Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Second XI programme suffered much worse than that of the First’s with just five matches completed with one cancelled due to a shortage of players and eight unable to start due to unfit grounds.

In the Premier Division Warley and Sowerby St Peter’s were the main beneficiaries as they now head the early League table with the Paradise Lane team on maximum points, St Peter’s being just two points behind. Warley had an easy win, against Sowerby Bridge, as Dominic Oates (86 not out) led from the front with the home team posting 216-5. The visitors had little to offer in response as wickets fell at regular intervals with Zeeshan Iqbal (7-53) proving too much to handle, - Darren Chapman (snr) being the only batsman to top 20 runs. At Sowerby it was much the same story as Booth struggled to 134-7, only Fraser Ambrose (47) coming to real terms with a helpful pitch. Craig Patrick took 4-61 but it was the tight bowling of Mohammed Younas (17-3-32-3) that proved the major restriction. The home team also struggled in reply but No 3 batsman John Brown held the innings together with a determined 44 not out to seal a two-wicket win, despite the efforts of Mohammed Nazam (5-34). Triangle had much the better of its trip to Huddersfield bowling out the hosts, Upper Hopton, for 104 – fourth choice bowler Gary Rodgers amongst the wickets with 6-28 in his 16.5 overs. Led by Anthony Sykes (46) and assisted by Darren Park (37 not out) the visitors eased home by seven wickets.

Great Horton PC and Shelf Northowram HT were the two winners in the First Division and they now lead the table with 23 & 22 points respectively. Outlane’s problem with a lack of players, rumoured to be due to the exploits of Huddersfield Town taking precedence, has left it the only team in the whole League without a point – Mount the beneficiaries gaining 12 points without bowling a ball. At Stones the home team struggled to a total of 105-7, in a match reduced to 43 overs each, and had it not been for a knock of 47 not out from No 8 batsman Samual Walton, the total would have been much less. As it transpired it was of no concern to visiting Great Horton PC as it required less than 20 overs to score the required target, Umar Mohammed leading the way with 56 not out. The mopped-up batting track at Ashday Lane caused all sorts of problems for Southowram on its own ground with runs, to say the least, at a premium as it stuttered to 61-6 in its 35 overs, with the scorers struggling to stay awake! Visiting Hedge Top needed just 15.2 overs to reach its low target and register 10 points.

With no play whatsoever in the Second Division Iliingworth St Mary’s continue to lead the table with 17 points followed by a bevy of four teams just three points behind