THE EXTRAS 2017 & 1st XI's

ACCOLADES FOR LEAGUE SEASON 2017 (no player awarded more than one Extra)

The Extras are solely the personal choice of the Saturday Extra editor and based on the pleasures of writing about the winners OVERALL

Player of the year Extra - BEN BIRKILL (Cullingworth) (a tremendous year in which he scored 1,209 runs to guide his team into the Premier Division)

Batsman of the Year Extra - MAHMAD MAKDA (Mount) (a brilliant debut year in the League – to achieve 1,065 runs in Second Division Second XI cricket is monumental)

Saturday Extra 1st XI's 16th September

Premier Division champions Booth concluded its successful season with a nine-wicket win at home to Northowram HT, eventually finishing 13 points in front of Bradford League bound Jer Lane. Hedge Top batted first and were all out for a less than challenging 170 runs and the champions had no problem achieving the target, completing the win to end another fine year at Broad Fold Park.

Saturday Extra 2nd XI's 9th September

As a result of all Premier Division matches being called off the championship race now goes to the final day with Bridgeholme in the driving seat requiring just 3 points, from its home match versus Copley, to take the title for the first time in its history, first competing in the League in 1957. Second placed Warley, 10 points adrift, will be hoping for some kind of miracle with Blackley as its visitors. Southowram is relegated, but credit is due there for turning around a player shortage at the start of the season.

Saturday Extra 1st XI's 2nd September

With two matches to play Triangle threw the Premier Division title chase wide open with a shock success at Booth to leave the champions only 4 points ahead of Jer Lane, who won at Thornton, Booth batted first and its 265-7 score, with Rob Laycock (92) and Jon Midgley (76) featuring, looked challenging. However Triangle stepped up to the plate and with contributions from Adam Stocks (88) and Adam Fryer (64) set the stall for Joshua Graham and Kurtis Whippey to add a 55-run unbeaten partnership to win by five wickets.

Saturday Extra 1st X1's 26th August

The remarkable demise of Oxenhope from early-season pacesetters in the Premier Division continued as Thornton’s Ross Parr demolished its batsman at The Flatt by taking 8-42, in an all out score of 80. It could yet find itself in the one relegation spot, should bottom team Queensbury manage to win its last three matches – very unlikely but stranger things! Oxenhope has now lost its last nine matches since beating Copley on 24 June.


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):



 12 AUGUST 2017

Saturday Extra 1st XI's 5th August

Premier Division leaders Booth dropped a point at home to SBCI following stubborn resistance from the visitors who managed 197-7 in in its 45 overs. The home team reached its target in the 32nd over as Rob Laycock’s 87 not out ensured at least 11 points. Ian Hall’s 54 not out helped Jer Lane to a relatively easy win at Northowram HT, after Saeed Mirza had taken 4-40 as the home team was bowled out for 138. As a result the Laners closed the gap on the leaders to 6 points.

Saturday Extra 1st XI's 29th July

The Premier Division title race opened up considerably on a shock Saturday as both leaders lost their matches, Booth’s capitulation to 79 all out at Thornton was the most unpredictable and leaves it just 7 points clear at the top. The visiting batsmen simply could not handle the bowling of Ross Parr whose figures of 13.4-9-11-6 did the damage and Thornton are now just 13 points off top spot with seven matches remaining. Mythomroyd are in exactly the same position, courtesy of a terrific win at Warley where it hit a target of 314 to win by four wickets.

Birchencliffe C.C Announcement

The League released the following Press Release at 17:00 on 27 July 2017, one which it certainly did not wish to write or send. As a result may we suggest that all clubs should check tenancy agreements if it does not own its ground outright, particularly those sharing grounds with any other organisation, be it a sporting one or otherwise. The stated dispute is due to a joint tenancy where one party has simply out-voted the other by weight of numbers.