Jamie and Richard steady the ship and see Halifax through

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THE cool heads of skipper Jamie Summerscales and Richard Laycock dug the Towergate Halifax League select side out of a hole on the way to a four wicket win over the Huddersfield Central League at Mytholmroyd on Sunday.

Halifax were creaking at 86 for five in reply to Huddersfield’s 161 for seven in a game of wildly fluctuating fortunes in the new West Yorkshire Area Cricket Council Knockout Cup.

However, SBCI’s Summerscales (46 no) and Booth’s Laycock (40) took Halifax to within seven runs of victory with some sensible batting in a 69-run stand and the captain saw it through to the end.

“We only needed around four an over and they just did what they needed to,” said Halifax League press officer Geoff Wright.

Halifax were grateful to Copley youngster Oliver Thorpe and the host club’s James Cowens for stepping in following the withdrawals of Triangle’s Kurtis Whippey and Mytholmroyd’s Tom Greenwood, while Steve Shannon (Sowerby Bridge) deputised for his injured brother Chris (Bradshaw).

It did leave the side looking stronger on batting than bowling, meaning Halifax were confident of winning after they had restricted Huddersfield to a modest total off 40 overs.

The Huddersfield openers batted solidly but slowly to put on 62 for the first wicket.

The visitors then collapsed to 80 for seven with Steve Shannon taking three wickets and Warley slow bowler Nolan Bottomley two in economical eight over spells.

However, Huddersfield’s eighth wicket pair chanced their arm with success and doubled the total, taking 19 off one over from Rob Laycock.

Thornton’s Ross Soames (31) and Bottomley (16) had an opening stand of 47 but then wickets started to tumble and when Copley’s Craig Taylor and SBCI teenager Charles Hyland were out to successive balls, the outcome looked in doubt.

However, Summerscales and Richard Laycock steadied the ship and earned Halifax an away semi-final against either South Yorkshire or the Dales Council in a match to be played by August 12.