Bridgeholme on the up but a trophy slips through fingers

Bridgeholme have been  promoted from Division Two
Bridgeholme have been promoted from Division Two

BRIDGEHOLME clinched prtomotion back to the middle section of the Towergate Halifax League on Saturday by gaining the two points they needed at home to Stainland.

Keith Hudson’s side actually got three bowling points by dismissing their visitors for 127 in the first half of the contest.

However, Hudson said his players had then “taken their eyes off the ball” after tea.

They were dismissed for 120 in reply with Dan Fielden’s 32 the top score, and that cost them the Lindley Moor Trophy for the first team picking up most points in the last six games, bar the champions.

Club workhorse Hudson, still trying to put right the damage done by flooding this summer, said: “Now the hard winter work begins and we have a great deal to do. But with funding behind us this will be far easier.”

In the same division, Luddenden Foot finished a close up third after chasing down 241 to beat visitors Augustinians.

Bashir crashed 96 not out for the visitors and Dan Jones finished on 99 not out for Foot, denied the chance of three figures when a wide was called with the scores level.

Oxenhope seconds got the point they needed to secure the Division Two title when 16-year-old Spencer Maher (99) helped them to 304 for eight at home to Mytholmroyd.

However, the visitors were trying - unsuccessfully as it turned out - to overtake Denholme Clough for the second promotion spot.

‘Royd duly knocked off the runs inside 32 overs to win the game, Liam Laprell making a magnificent 165 and Sam Walker 87.