SBCI and Rams return to top section in style

SBcI and Southowram posted convincing wins on their return to the Premier Division of the Towergate Halifax League on Saturday.

Four of the six top-flight matches went ahead after heavy rain earlier in the week and last year’s middle-section top two both banked nine points from home successes.

SBCI had a comprehensive 174-run success over Parish Cup holders Copley with star batsman Jamie Summerscales hitting the ground running.

The opener plundered 127 and when he was fourth out with the total on 205, Craig Potts (46) and Dan Keighley (47) sent the total soaring to 274 for seven.

Robin Hanson then dismissed Copley’s top four as the visitors moved to 33 - the returning Craig Taylor got 21 of them - to effectively end the contest.

The visitors laboured to 100 for seven, collecting just one batting point but ensuring that SBCI didn’t bowl them out and get the newly-introduced 12-point maximum haul.

Southowram were six wicket winners at home to Blackley, an unbroken stand of 105 between Ian Gledhill (71 no) and Richard Veal (36 no) seeing them past the visitors’ 184 for nine total.

Safir Hussain led the home attack well with five for 56 off 19 overs and skipper Andy Measey (three for 53) provided his main back up, Freddie Fox and Dan Houldin scored 39 apiece for Blackley.

Dean Crossley made 54 on his return to the club but three wickets for Paul Dowle had put Blackley back in it before Gledhill and Veal came together.

Sowerby St Peters, the 2010 champions, and Jer Lane, who are usually among the league’s top handful of sides, also picked up nine points.

Sowerby had a useful 32-run success at Thornton after posting a healthy 242 for six with Gavin Clarke (91 no) showing the way and opener Gareth Standeven (45) and Dan Syme (37 no) also chipping in.

Mark Clayton took five wickets for the hosts and his haul was matched by Mr Reliable Martin Schofield, who limited Thornton to 210 with Nick Hutchinson’s 64 their top score.

Powerful youngster Jordan Laban struck 101 for Jer Lane at home to Sowerby Bridge but Micky Hustler (45) was the only other home batsman in double figures.

Jonathan Clay and debutant Steve Shannon took seven wickets between them to restrict Thornton to 200 for eight.

Tim Helliwell typically spearheaded Bridge’s reply with 67 but Dan Wheelwright (32) was the only other batsman to get going as Chowdrey and Phil Yeadon kept things tight to leave Bridge hanging on at 154 for nine.

Last year’s top two, Triangle and Booth, were unable to start at Booth and the Bradshaw versus Warley contest also had a watery grave.