Parish Cup: There were no real shocks in the Parish Cup First Round with all but a few ties going the way of League seniority. The win of Illingworth St Mary’s, whose Matthew Smith hit 101 not out, at Division One Blackley was no real surprise as the newcomer has already set out its promotion stall in Division Two. There was a tight affair between two other newcomers at Leymoor as Birchencliffe scraped home by one-wicket and it was a similar story at Premier Division Northowram HT where First Division Cullingworth lost by a similar margin. Perhaps the best performance of the day came at Outlane were the bottom tier team accounted for a struggling Division One Stones by 165 runs. Outlane’s Lee Mellor along with Nikki Hutchinson of Thornton both hit 110 runs with Alexander Rowles of Copley scoring 104, to total four centurions on the day. A similar lower division win saw Mount inflict a five-wicket defeat on hosts Shelf. Holders Booth made a good start to its defence of the trophy at Sowerby Bridge whilst half-mile away Sowerby St Peter’s again got the better of SBCI in the local derby. Warley’s Chris Marsh found himself on the losing side at Jer Lane, despite taking seven catches, as the home side won the tie by 73 runs. The draw for the Second Round will be made on Monday 15 May.
Crossley Shield: Sympathy must go to the beleaguered scorers at The Arches as a staggering 791 runs were scored! Mark Thristan (169) and Craig Taylor (101) set the scene as Copley hit a mammoth 451-2 but visitors Great Horton PC were not overawed and made a terrific fight of it with the last wicket falling with three balls left, as it notched 340 runs in reply. At Bridgeholme the hosts had its No 9 batsman, Zaheer Abass, to thank as his 81 not out raised its total from 191-8 to 276. Visitors Bradshaw fell 62 runs short of victory. Whilst Illingworth St Mary’s 109 run home victory over Bradley & Colnebridge looked easy, had it not been for Asif Ali (111) and Carl Rushworth (47) it may well have been different as its other nine batsmen contributed a miserly 27 runs. Andrew Bruce’s 6-18 proved to be the match-winning effort for Queensbury at Low Moor whilst Sowerby St Peter’s used eight bowlers, five taking wickets, at Stones as Alex Healey’s 110 not out secured a 7-wicket win. The nearest tie where there may have been an upset came at Premier Division Triangle, where newcomers Leymoor caused some anxious moments. After opener Robert Read hit 80 runs there was a flourish at the end of its innings with No 10 batsman Alex Woodworth smashing a quickfire 58 runs. Triangle lost seven wickets chasing 238, indebted to no 6 batsman Richard Turner’s 60 not out to see it home. The draw for the Second Round will take place on Monday 15 May.