Premier Division: *Copley 172-6 (Thorpe 84), Warley 175-5: pts 3-10. Booth 283-3 (Senior 143*, Ric Laycock 53*, Rob Laycock 52), *Oxenhope 212-7 (Mawer 42): pts 11-3. *Shelf Northowram HT 227-9 (Cole 94, Talbot 54, Conway 6-106), Mytholmroyd 176 (Mahmood 45, Reynolds 4-49): pts 12-4. Southowram 200 (Crossley 73, Wilkinson 42, Brown 5-41), *Sowerby St Peter's 204-2 (Green 83*, Watkins 53): pts 3-12. *Thornton 325-4 (Birkill 144*, N Hutchinson 76, King 40*), Bridgeholme 118 (Weatherhead 5-23): pts 12-2.*Triangle 384-6 (Madden 124, Fletcher 104, Metcalf 47), SBCI 350-8 (S Wood 98, Firth 74, Dalby 70): pts 11-4. First Division: *Blackley 118 (Turner 41, Jordan 7-40), Great Horton PC 122-7: pts 3-12. Clayton 78, *Illingworth St Mary's 79-1: pts 0-12. *Sowerby Bridge 202-8 (Richardson 75, Helliwell 44, Buckley 4-94), Bradshaw 166 (Collins 43, Dixon 4-41, Shannon 4-55): pts 12-4. Queensbury 374-4 (Clough 182, Dougall 115*), *Stones 266-5 (Thickett 70, Furness 52, O’Rourke 45): pts 10-4. Second Division:*Bradley & Colnebridge 141 (Bright 6-80, Poole 4-56), Cullingworth 114 (Fletcher 57*, Arfat 4-29): pts 4-12. Mount 266 (Kayat 49, I Rawat 46, Gheewala 43, Alam 4-60), *Greetland 266-8 (Alam 65, Reynolds 61*): pts 8-9. *Leymoor 235 (Walker 71*, Allison 61, Walkden 41), Low Moor HT 147 (Murgatroyd 4-34): pts 12-5. Old Town 273 (Aslam 101, Jamil 59, Hosker 6-65), *Luddendenfoot 231 (Hosker 49, Asghar 5-94): pts 12-6. Upper Hopton 289-6 (Wightman 88, Stones 63, Whitworth 50, Mitton 4-80), *Outlane 172 (Brook 55, Davies 51): pts 12-3.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Thornton continue to lead the way in the Premier Division, stretching it’s lead to thirteen points at the top, via a comprehensive defeat at home of struggling Bridgeholme by a massive 207 runs. Ben Birkhill produced a class innings as he stroked 144 not out in a knock where no six was recorded but a staggering 29 fours were. The main assistance in cumulating a total of 325-4 came from Nikki Hutchinson (76) in a partnership of 139 runs, Ben King also chipping in with 40 not out. The visitors then wilted under the bowling of first change Bradley Weatherhead whose seven overs produced 5-23 and Mark Clayton claimed the last wicket – with his second ball! Second placed Booth dropped a point at Oxenhope as the hosts, batting second, were restricted to 212-7 chasing the visitors 283-3. The latter score was basically the work of only three batsmen as opener Steven Senior hit a superb 143 not out, aided and abetted by the Laycocks – Richard (53 not out) and Robert (52). Warley remain in third place, nine points behind Booth, but its championship aspirations recede with every match played, as the top two continue apace. It also dropped two points at Copley, as conditions dictated a low-scoring affair. The home team could only muster 172-6 in its innings and it took Warley nearly 40 overs to reach a relatively small target. Only the hosts Oliver Thorpe, with 84 runs, topped an individual score above 40 in the match. Shelf Northowram HT’s opener Daniel Cole (94) was disappointed not to score a century at Hedge Top Lane, against Mytholmroyd, but his effort at least was the mainstay of a 51-run win. Fellow opener Harry Talbot chipped in with 54 runs in a partnership of 109 runs and full credit to Thomas Conway for a sterling stint for the visitors of 23-5-106-6 on a muggy afternoon. Unfortunately Mytholmroyd’s batting was not up to Conway’s standard and wickets fell at regular intervals with only No 7 Zahid Mahmood (45) causing any concern for Hedge Top and, when he became Harry Reynolds’ (4-49) fourth victim it was game over. Sowerby St Peter’s recorded maximum points for only the second time this season with the visit of Southowram. The away team batted first with Dean Crossley (73) in the runs again, but support was lacking as seven other batsmen contributed a miserly 19 runs between them in an all out total of 200. That total proved easy for Sowerby as, after Ben Watkins (53) had departed, Aiden Green entering the fray at 78-2 and proceeded to destroy the visitor’s bowling with 83 not out, that including 6x6’s and 5x4’s.
