Premier Division: *Copley 284-3 (Blagborough 97, Thorpe 86*, Rushton 46), Booth 152 (Ric Laycock 44, Wrigley 5-63): pts 12-2. Warley 290-6 (Whitworth 148*, Keywood 47), *Shelf Northowram HT 223-5 (Hemingway 59*, Saghir 49, Conroy 48*): pts 10-4. *Southowram 161 (Crossley 91, Benson 4-39), SBCI 163-1 (Firth 62*, T Wood 60): pts 2-12. Mytholmroyd 182 (Conway 71, Schofield 6-91), *Sowerby St Peter's 185-6 (Green 47, Clarke 42, Gawthrope 5-86): pts 12-4. Oxenhope 191 (Ousey 97, Tetley 48, Weatherhead 4-40), *Thornton 192-4 (Burkill 70*): pts 4-12. *Triangle 420-9 (Fletcher 185, Metcalf 93, Silkstone 41, Sajjid 4-88), Bridgeholme 107: pts 12-3. First Division: *Blackley 146 (Turner 53, Mir 40, Dixon 6-22), Sowerby Bridge 151-5 (Holdsworth 59*, Helliwell 45, Linsel 4-36): pts 3-12. *Clayton 232 (Gelder 92), Queensbury 187 (Senior 73, Gelder 4-29): pts 12-6. *Illingworth St Mary's 213 (Dixon 62), Great Horton PC 89 (Moorhouse 6-47): pts 12-3. *Stones 280-5 (Collins 132, O’Rourke 82*), Bradshaw 282-7 (Ryan 130): pts 5-10. Second Division: *Bradley & Colnebridge 155, Luddendenfoot 157-7 (Hosker 56): pts 4-12. Mount 381-8 (Munaf 124, Mayat 73, Laher 67*, Bright 4-153), *Cullingworth 136: pts 12-3. *Leymoor 212 (Coulson 56, Mohammed 4-72), Greetland 176 (Reynolds 63, Hayat 43, Walker 6-40): pts 12-5. *Outlane 287 (Davies 115, Brook 59, Zaman 4-64), Low Moor HT 290-7 (Overend 98*, Stokes 78, Zaman 46): pts 5-12.*Upper Hopton 220-8 (Wightman 64, Khan 7-49), Old Town 101 (Kay 7-73) [at Stainland CC]; pts 12-3.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Third- bottom Copley, having another poor season by its own standards, gave itself and Premier Division leaders Thornton a massive lift with a surprisingly comprehensive win over second placed Booth by 132 runs at The Arches. Alex Blagborough set the tone with 97 runs, unlucky to be caught out three short of its ton, and he and Oliver Thorpe (86 not out) enjoyed the unusual sight of Booth bowlers toiling in the sun. In the visitor’s reply, when the scoreboard showed 3-3, the writing was on the wall and 50-5 was little better. Only Rick Laycock (44) showed any metal as Joshua Wrigley (5-83) produced a spell that could well be the saviour for Copley’s Premier status. The Booth result filtered through to a delighted Thornton as it took on Oxenhope and it made no error in its first–ever championship quest and now has a 16-point lead at the top with six matches remaining. The visitors batted first and managed the oddest looking scorecard of the season. Its top six batsmen recorded just 10 (ten) runs between them, as the tea ladies were alerted, only for No 7 batsman Joseph Ousey to enter the fray and produce a quick fire 97 runs, aided by Duncan Tetley (48) and an all out total of 191 runs was practically a miracle. Not enough however to deny Thornton as Ben Burkill (70 not out) led the way to maximum points – just as he was signed to do. Southowram is now in serious relegation trouble as it lost for the twelfth time this season – on this occasion at home to SBCI. Sympathy goes to Dean Crossley who has battled all season with very little support – his 91 runs again the majority in a 161 all out total. SBCI had little difficulty in knocking off the runs, Lewis Firth (62 not out) and Thomas Wood (60) laying the foundation for a nine-wicket win with a 99-run opening partnership. The Rams, lying in eleventh place, are now 20 p0ints adrift of Copley with a doomed Bridgeholme a further 30 points in arrears. The latter was despatched by a massive 313-run margin at Triangle as Carl Fletcher (185) hit the third-highest score of the year, Chris Metcalf (93) was yet another to perish just short of a century this season. The Eastwood side had no answer as six Triangle bowlers shared the wickets in a 107 all out total. Third-placed Warley moved to within a point of Booth and, with all four fixtures played against the top two, are not out of the title race by any means. However it could only mage ten points at a stubborn Shelf Northowram HT and it will need maximums to have any real chance. Matthew Whitworth (148 not out) was its star of the day as he posted the large majority of a 290-6 score. Hedge Top was peg backed throughout its innings and whilst actually losing less wickets could not match the scoring rate – Oliver Hemingway (59 not out) and co settling for four points at 223-5.
