Premier Division: Thornton*176-10, SBCI 93-10: Jer Lane 223-8, Booth* 227-8:. Queensbury 130-5 r/d 35 overs, Copley* 131-2 (M Seraj 46no): Oxenhope 187-5 r/d 32 overs (J Fleetwood 81, J Ousey 60), Mytholmroyd* 189-5 (Jack Earle 49, Adie Gawthorpe 60): Triangle 275-5 (N Madden 46, J Graham 78, K Whippey 67) Northowram Hedge Top* 230-10 (H Talbot 54): Sowerby St Peters* 82-10 (B Keywood 5-8), Warley 87-6 (Schofield 4-30):
First Division: Shelf 243-4 r/d 35 overs (B Malik 142no), Bridgeholme* 245-8 (Y Mahmood 87no, Ramsden 5-71:. Cullingworth* 245-6 (Burkill 58, S Welch 79, C Welch 74no, S Sutcliffe 5-76), Stones 197-10 (K O’Rourke 102, R Bownas 46):. Blackley 115-10, Great Horton PC 119-8 (M Jordan 54no):. Southowram 167-9 r/d 40 overs (D Crossley 77, J Dixon 4-49), Sowerby Bridge 106-10 (L Mattock 42, Bellfield 4-63, Eastwood 6-39):
Second Division: Clayton* 319-6 (P Artist 69, T Evans 58, J Jonas 84no, D Wilkins 55), Old Town 209-10 (P Gelder 6-72): Outlane 57-10 (L Brooksby 8-18), Illingworth* 60-1:. Leymoor vs Birchencliffe (no play):. Mount CC* 174-8 (S Arshad 54, A Iqbal 48no, R Beaumont 4-60) Bradshaw 103-10 (A Hussain 6-49): Luddenden Foot 236-10 (L Broadbent 99, M Sidana 4-73), Low Moor* 129-10 (M Richardson 5-46); Greetland 109-10 (S Ali 8-39), Upper Hopton* 102-10 (M Broadbent 4-22);
Booth have tightened their grip on a consecutive Premiership title with a 2 wicket win over main rivals and Bradford League bound Jer Lane. Jer Lane batted first and were immediately on the back foot losing talisman Raqeeb Younas for a duck. The return of skipper Wayne Cotton would boost any side and his 37 rebuilt a foundation before Johnny Lister (67) and Imran Mirza (50) got amongst the Booth attack. Chasing 224 for victory, Booth's reply stuttered, losing both openers for 9 and 0 respectively. Step forward club legend Rob Laycock, who when asked the question, always seems to have the answer. His 104no, including 12 fours and 4 sixes being ably supported with cameos from Nigel Horsfall (27) and Patrick Thomas (26). Booth reached their target with 3 balls to spare. Queensbury’s descent into Roy Smith Division 1 was all but confirmed with an 8-wicket defeat to Copley. The home side won the toss and asked Queensbury to bat on a green seamer and whilst Copley found wickets hard to come by, Queensbury’s run rate was equally pedestrian, making only 130-5 in 35 overs. This was a total that was always going to be difficult to defend at The Arches and the task was made even more complex as Mohammed Seraj crafted a perfectly patient 46no to bring victory with 5 overs to spare. Oxenhope have found wins hard to come by in recent weeks after their superb start to life in the Premiership. Batting first they scored 187-5 in a rain affected 32 over match against home side Mytholmroyd, Josh Fleetwood and Joe Ousey racking up 141 runs between them. Cup finalists Mytholmroyd are a different proposition than the team that narrowly avoided the drop in 2016, and in Jack Earle (821 runs this season) they have an opening batter in a rich vein of form. Jack laid the foundations of the reply with 49 before Adie Gawthorpe smashed 60 to bring the home side the win in just 22 overs. Triangle continued their march up the table with a 45 run win over strugglers Northowram Hedge Top. Once again showing that if they could turn out the same side each week, they could be considered contenders for the title, Triangle amassed 275-5 with Madden (46), Graham (78) and Whippey (67) all in the runs. Hedge Top made a spirited reply of 230-10, with Harry Talbot making a second consecutive 50. Warley proved it was a toss to win a low scoring game at Sowerby St Peters. Bob Keywood rolled back the years to prove the adage that class is permanent with a devastating opening spell of 5-8, cleaning St Peters up for a meagre 82, Lyndon Baxter (jnr) showing the only real resistance scoring 31 batting at 9. Warley then nearly imploded themselves before regular match winner Danny Syme popped up with 28no to see the visitors home. SBCI find themselves in freefall at the moment and will feel lucky its only 1 for the drop in 2017. They capitulated to 93ao after being set 176 in a rain affected match at Thornton.
