New leagues for West Yorkshire
After the success of Last Man Stands in Leeds we are now expanding across the whole of West Yorkshire with new leagues starting in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield both on midweek evenings and at the weekend.
As well as all the usual benefits to entering a team in the biggest and best amateur cricket competition in the world, we also have some major events planned, including the Yorkshire Finals in August and the National Finals in September.
Registration is now open for the following leagues which will start in April across West Yorkshire:
• Premier Leagues - aimed at teams of club standard players.
• Corporate Leagues - aimed at teams of work colleagues.
• Social Leagues - aimed at teams of social cricketers.
Taurus came out victorious in an extremely enjoyable and competitive game in the rearranged 2013 Leeds & Bradford Regional Final held at the home of Yorkshire CCC, the magnificent Headingley Cricket Ground.
After winning the toss and after some thought, Taurus decided to ask Bardsey to bat. As green as the wicket looked the contest between bat and ball was fair shine with the runs scored and only 5 wickets taken throughout the match.
Bardsey openers set about the task of survivng the first few overs of the new ball. It certainly was 'nibbling' when the bowlers were hitting the right lengths and the Bardsey openers, Eddie Clayton and Matt Ansell, seemed unsure whether to stick or twist. Ansell decided to chance his arm putting the pressure back onto the Taurus bowlers with Clayton happy to rotate the strike and anchor the innings. They put on 70 for the first wicket when Ansell missed a straight one from Aizaz Dar (1-24). After the turn of ends the softer ball seemed to behave better from the Rugby Stand end rather than the Kirkstall Lane end. But perhaps wisely Taurus had held back their slower bowlers with Bardsey having to hit the ball back into a stiff breeze to get value for their shots. Sameer Manjrekar joined the set Clayton at the crease and began to increase the tempo with some lovely clean hitting back into the stands. Nawaz Sardar (0-22) and Arsalan Ijaz (0-31) ensured that the score didn't get out of hand. Manjrekar bringing up his 50 with the last ball of the innings, also running out the unselfish Clayton for 49 in the process. Bardsey finished with 153-2 from their 20 overs.
In response, Taurus got off to an excellent start through dangerous openers Farakh Hussain and Nawaz Sardar. With Bardsey completely spreading the field, they were unable to create any pressure at the start of the innings as there was always at least one boundary ball an over and dots were a rareity. Taurus looked like the were cruising to victory. That changed however when skipper Josh Hughes (1-21) hit Farakh Hussain flush on his toe. With new batsmen Siraj Hussain taking a few balls to settle and Sardar also happy to accumulate a few quiet overs it brought the contest back to an even keel again on half way. Choosing also to defend the Rugby Stand end in the second half, Bardsey missed a golden oppurtunity to remove Sardar when he was dropped at deep mid wicket on 35. He would go on to complete his 50. After he retired Taurus still needed another 45 off 5 overs, Bardsey still very much in the game. After a flurry of boundaries and one huge six the dangerous Ayyaz Akram was well caught at the third attempt at deep cover by Gareth Plant off the bowling of Matthew Wells (2-35). When Wells removed Dar, well caught at long on by Corey Gilmore, with the first ball of the 19th over the equation was 13 from 9 balls to win. A play and a miss, followed by a crunching drive from Arsalan Ijaz which was only stopped going to the boundary by Matthew Wells boot. A brief stoppage the occurred as Bardsey thought about their options! Wells decided to carry on and hobbled in to complete his over. Siraj Hussain (46*) muscled the ball to long on where it appeared to be well fielded by Corey Gilmore. But in the process of pulling the ball back it trickled back into the ropes. A well scampered 2 off the last ball meant Taurus needed 6 off the last. With the boundary fielders hovering just off the fence to prevent the 2's, Arsalan Ijaz launched Sameer Manjrekars (0-24) first ball straight down the ground to complete a 5 wicket win.
This was a thoroughly absorbing match where both teams really contributed to an excellent game of cricket. Good luck to Taurus as they progress to the Yorkshire Finals.
Congratulations to Taurus who recently topped the Last Man Stands World Rankings after a 16 game winning streak. They have been crowned Bradford Champions in both years that they have played and also won the National Plate in 2012. Their target now will be winning the Yorkshire and National Finals to book their place in the World Champs next March in Barbados. Good luck guys!
Click on the banner below to read the fantastic article Cricket Yorkshire have written on Last Man Stands West Yorkshire.
Congratulations to Bardsey (Leeds Champions) and Taurus (Bradford Champions) who played in the very first Last Man Stands game in the world to be played at a Test Match venue. They played at Headingley where Taurus were crowned Regional Champions and booked their place in the National Finals weekend. Bardsey also qualified as a wild card.
At the National Finals weekend both teams played some great cricket to reach the National Plate Final where Taurus won the trophy and cash prize after a thrilling game that went down to the very last ball. They both played their games in the right spirit and off the pitch they were the highlight of the weekend with their banter and support for the other teams.
Taurus captain, Amjid Hussain said, 'We were initially sceptical about committing to Last Man Stands due to time constraints but we are very glad we did now and we are already looking forward to participating next year'.
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