Clayton rock Blackley with first success of campaign

Actions from the game, Northowran v Batley at Northowram Fields.'Pictured is Robert Larner.
Actions from the game, Northowran v Batley at Northowram Fields.'Pictured is Robert Larner.

Clayton launched themselves off the bottom of the Foster’s Halifax Cricket League Premier Division following a remarkable six wicket success over a Blackley side who started the day in second place.

Blackley’s defeat allowed Copley and Triangle to leapfrog them following victories over Bradshaw and new basement dwellers SBCI respectively.

Clayton bowler Joel Metcalfe was a man inspired as he ripped through the visitor’s card, taking five for 52 from 15 overs, Sam Wilson’s three for 32 helping restrict Blackley to a paltry 92.

The home side struggled early on and were 24 for three at one stage but Derek Lumley’s unbeaten 23 proved crucial in his side’s successful run chase.

Richard Thorpe claimed four for 33 and Mark Baldwin three for 16 as Copley shot Bradshaw out for 154.

The visitors chipped away at the target with Toby Thorpe top-scoring with 42 and Baldwin adding 23 which included five fours.

SBCI’s Thomas Wood could be forgiven for feeling frustated after he crashed an unbeaten 107 in his side’s decent total of 206 for seven against Triangle.

However, he was trumped by Gary Rodger whose 94 helped Triangle to a winning 206 for seven.

Wobbling Warley were made to suffer after Ben King and Nikki Hutchinson both pludered centuries for Thornton in their crushing 121 run success.

King was eventually out having made 112 with Hutchinson snared on 110. Ross Soames then hit an unbeaten 55 as the total climbed to an incredible 309 for two.

Warley must have realised it was a lost cause as they subsided to 188 all out, Nolan Bottomley’s 32 at the top of the order the best.

Leaders Jer Lane duly picked up their seventh success of the season with a 59 run victory over Mytholmroyd.

Raqueeb Younas once again did the damage with the bat, this time thumping 11 fours and six sixes in a fine knock of 130 before becoming one of Zahid Mahmood’s five victims.

Lane’s total of 249 was always going to be a struggle for under-strength ‘Royd, and with Junior Williams producing a four for 47 haul the writing was on the wall and the innings fell away to 190.

Opener Tim Helliwell’s 62 was in vain as his Sowerby Bridge side fell to a three wicket defeat at the hands of Booth.

Old Crossleyans were another side to haul themselves off the foot of the table as they sent Outlane tumbling to the bottom of Division One courtesy of a 24 run success at Bridgeholme.

Steady scoring throughout led to Crocs recording a total of 146 in which Jonathan Sykes top-scored with 33. T. Mahmood took four for 39 in his 18 overs.

The bowlers then backed up the batters’ efforts with Shouaib Hussain (four for 34) and Jonathan Pearson (four for 24) ensuring a swift exit for the hosts who lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 21 runs.

Outlane suffered at the hands of Liam Dyson who was dropped three times before cracking out a superb 114 for Oxenhope, who went on to record a crushing 121 run success.

Dyson’s damaging knock included an incredible 21 fours and two sixes before he became one of the hard-working Simon Ainley’s six victims.

A total of 216 was always going to test Outlane and it proved a challenge to far as they slipped out on 95.

Queensbury drew level with second-placed Sowerby St Peters after beating their rivals by 157 runs at Old Guy Road.

Taking first knock on a slow pitch Queensbury were restricted to 87 for five (Jamie Priestley 48) by the wily Martin Schofield and Gareth Grogan.

The arrival of Amjad Ali saw the game change dramatically as he smashed 83 off 37 balls in half an hour of mayhem.

When Schofield, who finished with five for 102, bowled Ali, Barbar Malik stepped up and registered his own personal half century off 40 balls to take the total to a challenging 242.

Sowerby’s hopes of reaching their target were destroyed by under 17 quick bowler Joe Brown, playing in his first league match.

In a seven over spell he had Ben Watkins and Ryan Brook caught at cover and bowled Gavin Clarke at a personal cost of just 16 runs.

With Girdev Singh (four for 32) taking his seasonal tally of league wickets to 25, the visitor’s innings was in tatters at 28 for seven.

Dan Syme decided to attack and struck 39 off 13 balls before Singh claimed his wicket and the innings closed on 85.

Gavin and Scott Moody teamed up to good effect in Southowram’s seven wicket win over Northowram Hedge Top.

Gavin took four for 86 and Scott four for 26 as Northowram were restricted to 181 for nine, Nick Hall top scoring with 57.

Dean Crossley then took charge of the batting, firing an unbeaten 73 as the target was chased down with wickets and overs to spare.

Low Moor took over at the top of Division Two following a four wicket success over previous incumbents Luddenden Foot.

Foot posted a reasonable total of 199 for nine, opener R. Pinder’s 56 the best.

