Double-up SBCI in dreamland

SBCI are the 2012 Towergate Halifax League champions, cutting down long-time leaders Booth in the shadow of the winning post on Saturday.

It means Jamie Sykes’s side have completed a dream double, following up their Parish Cup final victory over Low Moor at Sowerby St Peters last month.

SBCI went into the final day trailing Booth by three points.

However, the door to the title was opened for SBCI when Booth were unable to bowl out visitors Warley in the first innings of their contest.

Warley finished their 45 overs on 198 for nine, meaning that Booth could only collect a maximum of nine points.

By that stage SBCI were well on their way to 12 points, having bowled out visitors Sowerby Bridge for 108, and they knew that would be enough for the silverware because if the top pair finished level on points they would have one 12-point win more than Booth.

In the end SBCI finished five clear at the top because while they strolled to a nine-wicket wicket over Bridge after an 80-run opening partnership between Sam Hinchliffe (45no) and Jamie Summerscales (40), Booth were dismissed for 167 in spite of 66 from skipper Robert Laycock.

Halifax League chairman Anthony Briggs presented the trophy to SBCI on Saturday evening and Sykes, nursing a thick head today, said: “It is the first time in the history of the club that we have won the title.

“To do the double is a great achievement and has really put the club on the map.

“We’ve only lost one game all year and we’ve beaten Booth twice so I think that shows we deserve it.”

Robin Hanson took four wickets and spinner Ben Summerscales - who missed the cup final - took five as SBCI ripped through the Bridge ranks after the visitors had been 54 for two.

Only three batsmen made double figures for Warley - opener Nolan Bottomley (84), Michael Midwood (46) and James Whitworth (31) and although Nigel Horsfall claimed the ninth wicket in the final over, Bob Keywood survived the final ball.

Luke Duckitt then took four wickets and Dean Auciello three as disheartened Booth fell short in their run chase.

At the other end of the table, Sowerby St Peters were relegated along with a Southowram side whose fate had been sealed a couple of weeks earlier.

Sowerby, the 2010 champions, started the day six points adrift of third-from bottom Blackley.

However, they collected only four points from a six-wicket defeat at Jer Lane.

Hayden Bruce hit 76 not out to give Sowerby a glimmer of hope, after they had been 113 for six.

However, a target of 229 for victory proved no problem for Lane with Jordan Laban crashing 105 of the first 125 runs on the board and opening partner Andrew Pinfield seeing the task through with 69 not out.

Blackley, one of the favourites for the drop at the start of the season after the loss of a handful of players, finished on a high with a 97-run win at triangle.

Dan Houldin’s 135 not out - his century came off 83 balls in 92 minutes - helped them to 326 for six and Ibi Mir’s six for 47 did the rest.

Carl Fletcher (79) and Kurtis Whippey (52) hit out defiantly for the hosts but they were all out for 229 and defending champions Triangle lost third place to Warley.

Thornton started the day needing five points at home to Southowram to ensure their safety and got 12 thanks to Josh Hutchinson (61) and Ben Harris (five for 16) in a 111-run win over 10-man opposition.

Copley ensured they finished above their hosts Bradshaw by scoring 231 for five and restricting their hosts to 216 for six.

FINAL POINTS: SBCI 185, Booth 180, Warley 150, Triangle 144, Sowerby Bridge 137, Copley 131, Jer Lane 124, Bradshaw 122, Thornton 121, Blackley 120, Sowerby St Peters 106, Southowram 77.

BRIDGEHOLME are heading back to the Halifax League’s middle section after an absence of three years.

The Calder Valley side went into their final game at home to Stainland needing only two points to ensure they took the runners-up spot behind Outlane.

And they got those in the first half of the contests, bowling out Stainland for 127 before being dismissed for 120 themselves.

Outlane have finished 31 points clear, Dan Crosland’s 55 not out wrapping up a nine-wicket win over a Shelf side were were dismissed for 105 with Anwar Shokat (seven for 63) doing the damage.

Luddenden Foot, who had an outside chance of promotion if Bridgeholme flopped, knocked off 241 to beat visitors Augustinians.

It was a tale of two batsmen narrowly missing centuries.

Mudasser Bashir crashed 96 not out for Augustinians and Danny Jones, dropped down from opener to number six for Foot, was left stranded on 99 not out after tea.

Jones hit a six off the last ball of an over to level to the scores. Mark Barron was playing back the next over when a wide settled the contest and denied Jones the chance of three figures.

Old Town finished a tough season on a high with a seven-wicket home win over Denholme Clough, an unbroken stand of 79 between Sajjad Ghazan (57 no) and Andrew Butterworth (27 no) seeing them to a target of 161.

Ben Watkins (101 no) and Tom Whiteley (57 no) knocked off the 168 Stones needed to beat visitors Wibsey Park Chapel by 10 wickets. Watkins had earlier taken four wickets.

FINAL POINTS: Outlane 183, Bridgeholme 152, Luddenden Foot 146, Shelf 136, Wibsey PC 132, Stones 130, Stainland 104, Old Town 99, Augustinians 84, Denholme Clough 79.