Premier Division: Copley 358-3 (Blagborough 194, Thorpe 121*), *Bridgeholme 345-7 (Mahmood 91*, B Fielden 73, Sajjid 44, Wrigley 4-108): pts 11-3. Thornton 337-8 (N Hutchinson 135, Burkill 80, Dunn 52), *Mytholmroyd 187 (T Earle 47, Weatherhead 4-51): pts 12-5. Triangle 402-4 (Metcalf 138*, Madden 101, Stocks 101), *Southowram 310-5 (Hall 89, Crossley 64, Darby 45*, Jowett 40,): pts 10-4. Shelf Northowram HT 135, *SBCI 138-7: pts 3-12. *Sowerby St Peter's 160-9 (Green 55, Ayub 4-37), Booth 164-5 (Wajid 54): pts 3-11. *Warley 268-7 (B Atkinson 55, Khatana 46, van Rensberg 46), Oxenhope 142 (J Fleetwood 51, Duckitt 6-57, G Keywood 4-44): pts 12-4. First Division: *Clayton 209 (Gelder 81, Buckley 5-44), Bradshaw 191 (Collins 46, Thompson 40, Mistry 5-65, Roe 4-31): pts 12-6. Stones 142-9 (Robbins 60, Jordan 4-43), Great Horton 143-7:pts 4-10. *Illingworth St Mary's 240-9 (Murfett 74, Lawton 46), Blackley 163 (Moorhouse 7-57): pts 12-4. *Queensbury 263 (Challis 84, Clough 40, Dixon 6-103), Sowerby Bridge 267-4: pts 4-12 Second Division: *Greetland 165 (Quarmby 68, Ish Hussain 6-39), Bradley & Colnebridge 166-5 (Debenham 40):pts 3-12. Cullingworth 86 (Haley 4-9), *Low Moor HT 90-3: pts 0-12. Leymoor 200 (Allison 50, Jones 43), *Old Town 204-4 (A Shah 69*) pts 4-12. Mount 250 (Gheelewa 76, Rawat 65, Ravat 47, Raza 5-56), *Outlane 252-2 (Mellor 111*, Brook 69): pts 3-12.*Upper Hopton 146 (Adams 40), Luddendenfoot 59 (Adams 6-26) pts 12-3.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS In the Premier Division Thornton maintained its stranglehold on the Premiership with a 150-run victory at Mytholmroyd. Devoid of the services of wicket-machine Jack Earle, due to injury, an understrength Royd conceded 337 on the hottest afternoon of the season, Nick Hutchinson (135) and Ben Burkill (80) amongst the runs. Tom Earle was the hosts’ only player to cause problems with a robust 47 as Bradley Weatherhead’s 4-51 condemned the Royd to defeat. The innings of the day, and the season thus far, came at Bridgeholme where Copley’s Alex Blagborough hit 194, including hitting 22 fours and 11 sixes. He was well supported by skipper Oliver Thorpe who finished unbeaten on 121 not out. Bridgeholme, who have struggled all season, mustered a spirited reply with Bobby Fielden hitting 73, under-19 starlet Sohail Sajjid chipping in with 41 followed by Yassir Mahmood ,who blasted 91, to keep Bridgeholme in the hunt but it fell just short by 13 runs. Triangle maintained its tradition of scoring heavily at home on the small space at Grassy Bottom with three centurions taking centre stage - openers Nathan Madden and Adam Stocks hit 101 apiece before Chris Metcalf set about a weakened Southowram attack and helped himself to 138 not out. Southowram, languishing perilously close to the drop, could ill afford for key men to be absent this weekend but its batsmen still put up a fight and ensured they achieved maximum batting points with experienced Premiership men Ian Hall (89) and Dean Crossley (64) the pick. Shelf Northowram HT surprisingly folded tamely against SBCI who picked up some much needed points in the battle to escape the Premiership trap door. SNHT could only manage 135 all out, which looked like it was never going to be enough, however SBCI struggled to put the game to bed and finally reached their target after losing seven wickets. Sowerby St Peter’s finds its season ebbing away and need to start to win matches to stop the rot. It could only manage 160-9 at home to Booth, who are in hot pursuit of Thornton at the top of the table, and the visitors took full advantage, wrapping up the match for the loss of only five wickets, Hasnain Wajid’s 54 the main contribution. Warley stayed in the title race with a 126-run win over Oxenhope. Batting first Warley posted 268-7 with Ben Atkinson (55), Faheem Khatana (46) and Cameron van Rensburg all adding vital runs. Oxenhope’s reply crumbled as Luke Duckitt and Greg Keywood were rampant, taking 6-57 and 4-44 respectively.
