Laycock ton sees off Thornton challenge

Luddenden Foot celebrate taking a Bridgeholme wicket
Luddenden Foot celebrate taking a Bridgeholme wicket

Booth followed up their Parish Cup success over Thornton with a one wicket success over the same foes, this time in the Foster’s Halifax League Premier Division.

Thornton must have fancied their chances after racking up a healthy 293 for six with Greg Soames (74), Nikki Hutchinson (70), Michael Shanks (53) and Joshua Hutchinson thrashing the bowlers.

However, Booth had the free-scoring Robert Laycock to thank as he crashed out a boundary-laden 134 with Usman Saghir contributing 53 in a total of 295 for nine after they had been 52 for five at one stage. Joshua Hutchinson took four wickets at a cost of 104 runs.

Jer Lane maintained their position at the top after beating Blackley by exactly 100 runs.

Openers Chris Shannon and Wayne Cotton laid the foundations with 73 and 92 respectively, although Dominic Walsh kept plugging away to weed out four wickets.

The total of 272 for eight was always going to be a daunting prospect for Blackley, and the fact that they fell to 86 for six only made matters worse.

Simon Collins finished with four for 42 and Nasir Chowdrey three for 56 before Blackley found themselves sent back for 172

Third-placed Mytholmroyd enjoyed a comfortable four wicket success over Southowram.

Jack Earle (five for 39) and Amjid Amzam (three for 29) gave the visitors little respite, although Ian Gledhill’s defiant 40 and 20 from fellow lower order man Tom Belfield kept them interested at 148.

It was a case of steady away for ‘Royd who had Steve Senior top-scoring with 39 while Andy Measey emerged with credit taking four for 30.

Warley enjoyed an even more emphatic seven wicket victory over Sowerby Bridge.

Bridge found themselves in all sorts of trouble as they slithered to 94 all out, opener Tim Helliwell (54) watching in vain as wickets tumbled around him, Daniel Syme claiming five for 27.

As a result Warley barely broke sweat as they eased home with Christopher Marsh’s 46 the cornerstone of the innings

Nathan Madden’s 109 was not enough to prevent Triangle going down to a 57-run defeat at the hands of SBCI.

Madden had struck 15 boundaries as he made a brave attempt to hunt down SBCI’s total of 280 for nine with his 100 coming up in 99 deliveries. Jamie Sykes helped to put the brakes on the reply with a return of five for 55 from his 14 overs.

SBCI’s winning total was built around Simon Wood’s 72 while middle order man Daniel Sykes chipped in with 54.

Queensbury’s woes at the wrong end of the table continued with a 27 run reversal at home to Copley.

Richard Thorpe kept the hosts firmly in check on the way to figures of five for 44 with Tom Watson’s unbeaten 65 the sole show of defiance in a failed run chase.

Copley had earlier posted 178 with Nick Gomersal’s 42 the best of a mixed bag. Matthew Johnson claimed four for 47.

Northowram Hedge top kept up the pressure on Division One leaders Sowerby St Peters with a three wicket triumph over struggling Low Moor.

The visitors posted a competitive 227 for eight with Mark Mills slamming 63 and Mark Stokes 52.

Sam Gardner (four for 42) and Harry Talbot (four for 26) made sure their side had something to play for.

It wasn’t going to plan at 54 for three but then Adam Stocks (46) and Ian Mallard (78) picked the innings up by the boot straps as they reached 229 for seven.

The front runners show no signs of letting up if their 303 run demolition of Bradshaw is any measure.

Sowerby St Peters laid seige to the bowling on the way to amassing an incredible 420 for six.

Openers Ryan Brook (83) and Ben Watkins (122)put on 176 for the first wicket and they built from there with Hayden Bruce hitting 101 and Lynden Baxter Jnr 56.

Bradshaw must have felt as though they were beaten before they started and as a result fell away to 117, Ben Watkins hastening their departure with five for 17

Bottom club Stones lost again - this time by 85 runs at home to Oxenhope - while Luddenden Foot caused something of a shock by beating Bridgeholme.

The visitors totalled a disappointing 174 mainly due to Oliver Hemingway’s four for 44.

Luddenden Foot struggled and were 81 for eight at one stage before David Jones came up with an unbeaten 45 and last man Jamie Hothersall 29 not out to rescue the situation, Mohammed Asif recording figures of four for 37.

The top v bottom clash in Division Two predictably finished in Outlane’s favour as they trounced Old Town by 104 runs.

Alex Blagborough’s 101 was just what the doctor ordered with Calum Westwood chipping in with 59 as Outane totalled 252 for nine.

Anwar Shaukatt (five for 35) and Simon Ainley (three for 67) then got to work with the ball to ensure Old Town were kept in their place at 148 all out.

Old Crossleyans’ eight wicket success over Great Horton Park Chapel saw them maintain second place in the table.

Great Horton Park Chapel were scutttled out for just 70 with Harry Reynolds (three for 30) and Richard Dixon (six for 36) their chief tormentors.

That meant Old Crossleyans could pace their innings which they did with few scares along the way.

Denholme Clough beat higher-placed Clayton by seven wickets. Clayton managed a meagre 102 with Matthew Roe (31) attempting to inject some purpose late on.

Tanweer Aslam took five for 45 and then watched as Adil Hanif (46no) and Mohammed Yousaf (30no) steered their side past the target.

Shelf’s Steve Priestley hammered a century off 58 balls, but his contribution was still not enough to prevent a defeat at the hands of Greetland.

In the final game in the division Upper Hopton ran out winners over Cullingworth in a low-scoring encounter.