Pinfield falls one short of ton as Lane press on

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Leaders Jer Lane showed little compassion for Premier Division basement boys Sowerby St Peters as they stormed to a 168 run success in a one-side Foster’s Halifax League clash.

Not for the first time Andrew Pinfield led from the front, but he would have been disappointed to perish just one short of his century.

Lane continued to score steadily with Johnny Lister contributing 45 in a daunting total of 249 for eight, Joshua Graham picking up three for 39.

Sowerby had no answers to the guile of opening bowler Nasir Chowdrey as he chewed up and spat out batsmen at will on the way to impressive figures of nine for 34 from his 11 overs, Sowerby departing meekly for just 81.

Mytholmroyd maintained their chase of the leaders with a five wicket success over a Bradshaw side who could do with some points to haul themselves away from the wrong end of the table.

Richard Moore would have most justification for feeling robbed after he peppered the boundary for Bradshaw in an unbeaten 120.

Dean Cotton also looked to be going on nicely until he retired hurt on 67, the total finally reaching 249 for five.

Mytholmroyd’s big guns relished the task in hand and everybody scored runs, most notably Simon Wheelwright with 64 and Luke Sutcliffe (41) as the target was passed with ease.

Booth remain in third place following a 77 run success against a Thornton side who had started the day one place behind them in fourth.

That defeat saw Thornton slip two places with Warley taking over their previous slot courtesy of a seven wicket success over Blackley.

Tom Baxter must have thought he had done enough to give the visitors a sniff of victory with a magnificent 123.

However, Blackley were kept in check by Greg Keywood (three for 52) and Usman Saghir (three for 52) as they totalled a reasonable 263 for eight.

Nolan Bottomley started to eat into that lead immediately, contributing 96 at the top of the pile with Saghir’s mid-order 94 the icing on the cake in a winning total of 252 for five.

Copley edged closer to midtable security with a stunning nine wicket success over Triangle.

Chris Goulden and Ian Hartley picked up three wickets apiece as sorry Triangle capitulated to 72 all out, Gary Rodger’s 26 the best of a rotten bunch.

Copley had few problems passing the target, Chris Dennison the only wicket to fall after making 31.

Oxenhope squeezed to a much needed victory at Clayton in Division One - but by the slenderest of margins of just one wicket.

All looked to be going to plan as Clayton were reduced to 64 for five by the opening pair Liam Dyson and Ben Addison.

Joe Clough, Andrew Windle and Damian Selby all scored 22 to stabilise the Clayton innings but Adam Bailey continued to take wickets on his way to three for 51. At 135 for nine the innings looked over but last man Danny Roddis struck 31 not out to move the total up to a respectable 175.

A disastrous start saw both openers back in the hutch with just six runs on the board. As in the Clayton innings batsmen got a start and then failed to consolidate.

Liam Dyson (38) and Grahame Ellis (30) looked to be moving the visitors to victory before succumbing. The score edged up and skipper Duncan Tetley looked to be man for the occasion before being bowled by Clough (three for 49) with 10 still needed and eight wickets down.

Enter young bowler Ben Addison who calmly knocked off the required runs to save the day.

SBCI are still top of the section following a 41 run success over Low Moor.

George Hampshire set the standard with 57 at the top of the SBCI card as they rattled up 205 for eight

Robin Hanson (four for 40) and Jamie Sykes (four for 10) made sure Moor were unable to get away, opener Andrew Croadsell top scoring with 50 in a total of 164.

Cullingworth are back on top of Division Two following their 120 run crushing of struggling Shelf.

George Heartfield made his intentions clear with a superb attacking 104 with Anthony Partington proving no slouch after knocking out 69 in a total of 279 for nine.

Shelf made little impact as they fell away to 159, Stuart Boardall making 35 while Dave Robinson claimed figures of five for 34.

Denholme Clough moved into third place following their 211 run demolition of Old Town.

Imran Aslam (70) and Yousaf (51) were the main runmakers in Clough’s imposing 322 for eight.

Old Town knew they were up against it and they surrendered on 111 for nine.

Greetland won the mid-table battle with Old Crossleyans by eight wickets.

David Scott took five for 30 to hasten Old Crossleyans departure on 98.

Greetland lost a couple of wickets before Ian Hopkinson (34no) and Nassar Hussain (36no) steered them home.

Divison One

Oxenhope 1stXI 176 for 9 (12pts) beat Clayton 1st XI 175 all out (4pts)

Division Two