Leaders stunned by plucky Bridge

Push: the ball gets through Booth's Ian Sharkey's defence
Push: the ball gets through Booth's Ian Sharkey's defence

SOWERBy Bridge rocked Premier Division leaders Triangle as a powerful batting display saw them surge to a comfortable 85 run success.

Russ Bland set the standard with 71 at the top of the order and once he had left the crease with 138 on the board, Andrew Wilson and Martin Mellor took up the challenge with 66 not out and 42 not out respectively to raise the total to a healthy 224 for three.

Triangle knew they had to get a move on and Tracey Whippey did his best with a half century. However, wickets tumbled to the extent that the visitors were 88 for five at one stage and falling well behind.

Triangle were eventually hounded out by the combination of Darren Chapman senior and junior as they collected three for 47 and three for 21 respectively to hasten the opposition’s departure on 139 for eight.

That defeat allowed Copley to close the gap to one point following their two wicket success over Northowram Hedge Top.

Northowram lost Martin Reed without a run on the board after which K. Litjens made his presence felt by smashing 80 before becoming the ninth wicket to fall. In that time he had helped raise the total to 217 to give Copley something to think about.

Not that they needed to tax themselves too much as they were given a decent start which was taken up by the middle order, Will Mitchell-Smith top-scoring with 56 while H. Talbot toiled manfully to pick up four wickets at a cost of 48.

Sowerby St Peters maintained a healthy advantage at the top of Division One following their six wicket success over Mytholmroyd.

However, second-placed Warley have not given up the fight and they banked maximum points with a 10 wicket rout of Low Moor.

A. Azam picked off three wickets at a cost of 16 as Moor capitulated to just 52, J. Howard the only player to hit double figures.

That left Warley with a straightforward task which Ben Atkinson (27 no) and Dominic Oates (24 no) duly completed, the victory taking just over 12 overs.

Greetland edged closer to Wibsey PC at the top of the Division Two table after they put bottom club Denholme Clough to the sword.

Steven Hawksworth crashed 118 in a total of 280 while M. Raistrick and Peter Dawidowicz could be forgiven for feeling hard done by as they worked through the card to claim five for 63 and five for 102 respectively.

Clough did not have anyone with Hawkesworth’s application, Alan Parkinson’s 31 being the best with the bat, as the Greetland attack made light work of the reply.