McCartney leaves Rams

Northowram Fields have parted company with their overseas player James McCartney.

While the South African teenager had fitted in well at the club and was popular, he had struggled for form.

The all-rounder managed only 79 runs in seven innings for the top flight Central Yorkshire League side - 60 of them came in one cup match - and six wickets at a cost of 31 each.

The Rams had intended signing McCarthy - who has a British passport - and a Kiwi for 2012 but the league ruled that they could not have both and McCartney was first on the register.

Amazingly, four matches were completed in the CYCL’s Premier Division on Saturday but Northowram’s home game with Carlton wasn’t one of them. The visitors were 179 for four with 14 overs left when play was washed out.

Lorenzo Ingram made 53 and Simon Wheelwright 40 as Elland made 176 for six at home to Honley in the Huddersfield League’s Premier Division.

In the section below, Barkisland were nine without loss after Matthew Steers (five for 49) and Gary Colman (four for 47) had dismissed visitors Lepton Highlanders for 151.

Illingworth’s bad luck with the weather continued when a top class performance from their bowlers sent fifth-placed Tong Park Esholt sliding from 59 for one to 97 all out.

Skipper Luke Brooksby led the way with five for 34 and he received admirable backing from Ben Robertshaw (2-10) and Alex Ledger (2-37).

Mopping up operations looked set to allow the Illingworth innings to proceed on a remarkably dry wicket but prolonged late afternoon rain finally forced an abandonment.

Lightcliffe made 229 for nine declared away to Undercliffe, whose reply was cut short at five for none in Division One of the Bradford League.

Yorkshire’s Alex Lees made 71 and Charlie Roebuck a rapid 58 for the visitors, who had been sent in to bat.

The rain rescued Brighouse in Division Two. Visitors Bankfoot had charged to 72 without loss in pursuit of the hosts’ 120, which included 52 from Dan Dunkerley, when play ended.