Premier Division: *Booth 311-8 (Cockcroft 62, A Butterworth 50*, Heptinstall 50, S Butterworth 43), Thornton 240 (Marshall 135*): pts 12-5. Triangle 396-7 (Sykes 149, Crosland 79, O’Neill 62), *Bridgeholme 315-4 (S Mahmood 107, Abbas 89*, Hudson 72): pts 10-5. Upper Hopton 289-6 (Wilson 109*, Latif 58, A Gallagher 46*, S Mahmood 4-93), *Mytholmroyd 157 (Hassan 63, Qamer 42, Ghori 4-51): pts 12-3. *Sowerby Bridge 271-4 (J Taylor 72, Mellor 53, Wheelwright 50), Copley 53 (Webster 6-25, Richardson 4-17): pts 12-1. *SBCI 182 (Newman 68, Kirby 46, Lennon 7-42), Sowerby St Peter's 167 (Hanson 5-60, Bragg 4-25): pts 12-5. *Warley 263-7 (Schofield 81, Oates 66, Sarwar 50, McNamara 5-83), Blackley 205 (Hussain 52, Asif 40, Sarwar 4-37); pts 12-5. First Division: Outlane 225-6 (Proctor 53, Hemmingway 43), *Great Horton PC 228-7 (Ashraf 46, Muhammed 46): ots 5-10. *Mount 398-6 (Jab Patel 163, N Patel 115, Priestley 4-103), Shelf Northowram HT 180-9 (Coles 58): pts 11-4. Stones 163 (Webster 64*), *Oxenhope 164-1 (Ellison 77*, Blenard 64): pts 2-12. Southowram 202-8 (Veal 77, Usman 52, Smith 7-78), *Queensbury 204-3 (Sharples 106*, Goldwater 48): pts 3-11. Second Division: Clayton 170 (A Sutcliffe 66, E Reynolds 5-24), *Bradshaw 172-3 (Ryan 56, Shierson 43*): pts 2-12. *Low Moor HT 122 (Rashid 5-35, MK Khan 4-16), Bradley & Colnebridge 123-3 (Shz Khan 52*): pts 1-12. Illingworth St Mary's 360-7 (Watson 101, Mehmood 62, Patchett 51), *Luddendenfoot 220 (Keighley-Paine 67, Ashton 52, Bairstow 51): pts 12-5. Leymoor 143 (Davis 7-55), *Old Town 145-8 (Ali 46): pts 4-12.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS With a few notable exceptions it was another bumper afternoon for batsmen in the Second XI programme with 6,068 runs scored in the fourteen matches, at an average of 216 per innings. Eight players scored centuries with a staggering thirty more hitting the 50 mark or more. In contrast to that and against the sunshine odds two bowlers produced seven-wicket performances, one bowling 23 consecutive overs for the first time ever. All the top three in the Premier Division title chase won to leave the positions in the table unchanged, although leaders Triangle (173) dropped two points in a run-fest at Bridgeholme, where over 700 runs were scored. The visitors batted first and posted 396-7 with Anthony Sykes (149) leading the charge. The Eastwood team was in no mood to go down without a fight however and the century response came from Sajjad Mahmood (107) with assistance from Zaheer Abbas (89) and Keith Hudson (72), the latter enjoying the track cultured by his own fair hands, as the hosts closed on 315-4. Second placed Warley (165) maintained the pressure on the leaders with a comfortable 58-run win at home to Blackley, four half-centuries being scored in this match. with next Saturday’s clash between the rivals at Grassy Bottom perhaps being the championship decider. Third-placed Sowerby Bridge (153) meanwhile will be hoping for assistance in the result from the above game as it could do little more than it did in this week’s fixture. Scoring 271-4, another three fifties here, the Bridge was no doubt expecting some resistance from Copley but it appeared as if the visitors were due back at The Arches to help with the preparations for the next day’s Parish Cup Final – skittled out for a miserly 53 runs as James Webster (6-25) and Mark Richardson (4-17) sent them to pack the sandwiches – only one player managing double figures and that was 10. Second bottom Upper Hopton (77) gave itself a chance of avoiding relegation with a 132-run victory on its visit to fellow strugglers Mytholmroyd (59), who now look doomed some 23 points adrift of Thornton (82). Thomas Wilson (109 not out) was the mainstay of the Hopton innings as his team recorded 289-6 which left plenty to spare as five of the opening six batsmen for the hosts contrived to lose their wickets for just nine runs, leaving No 8 batsman Tabraiz Hassan (63) to add some respectability to a an all out score of 157. Thornton, in stark contrast to its First XI, has now been sucked into the relegation fight and whilst it put up a excellent fight at Booth, led by Joe Marshall’s 135 not out, it will need a least a couple of wins in the remaining six matches. In a blistering innings No 5 Marshall actually ran only 13 of his runs but the target set by Booth of 311-8 was never in sight after it too had three batsmen contributing half-centuries and a further three in the thirties plus. The only match where all 20 wickets fell was at SBCI where the home team scrambled a 15-run win over local rivals Sowerby St Peter’s. A target of 183 looked very reachable for St Peter’s, after Patrick Lennon (7-42) had registered his best effort for some time, but whilst six batsmen reached double figures none went on to make a decisive score as Robin Hanson (5-60) and Samuel Bragg (4-25) produced the goods and a win for SBCI.
