SBCI SCALE THE HEIGHTS

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SBCI are the new leaders of the Towergate Halifax League after openers Sam Hinchliffe and Jamie Summerscales hit centuries to help them beat Blackley on Saturday.

Last year’s Division Two champions leapfrogged Saturday’s visitors and Thornton, who had held top spot before losing a high-scoring contest at Booth.

Summerscales made 109 - his third century in five league knocks this season after handing over the captaincy to Jamie Sykes - and Hinchliffe 110, the pair putting on 188.

Tom Wood then weighed in with 52 not out to send the total rocketing to 327 for four and SBCI completed a fine afternoon’s work by dismissing Blackley for 158 with seamers Robin Hanson, Sykes and Matty Hoyle sharing the 10 wickets.

Nikki Hutchinson (79), Greg Soames (46) and Ross Parr (56 no) were among the runs for Thornton, who must have been reasonably confident at tea after posting 256 for seven.

A couple of early Booth wickets for Josh Hutchinson improved their position but Booth batted really solidly from then on, spearheaded by long-serving Ian Sharkey (58), to clinch a four-wicket win off the first ball of the final over.

Champions Triangle are up to second, bouncing back from their shock Parish Cup exit at the hands of Clayton in some style with a 233-run thrashing of the other promoted side, Southowram.

Dan Crosland (67) hit a 26-ball half century and skipper Carl Fletcher (93) needed one fewer to reach his 50 as Triangle pushed on from being 218 for six to reach 346 for seven.

The Rams were never in the hunt after losing two early wickets and managed only one batting point as Dave Turner (three for 26) and John Lord (three for 23) sent them packing for 113.

Jer Lane are the only team below Southowram in the table. Johnny Lister was back in the groove for them with 108 but otherwise it was a tale of woe at Bradshaw, who piled up 319 for eight with the help of 85 from Nick Jowett at the top of the order.

Slow bowler Simon Collins then took five for 38 to limit Lane to 220, the last four wickets tumbling on that score with Lister the eighth man out.

Sowerby SP and Warley started the day next to each other in mid-table but Sowerby ran out seven-wicket away winners thanks mainly to Martin Schofield.

The prolific wicket-taker took seven for 53 and received solid support from Gareth Grogan (three for 59) as Warley mustered a disappointing 125 with Luke Duckitt (42) and Jimmy Sarwar (27) the only men to get going.

Gareth Standeven’s unbeaten 60 completed the job for the visitors, young Luke Bridges (35 no) providing the support after Sowerby had slipped to 49 for three.

Copley are building momentum after a slow start and they were comfortable 47-run home winners over Sowerby Bridge, who collapsed in pursuit of the home side’s 248 for eight once Tim Helliwell and Nick Whitehill had departed.

Helliwell batted well for 71 with Whitehill adding 43 while James Clarke took five wickets for 129 to help hustle Bridge out for 198.

POINTS: SBCI 48, Triangle 47, Thornton 46, Booth 44, Blackley 42, Sowerby SP 41, Sowerby Bridge 39, Bradshaw 38, Copley 37, Warley 31, Southowram 26, Jer Lane 24.

TEAM of the moment Clayton backed up their stunning Parish Cup success at Triangle with a 246-run annihilation of Division One leaders Mytholmroyd.

It was down almost entirely to an incredible 343-run second-wicket partnership between Dean Smith (200 no) and Chris Ramsden (157 no).

They came together at 66 for one, following the departure of Tim Evans for 14, and thrashed a ‘Royd attack lacking Jack Earle but still reasonable strong, to all parts of the ground. Smith hit 24 sixes and Ramsden had six maximums.

Shellshocked ‘Royd managed 163 in reply, opener Tom Earle getting 68 and James Cowens 32 while Bickers took five for 16 for the hosts.

Northowram Hedge Top won by four wickets at Oxenhope in the battle between the second and third-placed teams.

Oxenhope openers Liam Dyson and& Craig Bartlett took full advantage of the excellent track to put on a first wicket stand of 202.

Bartlett fell just short of his maiden hundred for the club, dismissed leg before on 96, for the second time in the match.

On the first occasion he was recalled by the Nothowram captain after it has obvious he had hit it - a tremendous act of sportsmanship given Oxenhope were 190 for none at the time.

Tom Tetley hit a brisk 41 as the home team amassed a seemingly unassailable 315 for four.

Northowram, however, had other ideas although a steady start was derailed by a couple of quick wickets for Dyson and Bailey plus a run out which saw them reduced to 114 for for four.

Enter match winner Chris Metcalf, back from Scholes in the Central Yorkshire League, who hit a blistering 139 not out to snatch an unlikely victory with five balls to spare.

Queensbury recorded their first win of the season with a tense four-wicket success at Low Moor.

Moor struggled to 99 for eight with Steve Elphee capturing four wickets but Craig Green, a new signing from Hepworth Idle, then smashed three sixes and three fours in a 20 ball unbeaten 34 to push the total to 146 and earn two batting points.

Ex-skipper Phil Sharples led the Queensbury reply with the the match’s highest score of 44 but the visitors subside to 86 for six before current skipper Jon Bruce (30 no) and long-serving Nick Richardson (37 no) shared an unbroken stand of 64 to take their side to victory.

Five wickets from young spinner Jack Hembleys helped Old Crossleyans bowl out Greetland for 159 in reply to their 231 for nine and earn 12 points.

POINTS: Mytholmroyd 46, Clayton 40, Northowram 39, Oxenhope 37, Old Crossleyans 31, Queensbury 28, Greetland 22, Low Moor 21.

DIVISION Two leaders Outlane were beaten for the second successive game, this time by two wickets at Shelf.

A 101-run opening stand between Tony Bennett (65) and Daniel Crosland (53) got them away on the right foot but only Ben Dickens (32) really contributed after that in a total of 193 for seven.

The efforts of the Outlane openers were matched by their counterparts Jon Marshall (49) and Andy Dimbleby (51) and although Neil Crosland took four for 17, the home side made it to their target with four overs to spare.

Karl Whipp hit 124 to help Luddenden Foot beat visitors Stones by 34 runs.

Whipp hit eight sixes and 11 fours and received strong backing from Grant Helliwell (62) as Foot romped to 285 for eight.

Rob Worthington (five for 68) was the pick of the visiting attack and he led a fightback with the bat after Stones had lost early wickets to Chris Whipp (four for 66).

Worthington made 65 and received solid middle-order support but the Ripponden side finished on 251.

Paul Fenton’s five for 27 put Wibsey Park Chapel in command at home to Denholme Clough at Bradford Park Avenue.

Clough were dismissed for 138 on the big ex-county ground and Chapel had few problems wrapping up a seven-wicket win aided by an unbeaten 52 from new signing Adam Beesley.

Stainland were 21 run victors over Augustinians thanks chiefly to a fine performance at the top of the order from Andrew Brown (73) and Dave Robinson (69) in a total of 252 for seven.

A Mathloob then took five for 55 to hustle Augustinians out for 231