Eight wickets for Nasir in Lane stroll

NASIR Chowdrey was the hero as Jer Lane ended their miserable start to the Towergate Halifax League season on Monday.

Opening bowler Chowdrey took eight for 55, aided by a couple of Graham Sivyer stumpings, to help dismiss visitors Blackley for 113. Opener Andrew Ingle top scored with 32.

Lane wrapped up a seven-wicket win with 41 from Micky Hustler and 42 not out from Dean Watson to move off the bottom of the Premier Division, above Southowram.

The Rams lost by the same margin at Bradshaw, for whom lomng-serving pair Simon Collins and Wayne Cotton were again to the fore.

Slow bowler Collins took six for 57 off 21 overs as Southowram were reined back to 161 all out after Dean Crossley’s 41 had helped them to 87 for one.

Cotton then struck 13 fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 74 to finish the contest.

Leaders SBCI backed up Saturday’s handsome success at Jer Lane with another 12 points, this time at home to Thornton.

Ollie Benson reduced the visitors to 11 for three and Thornton never really recovered, Greg Soames (61) making the only contribution of note in a total of 130.

The visitors knew they had to dismiss in-form Jamie Summerscales early on to have a chance but failed to do so, the league side player’s 64 helping SBCI to a seven wicket win.

Champions Triangle suffered another derby reverse. Sowerby SP beat them on Saturday and this time it was Sowerby Bridge’s turn, winning by 17 runs at Grassy Bottom.

Liam Turner had a fine match for the hosts with four for 42 and Triangle’s top score of 55, but backing was in distinctly short supply.

Richard Price top scored with 46 in Bridge’s 206 all out - a modest score for the ground - but visiting bowling trio Jake Dixon, Ashton Richardson and Steve Shannon pulled it around with all 10 wickets between them.

Triangle faltered after a 70-run stand between Turner and Jack Gledhill (27) for the seventh wicket had put them back in the contest.

Luke Duckitt’s seven for 46 sent Copley packing for 109 and helped hosts Warley to a 100-run win.

In shades of Saturday’s narrow defeat at Sowerby Bridge, Warley’s Usman Saghir (40 no) and Dean Auciello (36) had earlier come together to help their side past the 200-mark.

Booth took 12 points to Sowerby’s four. Young Luke Bridges made 81 not out in Sowerby’s 182, Richard Laycock taking five for 58,

Cousins Leigh Thomas (54) and Patrick Thomas (30) spreaheaded Booth’s successful response, the home side winning by four wickets.

SKIPPER Jonny Sykes and Matthew Browes produced a fine finishing effort to snatch at unlikely victory for Old Crossleyans at home to Queensbury in Division One.

The Broomfield men looked to have done the hard work when they dismissed Saturday’s conquerors Queensbury for 145 with five wickets from Richard Dixon, Darren Jack’s unbeaten 45 earning ‘Bury a second batting point.

However, Crocs slumped from 40 for one to 80 for nine in reply, leaving Browes and Sykes as the home side’s last hopes.

They proved up to the task with 68-run stand to carry Crocs to a one-wicket win, Sykes making 42 not out and Browes 31 not out.

Northowram picked up nine points against Clayton for the second time in three days.

Saturday’s in-form players were at it again. Chris Ramsden followed up his 41 at Hedge Top with 94 this time while Raz Saghjir made it nine wickets in the two contests for Northowram.

However, it was Chris Metcalf’s 85 not out in tandem with Ollie Hemingway (43 no) which made the difference. Their 133-run stand tipped the scales the visitors’ way after the Rams had been 70 for four chasing 202. Metcalf had hit 78 off the Clayton attack on Saturday.

Top of the table Mytholmroyd had no problems in romping past Low Moor’s total of 180 for the loss of three wickets to bank another 12 points.

DIVISION Two leaders Outlane were relieved to sneak a one-wicket win at Luddenden Foot, last pair Anwar Shokat (18 no) and Neil Crosland (1 no) turning a possible five points into 12.

Early wickets for Alex Blagborough gave Outlane a good start but Foot cobbled together a score of 169 and that was almost enough in game in which Outlane’s Dan Crosland and Simon Ainley were joint top scorers with 32.

Stones’ David Mobbs and Ben Watkins had every right to be asking questions of their teammates following a 47-run loss at Old Town.

Watkins took eight for 60 and Mobbs hit 102 but Old Town produced the better team effort, dismissing Stones for 181 in reply to Old Town’s 228, which featured 74 from opener Sajid Mahmood.

An unbroken 133-run stand between Sajid Ramzan (60 no) and Oliver Challis (66 no) helped Bridgeholme to success at home to Denholme Clough after the Eastwood side had been 26 for four in pursuit of Clough’s 158 for seven. Alan Parkinson top scored with 62 for the visitors.

Shelf romped to a 171-run home win over Augustinians, taking charge from the start.

Top three Jack Hartley (32), Lee Crowther (58) and Chris Wolfenden (48) helped them to 142 for one and after the loss of four quick wickets some lusty hitting helped them to 253 for eight.

Opening bowler Robert Ramsden then took six for 28 to dismiss the Laund Hill men for 82, home skipper Nick Patefield showing good sportsmanship by asking the umpires to recall a batsman given out leg before who had clearly got soem bat on the ball.

Wibsey Park Chapel’s Richard Hassall had an excellent match in his side’s six-wicket home win against Stainland, taking four for 33 and following up with an unbeaten 61 opening the batting.