The clash between the two promotion-elect teams in the First Division was won by Mount (167) by a massive 218 runs as it closed to within five points of Shelf Northowram HT (172) to set up a vital run-in for the championship trophy. Yet again the run-machine of Jabir Patel (163) was in full flow to record a scoring sequence in his last four innings of 150 not out, 180, 192 not out [First XI] and 163 – an unbelievable 685 runs at an average of 342.5. Nazir Patel’s 115 runs were rather overshadowed in a 398-6 total, but not as much as Hedge Top whose afternoon chasing balls clearly told as it put up the shutters, scoring 180-9, to lose by 4-11 but maybe those will prove vital points at the season’s end. Third placed Outlane lost at Great Horton PC and now sit 57 points off second place………. and 15 points off a relegation spot!! It’s contest was very even throughout with batsmen recording decent scores but nobody pressed the accelerator and, as a result, it was a tight finish – Horton winning by three wickets with seven balls to spare. Oxenhope extracted itself from the bottom two with a nine-wicket win at home to bottom of the table Stones, the half-century of Jonas Webster (64 not out) it’s only real highlight. Brendan Ellison (77 not out) and Alex Blenard (64) easily knocked off the required runs. Southowram dropped into the bottom two, a victim of host Queensbury’s bowling ace Kirstin Smith who added figures of 7-78 to her recent eight-wicket haul. Philip Veal (77) and Muhammed Usman (52) were the only two batsmen that coped to any degree but both eventually fell to Smith, who bowled 23 overs in a match for the first time in her career. Skipper Phil Sharples (106 not out) and Ronnie Goldwater (48) then ensured victory and twelve very important points in the five team scrap to avoid relegation.
The Second Division promotion battle continues to be a very tight three team affair with the latest standings being Bradshaw (147), Bradley & Colnebridge (146) and Illingworth St Mary’s (142), all three having comfortable maximum points hauls in the latest set of fixtures. St Mary’s was the highest scorer amassing 360-7 at Luddendenfoot, Matthew Watson (101) one of the day’s eight centurions. The Foot responded with three half-centuries but the trio were the only ones to come to grips with a four-pronged attack as seven players failed to pass just eight runs as it fell to 220 all out. The short trip for Clayton to Bradshaw brought little reward as the leaders, with the help of Elliot Reynolds (5-24), bowled its visitors out for 170 runs. Jack Ryan (56) was top-scorer as the home team won by seven-wickets. That was also the margin of victory for B & C at Low Moot HT as first Irfan Rashid (5-35) and Mohammed Khan (4-16) bowled out the home team for 122, the Moor’s top five batsmen having a nightmare afternoon – only nine runs scored between them. Shahraiz Khan’s 52 not out ensured the Huddersfield team’s 12-point return. The last star performance of the day came at Old Town where Gareth Davis helped himself to 7-55 as no Leymoor batsman could muster more than 25 runs in a 143 all out total. The home team also found runs a struggle but Chudry Ali’s 46 runs, the top score of the match, was the difference as Town won by two wickets in the 43rd over.