Collins and Earle well above average

Simon Collins was the key man in Bradshaw's successful fight against relegation
Simon Collins was the key man in Bradshaw's successful fight against relegation

Simon Collins and Tom Earle have taken top honours in the Foster’s Halifax League averages for 2013 released today.

Bradshaw’s Collins has topped the Premier Division bowling averages with a magnificent haul of 87 wickets, taken at a cost of 11.83 each.

He has finished well clear of Mytholmroyd’s Adie Gawthrope (55 at 16.20) and Blackley’s Paul Dowle (55 at 17.25) and his efforts were clearly the reason his side managed to retain top section status.

Mytholmroyd’s Earle is the leading batsman with 632 runs at 63.20, finishing clear of Booth skipper Rob Laycock (773 at 55.21) and Blackley’s Reece Jennison (815 at 50.94).

Champions Jer Lane have provided the 14th member of the Haliifax League’s 1000-run club in Raqueeb Younas. He started the season like a house on fire and finished with 1018 league runs at 48.48 for sixth place.

Southowram’s Ben Wells was the only player to qualify and average more than 38 with the bat in the middle section in 2013.

He scored 650 runs at exactly 50 and he made the highest score of the season - 172 not out - to enable his figures to stand out from the rest.

Champions Sowerby SP had the top bowler but it was not 78-wicket Martin Schofield. He had to settle for fourth place behind teammate Chris Punda (41 at 12.87) and Outlane pair Neil Crosland (42 at 16.23) and Anwar Shokat (60 at 16.73).

Shelf’s Steve Priestley has won the Division Two batting in spectacular style with 841 runs at 93.44 and Wibsey PC have the top two bowlers in Matthew Jordan (70 wickets at 10.73) and Paul Fenton (37 at 13.73).

The wicketkeeping prizes have been won by Booth’s Robert Cockroft, Queensbury’s Scott Osborne and Shelf’s Jonny Marshall while the divisional fielding prize winners are Triangle’s Jack Gledhill, Bridgeholme’s Ollie Challis and Shelf’s Lee Butterfield.

All the leading first team averages in tomorrow’s Courier