Premier Division: Copley 235-9 (A Rowles 97, Thorpe72, Rashid 5-68), *Shelf Northowram HT 236-9 (Hemingway 68*, Malik 49): pts 5-11. *Southowram 242-6 (Belfield 49, Pummell 48, Darby 44*), Bridgeholme 175: pts 12-3. *SBCI 271-5 (T Wood 108, S Wood 106), Mytholmroyd 98 (O Benson 5-44): pts 12-1. Warley 81 (Schofield 5-42), *Sowerby St Peter's 84-6 (Azam 4-31): pts 1-12. Booth 189 (Ric Laycock 74, Weatherhead 7-44), *Thornton 193-4 (Hutchinson 72*): pts 4-12. *Triangle 377-9 (Silkstone 74, Fletcher 62, Metcalf 60, Graham 44, Dyson 4-147), Oxenhope 334 (Jackson 83, J Tetley 70, Fielden 44, Mawer 41): pts 12-5. First Division: *Blackley 217 (Shiel 65, Collins 5-35), Bradshaw 221-5 (Cotton 63, Collins 59): pts 4-12. Stones 195 (Bownas 89*, Roe 5-42), *Clayton 201-4 (Evans 52, Artist 48): pts 4-12. Queensbury 204 (Challis 64, Senior 47), *Great Horton PC 206-3 (Brown 76*, Beesley 44): pts 3-12.*Illingworth St Mary's 56 (Dixon 6-36, Mellor 4-18), Sowerby Bridge 57-9 (Moorhouse 5-15): pts 2-12. Second Division: Mount 250-7 (Mayat 73*, Abed 57), *Leymoor 201 (Coulson 66, Walker 44, Rafiq 5-40): pts 12-5. Cullingworth 34 (Bruce 4-6), *Luddendenfoot 37-1: pts 0-12. *Old Town 244, Low Moor HT 191: pts 12-6. *Outlane 245-9 (Brook 67, J Croft 51, Moody 5-74), Greetland 220 (Quarmby 51, Mohammed 50, Dorotiak 5-67): pts 12-5. *Upper Hopton 210-8 (France 54, Broadbent 51*, Wightman 43, Daniel 42), Bradley & Colnebridge 98 (Kay 5-51) [played at Stainland]: pts 12-2.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS. The Premier Division title, with four matches left to play, is Thornton’s to lose. The description on its social media pages as ‘a big win’, against second-placed Booth, was somewhat of an understatement as it put a 16-point gap at the top between it and the current champions. Booth batted first at Hill Top Road and a superb bowling performance from Bradley Weatherhead (14.2-6-42-7) saw it restricted to a 189 all out total, Richard Laycock (74) the only Booth batsman on top of his game. In response the home team’s top order took the match by the scruff of the neck but it was No 5 batsman Joshua Hutchinson (72 not out) who ensured that the thoroughly deserved and vital 12 points were achieved. The excellent win puts Thornton in prime position to win its first Premier title since joining the League in 2003. There was a strange match at Sowerby St Peter’s where visiting Parish Cup winners Warley, surely still not suffering from a hangover from a fortnight ago, were bowled out for just 81 runs, five batsmen failing to trouble the scorers as Martin Schofield took 5-42. Batting was clearly not easy as St Peter’s slipped to 59-6 before Matthew Holyle (17 not out) steadied a rocking ship to claim maximum points for his team. At the wrong end of the table Bridgeholme’s visit to the top flight lasted only a season as it was relegated, going down at Southowram by 67 runs. Five Rams batsmen topped thirty runs as Tom Belfield (49) top-scored, a total of 242-6 proving too much for the visitors. The second bottom home team gave itself further hope in escaping the drop but need at least another couple of wins to have any chance. Third bottom Copley are 11 points ahead of the Rams and it was very disappointed to lose at Shelf Northowram HT by one-wicket, with just three balls remaining. Batting first Alex Rowles (97) was in fine form, unfortunate to miss out on a century, and support came from Oliver Thorpe (72) as Aamir Rashid claimed 5-68 with the innings closing at 235-9. In response Hedge Top looked beaten at 179-8 but Oliver Hemingway (68 not out) and Rashid (31) rallied their team to a squeaky win. Mytholmroyd, must be looking over its shoulder as it is only five points ahead of Copley, with trips to Booth and Warley yet to come. Its last win came on 30 June and its latest setback came at SBCI, by 173 runs, as the Woods went into the home club’s records book as both hit centuries in the same match, Thomas (108) and Simon (106). To add to the Royd’s misery Oliver Benson then took 5-44 as the visitors were all out for 98 in 24.2 overs. By contrast Triangle’s batmen scored a plethora of double-figure scores in a total of 377-9, at home to Oxenhope, headed by Christian Silkstone’s 74 runs. Oxenhope made a fine effort in the chase, only going down by 43 runs, as likewise its batsmen enjoyed a flat track with seven scoring twenty runs or more, Edward Jackson top-scorer in the match with 83 runs.
