Yorkies fall to Fullard’s four-for


The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By An­drew Cof­fey

A STUN­NING bowl­ing per­for­mance from Cardiff de­nied Leeds/Brad­ford the chance to seize top spot in the BUCS Premier Di­vi­sion stand­ings, as they picked up a five-wicket win at Usk on Wed­nes­day.

Ben Fullard did the dam­age for the hosts, tak­ing a re­mark­able 4-4 from four overs bowled and rip­ping through Leeds’ mid­dle or­der, while Ka­mau Leve­rock (2-26) and Jeremy Lawlor (2-12) also chipped in.

Steve Bullen and Martin An­der­s­son got Leeds off to a de­cent start, put­ting on 43 for the first wicket be­fore the lat­ter was run out by Neil Brand.

And from there it was all down­hill, as they slumped to just 78 all out – their sec­ond-low­est to­tal ever in the com­pe­ti­tion, with 2009’s 65 all out (iron­i­cally also against Cardiff) marginally worse.

The hosts’ run chase was not en­tirely straight­for­ward, how­ever, as Oliver Bock­ing (4-36) re­moved the Cardiff top four, but an as­sured 27 not out from Con­nor Brown saw them over the line.

Else­where on a busy week of white-ball fix­tures, Southamp­ton So­lent man­aged to stay top of the pile de­spite a thump­ing de­feat at the hands of Leeds/Brad­ford.

Play­ing on back-to-back days, So­lent made it three wins from as many matches with a nervy one-wicket win over Durham on Mon­day – chas­ing down their tar­get of 265 with just four balls to spare – but then went down by 82 runs to Leeds.

Bullen (66) set the tone but it was a stun­ning 100 off 86 balls from Max Maciver that stole the head­lines for Leeds, as Ol­lie Bland­ford (4-40) and Richie Lock (4-65) took reg­u­lar wick­ets.

And with a daunt­ing to­tal of 320 to chase, Jake Fo­ley (55), Kieran Geyle (38) and Matt Stokes (30) all got starts, but it was that man Maciver who was the thorn in So­lent’s side again as he took 4-43.

Mean­while, Ox­ford and Cam­bridge kept up the pres­sure on So­lent with com­fort­able vic­to­ries over Durham and Lough­bor­ough re­spec­tively that see them one win off top spot.

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