Super Sam helps Clayton stun Triangle

clayton had their finest hour since joining the Towergate Halifax League in 2007 when they floored champions Triangle in Sunday’s Parish Cup last 16 tie.

The middle section outfit went into the lion’s den at Grassy Bottom with little fear and their skipper Sam Wilson showed the way in a three-wicket win over the competition favourites.

Wilson made 95 not out to see Clayton past the home side’s 308 for eight with four balls to spare.

“A couple of our older members were saying it was the best cup victory we had ever had,” said Clayton batsman Jason Slator, who played his part in the run chase with 43, adding 88 with Wilson for the fourth wicket.

Slator said the early dismissal of home skipper Carl Fletcher had been a big boost. Fletcher’s opening partner Steve Senior made 92, Jon Lord 55 and Kurtis Whippey an unbeaten 50 off just 26 balls but Triangle, who lifted the trophy in 2008, were restricted to 308 for eight on a peach of a wicket.

Wilson came to the wicket at 84 for three and Paul Ayscough’s quickfire 48 helped Clayton, who beat Warley in last year’s competition, maintain a good scoring rate throughout.

Another ex-Bradford Central League side to floor division-higher opposition were Low Moor, who won by one run at Southowram.

Charles Holdsworth (54), Richard Speight (41), Mark Mills (40) and Nick Wood (34 no) helped Moor to a respectable 193 seven with the Rams decking eight catches.

Wood then came up trumps with the ball. His four for 20 off nine overs included the scalp of Dean Crossley for 99 as the Rams subsided from 152 for two to 192 for nine.

The Rams needed 14 off two overs and home skipper Andy Measey stroked a monstrous six. However, Martin Jenkins bowled a fine last over and Andy Croasdell claimed a run out on the last ball to see Low Moor celebrate an unlikely victory.

Old Town won the all-Division Two clash at Stones thanks to a superb performance from Yasser, promoted from the seconds, who took five for eight as the Ripponden side lost their last six wickets for 30 runs.

He followed up with 51, adding 108 for the third wicket with Steve Butterworth (77) as Town chased easily down a target of 148.

Holders Copley overcame a tricky hurdle at Warley, Mohammed Seraj (41 no) and Richard Turner (18 no) seeing them over the line in pursuit of Warley’s 269 for four total with little to spare.

Earlier, Chris Marsh (88 no) and John Rawson (79) had appeared to give Warley bright prospects of success.

In other all-Premier ties, an unbroken 116-run stand between Wayne Cotton (81 no) and Chris Shannon (45 no) carried Bradshaw to a seven wicket home win over Blackley while Sowerby bridge beat Sowerby St Peters with the help of a fine opening burst from Ashton Richardson which took out four of the visitors’ top five batsmen.

Jamie Summerscales’ 83 not out helped SBCI beat Northowram by eight wickets while Leigh Thomas’s 65 paved the way for Booth to beat Old Crossleyans at Broomfield.