Monday, September 3, 2018

Premier Division: Bridgeholme 105 (Terry-Davis 42, Gawthorpe 8-41), *Mytholmroyd 106-1 (Scholefield 69*): pts 1-12. Booth 287-6 (Rob Laycock 63, Rich Laycock 81, Worsnop 41, Midgley 48), *Shelf Northowram HT 188 (Talbot 55, Ramsden 49, Rick Laycock 4-53): pts 12-4. SBCI 220 (Firth 46, S Wood 86, Van Rensburg 6-67), Warley 221-7 (Bottomley 104, Keywood 51): pts 5-12. Copley 243-8 (Blagborough 65, Thorpe 87, Rowles 50, Leonard 5-52), *Sowerby St Peter's 175 (Thorpe 7-81): pts 12-4. Oxenhope 288-8 (Hopkinson 103, Fleetwood 57), *Southowram 172 (Crossley 41, Dyson 41): pts 12-4. *Triangle 433 (Silkstone 316, Crosland 46), Thornton 266 (J Hutchinson 110, M Shanks 77, Graham 4-34): pts 12-6. First Division: *Blackley 82 (Dixon 6-41, Mellor 4-28), Sowerby Bridge 83-3: pts 0-12. *Clayton 164 (Brown 47, Dougall 6-25), Queensbury 165-7 (Challis 71*, Wilson 6-51): pts 4-12. *Illingworth St Mary's 183-8 (Robertshaw 47, Mehmood 43), Great Horton PC 167 (Beesley 58*, Moorhouse 4-78, Murfet 4-78): pts 12-4. Bradshaw 323-6 (Cotton 138, Ryan 55, Thompson 50, Collins 46), *Stones 87 (Buckley 5-8): pts 12-1. Second Division: *Bradley & Colnebridge 240 (I Hussain 56, A Iftikhar 66), Low Moor HT 243-8 (Stokes 61, Mitchell 4-84): pts 5-12. Old Town 121 (Hayat 5-44, Mohammed 4-49), *Greetland 100 (Baig 4-6): pts 12-4. Mount 361-9 (Gheewala 94, Ravat 47, I Rawat 42), *Luddendenfoot 324 (Hosker 86, Broadbent 85, Bruce 50, Mayat 4-81): pts 12-5. Leymoor 290-2 (Roberts 120no, Allison 65, Walker 48no), *Outlane 140 (Webb 42): pts 12-2. Upper Hopton 301-6 (Stephenson 94*, I Wightman 76, Stones 60), Cullingworth 124 (Welch 55, Broadbent 5-28) played at Stainland: pts 12-2.

DIVISIONAL REPORTS Triangle threw the Premier Division wide open with a 147 run with over league leaders Thornton. As opener Nathan Madden was dismissed by bowler Joe Blencowe for a duck few watching at the postage stamp sized Grassy Bottom ground would have envisaged the batting carnage that would follow. Step forward captain, Christian Silkstone. Known for his explosive batting Silkstone set about dismantling a Thornton attack that has swept all before it this season. His score of 316 is the highest score of any individual in over 100 years of Halifax League cricket, featuring 18 fours and a phenomenal 34 sixes. It is a record that many will say will remain unbeaten and its feat cannot be underestimated. Truly remarkable – more so in that the Triangle total was ‘only’ 433 all out. The Thornton bowling figures also made incredibly sad reading. Ross Parr, a barometer of consistency this season, saw his average fall apart as he was dispatched for 127 in 9 overs. Similar tales exist across the innings but credit goes to Thornton who managed to get maximum bowling points. In reply Thornton managed to battle its way to 286 all out, Josh Hutchison (110) and Michael Shanks (77) the main contributors enabling the visitors to pick up maximum points in defeat. Booth had an opportunity to close the gap at the top with an away game at Shelf-Northowram Hedge Top. Batting first Booth posted 287-6, Rob and Richard Laycock both hitting half centuries with Rob Worsnop (41) and Jon Midgley (48) adding more needed runs. Hedge Top’s reply faltered at first, losing four of their top six for only 6 runs, and it was no surprise therefore that the innings finished short on 188, but still providing it with maximum batting points. Warley solidified their position in the top four with a three-wicket win against SBCI. The hosts needed points to pull themselves away from the relegation zone and started well with Lewis Firth (46) and Simon Wood (86) building a great platform. The rest of the innings failed to fire and it succumbed to 220 all out, Van Rensburg ending with 6-67. Warley were always in control as Nolan Bottomley (104) and Greg Keywood (51) guided them to victory finishing on 221-7 Mytholmroyd all but secured its top flight future with a nine-wicket win at home against a doomed Bridgeholme. Batting first the Eastwood team only managed to score 105 all out, the highlight being a battling 42 from Aaron Terry-Davis. He, as did many others, eventually succumbed to the spin bowling of all-rounder Adrian Gawthorpe, who produced the third best bowling performance of the season, returning with figures of 8-41 opening the Royd attack. Despite trapping Mytholmroyd skipper Tom Earle cheaply for eight, Bridgeholme struggled to establish a foothold and Matthew Schofield, at his destructive best, finished the job with 69 not out. Oxenhope all but condemned Southowram back to the First Division with a crushing win at Ashday Lane. Starting well Oxenhope put on 81 before the loss of the first wicket, before slumping to 112-4, in the main thanks to the bowling of Ian Gledhill. Resistance