Dowle does it again for Blackley

Mytholmroyd's Tom Greenwood hits out in his side's defeat at Copley on Saturday
Mytholmroyd's Tom Greenwood hits out in his side's defeat at Copley on Saturday

Surprise packet Blackley made it two wins out of two in the Premier Division of the Foster’s Halifax League after bowling out visitors Sowerby Bridge for 47 on Saturday.

The unsung Paul Dowle, who had taken seven wickets in their shock win away to 2012 runners-up Booth on the opening day, followed up with six for 18.

He and Bilal Sheraz (four for 28) ran through the visitors’ order on a day when morning showers had freshened many wickets.

Only Dan Wheelwright (13) and James Taylor (11) made double figures for Bridge, who struggled in vain for 26.3 overs to get the scoreboard ticking over.

Blackley, who by common consensus did well to stay up last year, had no such problems. They wrapped up an eight-wicket win inside 12 overs with Reece Jennison 22 not out.

Last year’s Premier and Division One champions, SBCI and Mytholmroyd, were both beaten on their travels.

Lewis Firth’s 26 was the top score as SBCI totalled 130 at Bradshaw, where Simon Collins took five for 31.

A 71-run opening stand between Richard Moore (23) and Steve Beck (32) put Bradshaw firmly on course but Ollie Benson, Ben Summerscales and Dan Keighley each took two wickets before the home side clinched a four-wicket win.

Mytholmroyd were another side who struggled for runs batting first, making only 118 and losing by five-wickets at Copley, who like Blackley have the maximum 24 points.

‘Royd lost their first three wickets with the score on 20 and although the previous week’s century-maker Simon Wheelwright hung around for a long time for 18 and Tom Greenwood slammed four sixes in a knock of 40, the visitors were dismissed for 118.

Greenwood followed up with three wickets but Mark Baldwin made 27 before Nick Gomersall (20 no) and Peter Hoyle (23 no) combined to finish it.

Booth, the 2012 runners-up, were beaten for the second time in eight days, losing by two wickets at Thornton.

Andrew Truscott (57), Rob Laycock (37) and new boy Chris Shannon (34) helped them to 193 for eight, Ben Harris making it 10 wickets in two games with four for 56.

Thornton only needed four men in double figures to edge home with an over to spare - Ross Soames (40), Josh Hutchinson (39), Ross Parr (37) and Ollie Dunn (32 no), who made the all-important contribution at the end.

Triangle racked up 302 for seven at promoted Clayton en route to a 122-run win.

Tony Sykes, who looks sure to be in regular first team action following the loss of some batsmen, smashed 13 sixes in a knock of 113 and he and Gary Rodger (49) added 127 for the third wicket.

Jack Gledhill and Kurtis Whippey both made 38 in a strong supporting effort and although Mohammed Hanif, a recruit from Windhill, made 67 to help Clayton to 130 for one, the hosts had to settle for maximum batting points at 180 for six.

Northowram Hedge Top are setting the pace in Division One after bowling out last year’s runaway Division Two champions Outlane for 82.

Ian Mallard (four for 31) and Raz Saghir (three for five) did much of the damage, Ben Dickens’ 21 being the visitors’ top score.

Northowram were stuttering on 34 for four but Saghir (30 no) and ex-Booth man Hasnain Wajid (17 no) ensured there were no further hiccups.

Southowram, relegated from the top flight, are second in the early table after bowling out hosts Sowerby St Peters for 142 in reply to their 204 for seven.

Promoted Bridgeholme got a 12-pointer on the board thanks to a six-wicket home win over Oxenhope.

Stuart Jackson’s 61 was the top score in Oxenhope’s 214, Saj Mahmood taking four for 64.

It was fairly plain sailing for the hosts in reply, Keith Hudson (56), Mohammed Basharat (48) and Sajid Ramzan (52 no) all scoring well and Bobby Fielden (22 no) helping apply the finishing touches. Liam Dyson took all four wickets to fall.

Queensbury won a see-saw match by three wickets at home to Old Crossleyans.

The visitors moved smoothly to 104 for one, Asif Ramzan (37) and Anjam Hussain (34) benefitting from spilled chances.

The game changed dramatically when Amjad Ali dismissed Ramzan. Ali (three for 33) and fellow spinner Girdev Singh (five for 64) then ripped out six more batsmen between them to leave Crocs tottering on 117 for eight.

Ovais Quereshi (17)earned his side to a second batting point but youngster Jack Hemblys was run out in a mix up off the last ball of the innings to give Queensbury the chance of a maximum points win.

Chasing a modest 144, Queensbury were 56 for five off 16 overs with Shane Davies taking three wickets and finishing with four for 48.

A stand of 70 between skipper for the day Phil Sharples (25) and debutant Babs Malik (51 not out) turned the game around.

Sharples and Singh fell in quick succession but Malik took 10 off a Reynolds over to move to 50 and veteran Nick Richardson did the same to Davies to secure victory.

Stainland and Old Town fought out a thrilling tie in Division Two, the visitors’ Ali Ashgar hitting the final ball through the covers for four to leave the scores level on 253.

Stainland haven’t scored so many on their own ground too often in recent years so the efforts of Tom Gorringe (54), David Bottomley (66 no) and Andrew Brown (65) left them feeling confident at half time.

A 104-run third-wicket stand between Mohammed Jamil (83) and Andy Carrington (40) gave Old Town hope.

Sajid Mahmood weighed in with 45 to move the visitors closer and they got 16 off the last over bowled by Damian Ambler, Ashgar crucially being dropped off the fourth ball.

Low Moor, Luddenden Foot, Shelf and Wibsey Park Chapel all have maximum points after two games.

Low Moor’s Nick Wood made short work of Augustinians, his six for 17 dismissing the Laund Hill side for 61.

Mark Mills (33 no) and Andy Croasdell (31 no) wrapped up a 10-wicket win in the 15th over.

Luddenden Foot beat visitors Stones by 59 runs after Chris Roy (77) had been among the runs for the second week running alongside skipper Karl Whipp (55).

Chasing 216 for victory, most of the Ripponden side’s batsmen made double figures and Joe Ackroyd followed up his six for 117 with the top score of 33.

However, Jamie Hothersall’s direct hit to dismiss opener Steve Heptinstall plus three catches helped tip the scales his side’s way, young Tom Hosker returning three for 19.

Shelf overhauled visitors Greetland’s 131 all out thanks to an unbeaten 62 from Steve Priestley. Mahboob’s five for 26 was to no avail for Greetland, who went down by four wickets.

Richard Hassell (53) and Matthew Jordan (four for 25) were Wibsey Park Chapel’s star performers in a 77-run win over Denholme Clough, who could only total 72 at Bradford Park Avenue.