Reg Nelson reviews a sensational 2021 season for jer Lane which saw them lift the Division Two title, Gordon Rigg Jack Hampshire Cup and Gordon Rigg T20 Group B Cup. It was an unprecedented treble built on a powerful, fast scoring batting side who often blew the opposition away.
Farakh Hussain knows just one way to play and it was hitting the ball hard from the first ball, often demoralising the opposition’s bowling and softening them up for other very handy batters to come.
West Indian Cosmond Walters was more considered when starting an innings, but he too could destroy the bowling attack.
Amjid Khan is a dependable bowler who has been key to Jer Lane's success Picture: Ray Spencer
But, Jer Lane was not just about the batting- they had a bowler in Amjid Khan who could exploit anything in the wicket, and control the early scoring from the opposition.
He is not lightening quick, more of a clever medium pacer who used every ounce of his experience.
The side gave early notice of their batting prowess when they scored 347 versus Wakefield St Michael’s with Walters hitting 11 sixes in an innings of 161.
A few weeks later they found themselves in trouble against Yeadon at 129-6 and in came No.8 batsman Ibrar Younis who hit 125 not out, including 11 sixes, as he helped to propel the score to 330.
Farakh Hussain, above, and Cosmond Walters below, produced plenty of fireworks Picture: Ray Spencer
Later, left-handed Hussain hit a remarkable century in 39 balls against Hopton Mills. He hit 14 sixes and five fours while scoring the fastest hundred since the formation of the Bradford Premier League in 2016.
Another record was broken when the team recorded the highest league score since the formation of the Bradford Premier League- 466-6 against Sandal in a 299-run victory.
This was the match when Walters made 220 runs which included 14 sixes and 22 fours.
Another treble of a different sort was performed as Jer Lane took all the individual awards-
Vernon Grace Batting Trophy: Cosmond Walters, 642 runs at 58.36
G D Wolfenden Bowling Trophy: Amjid Khan, 44 wickets at 10.59
Tom Senior Wicketkeeping Trophy: Imran Mirza 33 victims
Other achievers for Jer Lane in the league season were Farakh Hussain (524 runs) and Raqeeb Younis (397) who were two of the mainstays of the batting.
Despite their dominance, they only won the title by eight points as East Ardsley chased them every inch of the way, but they reigned supreme in cup competition.
Gordon Rigg T20 Group B Cup 2021
Jer Lane won this trophy for the second time after defeating Sandal by four wickets in a hard-fought final at Carlton.
Sandal's score of 108-9 was below par, but they made Jer Lane battle and they had to rely on Imran Mirza (27no) to see them home with 13 balls to spare.
The semi-final win on the same day was far more emphatic as Farakh Hussain hit a 49-ball century which set up a final score of 207-5 against Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.
Hussain hit 12 sixes and seven fours while making 125 and Heckmondwike & Carlinghow made 116-9 in reply.
Jubilant skipper Raqeeb Younis lifts the Jack Hampshire Cup aloft Picture: Ray Spencer
Jack Hampshire Memorial Cup
Jer Lane began the competition with a 166-run win over Scholes after scoring a massive 319-7 in the 40-over competition.
Remarkably, Osama Ahmad, who was normally a tailender, opened the batting and hit 18 sixes and three fours as he powered his way to 139 from just 78 balls.
In the second round, Jer Lane openers Farakh Hussain (92) and Haseeb Rehman (58) put on 126 in their side’s 123-run win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Jer Lane then defeated Yeadon and Bowling Old Lane in much closer ties.
The final at Spen Victoria against East Ardsley again showcased Jer Lane’s power batting as centuries from opener Farakh Hussain (107) and Cosmond Walters (101) saw them post a daunting 306-5 after being put in to bat.
East Ardsley were never really in the hunt, but finished on 254-9 with Arslaan Mahmood (4-39) the pick of the bowlers.
There are several observers in the league that reckon that Jer Lane will take Division One by storm next season, especially if they add to their strength.
Jer Lane will be aware that the bowling of the opposition will be a little cannier in controlling their run flow, and they might not be able to take as many liberties. However, they will also not want to control the natural abilities of their fast scoring batsmen.
They probably need an experienced bowler to supplement what they have got and support the admirable Amjid Khan.
Another aspect of their play they need to sharpen up on is their fielding, which can be a little lax at times.
However, who can dismiss a side that have conquered all before them in 2021, and will not be awed by what is to come?
Note- An abridged version of this article will form an updated part of Jer Lane’s Website Cricket History.
Jer Lane with the Division Two championship trophy Picture: Ray Spencer
Jer Lane celebrate their Gordon Rigg T20 Group B Cup triumph Picture: Ray Spnecer