Sykes leads the way as Triangle pile up 438

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CHAMPIONS Triangle stormed back to the top of the Premier Division after scoring possibly the highest score in Halifax League history on Saturday.

Carl Fletcher’s side amassed 438 for six against shellshocked Jer Lane en route to a comprehensive 279-run victory over last year’s fourth-placed finishers.

Big scores are the norm at Triangle but Jer Lane, a team noted for their own big-hitting at Twenty/20, cannot have expected such an onslaught.

It was started by home skipper Dave Fletcher (90) and Christian Silkstone (58), who added 118 for the second wicket, Fletcher reaching his half-century off just 28 balls and Silkstone off 39.

Triangle suffered a wobble when they lost their third and fourth wickets on 195 but that brought Tony Sykes to the crease. Sykes has been a prolific scorer for many years, in recent times in Triangle’s seconds, but he and “proper batsman” Gary Rodger added 176 for the fifth wicket.

While Sykes smashed a dozen sixes in a knock of 134 to set the scorers’ pens working overtime, Rodger settled for a dozen fours in a far more modest 48.

Once the carnage was over, Robert Cole dismissed Jer Lane’s top four and vice-captain Dave Turner mopped up five of the last six wickets to dismiss Lane for 159, James Watson’s 37 being top score.

Triangle share top place with surprise packet Blackley, who won by two wickets at Bradshaw.

The hosts looked set for victory when Blackley were 111 for seven chasing 181 for victory but a 66-run stand between Jon Stenson (30 no) and Theo Greaves (45) was the deciding factor. Greaves was rounding off a fine performance, having earlier taken five wickets and bowled top scorer Wayne Cotton (54).

Last year’s runners-up Booth were beaten at home by SBCI, for whom league side skipper Jamie Summerscales hit his second century in three knocks.

The visitors lost Sam Hinchliffe to Rick Laycock without a run on the board but Summerscales and Tom Wood (73) made a match-defining stand of 180.

Last wickets tumbled to Laycock (four for 58) and Andrew Truscott (five for 39) but SBCI’s 234 for nine was enough.

Booth were in with a shout at 164 for four, thanks to middle order men Laycock (41), Jack Heptinstall (43) and Patrick Thomas (35) but three wickets each for Summerscales’ brother Ben and Jamie Sykes limited the home side to 218.

Sowerby Bridge were 29-run home winners against derby rivals Sowerby St Peter’s, who lost top spot.

The home side were again indebted to Tim Helliwell. He hit 16 fours and three sixes in a knock of 98 and shared stands of 59 with opening partner James Taylor (18) and 111 with Nick Whitehill (48) for the second wicket.

Martin Schofield (four for 77 off 23) stuck with it as usual for Sowerby but a target of 235 proved beyond the visitors with Sam Mellor (five for 51) returning to mop up their tail. Five visiting batsmen scored 20 or more but Ben Hoyle’s 36 was the leading contribution.

Thornton, third in 2011, were five wicket winners at Warley after dismissing the hosts for 147.

Ross Parr saw off four of Warley’s top five and reduced them to 66 for six, John Rawson getting 38 for the home side.

Greg Keywood (52 no) tried to lead a home revival and he dominated a 59-run stand with James Whitworth (8) before the tail folded to Josh Hutchinson and Joe Blencowe.

Keywood and his father, Rob, took two wickets each to leave the outcome in the balance at 67 for five but Mark Exley (36 no) and Greg Soames (22 no) saw Thornton to victory without further mishap.

Copley got their first win on the board with a 57-run success at home to Southowram.

A victory looked unlikely when Tom Belfield, back in the Rams ranks, and Safir Hussain had Copley rocking at 25 for four.

Mark Baldwin (51) and Craig Taylor (32) helped steady the ship and Scott Skinner hit a quickfire 41 at number nine to get Copley to 201 for nine.

Southowram struggled to 145 for six in reply, Dean Crossley top scoring with 31. It could have been worse, five dropped catches in the first 15 overs costing the home side the chance of maximum points.

POINTS: Triangle 31, Blackley 31, Sowerby Bridge 30, Thornton 30, SBCI 27, Sowerby SP 26, Booth 23, Bradshaw 22, Warley 19, Southowram 19, Jer Lane 16, Copley 13.