Helliwell sparkles in derby thriller

Unbeaten: Dan Houldin's fine knock of 79 not out was in vain for Blackley in their defeat by Copley.   '''''Picture: Charles Round
Unbeaten: Dan Houldin's fine knock of 79 not out was in vain for Blackley in their defeat by Copley. '''''Picture: Charles Round

TIM Helliwell’s sparkling 124 was the highlight of Sowerby Bridge’s thrilling 29-run Premier Division success over Sowerby St Peters.

It was also a day of divisions in the Richardson family where father Mark and son Ashton got one over Mark’s eldest son Reece.

Both sides contributed to an excellent match which saw a host of star individual performances.

Helliwell led the way as he crashed 15 fours and seven sixes in his assault on the bowling, finally falling to Chris Punda as seventh man down - the Sowerby man going on to claim fine figures of seven for 80 from his 12 overs which kept Bridge largely in check at 252.

Roger Smith then showed that whatever Punda could do he was more than happy to try and match as he helped himself to six for 101 to help stall the reply.

Ashton Richardson weighed in with three wickets, including the last one to win the game, aided by a steepling catch on the boundary edge by 16 year old Sam Mellor.

Ben Hoyle (52) and G. Hayes (63) had attempted a mid-order surge which was to no avail.

Triangle marched on at the head of the table as they swept aside bottom club Old Crossleyans by seven wickets.

Mark Jowett held sway at the top of the Crossleyans order but lost a couple of partners as Carl Fletcher (three for 40) started to make his presence felt.

The total rose steadily although Jon Lord did his best to keep things in check, finishing with five for 35 as the home side ended on 202 for nine.

That was never going to seriously trouble the Triangle big-guns and youngster Christian Silkstone continued his fine form with the bat, crashing 13 fours and nine sixes in a match-winning unbeaten 124.

Wayne Cotton was another century-maker in his side Bradshaw’s three wicket success over Booth.

Bradshaw lost Richard Moore with 32 on the board but then Steve Beck (61) took up the challenge before Cotton played the lead role in lifting the total to 267 for seven.

Booth were never really in the hunt as opening bowler Chris Shannon set to work, helping to restrict the home side to 33 for three before Simon Collins took over, claiming five for 12 as Booth subsided to 163.

Warley squeaked home by just one run in a tight game against visitors Mytholmroyd.

Gideon Foster and Mohammed Naeem kept the Warley batsmen honest, claiming three for 84 and four for 84 respectively as the home side managed to score regularly to post 205 for nine.

Mytholmroyd were well up with the asking rate as all the top order made decent contributions. That was until Wayne Swift made an appearance, his eight overs proving pivotal as he wiped out the lower order, including the wicket of Sam Walker with the final ball to record figures of four for 27 from his eight overs and earn the narrow success.

Thornton are still hard on the heels of Triangle after they cut third placed Jer Lane down to size with a 51 run success.

Ross Soames got them off to the perfect start with 57 and as the mid-order started to fire Nick Hutchinson weighed in with 43 as the score rose to 178 for five.

The tail was reluctant to wag in the face of Khan’s bowling as he claimed six for 49 as the Thornton innings came to an end on 214.

Josh Hutchinson was quickly on target in the reply, Lane slipping to 75 for four, as the opening bowler went on to winkle out four for 32.

It didn’t get much better after that and not even a stubborn 43 from No 10 batsman James Watson could rescue a hopeless situation.

Copley eased to a seven wicket success at Blackley, posting 223 for three in reply to the hosts’ 221 for eight.

Tim Greenwood hit a half century for the hosts while Dan Houldin was still there on 79 at the end.

Their efforts proved fruitless though as Scott Skinner (63) and Chris Dalby (69 not out) saw Copley through to the win.