Triangle will get silverware

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Triangle have been confirmed as second team champions in the Foster’s Halifax League following an enquiry into their abandoned final match of the season.

Their game at SBCI on Saturday, September 14 was halted with the home side 169 for seven in reply to Triangle’s 220 all out.

Triangle wicketkeeper Ashley Colclough was subsequently banned until the start of the 2015 for repeatedly distracting the home batsmen.

The league’s executive last night had to decide how to award the match points and whether to take further action against Triangle, who had been assured top spot in the Premier Division before the final game.

League chiefs decided to award the points 12-0 in SBCI’s favour - meaning the team from The Astleys have finished runners-up - and will notify Triangle of a punishment which will not further affect this year’s standings.

League secretary Neil Myers said: “They will be getting a further punishment which will be suspended for two years.”

Meanwhile, there will be no Halifax League cricket on the weekend of July 5/6 next year when the Tour de France comes through Calderdale.

League chiefs had decided there would be too much traffic disruption for players trying to get to grounds on that date and at last night’s league meeting decisions were taken about the fixtures that would be missed.

There are 15 clubs with either first or second teams in the Premier Division and they voted 8-7 in favour of the games being rearranged for the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May rather than having a double weekend.

A Bank Holiday Monday programme was a regular feature of the fixture list for all Halifax League teams up to this year.

Middle section sides have a 21-game programme so they will finish their 2014 season on the same day as other teams, rather than a week earlier.

The 10 Division Two teams currently play each other twice and then have four extra games. They will only have three extra games against opponents picked at random next year.