Triangle’s double hopes in tatters

Hitting out: Booth's Jon Midgley on his way to a half century in his side's Parish Cup clash with SBCI
Hitting out: Booth's Jon Midgley on his way to a half century in his side's Parish Cup clash with SBCI

TOWERGATE Halifax League leaders Triangle saw their hopes of achieving a league and Parish Cup double ended with a 10 run defeat at the hands of Copley.

The reversal was Triangle’s first of the campaign as they struggled to overhaul Copley’s 265 for six on a scorching hot day.

The hosts had found runs hard to come by as they slipped to 86 for five, Mark Uttley claiming figures of three for 84. It took a monumental stand between Mark Baldwin (91) and B. Hoyle (90 no) to rescue the situation - the pair putting on 167 for the sixth wicket to hike to total to a far more respectable 265 for six.

Triangle were three wickets down for 74 as the asking rate climbed but Christian Silkstone (66) and Gary Rodger proved steadying influences as the asking rate dropped from 10 to seven as the game headed towards a conclusion.

Rodger remained unbeaten on 92 then received support from Tom Russell (48), but Copley held their nerve to secure the win.

Holders SBCI bowed out after suffering a narrow one run defeat over a Booth side who lifted the famous trophy two years ago.

Booth made a sterling job of rescuing what looked a difficult situation as strike bowler Oliver Benson winkled out opening pair Tom Collinge and Rob Laycock with just two runs on the board.

In fact the hosts had lost all four of their top batsmen with just 82 on the board before staging a recovery. Jon Midgley set the ball rolling with a hard-earned 58 after which P Thomas (56 no) and R Cockroft (30 no) kept the momentum going towards a closing total of 225 for six.

SBCI also lost their openers cheaply but the rest of the order made vital runs as they closed in on their target. Ben Summerscales was seventh man down, after scoring 46, which left the holders still needing eight runs for victory with overs running out.

Matthew Bamford was run out as the tension mounted and despite J. Sykes doing his best with an unbeaten 23 Booth were able to see the game out by the narrowest of margins.

Outlane’s mission impossible proved just that - yet the Division Two side were able to still hold their heads up high in a six wicket defeat by champions Sowerby.

The visitors put Outlane into bat and they performed well to post a decent score of 207, Graham Hughes (52) and Steven Hellawell (55) underpinning their efforts after both openers had left with 39 on the board.

Chris Punda and Craig Patrick both picked up three wickets but it was Sowerby’s batting prowess which ultimately steered them to the victory.

Adie Gawthrope departed after making 39 with Martin Schofield falling for a duck and Gavin Clarke just four as Outlane restricted their illustrious visitors to 77 for three.

But Ben Watkins remained in charge, slamming 10 fours in his unbeaten 53 and when he was joined by G. Hayes the outcome was never in doubt, the latter peppering the rope on his way to an unbeaten 61 and a total of 208 for four.

Outlane skipper Dan Crosland said: “It was fantastic for us to get so far and enjoy a very good competitive game today. I am over the moon with my lads and how they applied themselves - they were a credit to Outlane.

“I wish Sowerby the best for the rest of the competition. They are clearly a very strong batting unit and showed why they are the reigning champions.”

Thornton also made it through to tonight’s draw following their 81 run success over fellow former Bradford Central league side Clayton.

Nikki Hutchinson top-scored for the visitors with 78 as they amassed 245 for nine.

Clayton then struggled to contain Joe Blencowe who claimed six wickets as they fell away after making a decent start.