Sunday, August 26, 2018

Premier Division: *Booth 322-8 (Worsnop 77, Rob Laycock 60, Thomas 49, Ric Laycock 40, Ali 4-71), Mytholmroyd 213 (Cowens 87, Travis 42, Horsfall 5-51): pts 12-5. *Bridgeholme 301-4 (Y Mahmood 75, Sajjid 64, H Mahmood 50*), SBCI 270 (T Wood 87, Hinchcliffe 77, Sajiid 5-82): pts 12-4. Triangle 311-7 (Metcalf 106, Fletcher 80*), *Copley 240-7 (Rushton 59, Thorpe 46, M Rowles 41): pts 11-5. *Oxenhope 82 (Ousey 44, M Hoyle 7-30), Sowerby St Peter's 86-1: pts 0-12. *Thornton 281-5 (Burkill 129*, Shanks 45), Shelf Northowram HT 225-8 (D Cole 86, Saghir 59, Burkill 4-48): pts 11-4.*Warley 211 (Whitworth 46, Keywood 45, Khatana 41, Belfield 4-43), Southowram 146 (Crossley 67, Keywood 8-60): pts 12-5. First Division: Illingworth St Mary's 248-9 (Sewell 84, Mehmood 51), *Bradshaw 100 (Murfet 6-48, Moorhouse 4-43): pts 12-3. Clayton 189-9 (Wilson 48, Brown 44), *Great Horton PC 158 (Beesley 51, Wilson 6-32): pts 12-4. *Queensbury 82 (Linsel 5-45), Blackley 83-1: pts 0-12. Stones 108 (Shannon 4-1, Mellor 4-33), *Sowerby Bridge 109-0 (Helliwell 52*): pts 1-12. Second Division: Old Town 97 (A Mitchell 4-37), *Bradley & Colnebridge 98-7 (Iq Hussain 76*, Ali 5-21): pts 2-12. *Cullingworth 129, Outlane 130-2 (Rehman 64*, Davies 43): pts 1-12. Upper Hopton 231-8 (Wilson 94, Stones 66, Scott 6-54), *Greetland 107 (Mohammed 52, Kay 4-31): pts 12-3. *Luddendenfoot 279-7 (Holt-Conway 92, Broadbent 50, Bruce 43), Leymoor 148 (Bruce 6-70): pts 12-4. Low Moor HT 164 (Scarborough 43, Mayat 7-38), *Mount 166-3 (Gheewala 98*): pts 2-12.

DIVISIONAL REPORTS. The accolade of the day comes from the Second Division and Greetland in particular. Visitors Upper Hopton, with its opening partnership between Thomas Wilson (94) and David Stones (66), looked set for a mammoth score. Enter evergreen 73 years-old David Scott (yes, seventy-three) who promptly removed both openers and went on to record 10-1-54-6, without any doubt the best bowling performance by a veteran in First XI League history. ‘Scotty’ has been playing in local cricket in Huddersfield and Halifax for over 60 years but this must rank as one of his most memorable performances. Little did it matter that Greetland lost the match as Hopton was glad to note in its promotion quest that Scotty is not on the agenda for its remaining three matches. That promotion race here is much tighter as Mount (185 pts), currently lead Luddendenfoot (173pts) with Upper Hopton (164 pts) in third place. However the top two meet next Saturday at High Lea Green whilst Hopton, by a fixture quirk, have bottom team Cullingworth to play twice in the next two weeks – this promotion battle is not over yet by any means. Latest results saw Mount win at Low Moor HT as Ismail Myatt (7-38) became the scourge of the home team, and then followed the unlucky story of the day. With a target of 165 to achieve Mount’s prolific scorer, Mahmad Gheewala came in at 32-1 and hit 98 not out – his century thwarted as 166-3 appeared on the scoreboard. Luddendenfoot kept well in the race with a 131-run win at home to Leymoor, Charlie Holt-Conway (92) just failing to hit his ton, followed by Hayden Bruce (6-70) sending the visitor’s packing. Bradley & Colnebridge scraped, or even scrapped, a three-wicket win at home to Old Town in a low-scoring affair of less than 200 runs. Had it not been for B & C’s opener, Iqrar Hussain, scoring 76 not out of the 96-7 winning total, the result would without question have been different. Cullingworth lost at home to Outlane by eight wickets as the visitors opening pair of Zeeshan Rehman (64*) and Adam Davies (43) hit the majority of the 130 runs required in a eight-wicket victory. Unfortunately Cullingworth & Greetland are confirmed as the clubs having to apply for re-election.

