Six wickets for Hanson in leaders’ stroll

SBCI will take a two point lead over Thornton at the top of the Towergate Halifax League into Monday’s bank holiday weekend programme.

Jamie Sykes’s side maintained their bright start to the campaign with a 152-run drubbing of struggling hosts Jer Lane in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Robin Hanson (six for 29) and Sykes (four for 28) dismissed Lane for 88 after Ben Summerscales (48) and Charles Hyland (40) had shown the way in the visitors’ 240 for nine.

Thornton also picked up 12 points from a 76-run home win over Bradshaw and went above champions Triangle, who lost by one wicket in a tense contest at neighbours Sowerby St Peters.

Ben King (103) and Nikki Hutchinson (71) added 128 for the second wicket to help Thornton to 244 for seven, both eventually falling to Simon Collins who finished with five wickets.

Bradshaw were 82 for one but their batting fell away sharply in the face of good bowling from Josh Hutchinson (six for 62).

Centuries from Jon Lord (117) and Gary Rodger (103 no) helped Triangle to 271 for nine at Sowerby - a total reduced to 259 by a short rain break.

Slow bowler Martin Schofield took seven wickets for Sowerby and paceman Kurtis Whippey took six in reply for Triangle, but the decisive contributions came from late order Sowerby batsmen.

Number six Ben Hoyle gave Sowerby a fighting chance with 82 and last pair Schofield (23 no) and Lyndon Baxter (10 no) showed nerves of steel to see the home side over the line.

Josh Wood scored six runs off his first 14 balls and then hit 44 off the next 31 as he and Mark Mellor (42 no) put on 89 to take Sowerby Bridge to a four wicket home win over Warley.

Earlier, Warley had recovered from 113 for seven to reach 220, due mainly to a 102-run eighth-wicket stand between Aussie Dean Auciello (50) and Usman Saghir (48), who were finally dismissed by Steve Shannon (five for 74).

Young Ollie Thorpe had an excellent match for Copley at rain-hit Blackley.

Thorpe made 113 and shared a second-wicket partnership of 221 with James Clarke (104 no) as Copley racked up 249 for two, a total subsequently reduced to 151 by rain.

Thorpe then took three for 17 to ensure Blackley got nowhere near their target, the hosts finishing on 76 for six off 27 overs.

Southowram stay next-to-bottom after seeing visitors Booth reach a reduced target of 130 with seven wickets in hand.

POINTS (after seven games): SBCI 60, Thornton 58, Triangle 51, Booth 51, Sowerby Bridge 51, Sowerby SP 50, Copley 45, Blackley 42, Bradshaw 42, Warley 33, Southowram 30, Jer Lane 26.

CHRIS Metcalf made it 217 runs in two innings for Northowram Hedge Top since returning from the Central Yorkshire League.

Metcalf, who has left Scholes because later match starts fitted in better with work, followed up his ton at Oxenhope with his side’s top score of 78 in a 43-run win at home to Clayton.

The Rams made 259 for six and Clayton slipped after openers Chris Ramsden (41) and Tim Evans (33) had put on 73 at five an over.

Raz Saghir took five wickets in the absence of Andrew Gardner but Paul Ayscough’s late 51 not out helped Clayton to three batting points at 216 for eight.

Northowram go above Clayton but the pair were leap-frogged into second by Oxenhope, who picked up 12 points against Greetland at West Vale.

Liam Dyson made 55 at the top of the Oxenhope order and father and son, Duncan (40) and Josh Tetley (35), added 75 to help the visitors to 255 for eight.

Tariq Mahmood struck 52 in reply and Gavin Moody a defiant late 47 but to no avail for Greetland, who finished on 169. Oxenhope’s Adam Bailey (four for 31) was the pick of the bowlers.

Mytholmroyd have a handy nine point lead at the top after a three wicket win at Low Moor.

Twelve points looked a long way off when Andy Croasdell (101) and Mark Mills (62) put on 147 for Moor at the start of the contest but Zeb Mahmood dismissed both on the way to figures of seven for 58.

Jack Earle took the last Moor wicket in the final over, leaving ‘Royd requiring 228, and the visitors got them in spite of a few hiccups along the way.

James Cowens (69), Tom Earle (45) and Tom Greenwood (42) powered ‘Royd to victory with 14 overs to spare.

Queensbury shrugged off a slow start to beat visitors Old Crossleyans by 14 runs.

They crawled to 17 for one off 15 overs before Jamie Priestley (63) and Tom Watson (63) shifted up several gears and began to dominate the visitors’ attack.

Thirty three off 18 balls by Scott Griffiths saw the home men to 187 for six and that proved just beyond the Broomfield side, even after they had sped to 68 for one off 12 overs.

Spinners Darren Jack (five for 47) and Girdev Singh (four for 69) changed things dramatically and the injured Asif Ramzan had to play out the last over to deny Queensbury full points.

POINTS (after seven games): Mytholmroyd 58, Oxenhope 49, Northowram HT 48, Clayton 44, Old Crossleyans 34, Queensbury 27, Greetland 26, Low Moor 26.

OUTLANE won Saturday’s top-of-the-table match in Division Two, beating visitors Bridgeholme by five wickets.

Mohammed Basharat top scored with 71 in Bridgeholme’s 192, the visitors scoring 100 off the last 20 overs. Anwar Shokat and Neil Crosland took four wickets apiece for the hosts.

Outlane were in trouble at 32 for four but Bridgeholme could not shift opener Dan Crosland (49 no), who guided his side to a reduced target of 159 with a big helping hand from hard-hitting Adam Davies (63) and 25 not out from Alex Blagbrough.

Wibsey Park Chapel made another giant bound up the table with 12 points from an eight-wicket win at Augustinians, Adam Beesley’s 44 not out sealing victory.

Ben Waterworth bowled through for Denholme Clough, taking six for 83 to set up a six-wicket home win over Shelf. Half-centuries from opener Bradley Weatherhead and James Holland saw Clough to the 201 runs they needed.

Stones were out of luck at home to Stainland. They were firmly on target for 12 points at 110 for one off 18 overs in reply to the visitors’ 193 in 44.3 overs when play was washed out.