The undoubted shock of the day came in the Premier Division at Thornton, not so much the result but the manner of victory for the home team, in its top-of-table clash against Warley. Batting first the Hill Top Road team posted a middle-of-the–road 210 all out with Greg Soames top-scoring with 50 runs, Cameron van Rensberg again in the wickets with 6-84. However the latter performance was put totally in the shade as Joshua Hutchinson annihilated the Warley batting with figures of 12.4-4-31-8. Quite simply Warley was in total disarray falling to 67 all out with eight batsmen contributing a grand total of 12 runs. Thornton now lead the division by eight points. Close behind in the surprise stakes was Mytholmroyd’s stunning victory at Triangle where the home team’s return to Grassy Bottom, after its mammoth score, turned into a miserable damp squid. Mytholmroyd hit a challenging score of 325-8, led by Wajid Ali’s 71 runs, in a team effort where six other batsmen made welcome contributions. However even the visitors must have been surprised as Triangle slumped to 72-8, Spencer Harris taking 5-63, before Liam Turner bashed 40 runs to leave it with an all out score of 137 and its first defeat of the season. Shelf Northowram HT moved into second place in the table as visiting Bridgeholme lost by eight wickets. Batting first the Eastwood team scored 216-9, with Hassan Mahmood hitting 77 not out, Jack Hemblys taking 4-63. However it was well short of a challenging total with an unbeaten third-wicket partnership between the in-form Daniel Cole (110*) and Oliver Hemingway (55*) ensuring Hedge Top continued its fine start to the season. In the derby match at Sowerby St Peter’s the home team scrambled a three-wicket victory against SBCI, to put daylight between it and the bottom two. St Peter’s was grateful to Gareth Hall as he scored 60 in the reply to SBCI’s 157-7, Christopher Dalby hitting a half-century for the visitors as Gareth Schofield was again amongst the wickets with 5-53. All twenty wickets fell at Southowram, for 469 runs, but it was visitors Booth that ran out comfortable winners. Patrick Thomas (92) Steven Senior (68) top-scored in a 307 all out score as Tom Belfield took 4-63. The hosts were never in the hunt for that total at 86-6 before Ian Gledhill scored a late 45 not out to add some respectability. Ominously Booth, after its opening day defeat, has now moved into to within 12 points of the top. Bottom team Copley’s poor start to 2018 continued as it failed by 39 runs to chase a modest 209 set by visiting Oxenhope for whom Lewis Hopkinson top-scored with 87 runs. Alexander Rowles took 5-27 and in reply his team looked set fair at 109-2, as Oliver Thorpe (69) and Matthew Rowles laid the foundations, but then the last eight wickets tumbled for just 61 runs, Scott Mallinson recording 5-49.
Bradshaw relinquished top spot in the First Division as it went down at Alloe Field View to new leaders Illingworth St Mary’s – putting the shutters up to gain three points in a 91-run defeat. St Mary’s Daniel Murfet was this week’s nervous nineties victim, being stumped with his score on 97 runs – Simon Collins the best bowler with 5-44. The visitors had to chase 228 to win but for ‘chase’ read ‘crawl’ as, at 30-6, it left Mohammed Yousef little option but to grind out 68 not out and frustrate the St Mary’s bowlers, of whom Ben Clarke took 6-34. Sowerby Bridge enjoyed its trip up the hill to Stones, no more so that Sam Mellor (8-80), Tim Helliwell (130*) and Paul Smith (66*) as it won in a canter for a ten-wicket win. The margin of victory was somewhat unfair on the home team which had battled hard to a total of 207-8, led by Kevin O’Rourke’s 56 runs. Helliwell’s unbeaten century included 16 fours and 4 sixes. Blackley recorded its first victory of the season in beating visitor’s Queensbury by 102 runs. It wasn’t easy sailing however as, at 59-5, having lost five wickets for 11 runs it needed Sam Hesmondhaigh (57) and Anthony Langton (47) to steady the ship. Queensbury were never in the hunt after that and were bowled out for just 114 runs. Two opening bowlers, one from each side, coincidentally took 4-40 – the home team’s Jacob Linsel and Joseph Clough. There was a tight and entertaining Bradford clash at Clayton where Great Horton PC took the plaudits with a six-wicket win. Clayton’s Carl Bartley and Sam Wilson both recorded 47 runs but, in reply, an excellent batting performances by Horton’s top five batsmen, led by Adam Beesley with his 86 runs, ensured victory in the 42nd over.
In the Second Division Hayden Bruce of new leaders Luddendenfoot enjoyed the bowling attack of Low Moor HT hitting 163 runs, of which he didn’t have to run for 124 of them! He was ably supported by Joel Cleary (60) and Thomas Hosker (54) in a mammoth total of 390-9. Low Moor made a reasonable attempt at a chase but, having lost three early wickets, it was too much to ask but Joe Williams (65) and Craig Green (63) deserve credit for their efforts as it lost by 166 runs. Host’s Leymoor were more than a little indebted to Martin Allison for his 86 runs in the all-Huddersfield clash versus Bradley & Colnebridge. His contribution in a total of 164 all out was the difference in a 40-run win that knocked the visitors off the top spot. In the second innings Pierce Walker (5-46) and Zafar Iqbal (50) were the stand-out performers. Greetland scrapped and scraped its first win of the season at Cullingworth, by just one wicket, in a low-scoring affair as Lee Smirthwaite’s 33 not out the deciding innings. With only 227 total runs scored it was, needless to report, the bowlers who were on top with the West Vale team’s Jamie Moody taking 7-30 whilst Dave Robinson took 6-65 for the home team, only to finish on the losing team. Old Town continue to enjoy its renaissance, that started halfway through last season, and moved into third place in the table with a 53-run win at bottom club Outlane. Town batted first with its No4 batsman, Sajid Mahmood, in the grove with 80 runs, supported by Sajid Khan (49) – Lee Mellor taking 4-63. A total of 228-8 proved sufficient as Outlane were bowled out for 175, despite efforts from Adam Davies (61) and George Smith (45). The opening bowlers for Town, Ali Asghar (5-59) and Waqas Ali (4-53), standing out as the match-winners. Mount gained its second win of the season, this one at Upper Hopton, as its visit to the Mirfield-based team gleaned maximum points losing only two wickets in the process. Upper Hopton were progressing well in its innings as openers Keyur Mistry (56) and Ian Wightman (43) combined but, oddly, it was Mount’s sixth and seventh bowlers who did the damage – Mahmad Gheewala (5-25) and Imran Rawat (5-37. The home side were dismissed for 163 runs and the Batley bases team had no problem in reaching its target, Gheewala also in the runs with 53 not out aided by Anees Rawat (54 not out).