Thornton on the move after Blackley success

Actions from the game, Brighouse v Hartshead Moor, cricket at Brighouse Sports Club. Pictured, Matthew Evans gets a top edge.
Actions from the game, Brighouse v Hartshead Moor, cricket at Brighouse Sports Club. Pictured, Matthew Evans gets a top edge.

On a day when maximum points were at a premium in the Premier Division, only Thornton and Bradshaw banked the full quota.

Bradshaw made up ground on the teams immediately above them following an eight wicket success over Triangle, while Thornton catapulted themselves into third place courtesy of a 66 run success over Blackley.

Thornton reached a beefy 245 thanks chiefly to the exploits of Nikki Hutchinson and Michael Shanks who blitzed 88 and 71 respectively.

Reece Jennison toiled in the heat, picking up five for 58 in his 10 overs.

J. Hutchinson and Greg Soames then took centre stage, both claiming four wickets as Blackley subsided to 179, Freddie Fox and N. Irshad sharing the top score with 36.

Triangle set a target of 191 against Bradshaw which the visitors knocked off easily for the loss of just two wickets.

Triangle’s Tony Sykes scored 50 off 61 balls in a knock of 57 while Simon Collins and E. Mercer both claimed three wickets.

S. Charnley and Wayne Cotton then took the fight to the hosts, Charnley finishing on 52 not out and Cotton 81 not out as they reached their target with ease.

Jer Lane strengthened their position at the top courtesy of a three wicket success at Booth.

The hosts gave Lane a run for their money, however, racking up an impressive 278 for six thanks to 70 from opener Patrick Thomas and 55 from the dependable Rob Laycock, J Williams claiming three for 92.

Once again that man Raqeeb Younas plundered big runs, hitting seven fours and six sixes in his 73 before becoming one of Moazzam Ayub’s four victims.

P. Chapman (30no) and Nabil Khan (38 no) ensured the victory with some lusty blows at eight and nine.

Copley’s hopes of closing the gap on the leaders foundered with a narrow three run defeat by Warley.

Michael Midwood’s 60 was the bedrock on which the Warley total of 244 was built after the visitors had found themselves on 94 for four at one stage.

Ian Hartley and Richard Thorpe nagged away with Hartley finishing with five for 51 and Thorpe three for 71.

Copley lost Toby Thorpe without a run on the board before Oliver Thorpe (77) and James Clarke (53) put on a partnership of 135 for the next wicket.

It all went downhill from there, however, as Amjin Azam (three for 78) and then Greg Keywood (three for 79) hastened their departure on 241 for seven.

Tim Helliwell smashed nine fours and two sixes for his 65 which helped Sowerby Bridge achieve a four run success over Clayton in another close encounter.

N. Wilson chipped in with 47, but Bridge found themselves back in the hutch for 204 thanks to the combined efforts of Sam Wilson (five for 93) and Nick Bickers (three for 61).

Chris Ramsden showed the boundary no mercy either as he plundered 14 fours and two sixes to lead the reply from the front.

He eventually perished for 90 with the score on 129 and with five wickets left. However, time ran out on Clayton’s efforts as they finished on 200 for seven.

Mytholmroyd moved above Clayton following their 72 run demolition of bottom club SBCI.

Tom Earle’s 73 proved crucial for ‘Royd who saw their total climb steadily to finish on 281, J. Sykes claiming five for 75.

In reply, SBCI were struggling and from 97 for seven they rallied briefly thanks to Sykes’ battling unbeaten 67, but it proved in vain as the innings ended on 209 for nine.

Southowram increased their advantage at the top of Division One following an 11 run home success over Northowram.

S. Griffiths (63) pushed the scoring along before Andy Measey added an unbeaten 57 to close the total out at 239 for nine, R. Saghir keeping things in check with five for 83.

However, a difficult task took on epic proportions as Northowram slipped to 58 for three before Oliver Hemmingway (52), G. Severn (49) and C. Conroy (51) threatened a revival which came to nothing as the last three wickets fell for the addition of just two runs, Tom Belfield claiming four for 99.

Oxenhope finally turned the tables and won a close match at home after beating Outlane by just seven runs.

The Oxenhope innings got off to a bad start, losing opener Liam Dyson second ball of the match, before Stuart Jackson (43) and Jack Barker (27) put on 50 for the second wicket.

Wickets then started to tumble and the home side were reduced to 102 for seven before skipper for the day Darren Hopkinson crafted 54 invaluable runs, supported by Reece Webb-Foster, to get the home side to a total of 169, Neil Crossland returning the best figures with four for 30.

