Bizarre dismissal ends a fine knock from Firth

A SUPERB knock from SBCI teenager Lewis Firth was cut short in unusual circumstances on Saturday.

The opening batsman hit 22 fours and three sixes in a knock of 139 at Booth in a Towergate Halifax League top section second teams’ contest.

However, having helped his side to 199 for two, he was given out for obstructing the field.

Firth was out of his ground when stopping a shy at the wickets with his bat.

SBCI went on to total 272 for six and that was more than enough for victory, although their hosts did gain their revenge in the Crossley Shield the following day.

Firth’s counterpart at the top of the Booth order, Paul Heptinstall, made 81 not out to help his side to maximum batting points in reply.

Another player to reach three figures was Jer Lane’s Daniel Laban, who thumped 10 sixes in 121 during a win at Clayton.

An unbeaten partnership of 110 between Shahzad Hassab (76 no) and Paul Shannon (38 no) carried Warley to an unlikely victory at home to Southowram.

Warley were on the ropes at 125 for seven chasing the Rams’ 224 for six, which included 68 from Ian Uttley, before the pair’s match-winning stand.

Shelf’s Bill Sugden (60 no) and Low Moor’s Simon Howard (95 no) batted all 45 overs when their sides met but Shelf emerged two-run winners.

There was a tie at Greetland where the hosts and Sowerby St Peters dropped catches to finish on 214 apiece.

Marvin Green (64) steadied the ship after Sowerby had been 18 for three and Greetland’s response started strongly through Kyle Adamson (46) and James Broadbent (86) .

However, the introduction of Josh Graham (six for 48) proved the turning point. With four needed off the last over, Greetland’s last pair got three of them before Lyndon Baxter bowled Shahzaibe Abdul with the final ball.