Triangle come out on top in high-scoring encounter

Action from the game between Copley and Sowerby Bridge
Action from the game between Copley and Sowerby Bridge

Triangle heaped further misery on last season’s runners up Blackley by securing a four wicket success in a high scoring Foster’s Halifax League Premier Division encounter.

Ian Hall was the chief contributor to Blackley’s decent total of 284 for six as he plundered eight fours and four sixes in his top of the order 75.

Dan Houldin (60) helped Hall put on 102 for the third wicket while there were some beefy late runs from Jason Baxter (37 no) and Nazim Irshad (47 no) which brought further substance to the innings.

The Triangle openers wasted little time in setting about their task as Nathan Madden crashed 16 fours and Gary Rodger struck 11 boundaries in an opening stand of 123.

Madden was first wicket down on 75 with Rodger following for 59.

Jack Geldhill maintained the momentum with 48 with Steven Fletcher helping to guide his side home with an unbeaten mid-order 29.

Sowerby Bridge continued their impressive start to the season - but they were made to work hard for their five run victory at Copley.

Bridge were struggling on 44 for three at one stage with their front line batsmen back in the hutch.

Chris Whitehill and Paul Smith set about repairing the damage with 61 and 85 not out respectively as the total reached 220 for six.

Chris Dennison overcame the early loss of fellow opener Toby Thorpe to hit 65, but the innings fell away as Ashton Richardson claimed four wickets and Sam Mellor three. Nick Gomersal was the final Copley wicket to fall, run out for 35 with the target in sight.

Wayne Cotton took matters into his own hands as he steered Thornton to an impressive eight wicket success over Bradshaw.

Bradshaw had limped from 41 for five to 167 all out, their departure hastened by Joe Blencowe’s five for 28.

Thornton lost Chris Ramsden early doors but Cotton was in fine form, smashing 14 fours and a six in his unbeaten 81 from a total of 168 for two.

Mytholmroyd were another side to enjoy an eight wicket victory with Warley on the receiving end.

Jack Earle (five for 17) and Tom Greenwood (four for 50) made sure Warley could never get away, opener Nolan Bottomley’s 33 the best in a total of 120

Tom Earle hit 11 boundaries and five sixes as he laid seige to the bowling, finishing on 86 as ‘Royd wrapped things up at 122 for two.

Jer Lane picked up another maximum points haul from their six wicket win at Southowram.

The home side had little answer to opening bowler Sam Wilson (four for 19) and first change Simon Collins (three for 66) as they slipped to a meagre 137 all out, Scott Moody and Dean Crossley equalling the top score of 42.

Andrew Pinfield and Raqeeb Younas were dismissed cheaply, but it was all Lane from then on with Jordan Laban’s 46 steering them home on 139 for four.

There is no respite for Sowerby St Peters at the bottom of the table as they suffered a six wicket reversal at the hands of Booth.

R. Laycock cracked out an unbeaten 139 for Booth which included a massive 13 fours and 11 sixes.

That helped Booth to realise 209 for four in reply to Sowerby’s earlier knock of 205, L. Baxter hitting a mid-order 56.

SBCI maintained their unbeaten record in Division One with a 59 run success over Outlane.

SBCI did experience a few problems as Outlane had them rocking at 99 for six at one point before they rallied to post 190 for eight.

Outlane were always up against it at 74 for eight and Adam Davies’s 63 proved in vain as Thomas Wood hastened their downfall with seven for 38.

Nick Wood’s 62 for Low Moor was in vain as his side slumped to a three wicket defeat at the hands of Northowram Hedge Top for whom Andrew Gardner picked up four for 36.

Darren Hopkinson remained unbeaten on 100 as Oxenhope beat Queensbury by seven wickets while Clayton are still looking for their first win after they suffered a 52 run defeat at Luddenden Foot, Gavin Swain gathering six for 49 for the hosts.

Cullingworth are thoroughly enjoying their new surroundings as a 78 run success over Old Crossleyans testifies.

The home batsmen generally chipped in well with Steve Welch’s 34 the best in a total of 154 for seven.

Crocs were unable to break the shackles and after being 15 for four at one stage were finally put out of their misery on 76 with Graham Rankin picking up four for eight from his nine overs.

Bridgeholme remain hot on Cullingworth’s tail following a six wicket success over Old Town, Bobby Fielden top-scoring with 54, while Denholme Clough destroyed Greetland, sending the visitors back for just 77 leaving Imad Nasir (36 no) and Zhabair Yousef Mohammed (39 no) to see them home in quick order.