Sunday, September 10, 2017

As a result of all Premier Division matches being called off the championship race now goes to the final day with Bridgeholme in the driving seat requiring just 3 points, from its home match versus Copley, to take the title for the first time in its history, first competing in the League in 1957. Second placed Warley, 10 points adrift, will be hoping for some kind of miracle with Blackley as its visitors. Southowram is relegated, but credit is due there for turning around a player shortage at the start of the season.

Mytholmroyd are the First Division champions, making a swift return to the top division after last season’s relegation. Upper Hopton also gain promotion as it leap-frogged Queensbury into the runner-up spot on the last day. Somewhat fortuitously it has to be reported as, with all other matches in the division abandoned without a ball bowled, and 2 pts per team awarded, the Mirfield team had already been advised that Northowram HT could not raise a team and the 12 points for such an occurrence had been awarded. Outlane are relegated.

Many congratulation to Mahmad Makda of Mount who, in the Second Division home match, versus Luddendenfoot, topped 1,000 runs for the season, a fantastic achievement at any level of cricket never mind the third tier of the League’s Second XI division. His 1,000th run came when he reached 23 and he went on to score 87 before being run out. Javed and Badrudden Patel both scored 44 as the home side set a target of 246. The forties seemed to be a vogue in the match as Owen Bairstow (43), Tom Scott (42 not out) and Michael Whittingham (40) all registered such scores, but none other of its batsman reached double figures as the visitors managed only 164-9 with Abdul Ravat taking 6-58. The vagaries of the weather saw this match being one of forty overs per side but not a ball was bowled elsewhere. That result means that the destination of this championship trophy also goes to the wire with Bradley & Colnebridge holding a 7 pts advantage over Mount and both have home advantage to finish the season. One other aspect of the last day is that Mark Mitchell of B&C still requires 82 runs for him also to top 1,000 runs, after those accumulated against Birchencliffe were, unfortunately, expunged from his total.