Sunday success for SBCI

Title contenders SBCI beat Copley by three wickets in one of yesterday’s re-arranged games in the Towergate Halifax League.

It was tough going for batsmen after Saturday’s heavy rain but all of the home side’s top six made double figures, opener Sam Hinchliffe showing the way with 31, to see the hosts past Copley’s 126 total.

Craig Taylor, normally a free-scoring player, had hit just one boundary in his unbeaten 33 in the first half of the contest.

Matt Hoyle took four for 25 from 10 overs for SBCI while Richard Turner’s three for 39 was the pick of the Copley figures.

The game should have taken place at Copley on Saturday but after the previous week’s flooding it was one of three first team contests taking place on the grounds of their opponents yesterday.

Sowerby Bridge gave up home advantage to Jer Lane and went down by 90 runs.

Opener Andrew Pinfield made 45 for Lane but when he was fifth out with the total on 86 his side looked in a spot of bother.

However, Paul Chapman hit 43 not out and Jonny Waddington 31 to boost the total to 178 for eight.

That proved more than enough after Bridge got off to a disastrous start, losing Tim Helliwell, Paul Gledhill and Richard Price before they scored their first run.

A stand of 51 between Josh Wood (24) and Mark Mellor (18) stopped the rot temporarily but Bridge folded to 88 all out with Nasir Chowdrey (five for 36) and Jonny Lister (three for 16) doing the damage.

Mitesh Mistry took seven for 62 to spur Clayton to a three wicket success against Greetland, who were also forced to give up home advantage after the floods.

Greetland made only 116 in the Division One contest and although they sent back the Clayton openers with the total on four, Jason Slater (40) and Sam Wilson (24) showed the way in a successful reply.

Yesterday’s winners will probably discover at tomorrow night’s monthly league meeting whether they will be allowed to keep their points, or have to settle for two ach after Saturday’s abandonments.

Sowerby St Peters and Booth will contest the final of the third teams’ Rod Warhurst Cup at Lightcliffe on Sunday, July 15.

The quarter-finals had been decided by bowl-offs and the same fate befell yesterday’s semi-finals with the Triangle and Booth grounds unfit for play after Saturday’s heavy rain.

Five players from each team had two attempts to hit the stumps from 22 yards and Sowerby won 1-0 at Triangle while Booth came out on top by 3-1 at home to Bradshaw.

Todmorden got back to winning ways in the Lancashire League yesterday after the disappointment of a Twenty/20 semi-final defeat at Ramsbottom on Friday.

Andrew Sutcliffe’s side beat Nelson by four wickets in a 35 overs a-side game at Centre Vale with the help of 63 not out and three for 38 off 17 overs from Pakistani pro Qaiser Abbas.

Lightcliffe went down by 32 runs at home to Manningham Mills in their delayed Priestley Cup quarter-final in the Bradford League.

Chris Greenwood and Charlie Roebuck helped limit Mills to 188 with three wickets each but the home side lost their top five batsmen for 45 and a battling 47 from skipper Jonathan Wilson was insufficient as they were bowled out for 156.

Brighouse are joint bottom of Division Two after totalling just 91 and losing Sunday’s home game against leaders Yeadon by eight wickets. Will Smith (34), Chris Maloney (19) and David Maloney (18 no) were the only batsmen to make double figures.