Indian Test opener Jaffer sets new record

Drakes HuddersfieldWASIM Jaffer's latest century for Skelmanthorpe took him to a new record of 1,865 for the number of senior league and Sykes Cup runs scored in a season.

Jaffer, the Indian Test opener, hit an undefeated 154 in Skelmanthorpe's defeat by six wickets at Hoylandswaine.

With six Premiership matches remaining, he has already passed the previous record-holder, South African Brandon Nash, who amassed 1,810 runs for Thongsbridge in 1999, and is averaging 98.2.

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Saturday's century was Jaffer's ninth of the season and it came just six days after his undefeated 115 helped Skelmanthorpe to victory over Delph & Dobcross in the Sykes Cup final at Honley.

The run machine's latest innings contained 16 fours and three sixes as Skelmanthorpe posted 270-5. However, hosts Hoylandswaine overhauled the total, Zach Morris making an undefeated 88 and Alex Morris contributing 55.

Beaten finalists Delph hit back with an eight-run victory at Scholes in a match reduced by the weather to 25 overs-a-side. Bilal Khiljee was the match-winner, taking 6-56 runs with his medium pace.

Broad Oak's opening bowler Romain Grenville produced his second eight-wicket haul of the campaign in a five-wicket win against Holmfirth. Grenville took 8-76 as Holmfirth were bowled out for 182.

An unbeaten 144 by Max Joice was the highlight of Honley's victory by 118 runs at Slaithwaite. Joice's innings for the league leaders contained eight fours and seven sixes. Tom Craddock, the first bowler to reach 50 league wickets this season, added four more at a cost of 38 runs for the winners.

Second-placed Shepley triumphed by nine-wickets at Golcar, Sarjinder Pal Singh and Sam Haigh figuring in an opening partnership of 95. Danny Glover played his part by taking 5-55 in 21 overs.

Jason Longmore's 8.5 overs brought 6-49 but Marsden lost by three wickets to Elland for whom opener Ryan Robinson made 50 not out. Danny Rhodes (3-17 in nine overs) and Greg Buckley (4-32 in 5.4 overs) helped oust Marsden for 114.

Dhiraj Goswani took 6-31 in Barkisland's six-wicket win at Kirkburton in a 25 overs-a-side game.