Nick Wood kept nagging away and prevented the target getting away from his side with four for 61.

Moor got off to a decent start with Mark Mills making 50 while number three batsman Charles Holdsworth’s 64 gave the innings some impetus as the home side won it on 203 for six.

Wibsey Park Chapel banked another 12 points following their nine wicket success over Stainland.

The visitors were skittled for 118 before Christopher Brown saw them off with an unbeaten 63 as Chapel made 119 for the loss of Richard Hassall.

A maiden half century from Greetland’s Nasir Hussain helped them to recover from 50 for five - but it wasn’t enough to prevent a six wicket defeat by Stones.

Greetland were kept in check at 158 by Joe Ackroyd who claimed five for 55 in two decent spells.

Two early wickets gave Greetland hope but a good performance from Stephen Heptinstall (59), and a decent partnership with Rob Worthington, saw Stones achieve a confortable victory.

Augustinians leap-frogged Old Town following a two wicket success over their rivals while Shelf heaped further misery on bottom club Denholme Clough with a four wicket success, Robert Ramsden claiming seven for 51.

Brighouse produced the shock result of the day in Division Two of the Bradford League when they defeated second-placed New Farnley by eight runs in a tense encounter.

Brighouse looked to be in all kinds of trouble when they sunk to 41 for four but Sohail Hussain plundered 10 fours in a vital knock of 55 while skipper Umar Salim made a fighting 43 as their side posted a score of 180. Nadeem Hussain (four for 24) and Nick Walker (three for 42) were the pick of the New Farnley bowlers.

New Farnley never found any kind of rhythm with the bat and wickets fell regularly. Hussain (45) and Lee Goddard (34) tried to inject some purpose into the innings but Brighouse maintained their stranglehold with Zafar Jadoon taking four for 41.

Oliver Robinson was the key figure in Lightcliffe’s 21-run success against inconsistent Cleckheaton in Division One.

Robinson smashed 90 off 88 balls, including four sixes and eight fours as he helped post an unassailable total.

His fine knock continued the earlier good work from Alex Stead (41) and David Hester (37) as Lightcliffe recovered from the loss of two early wickets to reach 211 for nine

Left-handers Tim Jackson (41) and Mally Nicholson (39) scored decent runs in vain for Cleckheaton who were sent back for 190, left-arm spinner Suleman Khan collecting three for 33 to hasten their departure.

It was joy all the way in the Huddersfield League with Premier pair Elland and Barkisland picking up good wins.

Barkisland’s four wicket success was a major surprise with Golcar going strongly in second place in the table.

Chris Greenwood had a field day with the ball, claiming six for 42 with Matthew Steers accounting for the rest at a cost of 52 runs as the visitors were sent back for 135.

Barkisland did not make life easy for themselves before Darren Robinson took up the mantle and hit an important unbeaten 54 to steer his side to victory.

Elland re-discovered some form as they moved up to fifth in the table following an eight wicket success at Hall Bower, J Hendy picking up six for 28 while Paul Winrow (75) and Niall Lockley (53) ensured a comfortable win.

Illingworth missed the opportunity of extending their winning run to six games in Division Three of the Aire-Wharfe League when they failed to overhaul Olicanians’ total of 198.

The last pair of Stuart Thompson and skipper Luke Brooksby batted out eight overs to avoid defeat and salvage two points while restricting their opponents to four.

Olicanians powered to 98 for two after only 23 overs, but two wickets in three balls for Jamie Moorhouse helped peg the visitors back. Even so at 117 for four with 21 overs still to go Illingworth looked likely to be chasing a big target.

The home bowlers had other ideas, bowling a tighter line and with Aussie Matthew Battle leading the way with three for 42 off 10, Jamie Moorhouse conceding only 35 runs in his allotted 15, and Stuart Thompson one for 37 in 10 overs, the Jammy Green men did well to hold the visitors under 200.

On a good batting wicket and fast outfield the target was well within the home side’s reach. However, they made the worst of starts slumping to 10 for three after nine overs as Illingworth struggled to come to terms with the pace of young left armer Broadley.

Battle and Alex Ledger came to the rescue with a splendid partnership of 108 and at 118 for three with over 20 overs left the home side were well in control.

Unfortunately this was not to last as Ledger fell for a hard earned 41, which contained seven fours, and then Battle lost concentration, getting out to a poor shot hitting across the line after a magnificent 76 with 12 fours.

This was as good as it got for the home side as five wickets for the addition of only 18 runs saw them looking down the barrel before the last wicket partnership rescued some valuable points and pride.

There was also disappointment for Northowram Fields in the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division as they went down to a seven wicket defeat at home to Batley.

The hosts were sent back for 185 with Rob Larner’s 54 at the top of the order the best with the bat.

Batley opener M. Tahir then proceeded to crash an unbeaten 84, including 11 fours, to steer his side to victory.