Leading pair win again

Booth and SBCI are not giving an inch in their head-to-head battle for the Towergate Halifax League title.

With four rounds of fixtures left, the gap between the pair remains at eight points after both added another maximum haul of 12 to their totals with comfortable home wins on Saturday.

Leaders Booth piled up 304 for three at home to seemingly-doomed Southowram with their top four Matthew Brown, Patrick Thomas, Richard Laycock and Robert Laycock all making half-centuries. The Rams were bowled out for 192 in reply.

Robin Hanson took five wickets and Ben Summerscales four as SBCI dismissed Jer Lane for 177 and openers Sam Hinchliffe (65) and Jamie Summerscales (74) put on 140 en route to an eight-wicket success.

Triangle kept up their pursuit of the top two, Carl Fletcher hitting 109 to set up a 221-run home romp against Sowerby St Peters.

Ex-skipper Fletcher reached three figures in just 55 balls and followed up with five wickets - a haul matched by fellow paceman Kurtis Whippey - as shellshocked Sowerby were dismissed for 86 in reply to the home side’s 307.

Fourth-placed Sowerby Bridge lost by five wickets at Warley after slow bowler Nolan Bottomley (five for 40) had helped dismiss them for 159.

Copley continued their good run with an eight-wicket win at home to Blackley, an unbroken third-wicket stand of 125 between James Clarke (60 no) and Mark Baldwin (53 no) carrying them past Blackley’s 169 for nine.

Thornton boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop by overhauling home side Bradshaw’s 247 for eight, which included 85 from opener Nick Jowett.

League side bowler Ben Harris bowled through and took five for 69 for the visitors who completed victory thanks to Greg Soames (64) and Ollie Dunn (51 no) after the game had been in the balance at 108 for four.

Tom Earle and James Cowens both hit 106 as Mytholmroyd won at Low Moor to home in on the Division One title.

‘Royd piled up 374 for eight against a Moor side in grave danger of the drop and looking for a tonic before resuming their Parish Cup final against SBCI at Sowerby SP today.

Andy Croasdell made 71 and Mark Mills 67 in reply but paceman Jack Earle took six for 72 to limit Moor to 237.

Clayton also racked up a big score batting first, making 340 for six at home to Northowram HT.

Chris Ramsden (81), Dean Smith (61) and Paul Ayscough (50) went to town on a Rams attack lacking Andy Gardner and although visiting skipper Nick Hall made 114 in reply, Northowram finished well short on 240.

Queensbury extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with an 81 run win at Old Crossleyans.

Girdev Singh took six for 31 and skipper Jon Bruce claimed a club record five victims behind the stumps as Crocs were dismissed for 120 in reply to 201 for nine, which came after an opening stand of 70 between Jamie Priestley (51) and Phil Sharples (33).

Oxenhope retained second place with victory over Greetland, who made 134 in reply to the hosts’ 189.

A sixth-wicket stand of 102 between Jamie Hothersall (68) and 15-year-old bowler Isaac Baldwin revived Luddenden Foot after they had been 65 for five at home to Old Town in Division Two.

Foot went on to total 205 and Old Town, after smashing 47 off the first six overs, collapsed to 116 all out with 14-year-old Tom Hosker wrapping things up with three wickets for no runs.

Stones’ Ben Watkins took eight for 63 as Stainland were bowled out for 125 but the hosts hit back with the ball, spreaheaded by Kevin Hutchinson (six for 12) to dismiss the Ripponden side for 101.

Opener Richard Hassall’s 78 put Wibsey Park Chapel on the way to a 67-run home win over Augustinians while Andy Dimbleby was among the runs again for Shelf, his 64 helping his side pass Denholme Clough’s 207.

Leaders Outlane’s run of success goes on, this time by 29 runs at Bridgeholme where Ben Dickens (73), Calum Westwood (73) and Neil Crosland (five for 43) were their star performers.