Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In the Premier Division Blackley and Warley were the two winners beating both their opponents and the weather to record maximum points. Blackley’s match lasted less than 32 overs as it dismissed visitors SBCI for a meagre 62 and then knocked off the required runs in 6.3 overs before the rains arrived. Warley’s home fixture with Southowram followed a similar pattern but took a little longer as the visitors were bowled out for 94, only Alan Veal with 51 coming to terms with both the home attack and the conditions. Warley too did not hang around too long as only 17.3 overs were needed to win, led by Jimmy Sarwar’s 43 runs. Jordan Swaine of Thornton was unlucky on two fronts as he was dismissed on 96, at Jer Lane, and then the match was abandoned, albeit with the home team closing in on a win. Leaders Booth looked to be in driving seat at Sowerby St Peter’s, when the rain came, whilst third placed Triangle were the unluckiest of all the division’s teams cursing the weather when needing just 14 runs to win at home to Bridgeholme, the additional six points for a maximum win would have moved it into top position. The match at Walton Street between Sowerby Bridge and Copley literally never saw the light of day.

The star performance of the day came in the First Division at Outlane where Muhammad Mehboob, of Great Horton PC, had superb bowling figures of 13.5-9-20-8, which left the home side 111 runs short of a winning effort. Previously John Babington with 74 runs had demonstrated how to deal with the damp conditions. The other three matches in the division all failed to produce a result with only leaders Stones even managing to get in a full innings, four of its batsmen particularly disappointed with the abandonment as they all scored 40 plus, led by 73 from Phillip Robbins. This division however remains wide open with just 11 points separating the top six clubs.

In the Second Division only two matches were played to a conclusion with Leymoor leaping into second place, following a winning visit to Bradley & Colnebridge, and now sit only eight points behind leaders Illingworth St Mary’s, who defeated Cullingworth at The Ainleys in a reduced over contest. Leymoor batted well down the order with No 5 batsman, Josh Moore, top-scoring with 77. However it was Daniel Roberts who sealed the fate of their Huddersfield neighbours as he took 7-44 in a fine unbroken opening spell that saw the Warrenside outfit all out for 94 runs. St Mary’s had to battle both its opponents and the weather to register its six-wicket win in a reduced over chase after Alan Robershaw with 4-8 and Karl Gornall, 4-19, had despatched the visitors. Just like the division above only 16 points separate seven clubs behind the leaders in this division.