Premier Division: Thornton 209-9 (Parr 59*, Hutchinson 47, Ric Laycock 5-76), Booth 210-6 (Thomas 55*, Senior 48, Weatherhead 4-41): pts 4-11. Southowram 340-9 (Hall 162, Griffiths 40, S Mahmood 4-80), *Bridgeholme 54 (Iqbal 46*, Gledhill 8-7): pts 12-2. *Copley 262-7 (Blagborough 83, Thorpe 69, A Rowles 44, Rashid 4-101), Shelf Northowram HT 185 (Reynolds 41, Thorpe 6-36): pts 12-5. *Mytholmroyd 281-8 (Conway 69, J Earle 62, Firth 4-94), SBCI 167 (Newman 66): pts 12-4, Triangle 244 (Silkstone 86, Metcalf 53, Fothergiil 5-58, Mallinson 4-68), *Oxenhope 207 (Hopkinson 51, Ousey 41, Turner 5-60): pts 12-6. Sowerby St Peter's 243-6 (Hall 68*, Clarke 66, B Hoyle 54*, van Rensberg 4-77), *Warley 243-9 (J Whitworth 68, Schofield 6-106): pts 8-7.
First Division: *Bradshaw 215-9 (Collins 91, Yousaf 43, Linsel 5-37), Blackley 203 (Randswana 102, Buckley 7-58): pts 12-5. Great Horton PC 221, *Queensbury 122 (Challis 59, Anderson 5-38): pts 12-4. Illingworth St Mary's 264-5 (Murfet 108*, V Brooksby 89), *Sowerby Bridge 234-9 (Wood 87, Helliwell 40): pts 11-4. *Stones 165-9 (Thickett 69*), Clayton 166-4 (Brown 83, Bartley 58*): pts 3-11.
Second Division: *Bradley & Colnebridge 63 (Stephenson 4-31), Upper Hopton 67-1 (Haigh 48*): pts 0-12. *Cullingworth 130-8 (Robinson 40*), Luddendenfoot 133-2 (Cleary 70*, Holt-Conway 42*): pts 1-11. Outlane 398-5 (Brook 159, Holding 54), *Greetland 94 (Whelen 48, Dickens 4-9, Dorotiak 4-29): pts 12-1. *Low Moor HT 252-7 (Stokes 111, Mills 50, Asghar 4-66), Old Town 133: pts 12-3. *Mount 280-9 (Gheewala 114, Munaf 80*), Leymoor 208 (Coulson 44): pts 11-5.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Where to start the Premier Division report at Bridgeholme is the problem, although the home team will hope there isn’t one! Visiting Southowram enjoyed the delights of a superb ground, no more so than Ian Hall (162) who hammered 15 x 4’s and 10 x 6’s in his second century of the season. Scott Griffiths (40) chipped in as a 45 overs total hit 340-9, Sajad Mahmood bowling valiantly for 4-80. Anyone passing on Halifax Road after tea however would have had to have a double take at the scoreboard as it read 7-6 at one stage, quickly followed by 16-8. Javid Iqbal then smashed 46 not out to prevent total embarrassment but nevertheless the final wicket fell with that scoreboard sowing just 54 runs. Eight batsmen recorded ducks, the innings lasted only 10.4 overs and Ian Gledhill registered the best bowling analysis of the season of 5.4-3-7-8. And Southowram’s historian is still looking back in the records to see if the club has ever won by 286 runs before! The last tie in the Premier Division was in 2015 and involved Warley and coincidentally Paradise Lane was the scene of the latest, as the home club and Sowerby St Peter’s equally shared 486 runs. Sowerby batted first and was indebted to a trio of batsmen, as first opener Adam Clarke’s 66 runs was followed by an unbeaten 85-run partnership between Gareth Hall (68 not out) and Benjamin Hoyle (54 not out), that eventually proved vital. In reply Warley lost wickets at regular intervals until No 8 batsman, James Whitworth arrived at the crease and his 68 not out included a six off the last ball of the innings to tie the match, No 11 Cameron van Rensberg (13 not out) helping him out as Martin Schofield took 6-106. Thornton’s lead at the top was cut to four points as champions Booth won by four wickets at Broad Fold Park. Batting first the visitors were in trouble at 99-6 but rallied via Joshua Hutchinson (47) and No 9 batsman, Ross Parr, with a face-saving 59 not out as his team reached 209-9, Ric Laycock recording 5-76. Not enough runs, however, was the final verdict as Booth reached its target with three overs to spare withs No 6 Patrick Thomas (55 not out) steering the hosts home. SBCI came unstuck for the seventh time this season, hosts Mytholmroyd winning easily by 114 runs. Batting first the home team, with Thomas Conway (69) and Jack Earle (62) top-scoring, totalled 281-8 which was far too much for SBCI. It was struggling after opener Rhys Newton (66) departed and lost its last five wickets for 22 runs as four home bowlers shared the wickets. Twenty wickets fell at Oxenhope but it was the visitor’s Triangle who had the larger share of the 451 runs scored and moved to within eight points of top spot. The visitors batted first and in a staccato performance mainly relied on runs from Christian Silkstone (86) and No 8 Chris Metcalf (53) who scored over half the total of 244 runs as Joel Fothergill claimed 5-58. In reply Lewis Hopkinson (51) headed the scorers for the home team but it fell 37 runs short as David Turner took 5-60. Copley’s first set of maximum points came at The Arches as it beat Shelf Northowram HT by 77 runs, the visitor’s good start to the season beginning to fade. Alex Blagborough (83) and Oliver Thorpe (69) led the way in a Copley score of 262-7 that proved 77 runs too much for Hedge Top. The difference would have been wider if Harry Reynolds (41) and Aamir Rashid (33) had not moved the score on from 83-7 as Thorpe completed an excellent personal afternoon with 6-36.
