Blackley duo add 209

Best foot forward: Blackley's Tom Baxter, who plundererd a century against Thornton on Saturday
Best foot forward: Blackley's Tom Baxter, who plundererd a century against Thornton on Saturday

Towergate Halifax League seconds: BLACKLEY openers Tom Baxter and Andy Ingle put Thornton’s bowlers to sword in an unbroken 209-run opening stand on Saturday.

Baxter made 119 and Ingle 78 as the pair overhauled visitors Thornton’s 208 for eight total inside 30 overs in the Premier Division.

Both players hit 15 fours but Ingle left the big hitting to Baxter, who clubbed eight sixes.

Earlier, Tom Ramsden, a late call-up from the under 15s for Bilal Sheraz, had claimed the prized wicket of Andy Hutchinson after Thornton had elected to bat.

Ben King was in prime form for the visitors, making 92 before becoming one of three victims in an over for Paul Dowle, who was again the pick of the attack with five for 60.

If Blackley had hoped to make ground on the sides above them, Triangle and Booth, they were disappointed as that pair collected 10 points to their nine.

Triangle retained their five-point lead at the top with a fairly routine home win over SBCI, who were dismissed for 174 by Shaun Charnley (five for 44) and Ryan O’Neill (three for 40). Number five Paul Keighley (56 no) eventually ran out of partners.

Tony Sykes again top scored for the hosts with 62, who sealed victory in the 31st over of their reply.

Second-placed Booth dominated their match at Clayton but did have a few late scares before registering a three-wicket success.

The hosts collapsed from 48 for one to 98 all out with Gareth Swain (six for 39) doing much of the damge.

Andrew Truscott’s 35 helped Booth to 85 for three in reply but they lost another four wickets before reaching the winning post.

Copley remain fourth after Martin Thristan (82) and Craig Chew (54 no) helped them comfortably overcome visitors Bradshaw.

Craig Green’s unbeaten 114 was in vain for bottom club Shelf, neighbours Jer Lane making the 257 they needed to win with half-centuries from Stuart Dawson and Dave Horsfall.

Another three-figure man was Sowerby Bridge’s Sean Collins who made 138 as his side beat visitors Northowram HT.

There were crushing wins for the leaders of Divisions One and Two, Warley and Wibsey Park Chapel.

Warley racked up 322 for one at Queensbury, who made 1334 in reply, while Wibsey bowled out Old Town for 36 and won by nine wickets.