ANDY Measey may have stepped down as skipper a week or so ago but he remains as determined as ever to try to keep Southowram in the Premier Division of the Towergate Halifax League.
It is a giant task but the cut-adrift Rams bagged a rare 12-pointer this season when Measey spurred them to a 17-run home win over champions Triangle.
Richard Veal top scored with 43 as the Rams cobbled together a total of 169 and Yorkshire over 50s player Measey made 26 not out before really coming to the fore with the ball.
His seven for 45 sent Triangle packing for 152, Measey’s victims including top scorer Christian Silkstone for 52.
Leading pair Booth and SBCI continue to match each other win for win. The gap between them remains at eight points after both picked up 12 points on their travels.
Booth bowled out Thornton for 183 with number eight Ollie Dunn (47) the top scorer for the hosts, Richard Laycock, Ollie Collinge and Nigel Horsfall bagging three wickets each.
Rain left Booth needing 112 off 30 overs and they got there with five wickets and three overs to spare with the help of 38 from Richard Laycock.
Jamie Summerscales’ 66 helped SBCI to 201 for nine at Blackley, who were dismissed for 168 in reply with Ben Summerscales and Jamie Sykes taking three wickets each.
Third-placed Sowerby Bridge’s good run came to an end when they were bowled out for 55 at home to Copley.
Richard Turner and Ollie Thorpe bagged four wickets apiece and it would have been an even sorrier tale for the home side, who were 28 for six, had Ashton Richardson not made 21 not out.
Youngster Thorpe completed a good performance with 32 not out as Copley completed victory in 10.4 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Nolan Bottomley (69 and five for 39) had an excellent match as Warley won at Sowerby SP by 78 runs. Michael Midwood (64) and Bottomley put on 111 for the second wicket to help the visitors post 240 for seven and that was more than enough.
Elliot Mercer was trapped leg before wicket just one short of a century but he had the consolation of helping his Bradshaw side win a rain-affected game at Jer Lane by 18 runs.
Wayne Cotton maintained his fine season with 47 as Bradshaw made 252 for seven and Lane, requiring 241 off 43 overs, were all out for 222.
Chris Shannon was Bradshaw’s other star performer on the day with seven for 64 while opener Andrew Pinfield (81) and Dean Watson (48) spearheaded the home effort.
MYTHOLMROYD have a commanding 17 point lead at the top of Division One with four rounds of fixtures left after beating Clayton in Saturday’s battle of the top two.
Asem Khan and Chris White took four wickets each in a fairly even first half to the contest, Clayton making 194 for nine with Derek Lumley’s 42 the top contribution.
Ex-Blackley pair Dave Townsend (59) and Tom Greenwood (68) spearheaded Mytholmroyd’s reply and the hosts won by four wickets in spite of the efforts of Sam Wilson (four for 58).
Oxenhope jumped from fourth to second with 12 points from a seven-wicket win at Northowram HT.
Nick Hall (48) and Keir Litjens (24) put on 60 for the first wicket for Northowram but only Chris Metcalf (39) and Andy Gardner (27) made an impact after that as Adam Bailey took four for 23 off 18 overs and Liam Dyson also picked up four wickets, but for 109.
A short rain break left Oxenhope needing 166 rather than 169 and from 59 for three, Joe Ousey (46 no) and Josh Tetley (50 no) wrapped up a comfortable seven-wicket win.
Tariq Mahmood (four for 26) and Adbul Raud (80) helped struggling Greetland beat visitors Old Crossleyans but they only pulled back four points and are still 29 adrift of their third-from-bottom visitors.
Low Moor’s survival prospects look bleak when they were rained off after hosts Queensbury had made 180.
Craig Green warmed up for yesterday’s Parish Cup final with the wickets of Phil Sharples and Tom Watson in the first three balls of the game at Old Guy Road.
With Dave Matthews adding the wickets of Jamie Priestley and Girdev Singh, Queensbury found themselves 10 for four after six overs. When Matthews added home skipper Jon Bruce to his haul, the home men were well and truly on the ropes at 27 for five.
For the second week running, Scott Griffiths (56) and youngster Matty Bruce (17) led a recovery.
When both were dismissed with the score on 93, Low Moor once again looked to be command. However, a personal best 41 from teenager Bradley Osborne and a dogged unbeaten 19 from opening bowler Matthew Johnson saw Queensbury reach 180 and claim maximum batting points before the rain came.
GARETH Hall hit 124 not out as Luddenden Foot ran out convincing 113-run winners at Stones in Division Two.
Skipper Karl Whipp (61) and Grant Helliwell (53 no) helped Foot pile up 290 for three at the Ripponden venue and Stones were dismissed for 155 in reply.
Augustinians’ Mudassar Bashir was another batsman to reach three figures, his 102 propelling the improving Laund Hill side to 236 for seven at home to Stainland, who managed only 126 in reply.
Runaway leaders Outlane look determined to clinch the silverware sooner rather than later.
They picked up eight points at Shelf where Andy Dimbleby’s battling 87, which included 12 fours and three sixes, helped the hosts to 158 for eight.
It turned out to be far from plain sailing for the visitors, who were grateful to Simon Ainley’s 62 and Alex Blagborough’s 28 not out for seeing them to a two-wicket win. Robert Ramsden (five for 59) led the home attack well.
A 151-run fourth-wicket partnership between Yousaf (84 no) and Brett Wilcock (77) for the fourth wicket was only worth batting bonus points to Denholme Clough.
Wibsey Park Chapel were 28 for two in reply to their 247 for five when play was washed out.
Bridgeholme were five-wicket winners at Old Town after dismissing the home side for 105.