Gary Fellows shines among the JCT600 Bradford League gloom

Fellows shines among the Bradford League gloom

Nick Connolly pulls to leg during an opening stand of 50 for Hanging Heaton

Ian Wood, who opened the bowling for Cleckheaton with his brother John

Former Yorkshire player Gary Fellows clips the ball into the legside on his way to an unbeaten 80 for Hanging Heaton

The sun is shining but the rain clouds are threatening at Moorend

First published in Sport Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Weeklies Sports Editor

Rain was the day’s big winner in the JCT600 Bradford League and prevented any of the matches reaching a conclusion.

The most play in Division One was at Moorend, where Hanging Heaton made 165-5 in the 39 overs that were possible against league champions Cleckheaton.

Skipper Gary Fellows was the one batsman to master the conditions and made a determined 80 not out. Spinner Andrew Deegan was the most successful bowler with 3-46.

Bottom team Yeadon had Lightcliffe in trouble at 42-4 when their match was abandoned. Oliver Halliday (2-20) and Mohammed Saeed (2-21) shared the wickets.

Woodlands made slow progress in the 18 overs that were possible at Morley, limping to 29-2.

Just 11 overs were possible at Red Lane, where leaders Farsley had progressed to 26-0 when play was called off.

At Wagon Lane there were just 3.4 overs of play, during which time Bradford & Bingley had made 10-0 against second-placed Pudsey St Lawrence.

There was no play at all at the Britannia Ground where Pudsey Congs, without a win so far, were due to face New Farnley for the first time.

It was a similar story in Division Two, where all of the matches were brought to premature ends by the weather.

The day’s longest game was at Busy Lane, home of Windhill, who managed 51 overs against Gomersal before the rain had the final say.

Gomersal made 185-6 in their full 50 overs, with skipper Greg Pickles making 60 not out and Adam Greenwood (45), while Salman Ali took 3-39. Windhill had only batted for one over in reply when play was abandoned.

The day’s best bowling performance was produced by Spen Victoria’s Rob Burton against Bankfoot.

Burton, the league’s top wicket-taker in 2013, took 5-19 as Bankfoot were reduced to 55-5 in the 24 overs that were possible at Spen Lane.

Bottom team Brighouse looked to be on course for their first win of the season before the heavens opened.

They had reduced visitors Bowling Old Lane to 60-9, with overseas player Fakhar Hussain taking 4-18 and Adam Ashraf 4-36.

Leaders Keighley had Hartshead Moor in disarray at Highmoor Lane before the rain came to their rescure. Australian Andrew King took 4-24 as Hartshead Moor were reduced to 38-6.

Second-placed Undercliffe were also well on top in their match at Idle. They had the Cavendish Road side struggling at 79-8 when the rain came.

Baildon found the going tough in the 25 overs that were possible at Jenny Lane. Visitors Saltaire reduced them to 32-4, with Adeel Ashraf (2-12) and Irsrar Ullah (2-2) sharing the wickets.

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