Premier Division: *Booth 279-9 (Heptinstall 70, Wild 49, Sutcliffe 44, Adams 4-83), Upper Hopton 157 (Cockcroft 5-46): pts 12-4. Mytholmroyd 198 (O Davy-Day 5-36), *Bridgeholme 203-3 (Kibble 84*, Hussain 42): pts 3-12. *Copley 250-7 (Gomersal 42, Pickett 40), Blackley 207 (Barraclough 83): pts 12-5. Triangle 264-7 (Sykes 103, Rodger 64, Richardson 4-66), *Sowerby Bridge 182-9 (Bullick 72, Mellor 43, Silkstone 4-26): pts 11-5. Sowerby St Peter's 288-7 (Bennett 79, Patrick 43*), *Thornton 219 (Shackleton 107): pts 12-5. SBCI 167 (Iqbal 5-66, Sarwar 5-86), *Warley 169-2 (Sarwar 62, Oates 59*): pts 2-12. First Division: *Mount 230 (N Patel 51, I Kayat 43), Great Horton PC 145 (Bavington 46, Rawat 5-30): pts 12-5. Southowram 205 (Ambler 50, Anas 5-40, Holden 4-50), *Oxenhope 190 (Cusdin 74, Ali 40, Jowett 6-55): pts 12-6. *Queensbury 142 (Sharples 85), Outlane 115 (Ainley 53, Clarke 4-12): pts 12-4. *Stones 146 (Priestley 4-16), Shelf Northowram HT 150-2 (Dimbleby 72*): pts 2-12. Second Division: *Bradley & Colnebridge 190 (M Khan 40, Davis 4-20), Old Town 135 (Hussain 44, G Khan 5-32, Rashid 4-32): pts 12-4. *Bradshaw 205 (Ryan 87, Corton 65, Lancaster 5-57), Low Moor HT 196 (Thompson 41, Ingham 4-51): pts 12-6. *Clayton 166 (Sutcliffe 64, Jonas 57, Watson 5-54) Illingworth St Mary’s 170-9 (Curran 54, Mellor 50, Walker 5-68): pts 4-12. Leymoor 265-9 (E Raw 126, Charlton 55, Barron 5-48), *Luddendenfoot 211 (Whitehouse 66, Charlton 5-63): pts 12-6.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS The race for the championship of the Premier Division remains very close as just two points now separate the top two, Triangle (88) and Warley (86), with both teams having comfortable wins in League Week 8. Warley won by eight wickets at SBCI where Jimmy Sarwar, not for the first time, was man-of-the-match first taking 5-86. in the host’s innings of 167. and then scoring 62 runs to seal maximum points. Zeeshan Igbal (5-66) and Dominic Oates (59 not out) also made valuable contributions. Triangle’s Anthony Sykes (103) enjoyed his afternoon down the road at Sowerby Bridge, as did Gary Rodger (64) as they laid the foundation for an 82-run success. The Bridge never looked comfortable chasing 265 especially after a partnership between Jonathan Bullick (72) and Martin Mellor (43) had been broken although the last pair, in scoring 12 runs, denied Triangle maximum points. Champions Bridgeholme escaped from the bottom two as it exchanged places with Mytholmroyd in a seven-wicket home win. The visitors made 198 in its innings, as Oliver Davy-Day produced some form with 5-36 for the hosts, whilst on the batting front it was Chris Kibble (84 not out) and Ahmed Hussain (42) who ensured maximum points. Copley registered an excellent home win against Blackley by 43 runs as six batsmen scored 20 runs or more – Nick Gomersal leading the way with 42 as his team totalled 250-7. In response the visitors relied far too much on opener Neil Barraclough (83) and after he was out with the score on 160-7 it was game over. Batting first Sowerby St Peter’s enjoyed the trip across to Thornton, coming away with a 69-run win as no less than eight players reached double figures. Opener Mike Barnett (79) top-scored in a total of 288-7, one which Thornton was always behind the clock in chasing despite a brilliant century from No 5 batsman Tim Shackleton who ran out of partners, being last out for 107 runs. Upper Hopton’s first ever visit to Booth proved unsuccessful as the home team were easy winners by 122 runs. A target of 280, set with the help of 70 runs from Paul Heptinstall, was always going to be difficult and with Jonathan Cockcroft taking 5-46 the Mirfield team was left to simply enjoy just four points – plus the clubhouse at Broad Field Park.
