Booth’s lead at the top cut

SBCI trimmed Booth’s lead at the top of the Towergate Halifax League from 12 to eight points with a tense two-wicket win in a battle of the leading pair.

Batsmen generally had to graft for their runs on rain-affected wickets on Saturday and the bowlers certainly held sway at SBCI where the hosts were grateful to former skipper Ben Summerscales for tipping the scales their way.

Summerscales made 21 not out to see his side home after they had slipped to 119 for eight needing 134 for victory.

Summerscales had earlier taken three for 11 with his spin bowling as Booth slid from 84 for two to 133 for nine at the end of their 45 overs.

Crucially, SBCI’s failure to take that last wicket ultimately cost them five points.

Skipper Rob Laycock again showed the way for the visitors with 51 not out, hitting six boundaries.

Ian Sharkey made 32 and opener Patrick Thomas 14 but otherwise it was a tale of woe for Booth on the batting front.

Nigel Horsfall took five for 36 to lead Booth’s fightback but 44 from Dan Keighley, who hit four sixes before being trapped leg before by Rob Laycock, and 24 from Conway took SBCI close.

Summerscales then applied the finishing touches with just three balls to spare.

Third-placed Triangle got back to winning ways in another tight finish, this time at Jer Lane where they sneaked home with their last pair at the crease.

Lane made 193, thanks mainly to Micky Hustler’s 77 not out after they had been 82 for six.

Nasir Chowdrey accounted for Triangle’s top three but skipper Jon Lord made 71 and solid contributions from the rest of the middle order helped Triangle’s cause.

The visitors lost their eighth and ninth wickets to Nabil Khan with the total of 191 but Kurtis Whippey’s seven not out - including a six - settled matters.

Southowram continue to struggle at the bottom. They went down by eight wickets at home to Copley, who were grateful for 12 points in their efforts to climb away from the lower reaches of the table.

Three early wickets for Richard Turner left Southowram 37 for five but skipper Andy Measey continued his good form with 65, including five sixes, before being bowled by three-wicket Mark Baldwin.

The Rams finished on 159 but an 84-run opening stand between Chris Dennison (53) and Oliver Thorpe (50 no) put Copley well on the way to their target. youngster Thorpe seeing the task through.

Sowerby Bridge are shooting up the table with the help of successive 12-pointers at Sowerby St Peters in the space of seven days.

After borrowing the ground of their neighbours to beat Southowram the previous Sunday, they returned to account for Sowerby by six wickets on Saturday.

Young guns Jake Dixon (five for 39) and Ashton Richardson (three for 23) helped dismiss Sowerby for 115 - Gavin Clarke’s 24 was the top contribution - and then opener Tim Helliwell made 76 not out to see Bridge through after he had lost three partners early on.

Warley were 100-run winners at Thornton thanks to Luke Duckitt’s six for 28, which dismissed the hosts for 107.

Warley had earlier made 207 for eight, Joe Blencowe taking five wickets for the hosts.

Blackley were 32-run winners at home to Bradshaw thanks to fine performances from Tom Baxter and Paul Dowle.

Baxter hit 70 and opening partner Freddie Fox made 46 as the home side totalled 209 for five, spinner Simon Collins (three for 87) bowling through for the visitors.

Wayne Cotton made 84 and Nick Jowett 31 in reply but Dowle (five for 34) and Bilal Sheraz (three for 59) gave Blackley the upper hand.

Division One leaders Mytholmroyd returned to action with a bang after very little play for more than a month by piling up 384 for nine at home to Old Crossleyans.

Tom Greenwood, one of the club’s ex-Blackley contingent, smashed 14 sixes in an 89-ball knock of 159 and there were also half-centuries for James Cowens and Adie Gawthrope.

Recent signing Asem Khan then took five for 53 off 15 overs as the Crocs replied with 200 all out.

The Broomfield men were in dire straits at 60 for six but Richard Dixon hit 67 and Kammy Ayub 70 not out to earn their side maximum batting points.

Dixon eventually had to retire hurt with a pulled calf muscle, enabling ‘Royd to wrap up a 12 point haul which moves them clear at the top again.

Second-placed Clayton’s promotion prospects received a setback at near neighbours Queensbury.

