Bridge’s fine form continues with victory over Triangle

Mytholmroyd v Sowerby St Peter's. Zeb Mahmood.
Mytholmroyd v Sowerby St Peter's. Zeb Mahmood.

Sowerby Bridge’s imperious form at the top of the Foster’s Halifax League Premier Division continued after they picked up maximum points from a six wicket success at neighbours Triangle.

The hosts never really got going with the bat with Gary Rodger (29) and Steve Wood (27) the best they could muster.

Ashton Richardson (four for 24), and Jake Dixon (four for 19) helped speed their departure for a disappointing 104 on their small ground.

Bridge were able to take it steady to a certain extent and Tim Helliwell (28) and Paul Gledhill (38) laid the foundations for a winning 105 for four.

Bridge are still 10 points clear of champions Jer Lane who thrashed last season’s runners up Blackley by 186 runs.

Lane made light of potentially tricky batting conditions to post an astonishing 338 for two.

Andrew Pinfield clubbed 102 as he and Raqeeb Younas piled on 144 for the first wicket.

Jordan Laban joined Younas and blitzed 104 runs, including 12 fours and seven sixes, before being the only other wicket to fall.

Younas went on to make an unbeaten 101 as the Blackley bowlers were made to toil.

Blackley’s hopes headed south as they limped to 90 for five at one stage before being pout out of their misery at 152, Simon Collins picking up five for 16 from his 10 overs.

Booth edged past Copley by just four runs in a closely-fought encounter.

Booth overcame the shock of losing their first wicket without a run on the board before Chris Shannon (6)) and Rob Laycock (41) helped lift the total to a respectable 211 for nine.

James Clarke chipped away to pick up four for 44 with Ian Hartley bagging three for 51.

Clarke then made a valiant effort to overhaul Booth’s total, scoring seven fours and five sixes in his beligerent 80 before becoming one of Shannon’s four victims.

Mark Baldwin also played well for his 51 before he suffered the same fate, Clarke finishing with figures of four for 29.

From a decent position at 178 for three, Copley lost their next five wickets for just 19 runs as time ran out on their effort.

Mytholmroyd got their season firmly back on track with a straightforward 10 wicket success over struggling Sowerby St Peters.

‘Royd found themselves hampered in the bowling department with main man Jack Earle only managing two overs because of injury.

However, Chris White took up the mantle and helped blow the opposition away for just 126 with Lyndon Baxter’s 40 the best effort with the bat.

Tom Earle and Steve Senior have been in impressive form this season and they did not disappoint, Earle blazing eight fours in his unbeaten 48 with Senior hitting three sixes and 10 fours in his 74 not out.

A mid-order 89 from Scott Griffiths helped Southowram to claim an 86 run success over Bradshaw.

Griffiths clubbed 14 fours and four sixes before being run out with the score on 207 for seven.

Elliott Mercer picked up three for 42 as Southowram closed on 271 for nine.

Dean Cotton (80) wasted little time in putting bat to ball, but when he was second man down with the score on 104, things went steadily downhill and Bradshaw finished on 185, Tom Belfield (four for 64) and Gavin Moody (four for 48) the chief tormentors.

Division One leaders Queensbury secured a routine victory over Luddenden Foot to strengthen their grip at the top of the table.

A great opening spell from Queensbury’s bowlers saw Joel Metcalfe send Foot’s three top line batsmen back with only six runs on the board. He finished with figures of four for 36 from 10 overs.

The only two batsmen to make any decent contribution were skipper Gareth Swain (21) and Ian Baldwin with a spirited 37 which included five sixes as they limped to 119 all out.

Queensbury scored steadily, but Tom Hosker threatened to spoil the party as he picked up eight for 64. In the end it was the visitors who prevailed thanks in part to Joshua Dougall’s 95 batting at number five.

Low Moor beat Outlane by seven wickets with man of the match Nick Wood picking up seven for 54 in 16 overs and then contributing an unbeaten 33 with the bat.

Oxenhope opened up a gap in second following their 94 run success over third-placed Northowram Hedge Top.

Lewis Hopkinson (76 not out) and J. Ousey’s 46 helped lift Oxenhope’s closing total to a decent 282 for eight.

Chris Conroy opened the reply with a smart 60 and after Northowram lost two cheap wickets, Oli Hemingway also chipped in with 60.

However, Duncan Tetley (four for 49) and Ben Addison (three for 38) stifled any hopes of a home victory.

Bridgeholme won the clash of Division Two’s leading lights with an eight wicket win over previously unbeaten Cullingworth.

Bridgeholme have responded well after suffering relegation last season and gave their hopes of a swift return a timely boost over the league newcomers.

Nazkat Ali and Saj Mahmood put the skids under Cullingworth as they picked up four wickets each, the visitors eventually sent back for a meagre 81.

Bridgeholme lost two wickets but they were almost halfway towards their target and Yasir Mahmood (17 not out) and James Hudson (24 not out) guided their side to victory.

Shelf’s poor start continued - although they ran Old Crossleyans close before slipping to a one wicket defeat.

Steve Priestley’s 24 was the best as Shelf struggled to 137, Richard Dixon weeding out four wickets at the cost of 45 runs.

Richard Ramsden provided a similar service with the ball for Shelf on the way to figures of four for 63 and in a tense finale it was Crossleyans’ last pair that guided them through.