Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bridgeholme’s problems in the Premier Division continued at the hands of third placed Triangle, the latter cruising to a six-wixket victory on its visit to Eastwood. The home team would have been in much deeper trouble had it not been for a face-saving innings of 93 not out from No 5 batsman Yasir Mahmood, but his much deserved century failed to materialise as he lost teammates who succumbed to the three Triangle bowlers, all taking three wickets apiece. The visitors lost four wickets in overtaking the target as Chris Metcalf top-scored with 54 not out. Sowerby St Peter’s likewise had a successful trip, this one to Mytholmroyd, winning by 50 runs. Batting first the visitors were all out for 220 runs, the total prompted by a fine knock from Aiden Green (82). The home team, at 88-1, looked to be on course for a win but despite contributions from Hasan Jamil (53), Saad Hussain (50) and Thomas Conway (45) its remaining seven batsmen failed miserably contributing just 21 runs as Martin Schofield (5-54) and John Brown (4-17) cleaned up. Southowram put a gap between it and third-bottom hosts SBCI with a well-constructed chase of 234 runs. The home team batted first with the Woods in good form, Simon (64) and Thomas (60) scoring half-centuries. Not to be outdone Dean Crossley replied with an fine 93 not out, thwarted in reaching his century by the runs of No 6 batsman Scott Griffiths who stormed to 69 runs before losing his wicket with the final runs in sigh, the Rams taking 10 points. Shelf Nortowram’s good run came to a stop at Warley as Chris Atkinson (112), Greg Keywood (111) and Shazad Hassan (51*) combined to record 310-5. Hedge Top, with the exception of Sabar Malik (72) and Oliver Hemingway (60) then crumbled to the bowling of Keywood (7-77) to lose by 106 runs. Booth also hit a 300 plus score, 336-6 at home to Copley, as Rob Laycock joined this season’s N90C (Nervous Nineties Club) – out for 90. Hasnain Wajid (79) and Steve Senior (48) were also in the runs. Two lower order Copley batsmen, William Rushton (66) and Ali Ul Abideen (62) had creditable knocks but, with Moazzan Ayub taking 4-43, Copley fell 109 runs short. Leaders Thornton maintained its lead at the top, albeit reduced to eight points, with a two-wicket win at near neighbours Oxenhope. Exactly 500 runs were scored in the encounter with the home team recording a challenging score of 248-9, Joseph Ousey (72) and Lewis Hopkinson (49) top-scoring. In reply Tim Shackleton (74) and Nikki Hutchinson (63) led the chase that ended successfully with seven balls to spare to take 11 points.

Illingworth St Mary’s continue to top the First Division, emphatically disposing of its host’s Great Horton PC by a mammoth 277 runs. Batting first St Mary’s posted 313-6 with Callum Cook (106) and Luke Brooksby (50*) top-scoring as seven batsmen contributed. Nobody predicted what was to occur in the next 12.5 overs as the home team was skittled for only 36 overs – Jamie Moorhouse (5-14) and Brooksby (4-22) in the wickets. At Walton Street second-placed Sowerby Bridge kept up the pressure at the top, it too having a reasonably easy afternoon in beating Blackley by nine wickets. The visitors were all out in the 37th over for only 133 runs, the damage done by Darren Chapman jnr (7-54) In reply the in-form Tim Helliwell caressed 13 x fours in his 66 not out, aided by Paul Smith (41) to win in the 25th over. Clayton’s Jason Gelder (110) and Sam Wilson (70*) were the instigators of a fine winning chase on the visit to Queensbury, as their team needed just over 40 overs to overtake the home team’s 290-6. Previously Oliver Challis (82), Joseph Clough (56*) and Jack Richardson (52) had given the home team hope but at the end the match revolved around the five poor overs from two bowlers who conceded a total of 74 runs. Likewise Bradshaw, sitting five points off the leaders, as it too took 12 points at home to Stones. The visitors were first to bat and struggled to 145 all out, rescued in mid-innings by William Thickett (42) and Joe Ackroyd (38), as Aaron Buckley took 5-34. Bradshaw had little trouble in scoring the runs required with Adam Spendelow (70*) in the runs again.

In the Second Division leader’s Luddendenfoot’s best start to a season for several years continued as it beat Bradley & Colnebridge by nine-wickets. The Huddersfield side never really got going and were all out for 128, Connor McGow taking 5-50. Hayden Bruce (74*) and Joel Cleary (46*) combined in an unbroken partnership of 129 to ensure the 12 points and keep their team at the top. Upper Hopton’s 12 mile journey to Old Town proved successful as it came away with a three-wicket win, thanks to a team batting effort where seven batsmen scored between 14-31 runs to ensure that Jack Stephenson’s bowling stint of 5-46 did not go unrewarded. In Old Town’s innings it was a similar case as that at Bridgeholme where a namesake Mahmood, on this occasion Sajid, held the innings together with 73 not out. Outlane had a tremendous victory to lift it off the bottom of the table, winning by nine wickets at Low Moor HT chasing 215 to take 11 points. An opening partnership between Adam Davies and Lee Mellor (68) ensured victory in only 21.2 overs – a strike rate of over 10 runs an over. The one downside was that Davies joined the N90C – bowled for 95 runs. Geoffrey Nuttall (82) and Jack Roberts (48) were the principal run-makers in Leymoor’s score of 236-7 at Greetland. The home team was always struggling to reach its target, despite a valiant effort from Scott Whelen (43), and fell 70 runs short. Struggling Cullingworth had little comfort on its trip to Mount as it was bowled out for 74 runs – Ismail Myatt taking 5-25. The home team took little time to take maximum points with Mahmad Gheewala (44*) in the runs again.