The match of the day in the First Division was at Clayton where the hosts beat Bradshaw by 18 runs. Batting first Clayton posted a below par 209 all out, Jason Gelder scoring 81 and Aaron Buckley taking 5-44. Bradshaw, needing a win to keep its promotion challenge on track, found batsmen once again succumbing to the pressure of the occasion and in spite of Simon Collins’ battling 46 found themselves on the wrong end of the result, fading to 191 all out. Sowerby Bridge kept its promotion aspirations alive with a six-wicket win at Queensbury. The hosts batted first and relied once again on Ollie Challis (81) to steer them into a winning position in a total of 263, but again it failed to bat all their overs it could be one of the reasons it gets dragged into the relegation fight. Sowerby Bridge were never in danger chasing the total on a decent track and reached their target for the loss of only four wickets. Illingworth St Mary’s maintained their grip on the Division with a 77-run win over struggling Blackley. Posting 240-9, on what is probably one of the best wickets in the league, the total always seemed imposing with the quality of the St Mary’s bowling and so it proved. Blackley, after fielding for 45 overs in the blazing sun, wilted to an all out total 163, Jamie Moorhouse rattling through the innings with 7-57. The last game in the division saw Stones take on Great Horton in Bradford and stuggling Stones who are strugglng could only muster 142-9, knocked off by the hosts for the loss of seven wickets.
The Second Division promotion race continues to hot up, literally, with Old Town likely to be seeking medicines for vertigo! It’s eighth win of the season, this one at home to Leymoor, saw it rise to second place just seven points adrift of leaders Mount, who surprisingly lost at Outlane. Upper Hopton and Luddendenfoot are in pursuit, both just a further two points behind, but it was the Mirfield team which won their battle at Jackroyd Lane. Batting first the hosts could only register a relatively small total of 146 all out, a target for Foot that certainly looked achievable. However step up all-rounder Steven Adam with 6-26, to add to his 40 runs, and aided by Matt Broadbent (3-27) the visitors were hot-footing it home – dismissed for a miserly 59 runs. Mount had possibly its worst afternoon of the season at Outlane and the question begs – is top spot pressure beginning to tell? Despite setting a target 251, Mahmad Gheewala (76) again top-scoring, the visitor’s bowlers, all eight of them, struggled to cope with a superb innings from opener Lee Mellor (111 not out), well supported by Chris Brook (69) as Outlane easily won by eight wickets. Old Town’s victory came as it bowled out Leymoor for 200 runs, five bowlers sharing the wickets with only Martin Allison (50) offering serious resistance. Adil Shah (69 not out) led the successful run-chase as the Hebden Bridge outfit won by six wickets. Bradley & Colnebridge made one of its shorter journeys, to Greetland, and left with maximum points. Opener Paul Quarmby hit a top-score of 68 runs in a 165 all out total, Ishtiaq Hussain enjoying The Holme taking 6-39. The visitors lost a couple of batsmen to low scores plus one to a poor run-out but Matt Debenham’s 40 runs eased the path to a five-wicket win. Finally Low Moor HT registered its second win of the season, much to the delight of its groundsman who could enjoy a week without enduring ribald comments regarding these (true) reports!! Cullingworth were the visitors but were always struggling after Steve Welch (39) departed and Matthew Haley (4-9) cleaned up the tail, the last five wickets falling for six runs in an all out total of 86. The home team had no real trouble scoring the runs required with James Overend (33 not out) ensuring maximum points.