In the First Division there was a weird affair at leaders Illingworth St Mary’s where reports state the pitch was not weather affected. Nineteen wickets fell for only 113 runs, visitors Sowerby Bridge the ‘lucky’ team to lose only nine! The home side batted first and the forthcoming afternoon’s events were soon evident at 15-5. Its top eight batsmen were soon back in the pavilion, scoring just 16 runs between them, as bowler Jamie Moorhouse (24) managed to raise the all out flag to 56 runs, Jake Dixon (6-36) and Sam Mellor (4-18) needing only 19 overs to complete the rout. The Bridge were in no apparent trouble at 26-1 but then somehow contrived to lose its next eight wickets for 29 runs to leave the sores tied with one wicket in hand. Top-scorer James Holdsworth (19 not out) hit the winning run in a match that will be filed under ‘Do you remember?’. St Mary’s still top the division but the Bridge has closed to within eight points, with Great Horton PC still in the promotion mix a further seven points adrift. Horton was at home to Queensbury and duly won by seven wickets to leave the Old Guy Road outfit needing miracles to avoid relegation with the already doomed Stones. The efforts of Queensbury’s Oliver Challis (64) and Ryan Senior (47) proved in vain as Horton’s top five batsmen combined to score the 205 runs required, completed by Christopher Brown’s 76 not out. Bradshaw’s visit to Blackley was a winning one as all-rounder Simon Collins was in fine form with both ball (5-35) and bat (59) assisted by a sparkling 63 runs from Dean Cotton as Blackley was beaten by five wickets, Macauley Shiel (65) its best performer. The hard luck story of the day came at Clayton where Stones was visiting. Despite the trials and tribulations of a poor season the recent performances of the relegated team have been inspiring and Ralph Bownas continued that trend but unfortunately the No 3 batsman ran out of partners, stranded in sight of a century on 89 not out. A target of 196 was easily met by Clayton in less than 27 overs as Tim Evans (52) top-scored.
Mount continue to lead the Second Division, although its latest match assumed normal proportions with a 49 run win at Leymoor Mount batted first and the main contribution came from No 7 batsman Ismail Myatt (73 not out) with tight home bowling restricting the visitor’s normally prolific top order to 250-7. The home team however lacked batting support for Mark Coulson (66) and Pierce Walker (44) and fell to 201 all out, Mohammed Rafiq taking 5-40. Cullingworth was skittled out for a mere 34 at second placed Luddendenfoot and 15 of those were extras as Hayden Bruce took 4-6 in 10 overs, the match lasting less than 25 overs as the home team lost just one wicket in winning. Foot remain 12 points behind Marsh with Old Town a further 11 points adrift. The Town also took maximum points in its home match versus Low Moor HT, where all 20 wickets fell, winning by 53 runs and it still has an outside chance of promotion. Upper Hopton is in third place and enjoying life at Stainland, registering another win by disposing of Bradley & Colnebridge with surprising ease. A total of 210-8 was set by Hopton, as four batsmen contributed excellent efforts, a target that would normally be achievable by B&C - but not this week. It will have been very disappointed to be rolled over by its local rivals for 98 runs – Edward Kay doing the most damage with 5-51 - as Hopton remain nine points behind Foot. Greetland made the short trip up the hill to Outlane but were thwarted by 25 runs, chasing the home team’s score of 245-9 in which Chris Brook (67) and Jordan Croft (51) hit half-centuries. The Greetland chase got off to a flyer as openers Paul Quarmby (51) and Mushtaq Mohammed (50) put on 106 runs for the first wicket but following their dismissals, in quick succession after Alex Dorotiak (5-67) was handed the ball , ten wickets fell for 114 runs to leave it those 25 runs short.