Whitehill’s unbeaten 153 sinks holders

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A MAGNIFICENT knock from Nick Whitehill has ensured that Copley will not be lifting the Parish Cup for a second successive year.

The Sowerby Bridge batsman struck 153 not out in Sunday’s quarter-final to pave the way for a 41-run victory by the visitors in the all-Premier Division contest.

Whitehill hit 10 fours and 12 sixes, adding 128 with former skipper Paul Smith (46) for the second wicket.

Mark Baldwin took four wickets but Bridge finished on 251 for eight.

Copley were all out for 210 in reply, Whitehill completing a good day’s work with three for 26. Ollie Thorpe top scored with 47 and his dad Richard (26 no) and Richard Turner (34) plundered some late runs but Bridge had the situation under control.

There was no giantkilling act at Old Town where the second division hosts went down by 106 runs to the 2010 cup winners SBCI.

The home bowlers suffered the same fate as several Premier Division attacks this season at the hands of Jamie Summerscales.

The former captain hit 113, including seven fours and four sixes, and helped his side to 317 for eight. Dan Keighley (55) and Jamie Sykes (44) also got into their stride.

The contest was virtually settled when Old Town’s top four were blown away by Robin Hanson and Ollie Benson but Sajid Hussain (69), Andy Butterworth (34) and Mohammed Ali (44) swung the bat to good effect to get their total up to 211.

Low Moor will fly the flag for Division One in the semi-finals after beating Triangle’s conquerors and fellow middle section side Clayton by two wickets away.

Dave Matthews struck three early blows as Clayton slumped to 25 for four. Number five batsman Paul Ayscough (29 no) dropped anchor at one end and Mitesh Mistry (21) and Nick Bickers (20) added late runs but a total of 136 wasn’t quite enough.

Low Moor also lost early wickets but Charles Holdsworth (49) and Nick Wood, who backed up his earlier four for eight with 36, took Moor to within sight of victory and late wickets for Sam Wilson (four for 23) were in vain for Clayton.

The fourth team going into Wednesday’s semi-final draw are Booth, who won by two wickets at Bradshaw.

The hosts looked out of it at 80 for nine until left-hander Steve Beck hit 80 in partnership with Adam Ingham to lift the total to 152.

Booth lost wickets steadily and needed 38 not out from Nigel Horsfall to see them through after the game had been in the balance.

The experienced Jonathan Bullick extinguished any hopes Bridgeholme might have had of upsetting Sowerby Bridge in the Crossley Shield quarter finals.

Bridgeholme were restricted to 162 on their small ground by a tight Bridge bowling attack, James Hudson top scoring with 54.

Russell Bland and Ralph Sillitoe were early Bridge casualties but Bullick made 110 not out as the visitors cruised home by eight wickets.

Triangle stayed on course for a final they will host on Sunday, August 19 with a seven-wicket home win over Thornton.

The game looked set for an early finished when three wickets apiece for old heads Peter Madden and Roger Smith left Thornton floundering on 87 for eight.

However, Glen Cooney (53) and Tim Whitney (33 no) breathed some life into the contestwith a 79-run stand to help lift the total to 172 for nine.

Triangle were 69 for three before John Russell(60 no) came out to join Shaun Charnley (56 no) and they finished the contest with a century stand.

Steve Ashton had a fine game for Blackley but was unable to prevenet his side bowing out by 67 runs at Southowram.

The Rams took the early honours with a 98-run opening stand from Alan Veal (86) and Martin Reppion (31) before Ashton (four for 39) and Gary Clarke (five for 38) cut thtrough the order to leave Blackley requiring 187 for victory.

Ashton opened the batting and got 76 of them before falling to four-wicket David Jowett but support was in short supply and the visitors were all out for 119.

Warley’s bid to go one better than last year gained momentum with a five-wicket win at Booth.

Half-centuries from Thomas Collinge and Mark Johnstone helped the home side to 228 but a ton from Ben Atkinson helped Warley reach their target.