Cook serves up a treat

Actions from the game, Barkisland v Elland, cricket at Barkisland.'Pictured is Jamie Summerscales
Actions from the game, Barkisland v Elland, cricket at Barkisland.'Pictured is Jamie Summerscales

Illingworth maintained their promising start after promotion to the middle section of the Aire/Wharfe League with a 19-run home win over Green Lane yesterday.

They were struggling to post a decent total until number eight Stephen Cook came to the rescue with 50.

Luke Brooksby then led a fine all-round bowling display from the Jammy Green men with three for 33 as Lane were limited to 153 for nine.

There was frustration for Lightcliffe, whose Bradford League Division One game at Undercliffe was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Brighouse must have wished their Division Two game at Morley had suffered a similar fate as they suffered a 188-run hiding.

Things were going fairly well for the visitors when Morley reached 69 for three in the 30th over but overseas player Kashif Naveed then came in an crashed an unbeaten 115 off 75 balls.

Skipper Matthew Baxter provided support with 46 and Morley’s total climbed to 233 for five.

Brighouse’s reply was a disaster. They were two for two and 16 for six before being all out for 45.

There were six ducks and but for Mo Kurshid’s 28 off 60 balls it would have been an even sorrier tale.

Elland were beaten by Scholes in a 25 overs per side contest in the Huddersfield League’s top section at Hullen Edge.

Hard-hitting opener Niall Lockley made 54 in Elland’s 140 for eight but Scholes lost only two wickets in knocking off the runs in 21 overs.

Elland’s Calderdale rivals Barkisland fared better, winning by four wickets at Kirkburton.

Alex Scholefield and spinner Chris Williams took three weeks each to limit Kirkburton to 186 and Jamie Summerscales took the visitors most of the way to victory with 89.

Northowram Fields were short on bowling for the trip to Oulton in the Central Yorkshire League’s Championship and were beaten after totalling 221, which included a typically well-struck half-century from Chris Metcalf.

Todmorden were successful in their first Lancashire League match of the weekend, beating visitors Church by 23 runs at Centre Vale in a contest reduced to 27 overs a side.

Simon Newbitt made 50, including four fours and three sixes, before holing out to long on. Kristian Garland hit 31 and skipper Andrew Sutcliffe (15 no) and Freddie Priestley (14 no) added useful runs at the end.

Sutcliffe followed up with four for 26, including the prized wicket of Church pro Usman Tariq for 31, as Tod gained the upper hand.