Saturday brought wholesale change in Roy Smith Division 1 where Southowram won the top of the table clash at home to Sowerby Bridge. Dean Crossley once again scored highly proving his own premiership credentials with 77 as Southowram set the visitors 167 in a reduced 40 over match, Jake Dixon the pick of the bowlers with 4-49. In reply Sowerby Bridge could only muster 106, Lewis Mattock providing the only real contribution with the bat scoring 42. Tom Belfield (4 wickets and 43 for the season) and Neil Eastwood (6 for 39) took all 10 wickets between them and propelled Southowram to become the “bookies” title favourites. Cullingworth moved to within touching distance of making their Premiership debut with a 48 run win over Stones. Ben Burkill has consistently proved his own ability and took his run tally to 986 for the season with another 58. The Welch brothers, Steve and Chris, took the game away from Stones in the first half with 79 and 74no respectively with the home side posting a challenging 245-6. Stones valiant resistance found a champion in Kevin O’Rourke who battled his way to 102, with 5 fours and 8 sixes before succumbing to Steve Welch. Ralph Bownas provided some more support lower down the order with 46 but it ended in vain at Stones struggles continued and they ended their innings on 197. Blackley’s hopes of an immediate return to the heady heights of premiership cricket also took a knock at Great Horton Park Chapel. Batting first Blackley could only manage 115ao, Freddie Fox top scoring with 35. Great Horton looked to be in significant difficulties at 30-5 before opening bowler Matthew Jordan (54no) and Tom Halliday (30) steadied the ship and guided the home side to victory by 2 wickets. Bridgeholme won the match of the day at home to Shelf. Shelf posted a respectable 243-4 in 35 overs with Babar Malik cannoning his way to 142no including 12 fours and 10 sixes. Bridgeholme collapsed to 102-6 and looked to be heading for defeat before Yasir (87no) and Ikram Mahmood (31) took control. Bridgeholme took the game to the last over and needed 6 to win off the last ball – step up hero Yasir Mahmood who hit one out of the screws to win it, Bridgeholme finishing on 245-8.
Illingworth’s relentless charge to the Terry Wynne Division 2 title continued at home to Outlane. Luke Brooksby, probably the quickest bowler in Division 2 for years, ripped the Outlane batting to shreds finishing with 8-18 off 14 overs and reducing Outlane to 57ao. Illingworth breezed to victory (60-1) in 9.2 overs. Mount provided the shock of the week’s fixtures, and blew the 2nd place promotion chase wide open with a 71 run win over Bradshaw. Batting first Mount moved to 174-8 in their allotted 43 overs, Saif Arhsad scoring 54, Asif Iqbal 48no and Ricky Beaumont the best of the bowlers taking 4-60. In reply Bradshaw imploded, folding to 103ao, with 8 of their batsman failing to reach double figures and only Chris Pell (28) showing any gusto. Amjad Hussain (6-49) was the pick of the Mount attack. Low Moor’s battle to avoid re-election wasn’t helped with a 107-run defeat at home to Luddendenfoot. Batting first Foot posted 236ao, Lee Broadbent scoring 99 and bringing him within 49 runs of the career defining 1000 runs in a season. 6 of the Low Moor batsman got “in” and reached double figures, but no one could push on and the innings faltered to 129ao. Greetland maintained their excellent form with a hard fought but low scoring 7 run win against Upper Hopton. Batting first Greetland could only manage 109ao, Matt Broadbent finishing with 4-22. Upper Hopton’s reply was hampered by excellent bowling from Sajid Ali (8-39) and they ended their innings on 102. Clayton moved back to within 10 points of a promotion place with a resounding 110 run win at home to Old Town. Clayton started well with Paul Artist (69) and wicket keeper Tim Evans (58) setting a great platform. Runs flowed easily and Claytons dominance was encapsulated with a 138-run partnership for the 6th wicket between John Jonas (84no) and Danny Wilkins (55), Clayton ending their innings on 319-6. Old Town’s reply got off to great start with league legends the Ramzan brothers kicking of with a 67 run opening stand. This was brought to a sudden end with dismissal of Sajid for 24. Asif continued his valiant efforts at one end but had to witness Paul Gelder for Clayton on a good day, as he systematically dismantled the Old Town innings, finishing with 6-72 from 17 overs. Asif ended his resistance 5 short of his ton being caught out on 95. The Old Town innings succumbed at 209ao. There was no play in the Leymoor vs Birchencliffe game resulting in 2 points each.