The clash of the day in the First Division resulted in leaders Illingworth St Mary’s continuing its fine start to the season in defeating Sowerby Bridge at Walton Street by 30 runs. The visitors batted first and a major partnership between Daniel Murfet (108 not out) and Veryan Brooksby (89) proved to be match-winning as the 45 overs brought 264-5 - Murfet also hitting his second ton this season. In reply the Bridge was far too reliant on the batting of Joshua Wood (87) and Tim Helliwell (40) and once this couple were dismissed the result was never in doubt. Great Horton PC took advantage of the Bridge’s slip to move into second spot with a 99 run win at struggling Queensbury. Horton batted first with its top four batsmen setting the tone, with scores of 28-26-29-29 runs, in a team effort that brought an all out total of 221 runs. Despite Queensbury’s Oliver Challis (59) top-scoring in the match he had no real support as Dominic Anderson claimed 5-38 and the visitors 12 points. Ebb and flow is an understated description of the match at Bradshaw as the home team unbelievably recovered from a dreadful start of 39-6 to beat Blackley by 12 runs. After Jacob Linsel (5-37) had very cheaply taken the first four Bradshaw wickets Simon Collins (91) and Mohammed Yousaf (43) produced what became match-saving runs so that a respectable 215-9 was recorded. Blackley’s reply was orchestrated by Hans Randwana, whose 102 runs gave the visitors hope of victory, but once he had departed with the score at 156-7 nobody was able to see it through in the face of an excellent spell of bowling from Aaron Buckley as he finished with 7-58 to see his team home.
In the Second Division Matthew Haigh of Upper Hopton must have had an early evening appointment! He smashed 48 not out in 8 overs to ensure an early win for Upper Hopton as it had previously, and surprisingly, demolished Bradley & Colnebridge for only 63 runs on its own pitch. Jack Stephenson took 4-31 in a match that lasted just 35.1 overs. It was much harder work at Cullingworth as the home team struggled against Luddendenfoot to find any scoring form, with the exception of Elliott Robinson (40 not out) who was there at the close of the innings at 130-8. Joel Cleary (70 not out) and Charlie-Holt Conway (42 not out) ensured a maximum points haul for the leaders in an unbroken 97-run partnership. Outlane’s historian was also scouring the record books as the short trip to Greetland brought a massive score of 398-5 for the team, Chris Brook being the star of the show with his 159 runs, ably assisted by five other batsmen in the top order. Mention must however be also be made of Mr Extras – exactly 50 runs to his credit!! A demoralised home team were shot out for 94, only Scott Whelen (46) putting up any resistance as Outlane won by an incredible 304 runs. On the Mark at Low Moor HT were Stokes (111) and Mills (50) in a partnership of 163 runs that turned out to be match-winning against Old Town. The latter could only respond with an all out total of 133, as the home team moved to within a point of its visitors. Mahmad Gheewala (114) has been enjoying a fine season, for second-placed Mount, and he capped several previous performances with a century as Leymoor visited Staincliffe. Assistance came from an unlikely source in No 9 batsman Zahoor Munaf whose 80 not out included 66 runs in boundaries. Six Leymoor batsmen started their innings well but none managed to stay too long – Mark Coulson (44) the only player to top 40 runs as the visitors lost by 72 runs.