SOWERBY skipper Gavin Clarke put Monday’s narrow victory over Warley in a top five Premier Division contest down to the know-how and confidence his side picked up during last season championship win.
The St Peter’s club successfully defended a total of 143 all out in a contest reduced to 33 overs per side by rain earlier in the day.
Matty Hoyle knocked over Warley’s top four for 42 runs but the visitors looked set to come through and win when John Rawson (51) and Nolan Bottomley (35) - who had earlier taken five wickets with his spin after opening the bowling - chipped away at the home total.
However, on a rare wicketless day for Sowerby’s own spin ace Martin Schofield, Hoyle returned to the attack and he and Craig Patrick stifled Warley’s scoring at an important time.
Luke Duckitt managed a six off the first ball of the final over, bowled by Patrick, but could only manage a four when he needed a six to tie off the last ball as Sowerby scrambled home by two runs.
Clarke said: “I though we showed a bit of experience. We have learned from last year.
“We are still not playing as well as we can but if we can keep winning that will do.”
Sowerby are now just a point behind Warley in fourth but there is a six point gap between the pair and top two Bradshaw and Triangle who both collected 10 points against sides struggling to get going this season.
Steve Beck’s 61 not out, which included four sixes, lifted Bradshaw’s total to 216 for five and Blackley skipper Craig Taylor’s unbeaten 107, after his side had been 49 for five, was not quite enough. Bradshaw won by 44 runs.
Triangle’s game at Mytholmroyd lasted only 34.5 overs after Carl Fletcher routed the hosts for 69 with eight for 46.
Copley’s new recruit, Chris Dennison from Rastrick, made 53 and took two wickets as visitors Sowerby Bridge were beaten by five wickets while a 164-run second wicket stand between Johnny Lister (96) and Micky Hustler (78) helped Jer Lane comfortably get the better of Old Crossleyans.
Four more wickets for Ben Harris helped Thornton win at Booth.
POINTS: Bradshaw 52, Triangle 51, Warley 45, Sowerby SP 44, Copley 44, Thornton 43, Jer Lane 43, Sowerby Bridge 42, Booth 39, Blackley 22, Mytholmroyd 14, Old Crossleyans 15.
SOUTHOWRAM lost top place in Division One to Clayton after going down at home to Northowram by 51 runs.
Tom Belfield took six wickets but Northowram reached 184 with the help of 43 from Raz Saghir and 36 from Adam Stocks. The Gardners did the rest, Sam and his father Andrew taking eight wickets to limit the hosts to 133 with Phil Veal’s 46 the top contribution.
Clayton cantered to a seven-wicket win at Shelf while SBCI also won for the second time in three days after restricting Greetland to 101 for seven off 29 overs.
Wibsey bounced back from a below-par show at home to Greetland on Saturday with a seven-wicket win at Oxenhope.
POINTS: Clayton 52, SBCI 49, Southowram 47, Northowram 38, Greetland 32, Shelf 31, Wibsey PC 26, Oxenhope 16.
ONLY two games took place in Division Two with the Augustinians versus Old Town and Luddenden Foot versus Outlane contests washed out.
Stainland and Queensbury cashed in with away wins, Andrew Brown’s 119 just helping Stainland get the better of hosts Bridgeholme by five runs.
Darren Jack’s four wickets helped Queensbury overcome Stones but seven points wasn’t quite enough for them to overtake leaders Low Moor, who were without a game.
POINTS (games played in brackets): Low Moor (5) 47, Queensbury (5) 45, Stones (5) 34, Stainland (6) 31, Outlane (5) 28, Luddenden Foot (5) 25, Denholme Clough (4) 24, Bridgeholme (4) 23, Old Town (6) 21, Augustinians (5) 11.