In the First Division promotion race Illingworth St Mary’s stole a march on Great Horton PC by recording a 12-3 victory and, at the same time, putting 25 points between it and the now third-placed team. St Mary’s batted first and scored 213 all out with No 7 Andrew Dixon (62) top-scoring. In reply Horton had no real answer to the bowling of Jamie Moorhouse (6-47) as he ripped through the top order, the scoreboard lurching from 20-0 to 24-4 in little time as the visitors endured a miserable afternoon – all out for 89. Sowerby Bridge moved into second place, now seven points clear of third place. Visiting Blackley the home team scored a well below par 146 all out as only Adam Turner (53) and Ibbi Mir (40) showed anything like respectable form – eight batsmen failing to reach double figures. The Bridge too struggled at one stage losing three wickets in quick succession but James Holdsworth (59 not out) righted the ship to earn maximum points, despite the efforts of Jacob Linsel (4-36). Bottom team Stones produced a much improved performance at home to Bradshaw, especially Jack Collins with an inspired 132 runs, well supported by Kevin O’Rourke (82 not out) in a 280-5 total. Alas it was not enough as Bradshaw’s Connor Ryan replicated the effort of Collins with his own 130 runs, with three other batsmen supporting him all scoring thirty-odd runs apiece, Ryan out with just five required but he had ensured the ten points. The local derby at Clayton, versus Queensbury, went the home team’s way by 45 runs, the man-of-the-match proving to be Clayton all-rounder Jason Gelder with 92 runs and 4-29. Ryan Senior scored 73 for the visitors but, batting at No 6, he ran out of partners and was forced to hit out – ninth back in the tent with defeat looming.
The Second Division championship race changed complexion a little as Luddendenfoot managed an excellent win at rivals Bradley & Colnebridge to elevate it into second place, twelve points behind Mount. The Foot despatched B & C for only 155 runs, five bowlers sharing the wickets and with Thomas Hosker (56) combining with several batting partners it gained maximum points. Third-placed Upper Hopton kept up the promotion pressure, despite being temporarily renamed Stainland Nomads, and Buxton Lane held no fears as Old Town were well beaten by 119 runs. Ian Wightman (64) led the way for Hopton but spare a thought for Town’s Jahinger Khan’s whose 7-49 was hardly backed up by his batsmen as it slipped to 101 all out – Edward Kay responding in kind with his seven wickets for 73. Perhaps the best performance of the day came from Low Moor HT whose short trip down the motorways to Outlane brought an excellent three-wicket win. The home side, with opener Alan Davies (115) hitting a fine century, assisted by Chris Brook (59) scored a challenging 287 all out. The Moor was up for it however and despite a very unlucky at the crease James Overand (98 not out) missing out on a century, when the winning runs were scored, will have enjoyed the journey home – Mark Stokes (78) also making a vital contribution. The match at Leymoor saw all 20 wickets fall as the home side overcame Greetland by 36 runs. Mark Coulson (58) and Pierce Walker (6-40) were in fine form for the home as was Damien Reynolds (yet again) with 63 runs and Hizar Hyatt (43) for Greetland but the home team prevailed. League leaders, by 12 points, Mount was in the runs again hitting 381-8 at Cullingworth but it delivered another odd looking scorecard. Its first six batsmen recorded 93 runs to be followed by numbers 7, 8 & 9 amassing a further 264! Zahoor Munaf (124), Ismail Mayat (73) and Fakir Laher (67) clearly batting too low in the order. Lowly Cullingworth had no real batting answer and were all out for 136. Finally, a very special mention for Cullingworth bowler, Michael Bright, who showed real guts, character and massive determination in his figures of 18-2-153-4.