Sunday, July 29, 2018

Premier Division: Southowram 82 (Horsfall 5-29), *Booth 83-1 (Senior 48*): pts 0-12. *Bridgeholme 159-8 (Sajjid 40, Reynolds 4-45), Shelf Northowram HT 62-1 rsp: pts 4-4. Triangle 252-8 (Rodger 72, Midwood 54, L Turner 41*, Gawthorpe 4-114, Conway 4-126), *Mytholmroyd 211-7 (Scholefield 75) rsp: pts 7-7. Copley 157-7 (Blagborough 58, Thorpe 50), *Oxenhope 47-5 rsp: pts 5-4. Sowerby St Peter's 135 (T Wood 4-34), *SBCI 136-1 (T Wood 57, Firth 56*): pts 1-12. Thornton 186 (N Hutchinson 55, Keywood 7-45), *Warley 190-9 (Weatherhead 6-61): pts 5-12. First Division: Illingworth St Mary's 197-9 (Mellor 55*, Collins 5-78), *Bradshaw 122 (Collins 43, Clarke 6-16): pts 12-3. Clayton 143 (Wilkins 42, Jordan 7-40), *Great Horton PC 144-2 (Hassell 48, Syed 40){ pts 2-12.*Queensbury 132 (D Peel jnr 4-18, Linsel 4-55), Blackley 134-2 (Townsend 47): 1-12. Stones 37 (Dixon 7-15), *Sowerby Bridge 38-0: pts 0-12. Second Division: Leymoor 78 (A Mitchell 6-33), *Bradley & Colnebridge 83-7 (Iq Hussain 41*, Allison 4-51): pts 2-12. Cullingworth 92 (Mohammed 5-54), *Greetland 94-1: pts 0-12. Luddendenfoot 207 [r/d to 194] (Broadbent 53, Allen 44, Barron 43, Haley 4-61, *Low Moor HT 192-9 (Stokes 47, Forbes 41): pts 11-6. *Mount 419-6 (Jab Patel 192*, A Rawat 87), Upper Hopton 171 (Haigh 56, Stones 55, Jab Patel 4-14, Gheewala 4-63): pts 12-3. *Old Town 138 (Croft 5-62), Outlane 134-5 (Brook 54*, Holding 53) rsp: pts 4-6.

DIVISIONAL REPORTS The wet and windy weather affected matches across the League, the Premier Division no exception with three matches abandoned when the storms arrived. All the top three however averted a washout and it was at Warley where the championship affecting result occurred. Leaders Thornton lost only its second match of the season as the home team won in a tight finish by just one wicket. Greg Keywood was the thorn in Thornton’s side as he took 7-45 as the visitor’s struggled after the top order were dismissed – Nikki Hutchinson (55) the only player in the match to score a half-century. Warley’s response was built on steady contributions but, at 154-9, Thornton must have been counting the 12 points. Funny old game – as opening bowlers Amjid Azam (32 not out) and Liam Senior (13 not out) combined to earn a nerve jangling win. Warley closed to within fifteen points of the top slot but it was champions Booth that gained the most. An easy win at home to Southowram, by nine wickets, took it to within six points of the top as first Nigel Horsfall (5-29) and then Steve Senior (48 not out) ensured the maximum reward. SBCI produced the best performance of the day, in the local derby against Sowerby St Peter’s, in-between a violent rain break as it also won by nine wickets. St Peter’s never got into any batting stride, seven batsmen failing to reach double figures, as Thomas Wood (4-34) helped to dismiss the neighbours for 135. Mindful of the hovering dark clouds SBCI had the match won in the 21st over as openers Wood (57) and Lewis Firth (56 not out) gave it a big lift in the table. Elsewhere it was a story of the weather unfortunately winning. Shelf Northowram HT looked on course for victory at Bridgeholme with 98 required and nine wickets left whilst at Mytholmroyd a tight finish was on the cards with the hosts, seven wickets down, requiring 43 runs in seven overs when the umpires were left with no option. Half-centuries from Triangle’s Gary Rodger (72), Michael Midwood (54) and Royd’s Matthew Scholfield (75) were bonus points earning only. Copley’s Alex Blagborough (58) and Oliver Thorpe (50) produced the most significant stand of the match at Oxenhope but it had little else, batting wise, to cheer about as it in its reduced 38 overs, totalling 157-7. In reply Oxenhope was in dire straights at 47-5 when the weather finally brought proceedings to a halt after just 16 overs – the Keighley team perhaps the only ones pleased to see the heavens open.