A couple of early wickets gave Oxenhope hope before the middle order of ian Mellor (31) Alex Blagborough (24) and Ben Dickens (35) looked to have the game wrapped up with Outlane on 151 for six and needing just 19 to win.

Jack Smith (38no) also looked in fine form before opening bowler Dyson came back for a second spell with devastating effect as, assisted by Jackson (three for 24), he wiped out the Outlane tail with five for 47 to snatch an unlikely victory.

Wibsey Park Chapel steamrollered Augustinians in Division Two, beating their struggling rivals by 104 runs.

The Augustinian bowlers were put to the sword as Wibsey hammered out an impressive 215 for two with Adam Beesley (56no) and Paul Ravenscroft (77no) leading the way.

Matthew Jordan then set to work with the ball on the way to figures of three for 57, with Richard Winn taking four for 14 from five to help scuttle the hosts for 111.

Luddenden Foot slipped up as they suffered an 88 run defeat by Stainland.

Foot were among the wickets early on but 103 from C. Betts, which included 19 fours and three sixes, steadied the ship.

He was well suported by 30 from P.Sharpe and 25 from A.Brown as the total climbed to 242 from 33 overs.

Foot fought well with Jamie Hothersall pouching four catches while Chris Roy took four for 48.

Foot then struggled as they lost too many early wickets before J. Baldwin and Tom Hosker stuck around to frustrate Stainland with a stand of 69.

Stainland remained patient and finally sent the home side back for 154, C Gorringe and Richard Severn both claiming three wickets.

Illingworth’s overseas man Matthew Battle produced a superb all-round display in his side’s six wicket win at Alwoodley in Division Three of the Aire-Wharfe League.

Illingworth elected to field and Battle immediately put Alwoodley on the back foot by dismissing the top three batsmen, ably supported by opening partner Jamie Moorhouse (two for 22) and Luke Brooksby (two for 41) as the home side subsided to 71 for seven at drinks.

Alwoodley mounted a middle order recovery with Strange (49) and Gray (34 not out) lifting the total to 150 for eight. However, once Strange was removed by Battle in his second spell, the Alwoodley innings subsided to 154 all out after 43.4 overs, battle finishing with five for 55.

Illingworth began strongly with Richard Farrell-Smith and Battle tucking in to the opening bowlers, making a quick 38 off seven overs.

Once Farrell-Smith had gone after hitting 34 off 27 balls, Battle continued his recent good run of form making a top innings score of 76.

Callum Cook and Alex Ledger then took Illingworth to their comfortable victory with 28 overs remaining.

Lightcliffe sent Morley crashing to the bottom of the Bradford League Division One table as the visitors secured an eight wicket success.

Another poor battling display from the hosts saw them muster just 136 as former Copley and Yorkshire player Oliver Hannon-Dalby - on a break from county duties with Warwickshire - claimed three for 21.

Overseas player Suleman Khan also claimed three wickets at a cost of 42 as Morley struggled to emerge from the doldrums.

Lightcliffe then cruised to victory with Oliver Robinson (64no) and Chris Taylor (44no) sharing an unbroken third-wicket stand of 106

Brighouse’s new South African-born player Johannes Van Ee claimed five for 42 on his debut against Hartshead Moor but still ended up on the losing side.

Matthew Evans top scored as Hartshead Moor made 160 for eight before Will Smith returned to haunt his former side with figures of three for 44 while Adnan Raza Ali claimed four for 27) as Brighouse limped to 148 for nine, Sadaqat Zaman top scoring with 50.

Greg Finn and Jack Hendy were to the fore as Elland cruised to a 59-run success over Skelmanthorpe.

Finn hit 15 fours as he remained unbeaten on 92, while Hendy kept him company at the end with 62 not out as the visitors racked up 247 for four.

Skelmanthorpe made a decent fist of the reply but were eventually undone with Hendy impressing again, taking four for 52 from 11 overs as the reply fell apart at 188 for seven

Barkisland saw their impressive total of 267 for five overhauled by Delph & Dobross who went on to secure a seven wicket success.

Lorenzo Ingram plundered an unbeaten 124 while Jamie Summerscales crashed out 90 to set the opposition a daunting target.

However, they hunted it down with some ease, Faisal Butt ending on 133 not out in a total of 270 for three

Northowram Fields’ woes at the foot of the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division continued as they suffered a 107 run defeat at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.