SBCI’s fall from grace

Paul Gledhill for Sowerby Bridge on Saturday. His side saved their Premier Division skins with victory over Bradshaw.
Paul Gledhill for Sowerby Bridge on Saturday. His side saved their Premier Division skins with victory over Bradshaw.

Last year’s double winners SBCI have been relegated from the Premier Division of the Foster’s Halifax League.

Jamie Sykes’s side went into the final day of the season four points ahead of Sowerby Bridge in the battle to avoid second-from-bottom spot, with Clayton already down.

SBCI lost by 19 runs away to champions Jer Lane, being dismissed for 196 in reply to their hosts’ 215 for nine, and picked up five points.

Nasir Chowdrey’s 78 and four wickets really hurt SBCI, Chris Dalby making a valiant 94 not out in reply.

Meanwhile, at Walton Street, Bridge collected the maximum 12 points by bowling out Bradshaw for 119, having made 182 all out themselves.

Warley rounded off a good finish to the season with a 53-run win at Booth, in spite of Moazzam Ayub’s six for 32 and Chris Shannon’s 61 for the hosts.

Warley produced the better team effort, spearheaded by Michael Midwood’s 54 in a total of 219 for eight.

Triangle were emphatic 126-run home winners over Thornton having piled up 287 for seven with useful contributions from Kurtis Whippey (83), Gary Rodger (59) and Jack Gledhill (61 no).

Martin Uttley picked up four for 58 as Thornton subsided from 76 without loss to 161 all out.

Copley also notched a big score - 301 for six at home to Clayton, who bowed out of the Premier with a 130-run defeat.

Skipper James Clarke showed the way with 98 while Scott Skinner hit 61 not out and Craig Taylor 49.

Clayton were soon two for three but Jason Slator’s unbeaten 79 gave them some respectability at 171 for six.

Blackley have claimed the runners-up berth - a great improvement on last year’s third-from-bottom position - with a 68-run win at Mytholmroyd.

Tom Baxter (83) and Dan Houldin (59) added 141 after they had been 56 for four against a ‘Royd side who used 10 bowlers.

Blackley posted 265 and ‘Royd were dismissed for 197 in reply with Darren Thompson (41 no) batting through and Kyle Adamson taking the final five wickets to fall.

Low Moor are Division Two champions while Luddenden Foot have pipped Wibsey Park Chapel to the second promotion place.

Moor, whose lead had shrunk dramatically in recent weeks, went into the final day with a single point lead and were emphatic 191-run winners over Stones.

Moor racked up 277 for five and the Ripponden side mustered only 86 in response.

Andy Croasdell made 109 and Nick Wood 61 before Moor declared after 43 overs.

They needed less than half the overs to complete the job with Craig Green, Mark Stokes and Martin Jenkins sharing the wickets.

Gareth Walker thumped 62 of Stones’ runs with eight fours and four sixes.

Foot were eight points ahead of Wibsey before Saturday and although they lost the game against their rivals at Bradford Park Avenue they did more than enough to stay ahead of Chapel, picking up two points to their opponents’ seven.

Gareth Swain put in another mighty shift with the ball for Foot, taking five for 66 off 23 overs to limit Wibsey to 149 for six on a big ground.

Skipper Karl Whipp made 79 in reply, helping his side from a perilous 57 for four to 134 for five off their 45 overs.

Lennox Cadore’s 82 not out was the key contribution as Augustinians beat visitors Denholme Clough by 49 runs.

The Laund Hill side scored 230 for five and Aslam’s 85 was in vain for Clough, who were all out for 181.

Greetland were five-wicket winners at home to Stainland. Four wickets each for Qamer and Mahboob dismissed Stainland for 175, with Dave Robinson’s 49 the top score.

Qamer followed up with 42 and Mahboob with 37 not out in Greetland’s successful run chase.

Elland have finished a highly satisfactory third in the Huddersfield League’s top flight, rounding off with a seven-wicket home win over Golcar.

Chris Goulden (four for 52) and Ibi Younas (three for 29) helped dismiss the visitors for 121 after they had been 69 for seven at one stage.

Paul Winrow made 41 at the top of the order and Rahul Bakshi 37 not out as the Hullen Edge men completed victory.

Barkisland, having ensured their survival in the Premiership the previous weekend, won again away to a Holmfirth side who were themselves battling to beat the drop.

Chris Greenwood took four for 49 and skipper Darren Robinson three for 46 as Holmfirth were bowled out for 144.

Jamie Summerscales rounded off an excellent season since his switch from SBCI with 62 and young Luke Bridge hit 33 as the visitors scrambled home by two wickets.

Northowram Fields’ Aussie Jeremy Smith hit an unbeaten 155 not out off 112 balls as his side accounted for Wrenthorpe in the top section of the Central Yorkshire League.

The visitors were clearly winding down for the season and gave all 10 fielders a bowl. Smith took full advantage and Chris Metcalf also hit 66 off 40 balls as the Rams piled up 300 for nine.

Wrenthorpe replied with 241 with Greig Batty making 101 and Jordan Sleightholme 63, Jason Smith picking up four for 69 and Zafar Khan three for 47.

Illingworth completed a double over Hall Park in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe, overhauling Park’s 192 for eight with three wickets to spare.

Elland and Northowram Fields second teams both won to ensure they beat the drop and Northowram’s win at Caribbean lifted them to fifth in Division Three of the Central Yorkshire League.