Sunday, September 16, 2018

Premier Division: Champions: Booth. Runners-Up: Thornton. Relegated: Bridgeholme and Southowram. *Bridgeholme v Warley - no play rain: pts 2-2. Oxenhope 333-9 (Ousey 93, Hopkinson 60, Fielden 48), *Mytholmroyd 144: pts 12-4. *Southowram 87 (Parr 6-45), Thornton 91-0 (J Hutchinson 61*): pts 0-12. Copley 241-6 (Blagborough 55, Thorpe 51, A Rowles 40), *SBCI 68 (Thorpe 5-34): pts 12-1. *Sowerby St Peter's 284-9 (Hoyle 165, Deshpande 4-44), Shelf Northowram HT 203 (Hemingway 57, Talbot 50, Lennon 5-39): pts 12-5. Booth 264 (Senior 149, Whippey 5-99), *Triangle 203 (Fletcher 57, Crosland 51, Ric Laycock 6-47): pts 12-6. First Division: Champions: Illingworth St Mary’s. Promoted: Sowerby Bridge. Relegated: Queensbury and Stones. Season already completed Second Division: Champions: Mount Promoted: Upper Hopton. Outlane 246 (Raza 50, Mellor 43, M Mitchell 4-58), *Bradley & Colnebridge 198 (Is Hussain 102, Raza 4-18): pts 12-5, *Low Moor HT 118-9 (Hosker 5-18), Luddendenfoot 120-4 (Broadbent 59): pts 2-11. *Mount 230 (A Rawat 102*, Hayat 4-55), Greetland 110: pts 12-4. *Old Town v Cullingworth - no play rain: pts 2-2. *Upper Hopton 171 (Walker 4-31), Leymoor 167-8 (Stephenson 4-40) - match drawn bad light stopped play {at Stainland}: pts: 6-7.

DIVISIONAL REPORTS In the Premier Division champions Booth retained its title by the slimmest margin of just one point to claim a hat-trick of triumphs and, at the same time, devastate the players and officials of runners-up Thornton, who had led the table for all but four weeks of the season. The crucial points distribution actually came last week when Thornton was washed out whilst Booth took full advantage, with a maximum, to head the table for the first time this season. Both teams gained 12 points in their final fixtures with Thornton quickly winning at relegated Southowram, to keep the pressure on the Luddenden team. It dismissed the relegated Ashday Lane outfit for a meagre 87 runs, as Ross Parr claimed 6-45, to be followed by a quick fire 61 not out from Joshua Hutchinson, obviously eager to cross to Grassy Bottom to watch Triangle v Booth. Whilst Triangle had promised to make it very difficult clearly one visiting player had not read that script. Batting first Steven Senior not only held the Booth innings together but his 149 runs, out of a 264 all out total, proved to be match and title winning. Triangle’s response got off to a poor start and when the in-form Christian Silkstone was dismissed for only 4 runs the writing was on the scoreboard wall, as it showed 53-4. Despite a rally from Daniel Crosland (51) and Carl Fletcher (57) once that duo was back in the pavilion  Thornton knew that its title hopes had disappeared with them, unfortunately blown away by last week’s weather. And so it proved as Booth won by 61 runs – Richard Laycock having the final word with by taking the last two wickets in his 6-47. Elsewhere SBCI was in demob mode, capitulating to visitors Copley for only 68 runs. Oliver Thorpe finished his season in style with 51 and 5-34 whilst Alex Blagborough (55) also hit a half-century as Copley won by 173 runs to finish in seventh place, after struggling badly in the early part of the season. Oxenhope finished its season in some style hitting 333-9 at Mytholmroyd, with half-centuries from Joseph Ousey (93) and Lewis Hopkinson (60), to ensure a big improvement on 2017 and leave its hosts glad of the points earned earlier in the season. The mid-table match at between hosts Sowerby St Peter’s and Shelf Northowram Hedge Top went the way of the home team, due in the main to Matthew Hoyle finishing his season in some style with a cracking innings of 165 runs, and that batting at No 5, as he just made the list of First XI Top Ten Batting Performances of the Season. A target of 285 runs proved too much for the visitors who were bowled out 81 runs short, despite efforts from Oliver Hemingway (57) and Harry Talbot (50) as Patrick Lennon took 5-39. The last match of the season’s schedule at Bridgeholme, where Warley was visiting, became a victim of the weather that was much worse further down the Calder Valley – at least the famous blooms didn’t need watering!

The final promotion place to be decided came in the Second Division and what a narrow squeak that was as Upper Hopton replicated Booth’s one point league table margin, to leave Luddendenfoot contemplating another season in the bottom tier. The Foot had done all it could at Low Moor HT claiming 11 points – a maximum would have made no difference as Hopton led that statistic by two wins. Low Moor batted first and scored 118-9 in a stonewalling 45 overs turgid performance -Thomas Hosker’s bowling figures of 12-6-18-5 rather proving that point. As did the Foot as it took less than 20 overs to claim the points with Lee Broadbent ensuring victory with his 59 not out. All eyes and electronic gadgets then turned to Stainland where Upper Hopton was entertaining Leymoor - and what an intriguing match ensued. The nomadic Mirfield team batted first and scored 171 all out with no batsman reaching 40 runs, Pierce Walker claiming 4-31. The target for Leymoor was certainly attainable, but more importantly for Hopton, could it claim the two bowling points it needed to clinch promotion? As the skies darkened it was forced to employ its slow bowlers and eventually it was Jack Stephenson (4-40) who took the all-important seventh wicket – with Leymoor only needing nine runs to win! One wicket and four runs later the umpires called a halt to the proceedings – Hopton in the First Division by the skin of its teeth. Elsewhere Outlane finished its up-and-down season in style beating Bradley & Colnebridge by 48 runs, despite the visitors’ opener Istiaq Hussain (102) scoring a fine century. Mosan Raza was man-of-the match as he scored 50 and took 4-18 for the home team. Champions Mount finished its season with a 120-run home win against Greetland with Anees Rawat scoring 102 not out batting at No 5 and Fakir Laher and Ismail Mayat having identical returns of 4-28. Finally, as at Eastwood, the Upper Calder Valley weather caused the abandonment of Old Town’s match versus Cullingworth.

We trust that the readers of the two Saturday Extras have enjoyed reading the reports during the season and my thanks go to all the clubs for ensuring scoresheets are entered on time, to Andy Rawnsley for his invaluable help all of the summer in solving many problems, to substitute Phil Sharples and to Anthony Briggs for his speed on entering all the copy on the website. In the combined Extras well over 60,000 words have been written during the season. Winter well and we will be back in April 2019. Paul Whiteley.