Premier Division: Triangle 374-4 (Fletcher 165, Metcalf 75, Silkstone 59, Ric Laycock 4-121), *Booth 380-4 (Midgley 79, Ric Laycock 78*, Rob Laycock 78, Saghir 52*): pts 10-3. *Copley 242-7 (Thorpe 70, A Rowles 65, Illingworth 5-95), SBCI 243-5 (T Wood 105*, S Wood 43): pts 4-11. Mytholmroyd 313-8 (Conway 67, Sutcliffe 67, Jamil 53), *Oxenhope 199 (Jackson 70, Harris 5-81, Cowens 4-17): pts 12-5. *Shelf Northowram HT 244 (Marshall 58, Swaine 47, Schofield 6-95, Hoyle 4-81), Sowerby St Peter's 158 (Talbot 4-68): pts 12-5. Southowram 180 (Soames 5-54), *Thornton 183-2 (N Hutchinson 62*, Carnall 58, Soames 50): pts 3-12. *Warley 288-4 (Atkinson 124*, Syme 53), Bridgeholme 119 (Dunkley 40*, Azam 4-40): pts 12-2. First Division: *Blackley 247-8 (Baxter 80, Turner 54*, Hassall 4-30), Great Horton PC 249-5 (Hassall 104*, Syed 77): pts 4-11. *Clayton 183 (Brooksby 6-51), Illingworth St Mary's 182 (Cook 45, Wilson 5-72): pts 12-6. Bradshaw 111-9, *Sowerby Bridge 113-4: pts 2-11. *Stones 249-8 (Thickett 87, Sutcliffe 67), Queensbury 227 (Richardson 55, Baldwin 6-78): pts 12-5. Second Division: Cullingworth 133 (Welch 78*), *Bradley & Colnebridge 132 (Arfat 64, Robinson 5-32): pts 10-4. Mount 342-6 (Kayat 103*, Abed 67, Gheewala 50, I Rawat 45), *Greetland 252 (Reynolds 137): pts 12-4. *Leymoor 219 (Jenkins 4-13), Low Moor HT 159 (Osborne 45, Coulson 5-43): pts 12-5. Old Town 353-6 (Shaheen 106, Hanif 81, Ahmed 43), *Luddendenfoot 312-5 (Baldwin 77, Allen 61*, Cleary 59, Holt-Conway 54): pts 10-4. *Outlane 250-8 (Mellor 68, Brook 62), Upper Hopton 144 (Croft 5-33): pts 12-4.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS In the Premier Division there was a run feast at Booth with the aggregate score hitting 754-8 as the champions won by six wickets with fifteen balls to spare, albeit slipping four points behind leaders Thornton due to Triangle’s batting effort, The visitor’s took first knock and set a formidable target, even on the tight confines of Broad Fold Park, and after the match its No6 batsman Carl Fletcher must have been pondering how on earth can one score 165 runs in a total of 374-4 and still finish on the losing side? Chris Metcalf (75) and Christian Silkstone (59) were also in the runs as Richard Laycock toiled for 15 overs in taking 4-121. Booth however was up for the challenge and its innings contained seventies from Jon Midgley (79), Robert Laycock (78) and Ric Laycock (78 not out). It was the latter, however, together with Usman Saghir (52 not out) in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 119 runs that proved the winning effort in a match that both teams took much credit from. Thornton made light work of Southowram, winning in a canter in 28 overs chasing a target of only 181 runs. Greg Soames had taken 5-54 in the first innings as not one visiting batsman reached 40 runs whilst in reply three of the hosts’ batsmen, Nikki Hutchinson (62 not out), Ross Carnall (58) and Soames (50), hit half-centuries to ensure the Hill Top Road team’s tenth victory from eleven outings. At Oxenhope visiting Mytholmroyd had first use of a superb batting track and rattled up 313-8 with Thomas Conway (67), Luke Sutcliffe (67) and Jameel Akhtar (53) enjoying the conditions. The home team’s response appeared to be affected by its fielding efforts in the hot sun and, apart from Edward Jackson’s 70 runs, the chase ended in a disappointing 114-run defeat as Spencer Jackson recorded 5-81 and James Cowens 4-17. Warley had an easy win over Bridgeholme by 169 runs. A first innings total of 288-4, including an unbeaten century from opener Chris Atkinson (124 not out), was followed by Amjid Azam’s 4-40 as only No 9 batsman Samuel Dunkley (40 not out) showed any real resistance for the Eastwood team. The top seven in the batting order all contributed in Shelf Northowram HT’s 86-run home success versus Sowerby St Peter’s, Jonathan Marshall (58) top-scoring. The visitors’ Martin Schofield (6-95) and Matthew Hoyle (4-81) put in tremendous shifts on a hot afternoon and were very disappointed as their teammates fell apart when batting, only three players managing double figures – one of those Schofield (39 not out) showing the most resistance batting at No 11. Near the bottom of the table SBCI put nine points between it and second-bottom Copley at the Arches as the Woods, Thomas (105*) and Simon (43), combined in a partnership that set up a five-wicket win. Oliver Thorpe (70) was in the runs again as he and Andrew Rowles (65) were the mainstay of the Copley innings but it was Thomas Wood that ensured a third win of the season for the visitors.
