Champs are back on top

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Champions Triangle went back to top of the Towergate Halifax League’s second teams’ pile on Saturday.

John Moore’s side picked up 12 points from a home win over Blackley - aided by half-centuries from Tracey Whippey and John Russell and four wickets from Shaun Charnley - while previous Premier leaders Warley had to settle for eight points from a 38-run success at home to Northowram HT.

Ben Atkinson (71), Andrew Oates (59) and James Whitworth (46) helped Warley to 264 for seven but the Rams dug in after being 67 for three to finish on 226 for six, experienced pair John Cole (51) and Martin Reed (49 no) heading the resistance.

SBCI went third with a comprehensive 141-run home win over Thornton, Dan Keighley’s four for 18 polishing off the visitors after Simon Wood had hit 71 in the first half of the action.

A 161-run stand between under 15s player Toby Thorpe (82 no) and Nick Gomersal (78 no) carried fourth-placed Copley to the 220 they needed to beat Visitors Sowerby Bridge.

There was a run fest at Booth where Jer Lane made a bold bid to topple the home side’s 279 for seven total, falling 10 runs short.

Hasnain Wajid (74) and young Sam Sharkey (four wickets) fared best for Booth while Tony Dawson struck 78 for the visitors.

Clayton were on the ropes at 32 for six at home to Souithowram but ended up winning by 100 runs. A 95-run stand between Joseph Brown (71 no) and Paul Gelder (48) launched a revival which was completed by the two Dans - Roddis and Pummell - who took nine wickets between them as the Rams were rolled over for 116 in reply to 216.

Division One’s bottom club Bradshaw got a much-needed win at home to Sowerby SP, aided by Matthew Swann’s five for 61, while Calum Westwood hit an unbeaten 102 to spur Outlane to a 73-run success at Shelf.

Nazir Ahmed’s seven for 14 dismkissed Old crossleyans for 61 in reply to Denholme Clough’s 191 in Division Two.

Andrew Binns’ 95 not out, which included seven sixes, helped Mytholmroyd charge to a five wicket win at Luddenden Foot. George Ashton had earlier made 77 at the head of Foot order.

Warren Forster fought a loan battle with the bat for Stainland, making 65 out of his side’s 97 in a home defeat by Augustinians.