Congratulations to Booth who, with one match remaining, claimed the Premier Division title for the second season in succession and the ninth in its history. Its precipitation defying victory at Sowerby St Peter’s moved it on to 197 points, with one match to play, leaving weather affected Jer Lane (184 points) left to claim the runners-up spot. Only a few overs were possible in the Lane’s home match against SCBI, who had reached 16-0, when the umpires called it a day. At St Peter’s, in a match reduced to 26 overs per team, the home side batted first and posted 102-8, Matthew Hoyle’s 28 not out lifting the score from 62-6. Booth found batting a little easier as Robert Laycock (22) and Hasnain Wajid (42) put together a stand of 53 runs to set up a six-wicket win with more than four overs to spare to spark champion celebrations. Queensbury were already confirmed as the one team to be relegated.

In completely opposite vein there was a massive anti-climax to the season in the First Division with no play possible anywhere and Bridgeholme, in particular, will be cursing Mother Nature. Needing to beat Cullingworth, in what in essence was a promotion decider, it had to settle for third place in the table, watching its opponents clinch the title without a ball being bowled. Southowram claimed the other promotion spot. Stones will be playing in the lower division next season.

With all matches failing to start in the Second Division the race to accompany champions Illingworth St Mary’s into the First Division runs into the final Saturday. Bradshaw are in pole position, some 10 points ahead of third placed Clayton with Bradshaw at home to Greetland and Clayton entertaining Outlane.

News Date: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017