Jamie resigns as league side skipper

The Towergate Halifax League side will make a second attempt to face the South Yorkshire League on Sunday - without Jamie Summerscales.

The SBCI batsman, who capttained the team to success in the final of the Leeds Area Knockout Cup competition last summer, has not only stepped down as skipper but will not be playing for the side.

Prolific runmaker Summerscales could not be contacted but it is believed he has withdrawn his services in protest at a league decision made last week.

The executive ruled that the sides who had played rearranged matches the previous Sunday would only collect first innings bonus points plus one extra point, whatever the outcome of matches.

That brought them into line with the majority of teams who had played the previous day and been rained off around tea time.

That ruling was a major blow to SBCI’s title hopes as their spoils from a three-wicket home win over Copley - whose ground is currently out of action - shrunk from 12 points to four points.

Summerscales’ loss is a blow to new team boss Wayne Cotton, who ironically also quit as skipper of the league side as a protest several years ago.

Cotton confirmed Summerscales’ decision had been nothing to do with his own appointment.

Finding a new captain is one task Cotton had yet to complete but he has picked a side for Sunday’s game in the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Area Knockout Cup.

Apart from Summerscales, three other players who should have played in the washed out fixture last Sunday are unavailable.

They are Sowerby St Peters slow bowler Martin Schofield, Mytholmroyd’s Tom Greenwood and Thornton’s Josh Hutchinson.

Greenwood is due to play for his club side Mytholmroyd on Sunday in a re-arranged fixture against Greetland, whose ground is out of action, while Hutchinson dislocated a finger last weekend.

However, some smart work from league fixture secretary Peter Taylor means three other Thornton players - Nikki Hutchinson, Ross Soames and Ben Harris - can take part.

Thornton firsts are now hosting Copley tomorrow with the second teams from the club meeting 24 hours later at the same ground. Originally the second teams were due to be at Thornton tomorrow.

Copley’s Richard Turner is one of the four players Cotton has drafted in. The others are Triangle’s Kurtis Whippey and Gary Rodger andBradshaw’s Steve Shannon.

None of Sunday’s line-up lead their club sides but Cotton doesn’t regard the captaincy as a major issue, saying the side had plenty of experience.

Halifax League: R.Soames, N.Hutchinson, B.Harris (all Thornton), N.Bottomley (Warley), C.Silkstone, G.Rodger, K.Whippey (all Triangle), R.Laycock (Booth), C.Taylor (Copley), C.Shannon (Bradshaw), R.Turner (Copley)