First double header of the season in Halifax Cricket League
This weekend the ENCO Halifax League sees its first double header of the season when Saturday’s league fixtures are followed by the first round of the Parish Cup on Sunday.
Premier Division leaders Illingworth St Mary’s have dropped only one point so far, their latest success coming against Thornton by five wickets as Josh Cooper (109) hit a fine century.
St Mary’s have another test on Saturday against Triangle, in second place on the average points system.
The latter defeated previous leaders Bradshaw by 73 runs last weekend but Bradshaw should get back on track against Warley at the weekend.
Booth skipper Richard Laycock scored a sensational 131 not out as his team successfully chased 248-6 against SBCI.
The First Division is led jointly by Oxenhope and Sowerby St Peter’s, the former making the trip to Sowerby.
Chris Kibble (108) was another batsman in form when he helped to secure maximum points at home to Luddendenfoot.
Bradley & Colnebridge, top of the Second Division, eased past Augustinians thanks to Shahraiz Khan (100).
Greetland are a point behind the leaders after beating Outlane by 20 runs in a contest that produced 536 runs.
Tanweer Aslam just missed out on his maiden century with 98.
The Parish Cup makes a welcome return on Sunday after being cancelled due to Covid-19 last season for the first time since its inception in 1888.
Even two World Wars failed to stop cricket in this area.
Sowerby St Peter’s will aim to defeat higher division opposition when they entertain struggling Shelf Northowram HT.
The three all top-flight ties are Illingworth St Mary’s v Booth, holders Thornton v Copley and Warley v Blackley.
Low Moor HT face a tough challenge in their clash with Triangle while two of the bottom three teams in the Second Division face-off when Leymoor make the trip to Old Town.