SBCI buck trend with giant score

THERE was a dearth of runs among the Towergate Halifax League’s second teams on Saturday - but not at Triangle where the Premier Division champions got a taste of their own medicine.

John Moore’s regular trophy winners are well known for putting sides to the sword on their compact ground but they had no answer to SBCI’s Mark Scholefield and Harry West.

The visiting pair came together at 133 for six and added 186 runs with teenager Scholefield hitting 126 not out and West an unbeaten 56. Scholefield’s father Simon had earlier made 47.

Chasing 320 for victory, Triangle folded to 210 all out with the Scholefields taking six wickets between them.

Elsewhere, it was a field day for bowlers with wickets still yet to fully dry out after April’s record amounts of rain.

Incredibly, 13 teams were all out for less than three figures with Augustinians (34), Wibsey Park Chapel (41), Stainland (47) and Jer Lane (55) having particular problems with the bat.

Jer Lane were soon five for six at Warley in the top section.

Karl Laban smashed five sixes in a knock of 41 to save his side from total humiliation but Amjid Azam bowled him on the way to a five for 36 return and Liam Keywood (three for 18) did the rest.

Lane were sent packing in 10 overs and Warley completed a nine-wicket win.

There was also a quick finish at Copley where Mark Thristan hit 72 not out off 10.3 overs as the hosts surged past Thornton’s 79 for a 10-wicket win.

Among the bowlers to make the most of a receptive playing surface was Shelf’s Mamoon Rashid, who took eight wickets to help his side beat Bradshaw in the middle section.

In Division Two, there were seven-wicket hauls for Mytholmroyd’s Matthew Bauer at Augustinians and Queensbury’s Russ Lockley at Denholme Clough.

Ex-Illingworth player Lockley made it 12 wickets in two games to help his side defend a score of 99 against their neighbours, who were left to rue having only 10 men when they fell five runs short of victory.

One batsman who had a good day was Bridgeholme’s Bobby Fielden.

The teenager stroked a classy 174 not out, including 13 sixes and 13 fours, but still finished on the losing side at Oxenhope.

Bridgeholme made 264 for six but Oxenhope knocked them off in spite of being 32 for four. However, a stand of 175 between Brendan Ellison (109) and Eddie Burke (92 not out) took the home side to victory with an over to spare.