Sowerby lift cup for first time

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Sowerby St Peters won yesterday’s Towergate Halifax League Sunday Section final with a 22-run win over Booth at Lightcliffe CC.

Nigel Stokes’s side, who were lifting the Rod Warhurst Cup for the first time, were grateful to match of the match Mohammed Younis.

He helped Sowerby recover from 16 for three to reach 158 by scoring 54 and then followed up with four for 19 as Booth were dismissed for 136.

THE Halifax League side went down by 60 runs to the South Yorkshire League at Kexborough CC yesterday in the semi-finals of the West Yorkshire Area Council Knockout Cup.

The hosts were limited to 190 after a century opening stand, Booth’s Richard Laycock taking three for 38 and Bradshaw’s Chris Shannon two for four.

However, Halifax lost wickets at regular intervals and were all out for 130, Thornton’s Ross Soames carrying his bat with 49 not out.

Andy Measey’s seven for 49 haul was in vain for Southowram in yesterday’s re-arranged Halifax League top section match against Sowerby Bridge at Sowerby SP.

Bridge were dismissed for 125 after being 51 without loss. However, the Rams plunged from 37 for none to 62 all out, Sam Mellor and Ashton Richardson picking up four inexpensive wickets apiece for the winners.

It was a disappointing Sunday for Huddersfield League club Elland.

Their firsts were beaten by 64 runs at home to Shelley in the Twenty/20 competition quarter-finals and the seconds were dismissed for 43 in the Paddock Shield semi-final at Cawthorne, losing by nine wickets.

Northowram Fields went down by 70 runs to eventual winners Methley in the semi-finals of the Central Yorkshire League’s Twenty/20 competition on Sunday.

Methley, who had beaten the Rams in the league on Saturday, made 170 and Northowram’s reply never really got off the ground after Mark Gilliver had been run out in the first over.

Methley went on to win a thrilling final against hosts and holders New Farnley. Methley, chasing 111 to win, needed four off the last ball and prolific runmaker Nick Connolly - who scored 64 at Northowram on Saturday - hit it for six.

Todmorden completed a weekend double in the Lancashire League when skipper Andrew Sutcliffe hit 78 and took three for 19 in a 97-run home win over Rawtenstall.

Brighouse’s plight at the bottom of the Bradford League was not helped by yesterday’s 99-run defeat at Morley, where Will Smith’s efforts were in vain.

Smith took three for 80 and followed up with 59 not out but Brighouse, chasing 229 to win, were all out for 129.

Kashif Naveed made 142 not out for the hosts and comkpleted a good day with three for 13.