Premier Division: *Mytholmroyd 66 (Ric Laycock 6-28, Saghir 4-32), Booth 72-3: pts 0-12. Thornton 217 (Burkill 57, Saghir 5-89), *Shelf Northowram HT 169 (Malik 42, Blencowe 4-17): pts 12-5. Warley 304-4 (Atkinson 78, Keywood 69, Whitworth 56*, Marsh 56), *Southowram 167 (Crossley 52, Hall 43, Keywood 6-40): pts 12-3. *SBCI 217-6 (Firth 50, Hinchcliife 48, Dalby 44), Bridgeholme 217-9 (Ali 57): pts 6-7. *Sowerby St Peter's 227 (Green 79, Watkins 60, Dyson 4-49), Oxenhope 233-9 (Ousey 102, D Tetley 47, Schofield 6-64): pts 5-12. *Triangle 389-7 (Silkstone 136, Stocks 96), Copley 179: pts 12-4.
First Division: Bradshaw 227-6 (Pell 77, Fisher 48, Beck 47), *Blackley 154-8 (Stenson 43*): pts 11-3. *Clayton 341-8 (Wilson 85*, Gelder 85, Sutcliffe 6-130), Stones 246 (O’Rourke 80): pts 12-5. *Great Horton PC 246-6 (Beesley 55*, Brown 54, Martin 41, Jordan 40), Queensbury 90 (Anderson 5-20): pts 12-1. Sowerby Bridge 134 (Murfet 6-19) *Illingworth St Mary's 135-7 (Cook 47): pts 3-12.
Second Division: *Leymoor 232-7 (Dyson 42), Luddendenfoot 98 (Coulson 5-39, Walker 5-57): pts 12-2. Mount 245 (Kayat 72), *Low Moor HT 170 (Overend 60*, Forbes 48): pts 12-5. *Old Town 265-9 (Shaheen 41, I Aslam 40), Bradley & Colnebridge 134 (Asghar 5-54): pts 12-3. *Outlane 313-9 (Brook 139, Mellor 98, Terry 5-73), Cullingworth 120 (S Welch 42, Dickens 5-28): 12-3. *Upper Hopton 323-6 (Stephenson 73*, Haigh 72, Manning 62, Moody 6-140), Greetland 116 (Whelen 57, Eastwood 4-29): pts 12-2.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Should the reader be a betting person then place a small wager that one of next week’s Premier Division matches, just like the proverbial three buses in a row, will result in a tie! Following last week’s first in this division since 2015, at the Warley v Sowerby St Peter’s match, the second came a week later as the two bottom clubs, SBCI and Bridgeholme, equally shared 434 runs at The Astleys. SBCI batted first and posted 217-6 with Lewis Firth (50), Sam Hinchcliffe (46) and Chris Dalby (44) in the runs. The steady pace of Bridgeholme’s reply always looked like it would produce a tight finish with Nazakat Ali (57) leading the way. Tight it proved as six runs were required off the last ball to tie and up stepped No 9 batsman Ikram Mahmood (24 not out) to produce the telling blow that he will remember for a long time. Thornton got back to winning ways after its recent hiccups to maintain its four point lead at the top over Booth, the short journey to Shelf Northowram HT bringing maximum dividends in a relatively low scoring affair, The leaders batted first but only Ben Birkill (57) topped a half-century as batsmen came and went, three struggling in the twenties against the bowling of Razwan Saghir (5-89). Seeking 218 for victory Hedge Top were in deeper trouble, somehow contriving to lose five top order batsmen for only 17 runs after which the innings petered out some 48 runs short, Joe Blencowe finishing with 4-17. Booth’s winning run continued as host Mytholmroyd was hit by the double whammy of Richard Laycock (6-28) and Usman Saghir (4-32) in a 23.1 overs blast that ended on 68 all out. The only surprise was that Booth lost three wickets in scoring the winning runs. The Mytholmroyd scorer was a little upset at his team’s performance using the ‘special performance’ scoresheet comment to note ‘Great teas as usual’! - ‘Man’ of the match clearly the tea ladies! Warley kept up the pressure on the top two with an emphatic win at Southowram where, batting first, its top five accumulated 304-4 as Chris Atkinson (78), Greg Keywood (69), James Whitworth (56 not out) and Chris Marsh (56) all hit half-centuries. After tea first change bowler Keywood (6-40) then produced another excellent all-round performance as only Dean Crossley managed to join the half-century list for the match – the Rams losing by 143 runs. Whilst Triangle remain in fourth place it is certainly very much in the title race, only eight points adrift of the leaders. Another high score at postage size Grassy Bottom – this one 389-7 – produced a comfortable maximum. Christian Silkstone (136) was top of the pile in this win but Adam Stocks will be having a few regrets as he joined the NN Club – bowled with 96 showing on the scoreboard. Batting at the ground is of course the same for both teams but Copley hardly got into a proper stride – five batsmen losing their wickets in the 20’s and 30’s as it fell by 210 runs – the ten wickets shared by six Triangle bowlers. At Sowerby St Peter’s the home team’s innings was held together by Aiden Green (79) and Ben Watkins (60) as it set a target of 228 for its visitors Oxenhope, Liam Dyson taking 4-49. The Keighley side met the challenge head-on, or at least Joseph Ousey (102) did as he, combined with Duncan Tetley (47), rescued the innings when the top four batsmen disappeared for only 27 runs. Despite Martin Schofield taking 6-64 the visitors scraped the win in the last over.
