Premier Division: *Shelf Northowram HT 136 (Dyson 5-76), Oxenhope 136-5 (Hopkinson 57*): pts 2-12. *Southowram 201 (J Earle 6-81), Mytholmroyd 204-6 (T Earle 102*, Gawthrope 46): pts 3-12. *SBCI 85 (Ric Laycock 8-57), Booth 86-4 (Rob Laycock 48*): pts 1-12. Bridgeholme 190-9 (Hudson 87*, Brown 4-62), *Sowerby St Peter’s 193-9 (Hayes 50, T Mahmood 4-65): pts 5-11. Copley 209 (A Rowles 74, Blagborough 63, Weatherhead 4-55), *Thornton 201-6 (Birkill 79*): pts 4-12. Warley 231-7 (Khatana 103*, Duckett 48, Whippey 4-84),*Triangle 214-9 (Madden 70, van Rensberg 4-56): pts 11-5.
First Division: Stones 155 (O’Rourke 47, Linsel 6-45), *Blackley 159-3 (Walsh 41): pts 2-12. *Clayton 230-8 (Wilkins 59, Evans 47), Sowerby Bridge 231-3 (Holdsworth 82*, Wood 45*): pts 3-11. Bradshaw 177 (Spendelow 72, Gill 4-37), *Great Horton PC 178-2 (Syed 101*, Hassall 42): pts 2-12. *Illingworth St Mary’s 314-6 (Lawton 87, Cook 82, Murfet 81, Shaif 4-53), Queensbury 161 (Broadbent 87, Moorhouse 5-45): pts 12-3.
Second Division: *Leymoor 275-6 (Allison 121*, Coulson 41, B Walker 41), Cullingworth 115-9 (P Walker 4-24): pts 11-2. Greetland 98 (Taylor 40), *Luddendenfoot 104-1 (Broadbent 48*): pts 0-12. Mount 277-8 (Gheewala 83, Kayat 60, Abed 50, Mayat 41), *Old Town 193 (I Aslam 57, Laher 5-38): pts 12-5. *Outlane 123 (A Mitchell 5-43), Bradley & Colnebridge 125-7 (M Mitchell 95*, Croft 5-57): pts 3-12. *Upper Hopton 192 (Khalid 43, Broadbent 40, Mills 4-46), Low Moor HT 118: pts 12-4.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Premier Division leaders Thornton are now nine points clear in the table after taking a maximum off Copley at Hill Top Road. Copley was indebted to Alexander Rowles (74) and Alex Blagborough (63) for hitting the majority of its runs in an all out total of 209. Ben Burkill (79 not out) reminded everyone of his capabilities as he led the home team to a win by four wickets. SBCI were torn apart in its home fixture versus Booth as Rick Laycock was virtually unplayable on a pitch soaked by Friday’s rain, returning figures of 8-57. Not to be outdone Rob Laycock then scored 48 not out as the visitors won by six wickets to retain third place. Bridgeholme came agonisingly close to achieving its first win of the season at Sowerby St Peter’s. Batting first it posted 190-9 with evergreen opener Keith Hudson batting throughout for 87 not out but he lost partners too quickly. In response the home team also lost wickets at regular intervals and it was left to the last-wicket partnership of John Brown (23 not out) and Gareth Grogan (5 not out) to sqeeze the winning runs after Gavin Hayes had hit a half-century.. The bottom trio of Copley, SBCI and Bridgeholme already look to be in a relegation battle with all three now at least fourteen points off ninth place. Oxenhope pulled off an excellent win at Shelf Northowram HT as the conditions also played a part here. The home team was bowled out for 136, as Liam Dyson took 5-76, and then Lewis Hopkinson (57 not out) top-scored to ensure the twelve points. Despite eight batsmen of the hosts Southowram reaching double figures, versus Mytholmroyd, none topped 40 and as a result Jack Earle got amongst the wickets taking 6-81. Tom Earle had no such batting troubles in the visitors reply just completing his century (102 not out) as a target of 202 was reached. Warley, in second place, went seven points clear of rivals Triangle as it won at Grassy Bottom by 17 runs. Faheem Khatana (103 not out) was the star of the show as he and Luke Duckett (48) rescued their side from a perilous 36-4 to post 231-7. After opener Nathan Madden had departed for 70 runs the home side never really looked to be on a victory course especially when Cameron van Rensberg (4-56) took those four wickets in succession in the middle order but the last pair held out to deny Warley the maximum yield.
