Yorkies fall to Fullard’s four-for
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.