In the first reversal of fixtures in the First Division all matches finished in exactly the same manner as last week, with victories for Bradshaw, Clayton, Great Horton PC & Illingworth St Mary’s. The latter’s lead at the top remains at nine points as it despatched Sowerby Bridge in a much lower scoring affair than a week ago. Daniel Murfet was again the thorn in the Bridge side, but on this occasion with the ball, recording 11.5-3-19-6 as the innings closed on 134 all out. The hosts did not find it easy in reply however and were 106-6 at one stage, but wrapped the match up in the 33rd over with Stephen Cook’s 47 runs proving vital. Bradshaw, visiting Blackley accounted for its hosts much easier than on home soil as it won by 73 runs. Batting first it scored 227-6 with Chris Pell (77) the pick of the batsmen. In reply Blackley were 68-7 at one stage but Jonathan Stenson (43) staged a part recovery but the target was too great as the shutters went up for a 45-overs score of 154-8. Stones produced its best batting display for some time at Clayton as it chased 342 to win but, despite the efforts of several batsmen and a superb knock from Kevin O’Rourke (80), it still lost by 95 runs. Previously Sam Wilson (85 not out) and Jason Gelder (85) had combined in a 117-run sixth-wicket partnership whilst mention must be made of the sterling efforts of Stones’ Scott Sutcliffe for his stint of 22-2-130-6. Great Horton PC retain second spot with four of its top six batsmen making significant contributions in a 246-6 total at home to Queensbury, half-centuries coming from Adam Beesley (55 not out) and Chris brown (54). The struggling visitors were never likely to get near the target and with Dominic Anderson taking 5-20 it was rolled over for only 90 runs.
The shock of the day in the Second Division came at Leymoor where the hosts once again put together a sound team effort of 232-7 in batting first against Luddendenfoot, seven batsmen reaching double figures led by Dean Dyson (42). The shock came after tea when Mark Coulson (5-39) and Pierce Walker (5-57) demolished the league leaders in just 16.4 overs as it lost for the first time this season. Mount took advantage of the leader’s slip to join it on top spot with 75 points, cruising to a win at Low Moor HT. Another all-round team effort came from the Batley visitors with seven batsmen scoring ten or more runs – not for the first time Mahmad Kayat (72) top-scoring. The home team relied far too much on the batting of Adam Forbes (48) and James Overend (60 not out), the latter surely batting too low in the order as he ran out of partners as Mount won by 75 runs. The team batting contributions were even better for Old Town, in its home fixture versus Bradley & Colnebridge, as all but one of the ten batsmen required topped 10 runs as it posted 265-9 – a measure of the team effort being that Sagher Shaheen was top of the pile with just 41 runs. The Boston Hill outfit leapfrogged its visitors in the league table when it dismissed the Huddersfield team for 134 – Ali Asghar taking 5-54. There were big wins for the home teams in the remaining two matches as Outlane won by 193 runs and Upper Hopton by 207. Chris Brook (139) was the scourge of the Cullingworth bowlers at Outlane, as was opener Lee Mellor but the latter will still be kicking himself as this Extra is written, being bowled on 98 runs, Despite the bowling efforts of Jacob Terry (5-73) a score of 313-9 was far too much for the visitors who succumbed to 120 all out – Steve Welch again top-scoring with 42 runs as Ben Dickens registered 5-28. Hosting Greetland and batting first Upper Hopton, playing its last nomadic match at next season’s returning club, Augustinians, proved there is nothing wrong with the track at the Woodhouse Ground. It hammered 323-6 with the main contributions coming from its middle order as Jack Stephenson (73 not out), Matthew Haigh (72) and Joe Manning (62) enjoyed the afternoon. Greetland were again thankful for the efforts of Scott Whelen (57) in staving off a bigger defeat, five batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.