Runs flow in the top flight

The top four teams in the Towergate Halifax League all won on a day when batsmen were at last able to take advantage of drier wickets.

League side all-rounder Richard Laycock hit an unbeaten 102 as Booth retained their eight-point lead at the head of the Premier Division with a comprehensive 131-run home win over Jer Lane.

Richard and older brother Robert (72) put on 158 for the third wicket and Patrick Thomas made an unbeaten 52 to send Booth’s total soaring to 298 for three.

When Jordan Laban (46) was sixth out for Lane with the total on 71, a quick finish looked on the cards but Nasir Chowdrey (42) helped salvage a couple of batting bonus points for Lane, who finished on 167.

Booth’s 12-point return was matched by second-placed SBCI, who won by 82 runs at Bradshaw.

Dan Keighley made 87 before falling to five-wicket Aaron Buckley as SBCI totalled 215 for eight.

Wayne Cotton (76 no) then continued his good form with the bat for Bradshaw but Simon Collins (14) was the only other player in double figures as opening bowlers Robin Hanson (five for 44) and Ollie Benson (three for 30) sent the home side packing for 123.

Two players made a century at Triangle, where the third-placed champions picked up nine points to Thornton’s five.

Ross Soames (101), Nikki Hutchinson (41) and Greg Soames (62 no) helped Thornton to 290 for seven but Triangle knocked them off with two wickets and 21 balls to spare thanks to last year’s 1000-run man Christian Silkstone (115), Gary Rodger (57) and Matthew Turner (50).

Any fears about how well Sowerby Bridge’s wicket would play were dispelled by prolific batsman Tim Helliwell, who made 136 as his side picked up 12 points against Blackley to move clear of Triangle.

In the first action at Walton Street since the floods, Chris Whitehill (98) would have registered his maiden century but for a one-handed catch on the boundary edge by Jon Stenson.

Bridge piled up 297 for six and Ashton Richardson took six for 38 as Blackley were dismissed for 151, Dan Houlding getting 56 of them.

Southowram’s hopes of staying up look remote after another defeat, this time by four wickets at Warley.

They were 100 for eight before Ian Hopkinson (57) and New Zealander Matthew Scott (30 no) got them up to 189 but that wasn’t quite enough as Nolan Bottomley (62) and Michael Midwood (43) helped Warley to 127 for two before the loss of late wickets.

The remaining game between Copley and Sowerby SP is at Elland today.

Mytholmroyd won the battle of the top two in Division One at Oxenhope by a 47-run margin.

Liam Dyson took seven for 64 to dismiss ‘Royd for 163. The visitors were rocking at 67 for six until Tom Greenwood struck a fine 72.

It was then Oxenhope’s turn to struggle with the bat. Jack Earle (five for 66) and Asem Khan (three for 28) had them on the ropes at 10 for four and 69 for seven before Duncan and Tom Tetley scored 22 apiece in a brief revival which lifted the total to 116.

Low Moor’s league form prior to next Sunday’s Parish Cup final date with SBCI at Sowerby SP remains modest.

Five wickets for Mark Stokes and 49 for Nick Wood were among the few plus points in a 19-run defeat at Clayton, who managed to defend a total of 198 thanks to four wickets for Sam Wilson and three from Mitesh Mistry.

An unbeaten 101 off 82 balls from Scott Griffiths was the cornerstone of Queensbury’s 63 run victory at Greetland.

Queensbury were wobbling at 99 for five when Griffiths was joined by teenager Matty Bruce. The pair added 76 in 15 overs before Griffiths exploded into action, racing from 50 to 100 in 30 balls, as the last six overs produced 50 runs for the visitors to close on a challenging 220 for seven.

John Kaz played steadily for 32, but Greetland struggled to 63 for five before a quick fire 38 from Mahboob and 34 from Scott Moody revived their fortunes. However, spinner Girdev Singh dismissed both batsmen in his four wicket haul and the innings subsided to 157 all out.

Northowram HT won by eight wickets away to Old Crossleyans, a century from Chris Metcalf and a half-century from Keir Litjens seeing the visitors to victory.

The Broomfield men totalled 183, Chris Neal making 70 before being run out.

Shelf skipper Nick Patefield had a fine match as his side registered a 12-run home win over Old Town in Division Two.

Patefield (51) was the only batsmen to get into his stride as the hosts totalled 149 with Andrew Butterworth taking six for 58 and Richard Butterworth three for 26.

Shelf’s modest total proved enough as Patefield (five for 35) ripped out the visiting middle order.

Bottom club Augustinians followed up their win at Denholme Clough with another 12 points, this time at home to Stones.

Lee Mellor made 100 to spur his side to 219 for eight and Mudasser Bashir’s five for 26 helped dismiss the Ripponden side for 109.

Next to bottom Stainland were also celebrating after a 37-run home success over Denholme Clough.

Milan Opacic (62) top scored in their 154 for eight and Kevin Hutchinson (four for 13) mopped up the visiting tail as Clough folded from 71 for three to 117 all out.

James Hudson’s 71 not out, coming in at number nine, helped tip the scales Bridgeholme’s way at Luddenden Foot.

Hudson’s father Keith made 39 but Bridgeholme were in danger of stalling at 115 for six until Hudson junior boosted the total to 208 for eight.

Karl Whipp made 37 for the hosts but Tahir Mahmood (five for 36) led the way as Foot were skittled for 100.

Outlane are 33 points clear at the top after an eight-wicket romp away to Wibsey Park Chapel, Dan Crosland’s 60 not out seeing them to a target of 125.

Anwar Shokat (four for 20) had earlier reduced Park to 32 for six before wicketkeeper Chris Brown (56) and Matthew Jordan (31) had added 91.

The last four wickets fell for the addition of one run, triggered by the running out of Brown.