Sunday, September 9, 2018

Premier Division: Relegated: Bridgeholme and Southowram. Bridgeholme 95 (Ayub 7-39), *Booth 99-2: pts 0-12. All other matches - no play rain: *Copley v Southowram: pts 2-2. *Oxenhope v SBCI: pts 2-2. *Shelf Northowram HT v Triangle: pts 2-2. *Thornton v Sowerby St Peter': pts 2-2.*Warley v Mytholmroyd: pts 2-2. First Division: Champions: Illingworth St Mary’s. Promoted: Sowerby Bridge. Relegated: Queensbury and Stones. All matches - no play rain: *Blackley v Clayton: pts 2-2.*Bradshaw v Queensbury: pts 2-2. *Sowerby Bridge v Great Horton PC: pts 2-2. *Stones v Illingworth St Mary’s: pts 2-2. Second Division: Champions: Mount.*Cullingworth 60-6 (Terry 22*, Broadbent 3-32), Upper Hopton 61-1 (Wightman 43*) reduced overs: pts 0-10. All other matches - no play rain: *Greetland v Low Moor HT: pts 2-2. *Leymoor v Outlane: pts 2-2. *Luddendenfoot v Bradley & Colnebridge: pts 2-2. *Mount v Old Town: pts 2-2.

DIVISIONAL REPORTS Following a brilliant run of summer sunshine the rains retuned to decimate the penultimate day of the season as only two matches across the divisions started …… and finished. And what an important two results they produced. Whilst Thornton, Premier Division leaders since 12 May, was inactive at Hill Top Road the champions Booth eventually clawed back its long-standing points deficit to take a one-point lead at the top, to set up a nail-biting finish to the season. For the 15 September clashes Booth has to visit Triangle, where there is absolutely no doubt the home team will be attempting to spoil any possible party, whilst Thornton appear to have the easier task as it visits relegated Southowram.

Second Division Upper Hopton, after having to apply for re-election last year, was the other team to beat both the elements, and its opponents, as it too put itself in the driving seat to gain promotion with champions Mount. In a restricted overs match at Cullingworth it won by nine wickets to give itself the ‘simple’ task of scoring six points next Saturday at Jackroyd Lane against Leymoor. Like Thornton, Luddendenfoot was the unfortunate inactive team and it must now win at Low Moor HT and hope that Leymoor can do it a massive favour. Let us trust that weather does not intervene at any of the vital clashes. Whilst the Premier championship title battle rolls on to the final day the relegation places are confirmed with Bridgeholme & Southowram dropping into the First Division. They will be replaced by Illingworth St Mary’s & Sowerby Bridge, as Queensbury & Stones drop down to the bottom tier. In the two matches played relegated Bridgeholme batted first at Broad Fold Park and Booth soon had the relegated team in trouble. Following Richard Laycock’s three opening overs Moazzam Ayub was introduced into the attack and the visitor’s batting fell apart. Assisted by Nigel Patrick Thomas (3-27) he recorded figures of 7.1-0-39-7 as the Eastwood team were soon back in the pavilion, having scored only 95 all out. Mindful of the circulating clouds the home team crashed the runs required in just nine overs to claim maximum points with a 99-2 score. It was the Laycock’s that ensured victory with Robert (27 not out) and Richard (25 not out) setting up the final climax of the season next week.

All credit to the efforts of the Cullingworth members for getting its game on versus Upper Hopton. Sitting at the very bottom of the League tables, after a desperate season, it would have been much easier to walk away from Roydwood Terrace but some hard work and patience prevailed as the match started at 4:00pm. Should Upper Hopton gain promotion a big thank you will no doubt be posted to Cullingworth. The match itself was short lived as the home team could only muster 60-6, but Jon Terry (22 not out) thwarted Matt Broadbent (3-32) and Co in that total. Hopton, and Ian Wightman (43 not out) in particular, were well aware that it could rain again and collected those vital 10 points in double quick time to leapfrog a redundant Luddendenfoot.