Great starts for Royd, Bridgeholme

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MYTHOLMROYD started their quest to regain Premier Division status in fine style

They won one of the only two matches to go ahead in Division One, beating visitors Queensbury by 46 runs.

In the other game the other relegated side from last season, Old Crossleyans returned from Oxenhope with a 58-run success.

The match at Mytholmroyd was eagerly anticipated with the hosts and last year’s Division Two champions Queensbury having made several close-season signings.

‘Royd batted first and made 236 before Queensbury were limited to 190 for nine in reply.

Adie Gawthrope’s powerfully-struck 81 helped the home side to a total which looked likely to be bigger until Phil Sharples and Scott Griffiths pegged them back with three wickets apiece.

Sharples followed up with 87 and figured in a second-wicket stand of 123 with Mark Watson (36) to put Queensbury on course at 140 for one with 18 overs left.

The return of Tom Earle and good bowling from ex-Ingrow player Chris White changed things, the pair finishing with four wickets each.

Opener Mark Jowett made 82 for Crocs at Oxenhope and was out with four balls of the innings remaining, anchoring his side to 217 for nine.

Harry Reynolds yorked dangerman Darren Hopkinson with his second ball in the reply and left arm off-spinner Jack Embleys took three for 26 to help dismiss Oxenhope for 159 and ensure a 12-point return.

l THERE was great news for Bridgeholme in Division Two where they picked up 12 points at home to Stainland, who were bundled out for 128.

Saj Mahmood reduced the visitors to 25 for five but Andy Brown made 29 and Craig Wyatt (39 no) added 57 for the last wicket with Kevin Hutchinson to prolong matters.

Wyatt dismissed Keith Hudson for a duck but the visitors’ success was limited after that with Abid’s unbeaten 70 seeing the hosts to victory.

There was no play at Old Town, and Luddenden Foot where Denholme Clough and Augustinians were the visitors.