Hutchinson takes over at the top

THORNTON’S Josh Hutchinson is now the Halifax League’s leading runmaker in 2011.

The teenager took his Premier Division tally to 390 in eight innings and with a couple of “red inkers” among them he has an average approaching 80.

Hutchinson, who has changed his name from Dimbleby, made 78 in his side’s win over Bradshaw last week and he takes over at the head of the Courier Sport/Briggs Priestley Engravers awards from teammate Ross Soames, who only managed to add one to his 383 runs total last Saturday.

A third Thornton player, Ben Harris, is the top bowler with 29 wickets in spite of missing the Bradshaw match.

The most prolific batsmen in Division One this season are also from the same club, SBCI openers Richard Whiteoak and Sam Hinchliffe.

They are doing a tremendous task in replacing last year’s high-profile opening pair Alex Kaye, who is now at Barkisland, and Jamie Summerscales, who is batting at number three.

Southowram’s Tom Belfield continues to show the way among the bowlers with 28 wickets but now has Northowram Hedge Top’s prolific Andrew Gardner breathing down his neck.

Augustinians’ Rakib Hasan rocketed to the head of the Division Two batting lists with 151 not out in the victory against Luddenden Foot while Stainland’s Armgihan Javed has almost twice as many wickets as anyone else.

It is early days for the June/July contest but Warley’s Michael Midwood (batting) and Bradshaw’s Chris Shannon (bowling) are setting the pace.

SEASON - Premier batting: J.Hutchinson (Thornton) 390, R.Soames (Thornton) 384, C.Silkstone (Triangle) 378, B.Hawksworth (Blackley) 371, D.Crosland (Triangle) 350, I.Sharkey (Booth) 340, J.Lister (Jer Lane) 340, G.Standeven (Sowerby SP) 327. Bowling: B.Harris (Thornton) 29, M.Schofield (Sowerby SP) 27, C.Fletcher (Triangle) 26, R.Laycock (Booth) 22.

Division One: R.Whiteoak (SBCI) 322, S.Hinchliffe (SBCI) 320, I.Gledhill (Southoweram) 312, N.Hall (Northowram HT) 293. Bowling: T.Belfield (Southowram) 28, A.Gardner (Northowram HT) 26, R.Hanson (SBCI) 23, S.Hussain (Southowram) 22.

Division Two: T.Hasan (Augustinians) 298, R.Wood (Low Moor) 276, S.Ramzan (Bridgeholme) 262, R.Croasdell (Low Moor) 254, D.Crosland (Outlane) 254. Bowling: A.Javed (Stainland) 30, M.Johnson (Queensbury) 17, B.Williamson (Low Moor) 16.

june/july - Premier batting: M.Midwood (Warley) 161, D.Townsend (Blackley) 151, A.Pinfield (Jer Lane) 128, R.Laycock (Booth) 125, M.Hustler (Jer Lane) 123. Bowling: C.Shannon (Bradshaw) 9, R.Laycock (Booth) 8.

Division One batting: S.Hinchliffe (SBCI) 156, J.Slator (Clayton) 115, N.Hall (Northowram HT) 107, S.Moody (Greetland) 101. Bowling: R.Hanson (SBCI) 10, A.Gardner (Northowram HT) 8, G.Rankin (Oxenhope) 8, T.Belfield (Southowram) 8.

Division Two batting: D.Crosland (Outlane) 164, R.Hassan (Augustinians) 156, S.Ramzan (Bridgeholme) 153, D.Mobbs (Stones) 141, R.Croasdell (Low Moor) 125, R.Wood (Low Moor) 104. Bowling: A.Javed (Stainland) 7, R.Flanagan (Low Moor) 6.