Towergate Halifax League: Ian Rushworth: TOP two Triangle and Thornton plus in-form Copley all rattled up 300-plus scores on the way to victory in the Premier Division on Saturday.
Each had a century-maker with Steve Senior, Greg Soames and Chris Dalby all cutting loose as their opponents struggled to cope with a wet ball following overnight and morning rain.
Ex-Mytholmroyd player Senior made 159 as Triangle surged to 367 for four in a reduced overs contest against struggling Blackley, taking advantage of some below par bowling and catching from the visitors.
Dan Crosland made 77 and Christian Silkstone 56, Blackley being on their seventh ball at one stage as the home batsmen repeatedly cleared the boundary.
Blackley made a respectable 286 for nine in reply with former captains Dave Townsend and Craig Taylor both among the runs, having having to settle for a nine point return.
Soames made 131 as Thornton, who are emerging as the biggest threats to Triangle, racked up 306 for six off 44 overs at home to third-from-bottom Mytholmroyd. Soames hit 12 fours and nine sixes.
Such a lofty target proved well beyond the visitors, who slumped to 77 for six before salvaging a couple of precious batting points at 141 all out, Ben Harris and Joe Blencowe picking up three wickets apiece for Thornton.
Promoted Copley made it five wins from their last six Premier games with the help of 123 not out from Dalby at home to Warley.
Dalby also crashed nine sixes and he and Neil Whittaker (93) added 141 for the third wicket as Copley amassed 321 for three.
Half-centuries from Michael Midwood and Luke Duckitt plus an unbeaten 46 from Greg Keywood enabled Warley to make a respectable reply of 242 for six.
Bradshaw started the day third but no play was possible in their home game with Sowerby St Peters and Jer Lane took advantage to move above them.
Andrew Pinfield (45) and powerful youngster Jordan Laban (38) helped them to 134 for three at home to Booth.
Rick Laycock removed both of them and then ran through much of the rest of the order on the way to figures of seven for 69.
Lane had to settle for a total of 202 from 29.3 overs but proved enough with Nabil Khan’s four wickets limiting them to 164 for nine off 36 overs, Tom Collinge’s 43 being the top contribution for the visitors.
Old Crossleyans are 10 points adrift at the bottom after collecting only two points in a five-wicket home defeat by Sowerby Bridge.
The Broomfield men totalled just 111 with Chris Neal (36), Jon Pearson (30) and Richard Dixon (14) the only ones to make double figures as Ashton Richardson and Roger Smith each picked up three wickets.
A second-wicket stand of 61 between Nick Whitehill (44) and Tim Helliwell (27) went most of the way towards settling the contest but Mark Jowett picked up three wickets to ensure the visitors didn’t have things entirely their own way.