Thornton now requires 22 points from its remaining three matches to secure its first ever Premier Division title. All of the top five teams won in this latest set of fixtures which has brought about an interesting situation at the bottom of the table to see which team, of a possible five, accompanies Bridgeholme in the remaining relegation spot. Thornton eased to a win at home to Shelf Northowram HT as Ben Burkill produced a man-of-the-match performance by batting 45 overs for 129 not out and then removing all of Hedge Top’s middle order with 4-48. Daniel Cole (86) and Razwan Saghir (59) top-scored for the visitors but scoring was not a the pace required and the innings closed at 225-8, 56 runs short. Second placed Booth rattled up 322-8 against Mythomroyd as four batsmen topped 40 runs, led by Robert Worsnop (77). Despite James Cowens (87) top-scoring in the match the visitors lost too many early wickets and were bowled out some 109 runs short. The Royd are in that group of five in trouble at the bottom and with two of the top five to play, plus fellow strugglers Oxenhope, it requires a least one maximum to be safe. Oxenhope are in a similar situation and it did itself no favours by crumbling to 82 all out as visiting Sowerby St Peter’s were back home quickly with a nine-wicket win under its belt. Only Joseph Ousey (44) showed any semblance of batting skills as Matthew Hoyle (7-30) whipped through his colleagues. One consolation for Oxenhope is that its fate in its own hands with its remaining three games all against teams in that bottom quintet. Southowram remain favourites to go down, as it is still 11 points adrift of next-bottom Copley, but it has the key to the relegation battle with Oxenhope and Copley to play next. Wins in those matches would really stir up the pot. Its latest match at Warley saw Dean Crossley (67), for the umpteenth time this season, holding the innings together but Greg Keywood (8-60) was on fire as his teammates disappeared back into the pavilion at an alarming rate. Previously the home side had also made hard work of batting, no batsman scoring a fifty, as Tom Belfield took 4-43, however Keywood ensured a Warley win by 65 runs. Bridgeholme is not going down without causing some problems, as visiting SBCI found out to its cost as it also is not yet safe from the drop. The home team rattled up 301-4 as Yasir Mahmood (75), Sohail Sajjid (64) and Hassam Mahmood (50 not out) found runs that would have been more welcome earlier in the season. SBCI made a valiant effort in the chase as Thomas Wood (87) and Sam Hinchcliffe (77) built a platform to 220-4 but the last six wickets fell for just 50 runs as Bridgeholme won by 31. Copley is also in trouble at the bottom and the visit of Triangle brought no relief as Chris Metcalf (106) and Carl Fletcher (80 not out) enjoyed the track at The Arches with their team posting 311-7. Copley’s reply turned into a battle to salvage what could be an important five points as, despite Triangle trying no less than eight bowlers, the rearguard action produced a score of 240-7. Copley too has two of the bottom five to play and the match on 8 September at home to Southowram perhaps holds the vital key to the conundrum.

The news from the First Division is that Queensbury is relegated along with Stones after a poor home performance against Blackley, which in turn secured the latter’s status for next season. Jacob Linsel (5-45) was the nemesis for the home team as he removed the top four batsmen with consummate ease, to produce a scoreline of 6-4. Basically that was match over as a struggle to 82 all out ensued with Blackley taking less than fifteen overs to wrap up the win, to its obvious relief. With only two matches to play Illingworth St Mary’s are all but promoted, apart for a mathematical one point, with Sowerby Bridge requiring ten points to join it in the top flight. There could yet be a unlikely final twist however as both teams have to play third-placed Great Horton PC who need unlikely upsets in addition to have any chance. Illingworth easily accounted for hosts Bradshaw setting a target of 249 as Matthew Sewell (84) and Hamza Mehmood (51) featured. The home team was never in with a shout, bowled out for 100 runs, due to Daniel Murfet (6-48) and Jamie Moorhouse (4-43) making sure that their club’s ambition of two consecutive promotions was 99.9% guaranteed. Great Horton rather messed up its promotion chance as it surprisingly fell at home to Clayton by 31 runs. Clayton batted first and set a relatively easy target of 190 runs to win but, after a bright home team start at 89-2, second-change bowler Sam Wilson changed the match with 6-32 as eight wickets tumbled for only 69 runs. Sowerby Bridge had an easy win at Walton Street, versus Stones, with Steve Shannon (4-1) recording figures that need confirming that there is no typing error. Sam Mellor also chipped in with 4-33 and thereafter Tim Helliwell (52 not out) completed the win in a match that lasted less than 48 overs. It will be much harder in its last two promotion seeking matches versus Blackley and Great Horton.