Barkisland go up as champs

Barkisland are heading back to the Huddersfield League’s top section, after an absence of just one year, following yesterday’s middle section title triumph.

The Woodfield club got the six points they needed to stay at the summit of the Frank Platt Championship when they beat visitors Meltham by 29 runs.

Darren Robinson elected to bat and his side were seven for two before Jacob Travis (52) and the skipper (45no) helped them to 191 for eight off 50 overs.

The retiring Gary Colman and fellow spinner Matthew Steers were handed the new ball and responded with seven wickets between them as Meltham were dismissed for 162.

Opener Will Fraine held up the hosts, eventually falling one short of a century when he edged a Colman delivery and was caught behind.

Barkisland will be crossing swords again next season with fellow Calderdale club Elland, who clinched the runners-up berth behind Hoylandswaine in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Elland crushed visitors Clayton West by 181 runs at Hullen Edge in their finale.

West Indian Lorenzo Ingram capped a fine season at the club with 112 in Elland’s 267 for five, putting on 114 for the second wicket with opener Niall Lockley (84).

It means Ingram has fallen three runs short of 1,000 for the season.

Spinner Chris Goulden looks certain to be in contention for the league bowling prize again after taking four for 12 to help dismiss Clayton West for 86.

Elland have gained some reward for their strong finish to the season - the Hopkinson Trophy for the most points in the last six games.