found favour in the form of Lewis Hopkinson who smashed his way to 103, with 13 fours and 5 sixes. The Oxenhope innings ended on 288-8. Southowram needing a victory to maintain the pressure on relegation rivals Copley and SBCI started well enough but when they lost openers Ian Gledhill and Tom Belfield for only 34 the pressure was mounting. Dean Crossley provided his usual much needed steel to the innings with 41 but when he fell with the score on 91 any hope of victory went with him. The tail wagged a little but only to take the score to 172 all out. They now face an uphill struggle to stay up, with Copley only needing 6 points from two games for safety. Copley knew it was in for a stern test at St Peter’s Avenue, where they took on Sowerby. The home team has had an up and down season due to player availability issues but will still manage a top-half table finish. Copley batted first and it was immediately on the back foot losing young starlet Gavin Whipp for only four runs. They regrouped quickly and fellow opener Alex Blagborough, one of Copley’s transfers of the season from Outlane, and skipper Ollie Thorpe steadied the ship. Blagborough was finally dismissed for 65 but No 4 Alex Rowles stepped into his shoes admirably and he and Thorpe, who was starting to craft his own half century, moved the score onto 194 before Rowles was caught for 50. Thorpe fell soon after but Copley managed to get reach a respectable 243-8, The St Peter’s reply was mooted at best with none of the top six scoring more than 20. Their innings never got going and despite the tail wagging significantly with Matthew Hoyle, Billy Watson and Jack Leonard all posting 25+ the innings ended on 175, Ollie Thorpe bowling through and finishing with 7-81.

In the First Division Illingworth St Mary’s, fresh from confirming promotion, managed a hard fought win at third placed Great Horton to put it in the driving seat in advance of the last match of the season. They play a Stones side already condemned to life in the bottom division and are firm favourites to go through the lower echelons of the League as champions in consecutive seasons. They didn’t have it all their own way at home against a Horton side who can be proud of the season they have had. Batting first Illingworth managed a lowly 183-9, Hamza Mehmood (43) and Ben Robertshaw (47) the pick of the batting. Daniel “Twigg” Murfett also passed the 1000-run league milestone with his knock of 24. And it was spinner Murfett and opening pace machine Jamie Moorhouse who did the damage with the ball as both bowled 21 overs each, and managed four wickets each to finish a Horton innings that fell 16 runs short. Sowerby Bridge kept their faint championship hopes alive with a resounding success over a Blackley side who confirmed its First Division status last week against Queensbury. The holiday season it seems has hit Blackley full tilt and they capitulated tamely for 82, Bilal Sheraz and the returning Matty Britton the only men to reach double figures. Jake Dixon was tormentor in chief with 6-41, ably supported by Sam Mellor who finished with 4-28. The Bridge’s reply was never in doubt, despite losing three early wickets, and they wrapped up victory in just 18 overs. Clayton is another side who are safe and not challenging for promotion and it showed in their defeat to a relegated Queensbury. The Old Guy Road side have flattered to deceive this season and lost some matches it should have arguably won – the reason for the trap door exit to the bottom tier for 2019. Clayton batted first, on what can only be described as a green top, starting steadily enough with opener Joe Brown scoring 47. Skipper Josh Dougall brought himself on and in his favoured conditions became the Queensbury saviour taking 6-25 in 10 overs, supported by pace-man Joe Clough 3-84 as the innings closed at 164 all out. Queensbury’s batting has frequently been its achilles heel and it threatened to be so again losing Joseph Clough and Joshua Dougall early to fall to 16-2. When opener Jack Richardson went for 34 with the score at 61-3 there was a real danger of deja-vu. However Ollie Challis was on hand to solidify the innings and his unbeaten 71, combined with 14-years-old Harris Cunningham’s stubborn 20 saw Queensbury over the line for only the third time this year. Bradshaw put in a better batting performance at Swift Cross against Stones. Batting first against a struggling team the visitors hammered their way to 326-6. Dean Cotton (138), Connor Ryan (55) and James Thompson (50) were dominant as the Stones bowling was dispatched to all corners of the ground. The home team has little or no fight left for this season and its reply was subdued at best, being all out for 82. Aaron Buckley finished with the remarkable figures of 5-8.

