Booth and Bridgeholme off to a flying start

WHile Booth and Bridgeholme first teams were the only senior teams of note to play at the weekend some of the lower teams managed to play despite the weather.

In the Towergate Halifax League Premier Division, Booth restricted Blackley to 177 for six after 38 overs with M.Ayub accounting for four wickets

Booth then flexed their batting muscles and reached 180 for four.

Opener Jim Mosley made a solid 59 and received excellent support from Ian Sharkey who hit a fine 70 to complete the six wicket success.

Bridgeholme top Division Two following their 16-run triumph at Wibsey Park Chapel,

Bridgeholme limped to a total of 111 but then pulled out all the stops in the bowling department, all four men who were used picking up wickets to restrict the hosts to just 95.

At Walsden the third team played on Saturday and gained a resounding victory over Radcliffe.

They bowled the visitors out for 145 and then knocked off 150 without losing a wicket.

It saw a great opening stand for Walsden between Max Gale and Tyson Illingworth.

Gale finished on 50 not out while Illingworth had an excellent 90 not out.

Earlier Gale also made his mark with the ball taking four wickets for 17 runs, with Chris Marrow taking three for 14 and Joe Gale two for 15.

A couple of second team matches in the Towergate Halifax League beat the weather on Saturday.

Blackley picked up eight points to Booth’s three and they set the pace in the Premier Division.

Booth looked in control when Mark Johnstone (61) and Tom Collinge (47) put on 102 to help Booth to 174 for seven.

However, youngster Laurie Hughes emerged the visitors’ hero.

He took five for 25 to limit Booth to 174 for eight and hit 86 not out after his side had slipped to 102 for six in reply.

He and club chairman Gary Clarke (31 no) carried Blackley to a four wicket win.

There were runs and wickets for Old Crossleyans’ Jonathan Pearson and Qamar Ayub at Bridgeholme in Division Two but the hosts came out on top thanks mainly to James Hudson who hit a fine 63 runs and Z Harris, who took four wickets for 16.