The set of reverse fixtures in the First Division did not follow the pattern of the First XI’s as both Queensbury and Southowram gained revenge for last week’s defeats. Queensbury were again indebted to skipper & opener Phil Sharples (85) who held the innings together against Outlane, as only one other teammate reached double figures in a total of 142 all out – Sharples ninth out. However the bowlers were inspired by his knock and after Kirstin Smith had removed the visitor’s two openers, for just four runs, spirits visibly rose and, apart from Simon Airey (53), the Outlane batsmen succumbed to 115 all out, Richard Clarke finishing with 4-12. A sun-drenched Sharples will have been pleased, on all counts, that he did not have to bowl himself! Southowram turned the tables on Oxenhope at Uppertown in a much tighter contest, winning by 15 runs. The Rams batted first with its top five all making contributions – Mark Ambler (50) the pick. In Oxenhope’s response, despite 74 runs flowing from the bat of last man out Robin Cushdin, once David Jowett had been tossed the ball as first change the rest of Cushdin’s colleagues could not cope and the slow bowler took the plaudits with a 6-55 return from 13 overs. The remaining two matches followed the form of last week with Mount accounting for its visitors, Great Horton PC, by 85 runs. Nazir Patel (51) and Suleman Rawat (5-30) were the notable contributors in a win that keeps the Batley side second in the table, nine points behind Shelf Nortowram HT, but now a massive eighteen more points clear of third placed Outlane. Hedge Top had the easiest task of the afternoon at Stones with two players standing out, Mick Priestley with 4-16 and Andy Dimbleby (72 not out), as an eight-wicket win was wrapped up in the 23rd over.
Second Division leaders Illingworth St Mary’s nearly came a cropper, at neighbours Clayton, when chasing an all out score of 166 by the home team as it found itself at 3-3 and 56-6. However the rescue act came courtesy of lower order batsmen Matthew Curran (54) and Adam Mellor (50) in a seventh-wicket partnership of 93 runs. The drama was not over when both departed within a run of each other but the last three batsmen cobbled together the remaining 17 runs needed for victory. Earlier Clayton’s Andrew Sutcliffe (64) and John Jonas (57) had held its innings together. Second placed Bradshaw kept up the pressure on the leaders but it too was involved in a close encounter against visitors Low Moor HT. The home team took first knock and it too was in trouble at 75-7 with Matthew Corton (65) still at the crease. Enter Jack Ryan who murdered the Moor’s bowling to the tune of 6 x 4’s and 8 x 6’s in a scintillating knock of 87 runs that added 126 runs in partnership with Corton. After Kaden Lancaster had taken 5-57 the Moor made every attempt in its reply to top the 205 run target but despite a team effort, led by Nick Thompson (41), it fell just 9 runs short as Andrew Ingham (4-51) took the last wicket. Leymoor remain hot on the heels of the top two and only three points separate the three, as the Golcar team made a successful trip to Luddendenfoot winning by 54 runs. Opener Eddie Raw was its star at High Lea Green cracking 126 runs and, aided by Tony Charlton (55), Leymoor reached 265-9 in its 45 overs – sixth choice bowler Daniel Barron took 5-48 and maybe should have been employed earlier? The Foot never looked like scoring the runs required and the effort of Jacob Whitehouse (66) was the only one of note as it lost by 54 runs – Charlton in the act again with 5-63. Old Town remain rooted to bottom place and its latest trip, to Huddersfield, still brought no joy. Bradley & Colnebridge posted 190 that proved 55 runs too many for the Hebden Bridge team as Guizeb Khan collected 5-32.