Chasing a target of 135 in 55 overs, Clayton were dismissed for 116 in 49.4 overs.

On a damp Old Guy Road pitch, Queensbury’s batsmen never mastered the visitors’ bowling and Tom Watson’s match best 41 and Girdev Singh’s 30 were the main contributions to a disappointing

total. Visiting skipper Sam Wilson was again best with the ball for Clayton, taking four for 39.

Clayton’s openers were dismissed cheaply by quick bowler Matthew Johnson, but Jason Slater (31) and Dean Smith (24) saw the visitors to 84 for three before the last seven wickets fell for 32 more runs.

Ex-Clayton player Girdev Singh bowled unchanged for 25 overs and took four for 37 while Phil Sharples chipped in with three for 23.

A feature of Queensbury’s effort was their superb fielding display which saw seven batsmen caught, including a remarkable effort by teenage substitute fielder Nathan Robinson.

A 131-run third-wicket stand between opener Keir Litjens (52) and Chris Metcalf (73) put Northowram HT on the way to a 97-run home win over Greetland.

The Rams totalled 259 with Mohammed Mushtaq (five for 28) cleaning up late on.

Mushtaq followed up with 57 and Scott Moody (33 no) and Adeel Rashid (36) also chipped in but nobody else made double figures as the 10-man visitors were all out for 162. James Fearnley took four wickets and Ollie Hemingway got three.

Oxenhope were two wicket winners away to Parish Cup finalists Low Moor, who struggled to cope with opening bowler Adam Bailey (six for 63).

Andy Croasdell made 43 and Mark Stokes 35 but Moor’s 175 all out proved not quite enough as Oxenhope recovered from 65 for six to snatch the spoils thanks to Darren Hopkinson (45), Duncan Tetley (36) and Grahame Ellis (28 no).

Luddenden Foot bucked the trend by providing a good batting track which produced 655 runs against Shelf in Division Two.

A quickfire half-century opening stand by Dave Jones (32) and Richard Pinder (21) set the scene for Foot skipper Karl Whipp to slam 118, including 16 fours and six sixes.

He was well supported by Gareth Hall (57) and Grant Helliwell (48 no) and Alan Eastwood (41 no) sent the total spiralling to 361 for four.

Shelf’s big-hitting skipper Nick Patefield showed his intentions by moving himself up to opener but he skied a ball and was brilliantly caught by Adrian Gingell.

Undeterred, Leigh Butterfield (106) and Steve Priestley(46) put on 132 in 10 overs. Butterfield smashed 12 sixes, his ton coming off only 43 deliveries before he was bowled by Hall.

Foot took wickets at regular intervals but Shelf’s usual opener Andy Dimbleby hit some big shots before being bowled by Nathanial Hyde for 67.

Even number 11 Robert Ramsden joined in the runfest with 26 not out as Shelf finished on 294.

Leaders Outlane extended their unbeaten run to six games with a routine eight-wicket home win over Stainland.

The visitors only mustered 95 in the face of good bowling from Alex Blagbrough (four for 35) and Anway Shokat (three for 33).

Young third-wicket pair Adam Davies (47 no) and Chris Brook (30 no) completed victory in the 25th over.

Bottom club Augustinians are celebrating their first 12-point win of the season.

It came at Denholme Clough, where the 10-man hosts were shot out for 72 in reply to Augustinians’ 165.

Ben Waterworth and Neil Armitage took four wickets each for the hosts, Lee Mellor hitting 53 and Nandankar taking five for 34 for the victors.

However, Augustinians’ James Mitton probably has the best reason to remember the game - he brought it to an abrupt end with an all-bowled hat-trick.

Stones upset second-placed visitors Bridgeholme with the help of a ton from opener Tom Whiteley.

He hit 15 fours and three sixes in a knock of 110 and Joe Ackroyd’s 42 not out helped swell the total to 218 for six. Saj Mahmood bowled through and took four for 68 for the visitors.

Bridgeholme looked out of it when they lost their fifth, sixth and seventh wickets with the total on 106 but Oliver Challis (40) and Mohammed Asif (26) took them close,

The visitors were all out for 210 with Ben Watkins’ 22-over stint yielding five for 67.

The Old Town versus Wibsey Park Chapel game was called off on Saturday morning due to a waterlogged pitch.