Lane on the fast track to title success?

Todmorden v Enfield. Geeth Alwis and Ben Sutcliffe.
Todmorden v Enfield. Geeth Alwis and Ben Sutcliffe.
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Jer Lane’s charge towards the Foster’s Halifax League title shows no signs of slowing down after seeing off the challenge from Booth by seven wickets.

Chris Shannon must have thought his Booth side had a chance of posting a challenging total after the opener himself had made 61.

However, Nasir Chowdrey cut through the card like a hot knife through butter, claiming seven for 68 as Booth subsided to 156.

The visitors were always going to struggle to defend that and Lane duly wrapped up the points, Jordan Laban’s unbeaten 81 the highlight.

Mytholmroyd fired themselves into second place, 14 points behind Lane, following their 53 run victory at SBCI.

Tom Earle plundered 14 fours as he led the way at the top of Royd’s order with a scintillating 134 while sharing in a superb second wicket partnership of 205 with James Cowans who made 113.

That helped the visitors to accumulate a daunting 302 for three, and although SBCI were brave in their pursuit the target proved elusive, Sam Hinchliffe remaining unbeaten on 71 in a total of 249.

Thornton had started the day in second but found themselves fourth at the end of it after suffering a 126-run mauling by Blackley, who leap-frogged them into third.

Blackley batted well throughout on the way to a closing total of 234 for nine.

However, it was N. Irshad who really came into his own with the ball as he scattered Thornton out with figures of nine for 34 from his 11 overs. Simon Walker claimed the other wicket as the visitors were all out for 108.

Michael Midwood’s unbeaten 82 helped relegation-threatened Warley secure a welcome six wicket success over Copley while Jason Slator’s 105 not out for bottom club Clayton was not enough to prevent a nine wicket defeat by Sowerby Bridge.

That was because Bridge opener Tim Helliwell responded with an excellent unbeaten 88 while Nick Whitehill pipped him to the high score with an unbeaten 104.

Triangle were 30 run winners over Bradshaw despite Simon Collins claiming five for 68.

Gary Rodger hit an unbeaten half century as Triangle realised 168 for nine.

Tracy Whippey wasted no time in hammering home his side’s advantage on the way to figures of four for 44, as he paved the way for Rodger to claim six for 28 as they saw off the hosts for 138

Southowram won Division One’s third versus second clash with Queensbury at Old Guy Road by 38 runs.

However, they only collected nine points to leave the second promotion spot behind Sowerby, who were 12 point winners at Outlane, still wide open.

Tremendous efforts by the Queensbury ground staff resulted in a dry pitch and an on time start.

Taking first knock, Southowram, in the form of Ian Uttley (78) and Ben Wells (64), attacked from the word go and at 174 for five with 18 overs remaining, a huge total looked on the cards.

However, the Queensbury spinners Amjad Ali (four for 104) and Girdev Singh (two for 83) applied the brakes and only a late innings assault from Jamie Moody, who hit six sixes and four fours in a 29 ball 63, pushed the total past 250.

In contrast, Queensbury began their innings more cautiously, taking 15 overs to reach the 50 mark. Once established, opener Scott Osborne began to display a wide array of shots in front of the wicket as he struck 10 sixes and six fours in knock of 118 from 93 balls.

Stands of 67 with Ali (30) and 40 with Singh (19) saw the 200 mark approach with nearly 15 overs remaining as the home side chased victory.

The dismissal of Osborne by the miserly Dave Scott (three for 48) saw skipper Phil Sharples and veteran Andy Ingham bat out the remaining overs to deny the Rams maximum points.

Sowerby remain the side to catch after their six run triumph over Outlane who slipped to the foot of the table.

Ryan Brook fell five short of his century while D. Crosland struck 67 as Sowerby piled up 290 for seven.

Outlane made an excellent fist of the reply with number eight batter Simon Ainley striking the ball well to record an excellent 102 which was ultimately in vain.

Outlane needed 19 to win off the last over. Ainley hit the first two for six but was stumped off the third to leave his side agonisingly short.

A low scoring match at Oxenhope saw the home side dodge the weather and squeeze home for the full 12 points against Old Crossleyans.

