SATURDAY EXTRA – FIRST ELEVENS
12 AUGUST 2017
There was no change in the top three placings in the Premier Divison with Booth (158 pts), Jer Lane (153 pts) and Mytholmroyd (146 points) all recording maximum points wins. Next week’s clash at Booth, between the top two, could have a major bearing on the destination of the title. Third change bowler Simon Collins (5-37) ended Copley’s hopes of a reasonable score at Jer Lane and that performance, followed by Daniel Laban (53 not out) saw Jer Lane home with six wickets to spare. Booth had a few hiccups at Oxenhope before scrambling over the line with a two-wicket victory whilst Mytholmroyd had it much easier in the seven-wicket defeat of SBCI as only Charles Hyland (57) reached double figures for the hosts. Despite Warley’s Luke Duckett taking 7-66 visiting Thornton managed to squeeze a 9-run win with Joshus Hutchinson (89) and Ryan Brooksbank (510 the mainstays of its innings. Five Thornton bowlers shared the wickets to cement its fourth place in the table. Matthew Hoyle’s haul of 7-84 and Ben Hoyle’s 92 runs for Sowerby St Peter’s were both in vain down the road at Triangle. The visitors fell 18 runs short of the home team’s 225 all out in which Christian Silkstone top-scored with 62 and then he took vital wickets in a short spell of 6.1-3-14-5. The basement battle at Queensbury went the way of Northowram HT, which now places the home side as firm favourites to become the sole relegated side this season as it trials its rivals by 16 points with five matches to play. Tom Watson (43 not out) unfortunately ran out of partners as the home side capitulated for only 115 runs and whilst the visitors lost its top five batsman quickly to the rescue came Harry Talbot with 53 not out to secure maximum points.
The promotion race from Division One took on a new look as Cullingworth’s defeat of leaders Sowerby Bridge, coupled with Southowram’s defeat of its nearest rivals Blackley, means only three points now separate the top three. The match at Walton Street always promised to be a tight affair so the manner of the home side’s 7-wicket defeat was a surprise, not however to the combination of Dave Robinson (7-44) and the in-form Ben Birkill (73 not out) who sealed the Cullingworth victory. Birkill now needs only a further 72 runs in the last four matches to top a superb season with 1,000 runs. Southowram’s win at Lindley Road came by 30 runs, Dean Crossley top-scoring with 77 runs and then taking 4-33. His most important scalp of the day was Freddie Fox who had he been able to add to his 102 runs then the result may have been different. Bridgeholme too cannot be ruled out of the promotion stakes as its six-wicket win at bottom team Stones puts it just 4 points behind the top three and only 7 points off top spot. The remaining match in the division saw Great Horton beat Shelf by four wickets.
The first tie of the season came in the Second Division at the local HD3 derby between Outlane and visitors Leymoor, the latter only travelling just over two miles. The home team batted first and scored 161 runs, with Adam Davies (85) scoring over half its runs, as four Leymoor bowlers shared the wickets. The visitors’ runs were spread more evenly, Martin Allison top scoring with 57, but wickets fell gradually and last man Colin Johnson was bowled with the scores level. Illingworth St Mary’s now need only 8 points to secure promotion in its first season back in the League, as it hit 200 points with a 78-run win at Luddendenfoot. All twenty wickets fell but it was the batting of James Lawton (78), Stephen Cook (54), plus a brisk 45 from Stuart Thompson, which ruled the day. The Foot’s Lee Broadbent (76) took his season’s total to 862 runs with another half-century. Nick Jowett’s 76 not out, batting at No 7, was the inspiration for Bradshaw staying in second place behind the leaders, defeating bottom of the division Upper Hopton by 71 runs, and it is now 19 points ahead of Clayton. The latter was surprisingly defeated at Greetland, as it even more surprising that it was bowled out for a meagre 68 runs, Sajid Ali taking 5-30. The home side struggled to its 72-6 winning total but its fifth win of the season was most welcome. Old Town’s Mohammed Jamil (45) and Mohammad Khan (43) made a valiant effort to reach a relatively easy target of 163 to win, set by Low Moor HT, but there was little help from the rest of their team as Mark Stokes (5-28) and Craig Green (4-67) ensured a 13-run win for the visitors. Birchencliffe seem to enjoying its current nomad existence as another win, this time against Mount, ensured it kept away from the lower reaches of the divison with an all-round team contribution in a four-wicket victory.