Mount has all but secured promotion from the Second Division with the defeat of second placed Luddendenfoot. Foot had to win to give them a realistic chance of winning the title but their bowling could never get any traction on their Lee Green ground. Mount, batting first, were in awesome form again with the bat and were clearly on the promotion mission. Mahmad Gheewala continued his run of top scores with 94 and took his season’s total to 1,055 at an average 81.15. He was ably supported at the top of the order by Imran Ravat and Imran Rawat who chipped in with 47 and 42. Four of the remaining Mount batsman scored 20 plus the innings concluding at 361-9. The Foot was not going down without a fight and in Tom Hosker and Lee Broadbent they found batsmen in a rich vein of form. Both plundered their way into the 80s before falling to catches by Imran Ravat. Hayden Bruce continued the resistance with 50 but when he and big hitter Charlie Holt-Conway were dismissed chasing the big total it fell short by 37 runs ending on 324 all out. Upper Hopton kept the pressure up on Foot for the final promotion place with a 177- run win over Cullingworth. David Stones (60) and Ian Wightman (76) set Hopton on their way but it was Jack Stephenson who hit 94 not out, including 15 fours, who really took the game away from a struggling Cullingworth, Hopton ending its innings on 301. Cullingworth’s Steve Welch batted admirably for his 55 but his efforts were in vain as they were bowled out for 124. Hopton now face games against Cullingworth (a) and Leymoor (h) and must be favourites to be promoted as Foot face significant greater challenges against Bradley & Colnebridge (h) & Low Moor HT (a). Low Moor put the final nail in Bradley and Colnebridge’s promotion coffin with a three- run win. Batting first Low Moor posted a competitive 243-8, with 61 from Mark Stokes and 33 from James Overend. Andrew Mitchell bowled all the way through finishing with 4-84 and Abdul Sami 2-28. Bradley’s reply faltered after losing Ray Mitchell and Mujahid Hussain to the accurate bowling of Mark Stokes but Carl Austin (27) and Abubaker Iftikhar (66) provided a solid rear-guard action before Ryan Williamson (3-39) and James Overend (3-31) got into the order and provided a dramatic finish bowling Bradley out for 240 – three runs short of a tie. Leymoor dominated the game against Outlane. Batting first opener Jack Roberts carried his bat for 120 not out and Martin Allison (65) and Pierce Walker (48 not out) provided support as Leymoor accrued 290-2. The Outlane reply was always struggling and it lost the 3 batsmen for a meagre 12 runs. Luke Webb (42) and James Page (27) stabilised the middle of the order but the tail fell to Mitchell Phillips who finished with 3-15. Old Town and Greetland fought out the lowest scoring game of the day. The Town could only muster 121 all out with Mushtaq Mohammed (4-49) and Hizar Hayat (5-44) doing the damage for Greetland. In response Greetland must have felt confident but Mohammed, Quarmby and Whelan could only post 19 between them and the game was on. The middle order all contributed runs but got in and out and the tail failed to wag, capitulating to 100 all out, Abdul Ghaffer Baig returning with 4-6 from 4.2 overs.