Premier Division: Champions: Warley. Runners-Up: Triangle. Relegated: Mytholmroyd & Upper Hopton. Triangle 169 (Wood 55, Rodger 45, White 8-35), *Blackley 175-2 (Barraclough 57, Baxter 53*): pts 2-12. Bridgeholme 239 (M Hussain 47, N Abbas 45, K Hudson 45, Lumb 4-18), *Booth 245-6 (Brumby 92*, Ambrose 92): pts 4-12. *Copley 247-9 (Whipp 57, Hussain 49), SBCI 212 (Kirby 67, Simpson 4-14): pts 12-5 *Sowerby Bridge 267-3 (Price 83, Mellor 81*, Bullick 41*), Mytholmroyd 86 (Richardson 5-16): pys 12-0. Upper Hopton 199-9 (Routh 4-64), *Thornton 201-2 (Ransom 103, Richardson 58): pts 3-11. Sowerby St Peter's 144 (Iqbal 6-63, Keywood 4-72), *Warley 146-1 (Sarwar 69, Oates 42*): pts 2-12. First Division: Champions: Shelf Northowram HT. Promoted: Mount. Relegated: Southowram and Stones. Season already completed Second Division: Champions: Bradshaw. Promoted: Bradley & Colnebridge. *Bradshaw w/o v Leymoor: pts 12-0. Illingworth St Mary's 149 (Curran 53, Kirby 5-37, Walker 4-28), *Clayton 150-2 (Sutcliffe 69*): pts 2-12.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Mention the name of Blackley’s Chris White in Triangle circles in the next few weeks and a scowl is more than likely to appear on the face of the recipients. Not only did White save the best bowling performance of the Second XI’s season until the last day, but his 8-35 denied the Grassy Bottom team the Premier Division title that it had been favourites to win for weeks. As it was the indefatigable efforts of Warley, to keep tight on the Triangle tail, proved successful as it emulated the last gasp title win of Booth in the First XI’s to take its fourth title in the last seven seasons. Triangle batted first at Lindley Road and with the scoreboard reading 79-0 nobody would have predicted that 90 runs later the visitors would have been all out. White’s first victim was Darren Park (34) and after Steven Wood (55) was bowled by Omar Hussain and Gary Rodger (45) dismissed by Kyle Adamson, White removed the remaining seven batsmen for a miserly 24 runs. Neil Barraclough (57) and Jason Baxter (53 not out) set up the eight-wicket victory with Hussain (28 not out) chipping in at the end to seal the surprise outcome that was celebrated even more so some eight miles away at Paradise Lane. Warley had already easily beaten Sowerby St Peter’s by nine wickets, as Zeeshan Iqbal (6-63) and Liam Keywood (4-72) bowled throughout the 25.1 overs of the Sowerby innings of 144. Warley’s Jimmy Sarwar (69) and Dominic Oates (64 mot out) put the result in no doubt and the celebrations began immediately the news filtered through from Blackley. Spare a thought also for Sowerby Bridge who finished just four points adrift of top spot having had one no-result draw more than the top two. An easy final day win against Mytholmroyd at Walton Street was small consolation for its 215 points haul in third place – record books being checked for that achievement. As it was Richard Price (83), Martin Mellor (81 not out) and Mark Richardson (5-16) achieved notable performances in a 181-run win. At Broad Fold Lane Booth successfully chased down a Bridgeholme total of 239 all out in which three batsmen hit forties, as sixth change bowler Matthew Lumb took 4-18. The home team had two batsmen to thank for the majority of its winning reply – both coincidentally scoring 92. Philip Andrew was lbw just those eight runs short of his century and a crashing not out knock from No 7 Gareth Brumby ran out of the runs required to attain his ton. SBCI went close to countering Copley’s 247-9 at The Arches falling just 35 runs short whilst Thornton beat relegated Upper Hopton by eight wickets, as the visitors’ promotion of last season seemed light years away. In a total of 199-8 Hopton’s top ‘scorer’ was extras (36), in sharp contrast to Thornton’s winning response that included a century from Chris Ransom (103) and Darren Richardson’s 58 not out.
The last remaining question mark surrounded the championship winners of the Second Division and this was unfortunately settled without a ball been bowled, as Leymoor conceded to Bradshaw due to being unable to raise a team. No doubt matches called off, due to players attending football matches in preference, will become a future discussion topic – maybe even at the October Council Meeting when Rule amendments are discussed and seconders are sought. Bradshaw however deservedly took the title and Bradley & Colnebridge will be more than pleased to see its second string promoted at the very first attempt. That left a disconsolate Illingworth St Mary’s losing its last match of the season at Clayton, as the home team won by eight wickets. Matthew Curran (53) was the only St Mary’s player to make any impression in an all out total of 149, Paul Kirby (5-37) and Damien Walker (4-28) amongst the wickets. Opener Andrew Sutcliffe (69 not out) led from the front to ensure a Clayton victory. St Mary’s appeared as if it clearly had yet to come with terms with the fact that it won the Crossley Shield in fine style yet eventually bombed out on promotion by no less than 21 points – the season’s mystery bar none.
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 summer in solving many problems and to Anthony Briggs for 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.