Lane win when Clough decline to resume

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A much better summer than last year spoiled itself from a cricket point of view when the forecast rain washed out virtually all the games involving Calderdale clubs at around teatime on Saturday.

No first team games were completed in the Foster’s Halifax League but two second team matches finished - one in strange circumstances at Jer Lane.

Denholme Clough were bowled out by Lane for 66 with Dean Watson taking seven for 28.

Watson was then bowled for four in the third over of his side’s reply and the players came off for rain at that stage with the hosts four for one.

The weather eventually relented and the umpires deemed it was fit for play but Clough declined to resume with the home side’s revised target leaving them needing just a few runs.

League fixture secretary Peter Taylor said: “Jer Lane needed something like two more runs in two or three overs with nine wickets left.

“It was obvious they were going to get them so Denholme Clough declined to come out again and conceded the match.”

While Lane were boosting their promotion hopes in Division One, Old Crossleyans seconds did the same in Division Two with victory at Augustinians, where the 10-man home side were bowled out for 82 in 25 overs.

Crocs knocked off the runs in the 24th over for the loss of five wickets.

One Calderdale first team figured in a completed match - Northowram Fields at Batley in the Central Yorkshire League.

Premier Division strugglers Northowram claimed only their third league win of the season and broke a five-game losing run with a remarkable 11-run win.

The visitors suffered their now-customary batting collapse, this time from 87 for three to 99 all out with Jason Smith’s 30 the top contribution.

However, Josh Bennett-Kear bowled them to victory with seven for 51 just a few days after celebrating his 21st birthday.

Batley were 19 for five and although stands for the next two wickets of 21 and 37 got them back on course, the last four wickets fell for 11 runs.

While Bennett-Kear took the first seven wickets, slow bowler Chris Thompson conceded just 19 runs in 13 overs at the other end.

When Bennett-Kear had bowled his 15 over allocation, Jason Smith and Zafar Khan mopped up the last three wickets. The Rams are now three points behind Altofts and 11 behind third-from-bottom Batley.

Greg Finn celebrated his elevation to captain of Elland with 62 not out in his side’s 172 for six after 50 overs at home to Hall Bower before the rain set in.

Finn, lined up as Hullen Edge skipper for 2014, has taken over early from Paul Winrow, who is struggling with a knee injury and work commitments.

Halifax League leaders Jer Lane were struggling at 121 for eight in the 35th over away to third-placed Mytholmroyd when play was ended.