In the First Division at Great Horton PC the hosts leapfrogged Bradshaw, another team that struggled for runs after an opener had lost his wicket. On this occasion it was Adam Spendelow (72) as his teammates scratched around for an all out total of 177 runs. In reply Horton’s Amaar Syed however only had one problem – could he reach his century before the target was met? ‘Just’ was the answer as he made 101 not out, ironically no doubt helped by fellow opener Richard Hassall’s (42) dismissal. Blackley’s Jacob Linsel was the scourge of the visiting Stones batsmen, taking 6-45, as the home side cruised to a seven-wicket win. Stones was dismissed for 155 and aided by Steve Walsh’s 41 runs Blackley won in the 28th over. Leaders Illingworth St Mary’s (60 pts) cannot shake off second in the table Sowerby Bridge (57 pts). Both won with relative ease as St Mary’s top-scored on the day with 314-6 at home to Queensbury. Three of its batsmen were no doubt kicking themselves as James Lawton (87), Stephen Cook (82) and Daniel Murfet (81) all surrendered in the eighties. That eighties curse also hit James Broadbent (87) in the Queensbury reply but he was the only batsman to really trouble the bowling attack as Jamie Moorhouse recorded 5-45. Sowerby Bridge had James Holdsworth (82 not out) and Joshua Wood (45 not out) to thank as they combined in a decisive unbeaten 112-run fourth-wicket partnership, for a seven-wicket win at Clayton. The home side had set a target of 230-8, Danny Wilkins top-scoring with 59 runs, and it was very much in the match after the Bridge’s top three batsmen were out. However that was the end of any wicket-taking and the visitors were home and dry in only 36 overs.
In the Second Division only Daniel Taylor (40) of Greetland got to grips with the bowlers of league leaders Luddendenfoot as all five that were used took wickets in dismissing its visitors for 98 runs. The hosts, led by 48 not out from Lee Broadbent, had no problem in winning by nine wickets. Another tricky track at Outlane saw the home team bowled out for only 123 runs as Andrew Mitchell took 5-43. In different circumstances that would have been plenty, as Bradley & Colnebridge lost seven batsman for 25 runs, had it not been for opener Mark Mitchell clubbing 95 not out – an astonishing knock as his team won by three wicket, little consolation for the efforts of Outlane’s Toby Croft (5-57). At Leymoor Martin Allison (121 not out) had little pity for struggling Cullingworth as the hosts scored 275-6 but credit to a rear guard action in reply by Tim Welsh (31 not out) and last man Alistair Campbell (4 not out) who denied Leymoor maximum points, finishing on 115-9. Perhaps a reminder to the Huddersfield team’s skipper that declarations are allowed to gain extra overs! Mount made the long trip to Old Town a successful one winning by 84 runs. Batting first Mahmad Gheewala continued his run of form, scoring 83 runs, with Mahmad Kayat (60) and Rizwaan Abed (50) hitting half-centuries. Only Imran Aslam (57) matched that for Old Town as its innings fizzled away, Fakir Laher taking 5-38, as Mount remain in second place, ten points off the top. The current nomadic life of Upper Hopton has not prevented it winning half of its matches thus far although no doubt the planned return home in June, following delayed ground drainage work, will be welcome. Most welcome on Saturday was maximum points versus visiting Low Moor HT as Adeel Khalid (43) and Matt Broadbent (40) contributed to a 74-run win, Mark Mills recording 4-46 for Low Moor.