If you were a First Division spectator seeking a plethora of runs this weekend then Stones was the place to be, which augers well for the T20 Finals to be staged there next Sunday. On this occasion 640 came in the match against Queensbury with Joseph Clough (182) hitting the second highest First XI score of the season as Joshua Dougall (115 not out) also enjoyed his day with the visiting pair contributing the majority of a 374-4 total. Massive credit goes to struggling Stones that did not capitulate and produced perhaps its best batting of the season, with William Thickett (70) and Jacob Furness (52) hitting half-centuries, in a 266-5 reply. Leaders Illingworth St Mary’s exacted sweet revenge for its previous two defeats to Clayton in mauling its visitors by nine-wickets. Clayton was surprisingly dismissed for just 78 runs, four fired-up bowlers sharing the spoils in an innings that lasted only 28.3 overs. St Mary’s took just 14 overs to complete the easy win – tea ladies nearly redundant! That defeat was a major setback for the Bradford side as both Great Horton PC and Sowerby Bridge overtook it as it slipped to fourth place. Great Horton recorded a three-wicket win at Blackley where a usually good batting track caused problems as seventeen wickets fell for a combined 240 runs. Horton’s Matthew Jordan was the main antagonist as he scythed through the Blackley innings to take 7-40, the hosts managing only 118 all out with its last five wickets tumbling for 15 runs. Achieving the maximum return was also not easy for the visitors but six batsmen cobbled together some double-figure scores and, despite losing four wickets between 96-4 and 98-7, it scrambled home to victory. Blackley will now be looking over its shoulder as it visits second-bottom Queensbury on Saturday, only eleven points clear of that drop zone. Sowerby Bridge’s promotion hopes were increased as it despatched visiting Bradshaw by 36 runs. It would have been a lot closer however had it not been for the efforts of No 7 Ashton Richardson who produced a vital 75 runs after a flurry of mid-order wickets. A target of only 203 however proved beyond Bradshaw who were all out for 166 as Jake Dixon (4-41) and Steve Shannon (4-55) took the bulk of the wickets. Howeve it also highlighted how important Richardson’s runs were in obtaining the twelve points.
In the Second Division the best finish of the day came at Greetland where Mount was visiting. Batting first the league leaders posted 266 all out, as its first nine batsmen all reached double figures in a team effort where Mahmad Kayat (49) top-scored. Greetland’s four bowlers interchanged and kept at their task all afternoon, with the pick being Mushtaq Alam’s 4-60. In reply Greetland’s batsmen make steady progress but it was the seventh-wicket partnership between Damien Reynolds (61*) and Alam (65) that set pulses racing. They took the total to 16 runs required, off 12 balls, but Mount kept its nerve and with the pressure on and two run outs in the last over, including Alam’s, it resulted in the scores being tied as the hosts closed on 266-8. Old Town took advantage of the tied match to move to within two points of Mount at the top and must now be dreaming of a piece of First XI silverware – last seen in Hebden Bridge in 1993. It had an excellent win at third-placed Luddendenfoot, winning by 42 runs where 504 runs were scored and all twenty wickets fell. Town took first knock and Imran Aslam provided the backbone with 101 runs, followed by Mohammed Jamil (59) in an all out total of 273, Thomas Hosker battling away with the ball to take 6-65. Hosker was in action again, as the Foot responded, but his top score of 49 runs was not enough as it needed assistance to match the Town’s efforts. Ali Asghar recorded 5-94 to assist in giving his team its eighth maximum points haul of the season. Bradley & Colnebridge also took twelve points in its home match with Cullingworth, winning by 27 runs. Despite restricting its hosts to 141 all out, after excellent performances from Michael Bright (6-80) and Phil Poole (4-56), the visitors batting sadly let it down again. As Yasir Arfat took 4-29 only Gordon Fletcher showed any real resistance, with his 57 not out, and he was left high and dry as the last wicket fell with the score on 114. Leymoor had a comfortable win at home to Low Moor HT where twenty wickets also fell. In the home team’s middle order Pierce Walker (71 not out) and Martin Allison (61) enjoyed an 82-run partnership that proved a winning one as the Moor fell 88 runs short of Leymoor’s 235 all out – Daniel Murgatroyd amongst the wickets taking 4-34. Upper Hopton was victorious on its short trip to Outlane, winning by a surprising margin of 117 runs. Four of Hopton’s top five batsman all contributed good scores with Ian Wightman (88), David Stones (63) and Graham Whitworth (50) hitting half-centuries. A target of 290 was far too much for the home team and, although fifties came from the bats of Chris Brook (55) and Adam Davies (51), eight other batsmen failed to reach double-figures in an all out total of 172.