Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Booth was back to winning ways at the top of the Premier Division with a comprehensive defeat of visitors SBCI. The efforts of Sam Sharkey (122 not out), Steven Butterworth (113) and Ian Sharkey (86) basically settled the match and SBCi had no real answer in reply. A cluster of teams, Jer Lane, Triangle and Bridgeholme are all on the tail of the leaders. Jer Lane won at Southowram, the latter back to full strength after its recent problems, whilst Triangle accounted for its neighbours on the short trip to Sowerby St Peter’s, seven batsmen in double figures in an all-round team effort. Bridgeholme were easy winners in a rain affected match against Sowerby Bridge as it rattled up 350-7 (reduced to 264) with Mohammed Basharat in fine form scoring 108, assisted by three other batsmen topping 40. The Bridge offered some resistance and batted out the overs to register a total of five points. The Keywoods, Robert (6-40) and Liam (4-16), were the scourge of Copley as Warley won by 61 runs, dismissing its hosts for 84 runs. The mid-table battle between Blackley and Thornton went the host’s way, as it leapfrogged its opponents into fifth place.

The day’s hard luck story came at Mytholmroyd in the First Division where third placed Queensbury’s Nick Richardson was bowled out on 99 and, one suspects, even his following 5-42 and a 100-run win for his team will not have cheered him up much. The top of the division is very tight as only one point separate the top three – Oxenhope and Stones the other two teams in the mix. Stones had an excellent win at Northowram HT where a trio of fifties from Simon Meredith (58), Thomas Kenworthy (56) & Nick Smith (54 not out) sealed the win. Leaders Oxenhope however came a cropper on the long trip to Upper Hopton, losing by just 13 runs in a low-scoring affair, the hosts’ George Turton (6-48) proving to be the eventual match winner. Great Horton had a welcome win at struggling Outlane, winning by fie-wickets.

The Second Division is proving to be the promotion contest of the whole League with no less than eight teams separated by only 14 points. Leaders Illingworth St Mary’s grabbed 12 points at Luddendenfoot although it was not plain sailing as six wickets fell chasing a target of 99 runs. Bradley & Colnebridge were the big winners of the day turning over Mount on its own ground for 126, Andrew Mitchell took 5-46 followed, yet again, by an onslaught from Mark Mitchell. who crashed 95 not out of the required 127 - Mitchell’s league batting average at the moment stands at 387.00!! Leymoor, just eight points off the pace, is also proving to be a team to watch with openers Andrew Raw (74) and Jack Roberts (66) setting the basis for a fine win on a first visit to Bradshaw. Clayton rattled up 327-7 against Shelf with No 6 batsmen Jeremy Robertshaw breaking the back of the visitors bowling with 70 not out, 58 coming in boundaries. In reply Shelf were bowled out for 143, Oliver Handley taking 5-31. Birchencliffe won the basement contest at Cullingworth chasing down a target of 224 to win, Joe Lewis top-scoring with 84. Low Moor HT had its scorer scrambling for the scoreboard’s number 3, in a rare score of 300 plus, as it put Old Town to the sword with Craig Green (127) Mark Stokes (115 not out) dominating. The visitors had no real response, being bowled out for 75 as Robert Dowlimg took 5-20.