Halifax bowlers shine - with bat

No mug with the bat: Harry Reynolds scored 53 not out at number 11
No mug with the bat: Harry Reynolds scored 53 not out at number 11

THE Halifax Joe Lumb side will be looking to make it three wins out of three in this year’s competition on Sunday week after a brilliant late order batting performance set up an easy win over Doncaster.

The Wetherby League are next in the firing line at SBCI after Halifax had a massive 195-run success over their South Yorkshire visitors.

Halifax were in trouble at 128 for eight after being asked to bat first under leaden skies and in cool conditions at Thornton.

However, Daniel Syme launched a revival with a hard-hit 51 and then last pair Liam Keywood and Harry Reynolds deflated the visitors with a superb stand of 110 to post a total of 300 which proved well beyond Doncaster.

A damp and greenish track was exploited by Doncaster’s Webster, who had bowled openers Freddy Fox and Ben Atkinson with only 21 on the board.

Oliver Thorpe (22) and Charles Hyland (31) steadied the ship but when Hyland was dimissed on 86, quickly followed by Hammond to a smart catch at second slip, things looked bleak for the home side with six wickets down.

When Matthew Scholefield was run out for 11 with the score at 128 for eight, the Thornton tea ladies were switching on the kettle in the newly-refurbished pavilion.

However, the game changed in the course of the next hour with Syme launching Halifax’s recovery by hitting seven fours and two sixes.

His knock was followed by a remarkable display of clean hitting from the last pair with Keywood making 72 and Reynolds 53 not out.

Brief defiance from Doncaster’s opening pair and their skipper Dobson, who top scored with 41 batting at number three, took the score to 70 for one before an alarming collapse saw the last eight wickets fall for just 35 runs.

Syme capped an excellent display with five for 28 and debutant Hammond bowled four maidens in his seven overs, conceding just five runs and taking two wickets.

A winning margin of 195 runs must be one of Halifax’s biggest in the competition and the side’s excellent spirit was remarked upon by several spectators.

Halifax v Doncaster

Halifax won by 195 runs.

HALIFAX 300

F. Fox b Webster 0

O. Thorpe b Webster 22

B. Atkinson b Webster 5

C. Hyland b Dobson 31

K. Litjens c Suddas b Ellwood 1

E. Mercer b T. Greeen 14

F. Hammond c Suddas b C. Dobson 0

D. Syme b Webster 51

M. Scholefield run out 11

L. Keywood b C. Dobson 73

H. Reynolds not out 53

Extras 40

Bowling: T. Webster 14-4-52-4, J. Dobson 11-0-63-0, C. Dobson 12.2-0-78-3, L. Ellwood 6-0-40-1, T. Green 3-0-17-1, T. Jackson 3-0-27-0.

DONCASTER 105

T. Green c Atkinson b Reynolds 22

M. Green c and b Thorpe 12

J. Dobson lbw b Hammond 41

A. Suddas c Scholefield b Syme 2

J. McCullum c Thorpe b Syme 2

A. Teasdale b Hammond 2

J. Eubman c and b Syme 1

L. Ellwood c Fox b Syme 2

C. Dobson b Keywood 0

T. Webster lbw b Syme 0

T. Jackson not out 4

Extras 17

Bowling: H. Reynolds 7-0-28-1, M. Scholefield 7-2-25-0, O. Thorpe 6-1-17-1, D. Syme 8-1-28-5, F. Hammond 7-4-5-2, L. Keywood 0.4-0-0-1.