Premier Division: *Bridgeholme 222-7 (Iqbal 88*), Sowerby Bridge 181 (Mellor 83, Ditta 4-74): pts 12-5. *Mytholmroyd 123 (Moore 4-32), Copley 125-6 (Moore 60): pts 3-12. Thornton 115 (Higgins 58, Hampshire 6-39, Keast 4-34), *SBCI 116-3: pts 1-12. *Sowerby St Peter's 227 (Healey 43, Lennon 43, Barber 42), Triangle 231-8 (Wood 48, Watson 5-55): pts 5-12. Blackley 267-7 (Townsend 125, White 60*), *Upper Hopton 207-7 (C Gallagher 93*, A Gallagher 52): pts 11-5. *Warley 305-5 (Sarwar 112, Oates 87, Marsh 53, Moore 5-89), Booth 189 (Moore 59): pts 12-4. First Division: *Great Horton PC 85 (Fleetwood 6-26), Oxenhope 89-4 (Khan 42*): pts 1-12. *Outlane 217-8 (Proctor 57*, J Hellawell 43, Deshpande 4-49), Shelf Northowram HT 219-5 (Dimbleby 72, Ashton 49*): pts 4-11. *Queensbury 262 (Sharif 171, S Patel 4-48), Mount 266-2 (N Patel 95*, Makda 82, M Patel 65): pts 3-12. *Southowram 214-9 (Jowett 56), Stones 63 (Jowett 5-46); pts 12-2. Second Division: Leymoor 162-9, *Bradley & Colnebridge 163-2 (Iq Hussain 88*, Iqbal 49): pts 2-11. *Clayton w/o v Luddendenfoot: pts 12-0. Bradshaw 225-7 (Jowett 93, Watson 4-97), *Illingworth St Mary's 229-6 (Smith 63): pts 4-11. Old Town 103 (Whitaker 4-23), *Low Moor HT 51 (Ali 6-20, Cowens 4-27): pts 12-3.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Leaders Triangle kept its eight points lead in the Premier Division with a last ball two-wicket win at Sowerby St Peter’s in a match where no batsman managed a half-century. Steven Wood (48) came closest as he led the chase for a target of 228, in a team effort that saw six batsmen top 20 runs but with Sowerby’s Billy Watson taking 5-55 it was tight at the close. Warley kept up the pressure from second place with an impressive win at Paradise Lane, against Booth, by 116 runs. An opening partnership of 168 runs between Jimmy Sarwar (112) and Dominic Oates (87) set the tone as the Booth bowlers wilted, not helped by Andrew Butterworth bowling just 14 deliveries before leaving the field to take no further part in the match. David Moore took 5-89 and then top-scored with 59 runs but it was not enough as the ten-men were 189 all out. Sowerby Bridge’s hopes of being in with a championship chance took a surprise knock at Bridgeholme where the home team won by 41 runs. Javid Iqbal, batting at No 7, did the damage taking the Bridge’s bowlers apart with a scintillating innings of 88 not out, all bar ten runs coming in boundaries. In response Martin Mellor (83) did his best with a counterpunch of his own but he lacked any decent support, four players recording ducks as Allah Ditta took 4-74. Copley had an easy win, as it travelled the short distance to Mytholmroyd, bowling out its hosts for only 123 runs. It turned out to be the Jarred Moore show as,, after taking 4-32, his 60 runs sealed a four-wicket maximum points gain. SBCI had a similar comfortable home victory against Thornton, bowling out its opponents for a meagre 115 runs in 30.3 overs, only Mark Higgins (58) and Chris Ransom (30) reaching double figures. Simon Hampshire (6-39) and Matthew Keast (34) shared the wickets and SBCI lost just three batsmen in its 116-3 winning reply that took just fifteen overs. Blackley’s Dave Townsend (125) was in the runs again, enjoying the refurbished surroundings of Upper Hopton, together with Chris White (60 not out) as their team posted 267-7. Hopton made a spirited chase, particularly the Gallagher’s in the middle order with Charlie (93 not out) and Andrew (52), but unfortunately time ran out in the 40 overs per side encounter, especially for Charlie being seven short of a century, as the innings closed 60 runs adrift.
In the First Division Shelf Northowram HT’s five-wicket win at Outlane practically makes the champion’s spot a two-team race, with Hedge Top now on 132 points followed by Mount with 120. Outlane is now 32 points adrift of second place, very disappointed at losing to the leaders. Batting first the hosts made 217-8 as Dan Proctor rescued the innings with 57 not out batting at No 9, Chaitanya Deshpande claiming 4-49. Hedge Top responded with its usual solid batting display Andy Dimbleby (72) laying the foundation as George Ashton (49 not out) finished the task with four overs to spare. Mount won by eight wickets at Queensbury despite suffering an onslaught by the home team’s Azar Sharif (171), who was last man out in a 262 all out score. Normal first-teamer Sharif, like all the Mount team, was unable to make the early start offered by the League and enjoyed his one day ‘demotion’ somewhat. However the visitor’s responded in kind as Nazir Patel (95 not out), Mahmad Makda (82 not out) and Makbul Patel (65) completed the win in 38 overs. David Jowett, Southowram’s stalwart (an ancillary word for ‘old’), must have needed a long soak in a cold bath after dominating proceedings at Ashday Lane. Firstly he top-scored with 56 not out, in a 214-9 total against Stones, and then proceeded to demolish the Ripponden team with 5-46 as it was bowled out for just 63 runs. At Great Horton PC the match there took less than 40 overs to complete as Oxenhope travelled back over the moors very early with maximum points. The home team was skittled out for 85 runs thanks in the main to Luke Fleetwood’s 6-26 and thereafter Hamzah Khan (42 not out) and Rohid Ali (36 not out) finished the task.
The Second Division’s top of the table clash was a very close affair that went the way of the hosts, Illingworth St Mary’s, as it defeated Bradshaw by four wickets. Bradshaw batted first and, led by Nick Jowett (93), made a respectable 225-7 with Matthew Watson taking 4-97. The hosts’ innings relied on excellent contributions from its top five batsmen, Matthew Smith hitting 63 runs, with just a small hiccup near the close as three wickets feel for four runs but the win came in the 38th over. St Mary’s leapfrogged Bradshaw to go top on 111 points with its rivals now two points behind. The third meeting of the two, on 25 August, could well be the championship decider. Bradley & Colnebridge however may have something to say about that as it won the ex-Central League battle against visiting Leymoor, by eight wickets, to hit 100 points for the season and also go above its opponents in the table. B & C has both of the top two to play this month so it could still feature in the countdown. Taking 11 points this week helped its cause, with Leymoor struggling for runs in a 162-9 first innings total. Not so the hosts as Iqrar Hussain was keen to watch the football hitting 88 not out in only 18.3 overs, aided by Zafar Iqbal (49), as his team cruised home. There was a very low-scoring affair at Low Moor HT as somehow the home team and Old Town managed to lose 20 wickets for only 154 runs on an excellent track. The Town batted first and its score of 103 all out must have looked achievable at the break as Harrison Whitaker took 4-23. To say the Low Moor response was pitiful would be an understatement as 15-5 became 32-9 before No 10 batsman Kaden Lancaster (12) stepped up to record his team’s only double figure score of the innings, Waqas Ali (6-20) and Jonny Cowens (4-27) taking just 15.5 overs to despatch the home team. Last word goes to the unsympathetic Low Moor groundsman: ‘And I spent all week, sweating in the hot sunshine, preparing a cracking wicket (no pun) for that effort!’. Luddendenfoot conceded the last match of the day’s schedule, hit by World Cup withdrawals, to gift Clayton 12 points.