Hosts Blackley had an excellent win against Bradshaw due to a superb unbroken opening partnership. The visitors, through Piers Fisher (71) and Matthew Crowther (64), had set a reasonable target of 224 but that was soon demolished as Thomas Baxter hit 141 not out, ably assisted by Hans Randhwana’s 76 not out. Baxter’s innings contained 18 x fours and 8 x sixes in a knock that lasted just 28.2 overs. It was Steven Senior’s turn for nervous nineties as he was caught six short of a century in Booth’s six-wicket home win versus Illingworth St Mary’s. Copley was glad of a respite from league duty and duly demonstrated to lower division Bradley & Colnebridge the difference in standards with an eight-wicket win, Joshua Wrigley taking 5-14. Similarly, Greetland was put to the sword by visitors Sowerby Bridge as it rattled up 351-7 with four batsmen hitting half-centuries. However the best was yet to come as Jake Dixon recorded a bowling analysis of 9-6-3-6 - no other words required. Leymoor progressed to the second round in a 52-run win over Upper Hopton with another set of Raw contributions being the deciding factor – Andrew hitting 106 not out and Eddie chipping in with 5-33. There was another ten-wicket win at Mytholmroyd where Thomas Conway (90 not out) led the way in chasing Queensbury’s 140, for whom Oliver Challis (70) hit exactly half the runs. Despite a valiant 86 runs by Craig Green of Low Moor HT he finished on the losing side at Outlane, as six of the home team’s batsmen hit form to set up a 68-run victory – Toby Croft took 5-11, including Low Moor’s top four batsmen. Oxenhope always had the upper hand in its home tie against Luddendenfoot, winning by 34 runs, with Richard Jackson’s 69 the tie’s top score.
The re-booted Shelf Northowram HT continued its fine start to the season, beating SBCI by five-wickets on its own track. Four batsmen hit over 30 runs in a chase that lasted until the 39th over – two SBCI bowlers failing to finish their spells due to injury or illness. Great Horton PC set Southowram a target of 209 on its visit to Ashday Lane that proved the proverbial walk-in-park for No 3 Batsman Dean Crossley who hammered 112, including 18 fours, before being caught out with only seven runs required. The tea ladies were panicking at Sowerby St Peter’s as a very early interval looked on the cards when Mount’s score showed 39-8 through the kitchen window. However No 8 batsman Mahmad Kayat eased their worries with a well-worked 58 runs. The home team’s batting task was therefore a little harder. than anticipated but the 140 runs were achieved for the loss if five-wickets. Warley was made to work hard for its three-wicket win over visiting Clayton and only achieved passage into the next round in the 42nd over, chasing 207 for victory. Top score in the tie was Clayton’s Danny Wilkins with a belligerent 81 that contained 8 x sixes. Bridgeholme and Triangle did not have to play, as Cullingworth and Old Town respectively failed to raise teams, with Stones and Thornton receiving byes. The draw for the Second Round will be held on Tuesday 22 May at the Council Meeting at Pellon Social Club.