Holders SBCI start title defence with victory

Tom Wood ensured SBCI got the defence of their Foster’s Halifax Cricket League title off to a winning start with a century in a 64-run success over promoted Clayton.

Opener Wood overcame the loss of partner Simon Hampshire with the score on seven, as he blazed nine fours and three sixes for his total of exactly 100 before he perished as sixth man down and with the score on a more respectable 213.

Dan Keighley hit 42 in a closing total of 229 for eight despite the best efforts of Nick Bickers who tried to keep the champions in check with figures of six for 51.

In response Clayton found runs hard to come by with Oliver Benson and Robin Hanson getting among the top order, recording figures of three for 35 and two for 50 respectively.

A. Shafique tried to repair the damage with a middle order unbeaten 51, but Clayton were seen off at 165 for eight, denying SBCI maximum returns.

A fine all-round display from Copley saw them start their campaign with a cracking 120-run victory over Triangle.

The batsmen played their part in setting a daunting target, Toby Thorpe (82) and James Clarke (77) helping lift the total to 224 for five.

Clarke’s 50 came off 38 balls and took him 43 minutes with Thorpe reaching the same landmark off 107 balls in 118 minutes.

Opening bowlers Ian Hartley (three for 30) and Richard Thorpe (two for 21) then ripped Triangle’s batting line up open with Clarke returning to pick up two for 15 and Mark Baldwin mopping up the tail with two for four as the hosts were sent back for 104.

Rob Keywood took six for 56 in 16 overs yet his Warley side still found themselves on the end of a 20 run defeat at Sowerby Bridge.

Bridge scored steadily in the face of Keywood’s efforts before totalling 170 for seven, James Taylor’s 40 the best with the bat.

Warley then found themselves in trouble at four for three and although Michael Midwood stepped up to blaze 78, which included seven fours and four sixes, nobody else could get their eye in and Warley finished on 150.

Southowram began their bid to bounce back into the top flight following relegation last season with a morale-boosting 147-run success over a Bridgeholme side who came up from Division Two.

Southowram were bumping along at 80 for five before S. Griffiths put bat to ball in a hugely effective manner, crashing 16 fours before falling just two runs short of his century.

Tom Belfield also weighed in with 79 further down the order as the total climbed to 246 for seven.

Southowram used eight bowlers in their efforts to keeop Bridgeholme on their toes and they succeeded well with the visitors scuttled for just 99, Chris Kibble’s 24 the best of swome pretty meagre offerings.

Northowram Hedge Top were five run winners at Oxenhope in an excellent game played in a good spirit.

Openers Nick Hall (72) and Kyle Litjens (28) along with number three Gaz Severn, batted the visitors into a strong position at 170 for three before Adam Bailey (83 for three) and Liam Dyson (86 for five) made the breakthough, reducing them to 212 for eight.

A late stand by Neville Scott and Gav Whatmore lifted the total to a more challenging 250.

Dyson followed his excellent bowling with 49 at the top of the order, but wickets fell steadily and the home side looked out of the contest at 138 for six.

Josh Tetley (53) and Tom Tetley (33) then set up what looked destined to be a match winning stand to take the score to 214 for nine.

However, Raz Saghir claimed his third victim with the dismissal of Tom Tetley.

A run out seemed to have setled it for Northowram before Josh Tetley hit 16 off the last over, but fell just short as he clipped the final ball over deep square where Walid took an excellent catch.

Gardiner (81 for three) assisted Saghir in achieving the victory.

Neil Crosland took four wickets and Alex Blagborough and Anwar Shokat three apiece as their Outlane side inflicted a four wicket defeat on Queensbury.

Their combined efforts saw Queensbury limp to a sub-standard 109, and although A. Ali (two for 29) and Girdiv Singh (three for 46) made Outlane work hard, the victory was achieved with something to spare.

Shelf posted their intentions in Division Two with a crushing 10 wicket success over under-strength Augustinians.

Robert Ramsden took four for 28 to hasten eight-man Augustinians’ departure at just 81.

Jack Hartley (25no) and Andy Dimbleby (44no) then knocked off the required runs in just 16 overs.

Wibsey Park Chapel piled the misery on Greetland with a straightforward 10 wicket success.

Matthew Jordan (six for 14) and Paul Fenton (three for 27) sent Greetland packing for a miserly 42 with no batsman reaching double figures.

It then took Richard Hassall (13no) and Chris Brown (27no) a little over 11 overs to wrap things up.