Booth open up a handsome lead

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Booth stretched their lead at the head of the Towergate Halifax League to a dozen points with the Premier Division’s only maximum 12-point haul on Saturday.

All six games got under way in the top section, in spite of Friday’s torrential rain, and four of them were played through to a conclusion with the games at Thornton and SBCI washed out with an end in sight.

An unbeaten 50 from Robert Laycock saw Booth to a nervy two-wicket home win over Blackley.

Runs were hard to come by with Blackley only managing 129 but that was almost enough.

Mozzan Ayub (four for 20) and Laycock’s younger brother Richard (three for 32) did most of the damage with the ball for the home side. James Stenson made 31 but Blackley were 85 for eight until Theo Greaves (25) and Mark Higgs (18 no) added late runs.

Booth lost Patrick Thomas early on but Leigh Thomas (21) and Ian Sharkey (26) took the total past the 50-mark before wickets started to tumble with Ibi Mir taking four for 28. However, Robert Laycock saw his side over the winning line with a six to bring up his half-century.

Jer Lane and Sowerby St Peters both picked up eight points while Bradshaw collected seven.

Nasir Chowdrey maintained his good form for Lane, taking six for 68 off 22 overs as visitors Copley made 169 for nine.

Luke Simpson (43) and skipper Mohammed Seraj (35 no) put on 72 for the eighth wicket after Copley had been 92 for seven.

However, Andrew Pinfield (74 no) and Jordan Laban (80) put on 162 for Lane’s first wicket before hard-hitting youngster Laban perished, Lane cruising home by nine wickets.

Sowerby were three-wicket winners at bottom club Southowram.

Seven players made double figures for the Rams but Dean Crossley’s 22 was the top score in a total of 142 for eight.

Dan Syme took five for 48 for the visitors with Martin Schofield (two for 56) typically bowling 23 tight overs at the other end.

Openers Gareth Standeven (32) and Schofield (42) put on 59 but three wickets apiece for Tom Belfield and Andy Measey spiced things up and at 94 for six the contest was in the balance.

However, Craig Patrick slammed 36 to virtually settle matters, being stumped with the scores level.

New league side boss Wayne Cotton showed he could still do a job as a player for the team if someone failed to turn up.

He hit an unbeaten 56 off just 26 balls to give his side a five-wicket win at home to third-placed champions Triangle.

In a contest reduced to 25 overs per side, Triangle were soon nine for three. However, skipper Jon Lord (57 no) shared stands of 73 with Carl Fletcher (52) and 91 with Gary Rodger (45 no) to lift the total to 173 for four.

Simon Collins made 45 to get Bradshaw in the hunt and Cotton hit six sixes to clinch victory with two balls to spare.

Rain cut short an exciting finish between second-placed SBCI and their neighbours Warley.

Home skipper Jamie Sykes (five for 42) and Robin Hanson (three for 20) dismissed Warley for 151 in the 43rd over, Shazad Hassan (34) and John Rawson (30) leading the way for the visitors.

SBCI were soon 32 for five, with Michael Midwood taking two great catches at short cover.

Ben Summerscales hit out defiantly with 43 but when he was ninth out with the total on 126 - a sixth victim for Usman Saghir - the writing looked on the wall for the hosts.

However, play was washed out after the last pair had added two more to the total.

Thornton were closing in on victory at home to Sowerby Bridge when play was ended. The hosts were 146 for four, with Nikki Hutchinson 48 not out, in reply to Bridge’s 183 for eight.

CLAYTON shot up to second place in Division One after beaing visitors Old Crossleyans by eight wickets in the only match in the section to be completed.

Mitesh Mistry (five for 39) and Sam Wilson (three for 19) helped dismiss the Broomfield men for 114, visiting skipper Jonny Sykes helping his side to one batting point with 34 after Crocs had been 69 for seven.

Derek Lumley hit five sixes in a knock of 61 as Clayton sped to a nine-wicket win in 17.1 overs.

The Mytholmroyd versus Northowram HT and Low Moor versus Greetland fixtures were non-starters and Oxenhope’s home match with Queensbury was abandoned after 43 overs.

Oxenhope had made 218 for eight in that time after Liam Dyson (31) and Josh Fleetwood (17) had got them away to a brisk start.

The Queensbury seamers made little headway but slow bowler Darren Jack had an immediate impact, removing both openers on the way to figures of six for 63, including three caught and bowled.

Twin brother Luke Fleetwood replaced brother Josh and made a fine 50 alongside Darren Hopkinson (41), Duncan Tetley making a quickfire 22 not out before the rain came down again.

CHRIS Brook struck his maiden century at first team level as Outlane thrashed Denholme Clough by 195 runs in the only match to take place in Division Two.

The 16-year-old made 112, hitting nine fours and eight sixes, before being sixth out with the total on 264.

Outlane made 286 for six and Clough crumbled to 91 all out with Dan Proctor (four for 23) and Anwar Shokat (three for 26) enjoying most success in the home attack.

Postponed: Bridgeholme v Wibsey PC, Luddenden Foot v Stainland, Old Town v Augustinians, Shelf v Stones.