Yeadon's double helping of thrills and spills

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If it’s thrills and spills you are after then there is no better team to follow than Yeadon in the JCT600 Bradford League.

They tied with leaders Lightcliffe on Saturday and lost by by one wicket to Bowling Old Lane on Sunday.

Lightcliffe needed 15 runs from a dramatic final over to overhaul Yeadon’s 174-8 with six wickets in hand.

Chris Taylor failed to score from spinner Damon Gormley’s opening delivery but then hit a four and a six, followed by a single to complete his century from 123 balls.

When James Horne took two from the fifth delivery, the scores were level.

Horne was then caught by Nick Hudson trying to make the winning hit.

Taylor finished with 100 not out having hit two sixes and ten fours, and Yeadon – who had defeated Lightcliffe earlier in the season – had frustrated them again.

Yeadon will have been pleased with the form of their young batsmen Callum Goldthorp (52) and Ben Elvidge (35), who impressed again.

Bowling Old Lane’s victory moved them into third. They bowled out Yeadon for 94, with Mubtada Akhtar (3-23) and Zubair Najeeb (3-27) exploiting the conditions.

Old Lane didn’t find batting any easier, however, and needed 45 from Raqeeb Younis to squeeze home.

Gormley was again among the wickets, taking 4-13 and was supported by Mahmood Rasool (3-22).

On Saturday, Yeadon, who are sixth, are at home to new leaders Saltaire.

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