Dennison lays foundations for Copley win

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COPLEY finally got their Towergate Halifax League Premier Division campaign up and running with their first maximum points haul from their two wicket success at Sowerby St Peters.

And with Jer Lane suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Booth it meant Copley moved off the foot of the table - much to their relief.

Consistent bowling laid the foundations for their victory with Chris Dennison picking up four for 39 from his 15 overs while James Clarke and Mohammed Seraj both collected three apiece as Sowerby subsided to 137, Gavin Clarke top-scoring with 42.

Dennison was unable to follow up his heroics with the ball as he departed for a duck but Clarke rescued things with a fine 45, Seraj hitting an unbeaten 32 as seventh batsman to ease his side home.

Booth also earned their first 12 point haul of the campaign with the 106 run success which dumped Jer Lane to the bottom of the early season table.

Booth were nine for two wickets before Ian Sharkey rode to the rescue sharing in a stand of 134 with Rob Laycock before the latter perished after making 52.

Sharkey was then joined by Richard Laycock and they added another 70 runs before Sharkey went three shy of his century. Laycock went on to make an unbeaten 70 in a total of 246 for four.

Not content with his batting prowess, Rick Layock then opened the Booth bowling attack and went on to weed out five for 44 with fellow opener Nigel Horsfall picking off the rest for 45 runs as Lane mustered just 140 in reply.

Blackley continue to set the pace at the top following their three wicket success over Sowerby Bridge.

Tim Helliwell got Bridge off to a good start with 65 at the top of the order but the momentum went away from the visitors once Ibi Mir and Theo Greaves set to work.

Mir picked up figures of four for 68 from his 15 overs with Greaves sending back three for 29 from 12 to restrict the visitors to 171 for nine.

Freddie Fox and Tom Baxter set a solid base to launch the reply, Fox scoring 62 and Baxter 44.

Blackley hit a sticky patch as Jake Dixon (four for 55) and Jonathan Clay (three for 33) found some success but Jonathan Stenson remained unbeaten on 29 to steer his side past their target.

Michael Midwood slammed a hugely impressive 158 as Warley leap-frogged Southowram in the table following a three wicket success over their rivals.

However, they missed out on maximum points as the hosts stuck around long enough to see out the overs.

Midwood slammed 17 fours and 11 sixes in his bruising knock which far eclipsed anything his teammates could offer.

The total had climed to 213 when he was fourth man down, Warley eventually posting 250 for eight.

Southowram lost Phil Veal with just two runs on the board but Seymour remained firm as wickets fell around him.

He made 82 and the game was up for Southowram when Seymour was seventh man down with the score on 182 as time ran out on their efforts.

There was double disappointment for Nick Jowett who was dismissed two short of his century then saw his Bradshaw side lose out to SBCI by six wickets.

Jowett was the cornerstone of Bradshaw’s impressive total of 252 which was further boosted by Wayne Cotton’s middle order 56, Jamie Sykes claiming three for 89

However, Bradshaw did not reckon on SBCI’s lusty reply as they overcame going two down for 77 to blast home at 256 for five, every batsmen getting plenty of runs with Thomas Conway’s unbeaten mid-order 56 the best of a healthy bunch.