Ton for Crossley before rain returns

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The weather was the winner - as it has been for much of June - as far as local cricket was concerned on Saturday.

Most matches in the Towergate Halifax League got underway but heavy showers interrupted play and then had the final say either at tea time or early in the second innings.

No games were reported to have finished, meaning four points was the most any of the teams could collect.

That left the possibility that the sides involved in three re-arranged league games on Sunday could take advantage given better weather.

Jer Lane were playing Sowerby Bridge and SBCI were facing Copley in the Premier while Greetland travelled to Clayton in Division One.

Well-meaning league officials allowed the re-arrangements due to flood damage at Bridge, Copley and Greetland and any issues surrounding the re-arrangements are likely to be discussed at Tuesday’s monthly league meeting.

They had previous stated that in the event of Saturday’s programme being washed out completely the teams taking part on Sunday would only get two points.

The highlight in Saturday’s limited top section action was a knock of 128 from Dean Crossley for bottom club Southowram.

He helped his side to 186 for seven off 35 overs and hosts Blackley were 50 for two off 12 overs when play was ended.

Triangle’s Gary Rodger was caught and bowled three runs short of a century as Triangle made 203 for eight off 30 overs at home to Booth, who didn’t get chance to start their reply.

Thornton’s Ben Harris took six for 61 to limit hosts Sowerby St Peters to 146, Thorton reaching seven without loss before the rain returned.

Another team to bank the maximum three bonus points from the first half of the contest were Warley, who made 186 for nine at home to Bradshaw.

Division One leaders Mytholmroyd looked on top after 28.4 overs at Queensbury, where the home side were 112 for nine. Chris White took four for 28.

An unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 112 runs betwen Gary Severn (66 no) and skipper Nick Hall (42 no) had got Northowram Hedge Top very much back in the hunt against surprise Parish Cup finalists Low Moor.

The Rams made 209 for five off 39 overs and Moor scored a single off the only over possible in the reply, bowled by Sam Gardner.

Old Crossleyans’ Chris Neal made batting look easy on a difficult wicket at home to Oxenhope.

He hit 103 off 50 balls before becoming one of four victims for Liam Dyson as the Broomfield men made 170. Oxenhope were 18 for one in the seventh over when the players ran for cover.

Division Two leaders Outlane took four points from a trip to Stones. Gareth Walker made 93 for the Ripponden side before being run out, Dan Proctor, Alex Blagborough and Neil Crosland dismissing his teammates in a total of 171.

Outlane didn’t get chance to start their innings.

Augustinians were 64 for four in reply to Luddenden Foot’s 167 for nine, Old Town got to 108 for four at Denholme Clough and Bridgeholme came closest to a victory on the day. They were 84 for four in response to hosts’ Stainland’s 117.