Premier Division: Thornton 172-7 [reduced from 214] (Shackleton 67, King 55), *Blackley 174-1 (Townsend 85*, Baxter 50*); pts 3-10. *Mytholmroyd 73 (Sarwar 6-19), Warley 74-4 (Sarwar 40): pts 1-12. *SBCI 180-4 [reduced from 186] (Greenwood 51), Booth 166-7 (Wajid 42): pts 11-3. Bridgeholme 205 (Davy-Day 63, Fielden 47), *Sowerby St Peter's 148 (Davy-Day 5-36): pts 12-5. Copley 177 [reduced from 201] (N Bizley 65, Uttley 4-61), *Triangle 178-7 (Wood 70): pts 5-12. *Upper Hopton 148-6 [reduced from 175] (Stones 45), Sowerby Bridge 150-2 (Bullick 71*, Wheelwright 59): pts 2-10. First Division: Queensbury 158-3 [reduced from 229] (Sharples 140*, Marriot 54*), *Great Horton PC 111-8 (Smith 3-29): pts 11-1. *Outlane beat Stones – scorecard under investigation. Oxenhope 101 [reduced from 121] (Ramsden 8-46), *Shelf Northowram HT 107-1 (Klemm 50*): pts 1-12. Mount 217-5 [reduced from 265] (Jab Patel 81, Makda 61, Jav Patel 44*), *Southowram 156-6 (Veal 77*): pts 10-3. Second Division: *Bradley & Colnebridge 118 [reduced from 155] (Mohammed 51), Bradshaw 120-3 (Normanton 42): pts 2-12. *Clayton 132 [reduced from 163] (Sutcliffe 70, Johnson 6-62, Phillips 4-4), Leymoor 137-4 (Woodworth 75*, A Raw 47*): pts 3-12. Low Moor HT 54, *Illingworth St Mary's 55-0: pts 0-12. *Luddendenfoot 279-4 (Whittingham 106, Barron 68*, Ashton 57), Old Town 147 (Jamil 58, Shahid 46): pts 12-3.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS The vagaries of the West Yorkshire weather were amply evident on Saturday as, whilst the thunderstorms that caused widespread disruption and the abandonment of three matches in the First XI’s schedule, as only minor accounting problems were encountered in the Second XI’s and all matches were played to a finish. In the Premier Division it was a case of no change at the top however the Bridgeholme revival appears to be in full swing as it won for the second week in succession to move out of the bottom places. It was Isaac Davy-Day’s day on the visit to Sowerby St Peter’s with the all-rounder first scoring 63 runs and following it up with a 5-36 return, as the hosts were beaten by 57 runs. Bobby Fielden chipped it with 47 runs and three others bowlers were amongst the wickets in a poor Sowerby batting effort. Dave Townsend (85 not out) warmed up for his Crossley Shield exploits the next day as Blackley took 10 points from its home match with Thornton. Chasing a reduced target of 173 (from 214-7) Townsend and Jason Baxter (50 not out) combined in an unbroken partnership of 125 runs to disappoint Tim Shackleton (67) and Ben King (55) whose batting efforts earlier proved to be in vain. Warley remain in second place, just those two points off top spot and it was in a hurry to beat the rains, or at least Jimmy Sarwar was, as Mytholmroyd came a cropper on its own ground being dismissed for a meagre 73 runs and losing by six wickets. The report on this match is easy – Sarwar 6-19 and 40 runs – William Chadwick partly spoiling the all-rounders day having him caught with only 11 required. Leaders Triangle had a more difficult task at home to Copley, only winning by three wickets, where it could be argued that if rain had not intervened the result may have been different. The visitors scored 201 all out as Nathan Bizley (65) top-scored but this was rain reduced to a Triangle target of 178. At 97-5 Copley were favourites but the hosts’ No 6 batsman, Steven Wood, came to the rescue with a belligerent 70 runs to ensure a maximum points return. Booth, at SBCI, were unable to follow suit and. despite a small reduction in the home team’s total. failed to reach the 181 runs required for a win. John Greenwood of SBCI was the top-scorer in a match that could hardly be described as a cracker. Sowerby Bridge had a comfortable win at bottom of the table Upper Hopton. Chasing the home team’s revised score of 148-6 (from 175) Jonathan Bullick (71 not out) and Daniel Wheelwright (59) found the going easy as the Bridge cruised to a 10 point return.
Another team enjoying a turn of fortunes is Queensbury in the First Division, also with a second win on the trot to move it out of the bottom two. Whilst skipper Phil Sharples was again in brilliant form at Great Horton PC, with a superb 140 not out, on this occasion he was aided by Brett Marriot (54 not out) in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 183 runs. It got better as in the Horton reply Kirstin Smith took 3-29, and added the run out of Sanup Mistry for a duck, as the home side were restricted to 111-8 chasing a target of 159. Northowram HT had little problem in increasing its lead at the top to 11 points with a comprehensive nine-wicket win at home to Oxenhope. The visitors could manage only 121 all out as Robert Ramsden produced the best bowling analysis of the Second XI season thus far with 15.2-4-46-8. To compound Oxenhope’s woes the Hedge Top target was reduced to 102 which it reached with ease as Dan Klemm hit an undefeated half-century. Second placed Mount dropped a couple of points in its match at Southowram with a stoic Philip Veal (77 not out) holding firm for 32 overs as Mount had to settle for 10 points. Batting first the Batley team had scored 265-5, later reduced to 217, with Jabir Patel (81) and Mahmad Makda (61) amongst the runs. Whilst Outlane were the winners at home to Stones, at the time of writing, there was several anomalies regarding the Stones batting and Outlane bowling scoresheet entries and these are being accuracy investigated.
Illingworth St Mary’s had little difficulty in retaining the top position in the Second Division, accounting for Low Moor HT by ten wickets at The Ainleys. The Moor was scuppered for only 54 runs as four St Mary’s bowlers too wickets and a quick home victory came in the eleventh over of its innings. Bradshaw remained on the coat tails of the leaders as its trip to Bradley & Colnebridge brought a comfortable seven-wicket win. The hosts batted first as Saeed Mohammed (51) hit a half century but his support was spasmodic and 155 all out was the outcome. When that total was rain reduced to 118 runs Bradshaw had little difficulty achieving the win – Jack Normanton again in the runs with 42. Leymoor too, sitting just three points off the top, kept up its challenge as the long trip to Clayton brought dividends in the shape of six-wicket win. The home team had Andrew Sutcliffe (70) to thank for nearly half its runs in the original score of 163 all out, as Colin Johnson took 6-62 and Clayton Phillips recorded an analysis of 3.3-0-4-4. A revised target of 133 runs looked at one stage as it may be tricky for Leymoor, when 42-4 showed on the scoreboard, but enter Alex Woodworth who was either mindful of the weather, or wanted to return home to Huddersfield quickly, as he hammered 10 x 6’s plus 2 x 4’s in a knock of 75 not out, Andrew Raw (47 not out) contributing a mere handful of runs in a 95-run match-winning unbroken partnership. The final match of the day’s schedule brought a century for Luddendenfoot’s Michael Whittingham (106) as he, Daniel Barron (68 not out) and Peter Ashton (57) took the visiting bowlers to task at High Lea Green in a 279-4 total, reached in 42 overs. Far too many runs for the Town who relied almost exclusively on Mohammed Jamil (58) and Hassan Shahid (46) for its runs as it went down by 132 runs.