Action to resume in Halifax Cricket League after last weekend’s washout

Blackley should shed some of its batting problems at home to Shelf Northowram HT in the Premier Division of the Halifax Cricket League this weekend.

By Paul Whiteley
Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:47 am
Cricket - Shelf Northowram Hedgetop v Mytholmroyd. Taufeeq Ahmed bowls for Mytholmroyd.
Cricket - Shelf Northowram Hedgetop v Mytholmroyd. Taufeeq Ahmed bowls for Mytholmroyd.

The local derby at Walton Street between Sowerby Bridge and SBCI will be tight. Illingworth St Mary’s should consolidate its top spot at Warley and there would be a major shock at Triangle if Copley come away with more than the odd point, the same applying to Mythomroyd as it visits Thornton.

The most intriguing encounter will be at Booth where Bradshaw visit – a coin needed to predict this one.

Elsewhere in the lower divisions the highlights should be at Mount, where the home team will be desperate to impress against leaders Sowerby St Peter’s, plus at Low Moor HT, where Oxenhope visit and Outlane where Bradley & Colnebridge make the short trip.

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Cricket - Blackley v Copley. Blackley batsman Reece Jennison.

Last Saturday’s programme was totally washed out so the focus switched to the Parish Cup First Round the following day.

Eleven ties were completed with three still in play carried over and, together with Old Town v Leymoor making a second attempt, four ties will be in action this Sunday.

The most staggering result last Sunday came at Augustinians where the home team was bowled out for six runs.

Southowram posted a formidable 272-5 but no one could foresee what was to follow as Neil Eastwood (7-4) and Neil Johnson (3-0) rolled over the home team in less than ten overs.

There was only one scoring shot in the innings, a four, as nine ducks were recorded, extras providing the other two runs.

The score is believed to be the lowest ever recorded in the Parish Cup.

Amazingly the Rams winning margin of 266 runs was equalled by Mytholmroyd as it hit the highest score of the day, 337-6, against Clayton who, in reply, could only muster 71 all out.

Bridgeholme produced the performance of the day from a lower division club by travelling the 20 miles to Upper Hopton and coming away with a 66-run win, Sohail Sajjad (104 not out) in fine form.

A predicted win came at Sowerby St Peter’s as struggling Premier team, Shelf Northowram HT, went down by 114 runs.

Chasing 199 the frailties of the Hedge Top batting soon became evident as Harry Clarke (5-17) and Patrick Lennon (4-17) combined in an all out score of 85.

Another team with batting frailties is Copley as, in much the same way as Hedge Top, it succumbed to Thornton at Hill Top Road with barely a whimper, losing by 181 runs.

The home team had scored 234-6 but in total contrast Copley lasted for just 16.5 overs in a poor showing of 53 all out,

Greetland, enjoying a fine start in the Second Division, were far from disgraced at Bradshaw, bowling its top flight opponents out for 186.

However the difference showed when dealing with a sticky track in its reply of a 119 all out score.

SBCI easily accounted for Cullingworth, bowling out the home team for 73 and taking little time to score the required 77-1.

Great Horton PC accounted for Luddendenfoot by 24 runs whilst Low Moor HT, on its own Oval, lost to Premier Triangle by a margin of 246 runs.

Triangle skipper Adam Stocks (126) plus Zach Rushton (5-29) and Kurtis Whippey (4-27) were to the forefront of a reality check whilst the trials and tribulations of Mount continue as lower division Queensbury recorded a 123-run victory.

Oxenhope moved into the next round with a home four-wicket win versus Stones.

Ties to continue on Sunday are at Illingworth St Mary’s (v Blackley), Outlane (v Sowerby Bridge) and at Warley (v Blackley).