Bradford Mutual Sunday School: Hallfield and TABS enjoy cup final success

Hallfield have regained the Sir James Robert’s Cup after nine years with a 46-run victory over Salem Athletic.

For the first time, the final – overseen by experienced umpires Alan Broadbent and Paul Newbould – was played in coloured clothing.

After winning the toss, Hallfield captain Nasir Shabbir opted to bat and the decision proved a good one as they made 192-9 off 40 overs.

Gulfraz Ahmed led the way with 51, while there were key contributions from Murtaza Noor (39), Shabaz Ishaq (30) and Shahid Mahmood (25). Mohammed Faizaan (3-20) enjoyed the best figures for Salem Athletic.

In reply, skipper Amir Mehmood and Hafiz Ur Rehman got off to flying start, scoring 49-0 off 10 overs. They continued to score freely and seemed in control at 71-0 after 18 overs before the rain came.

But Hallfield fought back after the delay as Mehmood was out for 34. Wickets started to tumble at regular intervals as, despite knocks from Hafiz Ur Rehman (42), Sabir Khan (31no) and Khalil Ur Rehman (24), Salem were restricted to 156-9 off 40 overs.

Man of the match went to Hallfield bowler Muhammad Asim, whose 4-36 proved crucial.

Thanks were given to umpire Broadbent in particular, who is officiating in his final season in the league.

Meanwhile, TABS won the H Broadbent Trophy for the first time in their five-year history after beating Bradford Phoenix by 73 runs in the final at Bankfoot.

Phoenix won the toss and elected to field but TABS got off to a good start, Ali Raza making 29 as his side were 72-2 after 18 overs.

Muhammed Rizwan maintained the momentum with 52, while youngster Abdullah Ejaz made 40 as TABS were 174 all out.

Bradford Phoenix battled hard in reply but fell well short on 101 all out after 27.1 overs.

Young Abdur Rehman, with figures of four wickets for five runs in four overs, claimed the man of the match after his pivotal spell.