The shock of the day, and the tightest finish, in the First Division came at Clayton as leaders Illingworth St Mary’s lost by just one run. The key to the home team’s win came in the very first few overs of the St Mary’s reply to Clayton’s 183 all out as Matthew Roe (2-14) and Sam Wilson (5-72) decimated its top order reducing it to 9-4, none of their four victims troubling the scorers. Callum Cook (45) led a mini-revival, as later did Luke Brooksby (31), but Wilson had the final say in a high drama conclusion trapping the No 9 batsman lbw with one required for a tie. Brooksby was inconsolable, having previously taken 6-51 in the Clayton innings in which seven batsman started well but none managed to reach 30 runs - but it proved just enough. Stones had a welcome first win of the season, at the eleventh attempt, by beating fellow strugglers Queensbury at Swift Cross. Batting first the home team found some form, particularly William Thickett (87 not out) and Scott Sutcliffe (67), as they combined in an 125-run fourth-wicket partnership that paved the way for a 249-8 total. Queensbury made a battle of it but it was always just off the pace as wickets fell at regular intervals and, after opener Jack Richardson (55) had fallen to Gregory Baldwin (6-78), that became the catalyst for a much needed win by 22 runs. Great Horton PC took advantage of the leader’s slip-up with an excellent triumph at Blackley with Richard Hassall’s performance of 4-30 and 104 not out gaining most of the plaudits. Called on as the sixth bowler he accounted for Blackley’s middle order and then, in a 140-run opening partnership with Amaar Syed (77), laid the foundations for a five-wicket win. In the Blackley innings Thomas Baxter (80) and Adam Turner (54*) were the top contributors. Bradshaw’s batting effort at Sowerby Bridge, in a mid-table encounter, could hardly have been more ponderous as it crawled to 111-9 in 45 overs, rumours of spectators being sunburnt in their sleep not far off the mark, Jake Dixon’s bowling analysis of 16-4-26-4 best highlighting the struggle for runs. The Bridge took 28 overs to claim the 11 points by then available, its consolation for an afternoon striving in the heat being that it now lies just 12 points off a promotion spot.
The Second Division’s accolade of the week goes to Cullingworth, whose much needed first win of the season came at Bradley & Colnebridge and the fact that it was by just one run will be totally irrelevant to it – a win is a win. In doing so it lifted itself off the table’s bottom place that it had occupied for many weeks as Steve Welch (78 not out) and Dave Robinson (5-32) took the major honours – only Yasir Arfat (64) in anything like decent form for the hosts. There appears to be no stopping a resurgent Old Town and this week it announced its entry into the promotion race as it made the short trip to second-placed Luddendenfoot, to win a high-scoring match by 41 runs and go third, only seven points adrift of its hosts. There was one century and five half-centuries in the contest, with Sagher Shaheen (106) and Adil Hanif (81) the pick for Town, whilst Isaac Baldwin (77) was the top-scorer for the Foot. With only eleven wickets falling it was the all-round batting strength of the visitors that won the day. Greetland dropped into bottom place despite putting up a valiant effort in chasing Mount’s 342-6 at West Vale. The Batley outfit’s lead at the top is now 10 points as its batsmen continue to enjoy a fine season and on this occasion it was the turn of Mahmad Kayat (103 not out), Rizwaan Abed (67) and Mahmad Gheewala (50) to head the list. Any thoughts of an easy win however were thwarted by Damien Reynolds whose 137 runs were a welcome Greetland highlight in a tough season thus far. There were some strange facts from the match at Leymoor, where Low Moor HT lost by 60 runs. The visitor’s Bradley Osborne (45) was the only player in the match to top 40 runs, seven Leymoor batsmen hit double figures and yet extras was its top ‘scorer’ with 40 runs (a statistic the Moor’s losing captain may wish to look at!) as the hosts’ Mark Coulson (5-43) became the best bowler on show. Outlane dented the promotion ambitions of Upper Hopton as the latter dropped to fourth place, the result of a 106-run defeat on its short journey across Kirklees for the derby encounter. Batting first the hosts scored 250-8 as Lee Mellor (68) and Chris Brook (62) led the way, Hopton’s five bowlers struggling to keep the runs down. In reply its batsmen faired no better, the top four only contributing 30 runs as Toby Croft (5-33) wrecked early havoc and all the players were enjoying the comforts of the bar by the M62 before the end of the 29th over.