Thornton won the Foster’s Halifax League Twenty/20 competition at Stones yesterday, beating Sowerby St Peters by eight runs in the final.
They rattled up 186 for six thanks to Ross Soames (48), Craig Charlton (47) and Josh Hutchinson (30), young spinner Dan Syme taking three for 34.
Martin Schofield (49), Ben Watkins (38) and Dan Crosland (32) had Sowerby up with the asking rate but the penultimate over, bowled by Josh Hutchinson, proved decisive with a wicket and only two runs from it.
Sowerby finished on 178 for six.
It was Thornton’s first success in the competition, which is sponsored by Heineken UK. They had lost in the 2009 final to Jer Lane at Outlane.
Greg Soames’s side had beaten favourites Mytholmroyd in the first game, when they also scored well after being sent in.
Ross Soames and Ross Parr both retired after reaching 50, Thornton making 200 for four after being 80 for one at half-way.
Mytholmroyd lost wickets steadily and were always behind the clock but Zeb Mahmood (43) and Chris Overend (26) produced a late charge which took them close at 192 for eight.
There was controversy after the second semi-final in which Lyndon Baxter hit the final delivery for six to leave Sowerby and Blackley tied on 148.
Sowerby were eventually declared the winners, having lost seven wickets to Blackley’s 10.
Organisers were delighted with an attendance of around 350 on a dry but cool day on the hills above Ripponden.
Lightcliffe are through to the Bradford League’s Dyson Energy Services Twenty/20 final after a convincing 37-run success at home to Pudsey Congs yesterday.
The Wakefield Road side, already looking forward to a rare Priestley Cup final appearance, totalled 191 for six with 53 from skipper Chris Taylor and 45 from Alex Stead.
Overseas man Suleman Khan then took three for 28 as Congs were limited to 154 for nine.
Lightcliffe’s opponents under floodlights at Bradford and Bingley on Thursday, August 15 will be Morley, who beat visitors Hanging Heaton by four runs in a lower scoring contest.
Ex-Illingworth and Yorkshire player Gary Fellows took three for 21 as Morley were dismissed for 120 but Hanging Heaton could only manage 116 for seven in reply with Joe Suggitt unbeaten on 40.
Copley’s Oliver Thorpe and SBCI’s George Hampshire both hit unbeaten centuries as Halifax Under 17s beat Scarborough by 10 wickets in their final group match in the Joe Lumb competition yesterday.
Scarborough made 216 all out at Northowram Hedge Top with Bradshaw’s Joe Lewis taking three for 23 but Thorpe (106 no) and Hampshire (102 no) wrapped up success with more than 17 overs to spare.
Full details and pictures from all three events in Friday’s Courier.