Sykes and Clarke top averages

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SBCI have gone close to another first team double in the newly-released Towergate Halifax League averages for 2012.

Jamie Sykes, who led the side to a league and Parish Cup double this summer, has topped the Premier Division bowling averages with 43 wickets at 11.37. Warley’s Luke Duckitt is second (34 at 11.85) and Sykes’s teammate Robin Hanson (47 at 12.53) third.

Jamie Summerscales, the only batsmen to score 1,000 league runs in a rain-ravaged programme, hit 1052 at 70.13 but the SBCI man had to settle for second place behind Copley’s former Bradford League player James Clarke, who scored 568 at 81.14.

Brothers Richard (607 at 60.70) and Robert Laycock (741 at 52.90) filled the third and fourth places for league runners-up Booth.

Northowram Hedge Top’s Chris Metcalf (861 runs at 95.67) and Mytholmroyd’s Jack Earle (40 wickets at 13.22) have won the middle section awards.

Shelf’s Andy Dimbleby (634 runs at 48.77) was the top batsman in Division Two from Dan Crosland (495 at 41.25) of champions Outlane, whose father Neil has won the bowling with 30 wickets at 9.00. Just for good measure Dan won the fielding prize.

The top second team players were Triangle’s Tom Russell (507 runs at 63.38) and Copley’s Nick Gomersall, who finished second in the batting (361 at 60.17) and won the bowling (28 wickets at 11.86).

All the figures and round-up in Friday’s Courier