New high as Illingworth continue promotion quest

Illingworth's Matthew Battle in action against Addingham
Illingworth's Matthew Battle in action against Addingham
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Illingworth produced their highest ever score to win when batting second as they maintained their Aire Wharfe League Division Three promotion push with a two wicket win over Addingham.

The home side amassed 285 for eight in reply to Addingham’s 281, beating the previous record of 271 for seven set against Steeton in 1990.

The Jammy Green men were up against it from the start as the visitors elected to bat and rattled up 64 for the first wicket at five an over.

Jamie Moorhouse managed to stem the flow, picking up two wickets, but a partnership of 160 for the fourth wicket, with visiting skipper Johnson scoring a second consecutive century, put them well in charge at 243 for three with seven overs to go.

The return of Moorhouse and Brooksby stemmed the flow and with the partnership broken the last six wickets fell for just 35 runs with Moorhouse picking up five for 79 and Brooksby four for 73.

In reply the home side lost Aussie Matthew Battle in the second over but after that were never behind the required run rate with Veryan Brooksby leading the way.

Brooksby hit 13 sixes and 11 fours which took him to within three runs of beating the club’s highest ever individual score held by Niall Lockley before he holed out on the deep long on boundary for a magnificent 157. His brother Luke gave superb support in a fourth wicket partnership of 116 in just 12 overs but at 252 for three the home side should have coasted to victory.

The end of the partnership led to five wickets falling in pursuit of the last 30 runs before Thompson and Moorhouse saw their team across the line with five overs to spare.

Elland and Barkisland both picked up good wins in the Huddersfield League Premiership.

Although Elland emerged victorious by five wickets over Scholes, they slipped to third in the table as next Saturday’s opponents Kirkburton have claimed more six pointers.

Greg Finn took his batting average for the season to 60 with an unbeaten 70 as Elland passed the post on 180 for five, Chris Goulden having earlier taken four for 46 to help skittle Scholes out at 176 for eight.

Barkisland did their hopes of avoiding the drop a power of good with a six point success over mid-table Hall Bower.

Matthew Steers claimed four for 34 with C. Thompson and Lorenzo Ingram cbagging three wickets each as Bower were sent back for 168.

Darren Robinson and Ingram then saw their side safely home with unbeaten scores of 90 and 53 respectively in a closing total of 169 for two.

Brighouse maintained their impressive record as they inflicted a 17th defeat in as many games on Great Horton in Division Two of the Bradford League.

Great Horton were bowled out for 90 with Johannes Vee (3-9) and Sadaqat Zaman (3-36) the best of the Brighouse bowlers in the eventual 139 run success.

Zahir Hussain’s unbeaten 86 and Zafar Jadoon (55) were the highlights of the Brighouse innings while Khalid Mehmood (three for 63) and Arun Balasubramanian (three for 26) toiled in vain for the basement side.

East Bierley opener Mark Gill passed 12,000 career runs as he helped his side to edge home by two wickets with two balls to spare in the Division One clash with Lightcliffe.

Gill made 51 before Andrew Rennison guided them past Lightcliffe’s 196 for nine with an unbeaten 77.

Opener Charlie Roebuck (56) was the top scorer for Lightcliffe while skipper Kez Ahmed was the pick of the East Bierley bowlers with three for 38.

Todmorden were comfortable seven wicket winners over Rishton in their Lancashire League meeting at Blackburn Road.

Rishton professional Daniel Salpietro, who had a recent loan spell at Central Lancashire League side Walsden, hit 12 fours in batting through the innings for a 157 ball unbeaten 105 in his side’s 179 for four. He added 47 for the first wicket with Nathan Sharrock and 41 for the second with Richard Rostron.

Todmorden professional Geeth Alwis made 64 from 84 balls, which included eight fours, while Ben Sutcliffe made 33, Elliott Gilford an unbeaten 27 and Simon Newbitt 20 as Todmorden won with a little under eight overs to spare.

Northowram Fields suffered a heavy nine wicket defeat in their home Central Yorkshire League Premier Division clash with leaders Townville.

Fields mustered 185 for nine with Ben Grech’s unbeaten 35 the best.

Townville then knocked the runs off in 35.5 overs.