azaad over at Horbury, where the home side themselves struggled to 139-9 against the bowling of Andrew Haigh, who had six of the best for 39 runs from 10 overs.
Unfortunately, Haigh couldn’t repeat his heroics with the bat when he opened the visitors’ innings, in what turned out to be procession back to the dressing room with only Jim Woodhead (11) making double figures as Nazaqat Hussain (four for 14), Waheed Ahmed (three for 9) and Kashi Najam (three for 0) wrought havoc as Holmbridge were over and done with in 17 overs.
Green Moor joined Azaad at the top of the table with a 10-wicket stroll over Denby, who were dismissed for 105 before Julian Bates (55no) and Rotash Saini (42no) took Moor to victory in 20 overs.
In Section A, Silkstone made a confident 200 all out (D Chambers scoring 61) at Almondbury, giving no indications that gremlins had taken over the Wesleyans track.
But six ducks and a nought not out told a different tale when Almondbury batted, Zuhaib Tanweer’s 11 the only knock in double figures as they were shot out for just 24 in 10.1 overs.
Key bowlers were Chris Barraclough with six for 10 and Tony Clegg with four for 11.
Clearly not a day for batsmen as Birkby Rose Hill collapsed to 44 all out against Wesleyans’ first team, while Old Almondburians managed only 40 in defeat to Upperthong.