The First Division fixtures were all played to a finish, Sowerby Bridge winning before even the first of the heavy rains came. Its victim was visiting Stones as the struggling bottom of the table team could only muster 37 all out in 25.2 overs, Jake Dixon was nearly unplayable on a damp track recording figures of 13-7-15-7. The Bridge, with black clouds over Walton Street, needed only 19 balls to bag maximum points. Those twelve points took it to 138 for the season and were vital to keep it in the promotion shake-up as both Illingworth St Mary’s (156) and Great Horton PC (140) also gained maximums. St Mary’s travelled to Bradshaw and in a 36 overs match posted 197-9, No 9 batsman Adam Mellor top-scoring with 55 not out in an effort that proved vital. Bradshaw never looked like making the target as only Simon Collins (43) made any real inroad and once Ben Clarke was introduced into the attack the curtain came down as he recorded 9-2-16-6. Great Horton easily accounted for visitors Clayton bowling it out for 143 runs with that man Matthew Jordan (7-40) again in the wickets. Danny Wilkins (42) added a flourish towards the end of the Clayton innings but to no real avail as Horton knocked off the runs with comparative ease, led by Richard Hassell (48) and Husnain Syed (40). Blackley secured a vital and most welcome win at fellow strugglers Queensbury to lift itself 22 points above its hosts ,who occupy second-bottom place. The home team batted first and struggled to find any momentum as no batsman lasted long enough at the crease, proven by the fact that Phil Sharples (24) making a rare First XI appearance, top-scored. Dave Townsend (47) led the Blackley response in gaining an eight-wicket win. Should you score 180 runs for your Second XI one week, get picked for your First XI the next, then what are the odds of bettering that score seven days later?

Enter Jabir Patel of Mount who, batting at No 4, did exactly that in the Second Division with a knock of 192 not out against a bewildered array of visiting Upper Hopton bowlers. Entering the fray at 64-2 he proceeded, with assistance from Anees Rawat (87), to take Mount’s total to 419-6 to leave a massive task for the response. Unsurprisingly it was far too much for Hopton, despite efforts from Matthew Haigh (56) and David Stones (55), and, to run salt into the wound, Patel took 4-14 as Mount ran out winners by 248 runs. Only Old Town suffered on the rain front in this division – but not really as it was the visitors Outlane that left Hebden Bridge cursing the turn in the weather. Needing just five runs to pass the home team’s 138 all out, and five wickets in hand, Outlane blasted a response in 22 overs but the 23rd lasted just two balls – a dash to the pavilion the last of the action. There was a low scoring affair in the Huddersfield derby at Bradley & Colnebridge where Leymoor was dismissed for only 78 runs – Andrew Mitchell causing havoc with 6-33. In reply B&C also had problems with a lively pitch, struggling to 59-7, before Iqrar Hussain (41 not out) took charge and settled the issue. Greetland enjoyed its third victory of the season in overturning Cullingworth at West Vale. The visitors were all out for 92, as Mushtaq Mohammed took 5-54, and a nine-wicket win came in 18.2 overs – before the rain arrived. The best finish of the day came at Low Moor where the home side just failed to match Luddendenfoot’s reduced total of 194 (from 207 all out) – by just two runs with the last pair at the wickets. Three Foot batsmen had made significant contributions, Lee Broadbent (53), Ryan Allen (44) and Daniel Barron (43), that were vital at the match end, Mark Stokes (47) and Adam Forbes (41) the unlucky top scorers for Low Moor.