Ton for Silkstone in Triangle 12-pointer

Robin Hanson bowls for SBCI against Thornton on Saturday
Robin Hanson bowls for SBCI against Thornton on Saturday

Five of the six matches in the top section of the the Foster’s Halifax League beat the weather on Saturday with Christian Silkstone, Nathan Madden and Gary Rodger helping Triangle to the only 12 point haul.

Triangle repeated last year’s win at neighbours Sowerby Bridge after piling up 280 for eight in their 45 overs.

The visitors lost Tony Sykes with five on the board but Silkstone and Madden, recently returned to the club, added 137 for the second wicket before Madden departed for 74.

The sweet-striking Silkstone went on to make 124, hitting eight sixes, before he also fell to Nick Whitehill, who finished with six for 60.

Nhitehill followed up with 70 but his only significant support on the day came from opener Tim Helliwell (46). The pair put on 83 for the second wicket before Helliwell fell to Rodger, who whittled his way through the order to finish with six fior 30 as Bridge were dismissed fror 168.

Silkstone completed a good day with five victims behind the stumps.

Triangle are third, just four points behind leaders Jer Lane and one behind Blackley.

Jer Lane were one-wicket home winners over Copley, third at the start of the day, and collected eight points.

Copley made 175 for seven, thanks mainly to skipper James Clarke (46) and Chris Dalby (41).

A 76-run opening stand between Raqeeb Younis (68) and Andrew Pinfield (35) got Lane’s reply off on the right footing and Mick Hustler’s 34 moved them nearer the winning post.

However, Richard Turner took six for 64, his last three wickets coming with the total on 169, 173 and 174 to set up an exciting finish.

Blackley were four-wicket winners of a 33-overs-per-side contest at Bradshaw.

Bradshaw laboured to 110 for nine with Wayne Cotton’s 24 the top contribution, Paul Dowle taking five for 66 and Jacob Linsel and Reece Jennison keeping it tight at the other end.

Blackley opener Ian Hall hit 70 to spearhead his side’s successful reply, defying Simon Collins who took four for 33 off 14 overs.

Champions SBCI were beaten again, this time at home to Thornton who defended a total of 120 for six off 30 overs.

Mick Shanks top scored with 34 for the visitors and Tom Wood made 44 in reply but Greg Somaes (four for 19), Josh Hutchinson (three for 21) and Joe Blencowe (two for 19) gave Thorntpon the upper hand.

last year’s middle-section runners-up Clayton stay bottom after losing by two wickets at home to Warley, for whom Greg Keywood (four for 47 and 29 no) was the star performer.

The game between Booth and Mytholmroyd was washed out and the same fate befell all four games in Division One and three of the matches in Division Two.

Luddenden Foot and Low Moor, the leading pair in the second division, both managed 12 points on their travels to open up a handy lead at the top.

Luddenden Foot were comfortable eight-wicket winners away to a 10-man Greetland side.

Mahboob hit 52 and took the two Foot wickets to fall but openers Richard Pinder (40) and Chris Roy (38) put on 85 in reply and late call-up George Ashton finished it with 33 not out.

Low Moor looked set for a quick win when they reduced hosts Wibsey Park Chapel to 59 for nine. However, they were detained by last man Richard Winn and number nine Mark Jagger (26) who lifted the total to 98.

Craig Green (six for 29) and Mark Stokes (four for 41) took all the wickets.

It was by no means plain sailing with the bat for Low Moor as Matthew Jordan bagged three wickets but Nick Wood’s 37 helped clinch a three-wicket win.

POINTS (after five matches) - Premier Division: Jer Lane 50, Blackley 47, Triangle 46, Copley 42, Thornton 36, Bradshaw 32, Warley 32, Booth 26, Mytholmroyd 22, SBCI 22, Sowerby Bridge 22, Clayton 20.

Division One: Southowram 43, Sowerby SP 42, Northowram 33, Queensbury 32, Bridgeholme 30, Outlane 30, Oxenhope 25, Old Crossleyans 14.

Division Two: Luddenden Foot 60, Low Moor 57, Wibsey PC 47, Stainland 39, Stones 35, Shelf 34, Old Town 15, Augustinians 10, Denholme Clough 8, Greetland 7.