Familiar names steer Jer Lane to victory

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Jer Lane continued their march towards the Foster’s Halifax League Premier Division title after banking maximum points from their 92 run success over Blackley.

The familiar names of opener Andrew Pinfield and Raqeeb Younas were again to the fore, Pinfield making 62 and Younas 53 not out as they batted Blackley out of the contest.

Simon Collins also reached 53 as Lane posted an imposing 232 for five.

Collins then inflicted as much damage with the ball, knocking back five for 31 as the visitors ended well short.

Mytholmroyd also picked up their full quota of points following a resounding eight wicket success over bottom club Sowerby St Peters.

However, they are still 21 points adrift of Jer Lane with fixtures rapidly running out.

Sowerby’s cause was not helped by the weather as their original total of 116 was reduced to 91 following a rain break.

Gavin Clarke did his best to post a healthy target with an unbeaten 61, but too many wickets went down cheaply with Tom Earle (three for 49), Tom Greenwood (three for 41) and Zahid Mahmood (two for 16) the men responsible.

As a result Mytholmroyd sensed blood and Earle hit six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 48 to steer the side to victory.

Third-placed Booth banked eight points from a 59 run success over Copley in a game where both sides lost two overs due to the weather.

Ian Hartley proved a thorn in Booth’s side as he went on to record figures of five for 94.

However, Richard Laycock found the boundary on numerous occasions before he gave Hartley a return catch after making 80.

John Potkins then speeded things up with 47 from 23 balls as Booth totalled 253 for seven.

Copley made a decent start with Toby Thorpe (49), Chris Dennison (30) and Oliver Thorpe (40) making good contributions, but they were never able to get away as Laycock (three for 37) and Nigel Horsfall (two for 29) restricted them to 194 for six.

Thornton and Warley slugged it out with Thornton easing home by just five runs.

Wayne Cotton slammed 13 fours in his top score of 58 as Thornton realised a challenging 203 for six. Greg Keywood worked tirelessly to restrict the damage, claiming figures of four for 84.

Nolan Bottomley (81) and John Rawson (81) then produced an opening stand of 164 to give Warley some hope.

However, with both of them gone, and the score on 174 for two, things changed dramatically with no other player making double figures, the last six wickets falling for the addition of just 23 runs.

Bradshaw picked up a useful 12 points from their five wicket triumph over Southowram.

Aaron Buckley collected five for 73 and Piers Fisher four for 54 to send Southowram back for 170.

Bradshaw made life difficult for themselves as they slumped to 54 for four before Lee Broadbent lashed a boundary-laden unbeaten 79 to guide his side through the danger and on to victory

Division One Leaders SBCI saw their game against Clayton reduced to 40 overs per side due to rain, so wasted little time in piling on the runs.

Thomas Wood hit 64 and Chris Dalby 80 as they set a target of 197.

However, Clayton’s attempt to run them down proved unsatisfactory as they were sent packing for just 39, R Hanson claiming five for 18 and Oliver Benson three for 16.

Second-placed Queensbury’s victory was by an altogether closer margin with just 12 runs separating them from Luddenden Foot.

Again the weather played a part with the game reduced to 42 overs per innings.

Queensbury reached 213 to pick up nine valuable points with Foot having to make do with six after seeing their challenge ended on 201 for eight.

Northowram Hedge Top closed the gap slightly on Queensbury with a maximum points victory over Oxenhope.

Jordan Byrnes took the bowling honours with four for 19 while Sam Gardner and Harry Talbot bagged three each to restrict Oxenhope to 107.

Sam Gott anchored the reply with an unbeaten 43 with K. Litjens giving excellent support with 42 as Northowram eased home.

Bottom club Outlane did themselves a massive favour by defeating Low Moor by six wickets.

Moor were unable to build on a solid start and found themselves back in the hutch protecting a disappointing 176 for five.

Outlane opener Dan Crosland sensed an opportunity and took it with both hands, crashing out an unbeaten 98 to lead the victory charge.

Bridgeholme strengthened their hand at the top of Division Two with a two wicket success over fading Cullingworth.

Cullingworth struggled to get out of first gear and after falling to 65 for six they eventually finished with an under-par 125 for seven.

Bridgeholme did not have things all their own way and were grateful to opener Bobby Fielden’s half century as they limped home having also lost a number of wickets cheaply.

Wibsey Park Chapel took advantage of Cullingworth’s defeat to claim second place following an eight wicket win over rock bottom Old Town.

Old Town were restricted to 121 which Chapel passed with ease.

Adil Hanif claimed eight for 28 for Denholme Clough but still ended on the losing side.

Despite his efforts Stones still managed to total 151 and Clough were unable to better it with Matthew Bowler-Jones picking up four for 62.

The other game saw Old Crossleyans claim 10 points from a narrow three run success over Shelf.