Shanks denied ton by weather

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The Towergate Halifax League suffered almost a total washout on Saturday with early reports suggesting there was action in only one game, the Premier Division first teams contest between Thornton and Blackley.

In a game reduced to 35 overs per side, Thornton declared when rain stopped play at 174 for four and Blackley were 42 for one in reply when the weather had the final say.

Mick Shanks crashed 94 not out for the hosts and his side emerged with three points while Blackley took two - the same as all the other teams whose games were abandoned.

Thornton spokesman Mark Higgins said: “It was a lot of effort for one extra point!

“Both teams and the two umpires tried their very, very best to put on a game.

“At one stage we took the covers off three times but every time we did it, it started raining again.”

Higgins said Thornton’s hill top location had meant the wind had prevented the pitch from becoming waterlogged.

Thornton had hoped Shanks might have had chance to hit another six to complete his century and earn his side a third batting point for reaching 180 but Higgins said the rain had returned at just the wrong time.

An early tea was taken and Thornton had declared. Blackley had made a bright start before the game was finally washed out.

Northowram Fields seconds were one Calderdale team to get in a full match- at Hopton Mills near Mirfield in Division Three of the Central Yorkshire League.

The visitors were wide-margin winners with the help of half-centuries from Lewis Forsythe and Dru Patel - who both hit some huge sixes - and five wickets from spinner Josh Norcliffe.