Oxenhope’s new opening bowling pairing of Liam Dyson and Paul Quinlan soon got stuck into the early order, reducing the visitors to 27 for six.

Sykes provided some stability with 63 as the tail enders made contributions to allow Old Crocs to reach 139, Dyson again the leading wicket taker with five for 43.

Oxenhope’s reply also got off to a poor start as they in turn were reduced to 49 for six. Stuart Jackson (25) and Liam Dyson (17) stabilised the innings before Joe Ousey came to the crease and provided some controlled aggression as he struck the match winning knock of 51 not out.

Tom Tetley (21) joined him at the crease and they looked to have the game sewn up but Dickson (five for 78) and Pierson (four for 46) had other ideas, reducing Oxenhope to a precarious 120 for nine.

Ousey, however, continued to plunder sixes and fours in a last wicket stand with skipper Bartlett before edging the winning boundary through the ‘keepers gloves.

Bridgeholme climbed off the bottom courtesy of a one wicket success over Northowram Hedge Top.

Chris Conroy starred with an unbeaten 106 as Northowram totalled a healthy 217 for five.

Bridgeholme stuck to their task well after slumping to 65 for six, the tail wagging enthusiastically led by Daniel Fielden’s 66 as they hit 221 for nine to secure the win.

Wibsey Park Chapel and Luddenden Foot continue to pile the pressure on Division Two leaders Low Moor after both picked up maximum points in their respective games.

Moor only managed to bank nine points from their victory over Old Town which means their lead at the top is just 10 points.

Chapel skittled Augustinians out for 109 with four bowlers picking up two wickets each.

The reply was far from straightforward as the hosts found themselves on three for none with M. Riaz causing havoc on the way to final figures of five for 32.

Progress was steady until skipper Matthew Jordan decided to beef things up, his unbeaten 38 enabling his side to limp past the post.

Foot were at an advantage from the start as opponents Stainland fielded just 10 men.

Like Wibsey, Foot struggled to establish themselves and were 75 for five before the mid to lower order weighed in, Isaac Baldwin top scoring with 94 in a final 228 for nine.

Opener David Robinson (28) did his best to rescue the situation but it was always destined to be a lost cause as his side were sent back for exactly 100.

The remaining games in the section were lost to the weather.

Brighouse’s Sadaqat Zaman took five for 23 as they restricted Hartshead Moor to 138 for six to secure a 43-run Bradford League Division Two derby win in a match reduced to 35 overs per side.

Overseas player Adnan Raza Ali (72no) and Sean Raven (35) top scored for H Moor but Brighouse’s 181 for seven proved outside their reach.

Zafar Jadoon (62) and Mohammed Daud (59 no) dominated the Brighouse innings in the face of steady bowling from Daniel Squire (three for 27) and Raza Ali (three for 33).

Lightcliffe’s scheduled game with Morley in Division One was lost to the weather without a ball being bowled as was the eagerly anticipated Huddersfield League Premiership clash between Elland and Barkisland.

Northowram Fields gave their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division a shot in the arm following a crucial six wicket success over Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Having set themselves a target of winning three from four, Fields bowled Mirfield out for 179 for nine, Zafar Khan (four for 17) and G. Morrison (four for 74) doing most damage.

Skipper Rob Larner then led the charge with the bat, crashing an unbeaten 67 to seal the success.

Todmorden professional Geeth Alwis passed 1,000 runs for the season in his sides 56-run Lancashire League success over Enfield at Centre Vale.

Alwis made 35, adding 80 with opener Ben Sutcliffe after the early loss of Simon Newbitt. Sutcliffe made 50 from 117 balls, including six fours.

Skipper Andrew Sutcliffe hit a season’s best 42 and Matthew Brierley 13 in Todmorden’s 167 all out. Hassan Fazal took four for46, including his 50th wicket of the season, professional Brad Moses 3-three for 32, and Simon O’Loughlin three for 43.

Senior then picked up a career best five for 20 and Alwis three for 27 as the visitors were bowled out for 111. Greg Jones made a league best 32, Joe Wrigley 22, Moses 18 and Asif Fazal 12.