Cowens to the fore as Royd take derby spoils

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Mytholmroyd go to Sowerby Bridge in the Foster’s Halifax League on Saturday having climbed to fourth in the Premier Division.

They are 16 points behind leaders Jer Lane with six games left, having been boosted by a welcome 54-run derby win at home to Booth.

James Cowens (63) spearheaded a largely solid home effort with the bat, ‘Royd totalling 261 for nine.

Chris Shannon followed up his three for 39 with 53 for Booth, who included Robert Laycock with a suspected fractured thumb even though they were facing Jer Lane in the Parish Cup final 24 hours later.

Skipper Rob Laycock maintained his good form with 59 not out but the visitors were co ntent to settle for maximum batting points at 207 for five.

Jack Earle bowled through and Adie Gawthrope took four wickets for a ‘Royd side which also included his dad Paul.

Sixth-placed Booth go to bottom club Clayton on Saturday.

Oxenhope go to Queensbury on Saturday looking for another scalp after produced their best performance of the season to turn over Division One leaders Southowram on their own track.

Liam Dyson made 54 at the top of their order and an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 45 from Reece Webb-Foster (25) and Duncan Tetley (21) got them up to 187 for eight off 45 overs.

Dyson followed up with six for 39, ably assisted by opening partner Ben Addison (two for 13) as the Rams were rolled over for only 76.

Oxenhope will be looking to do better than Bridgeholme, who were Queensbury’s victims five days ago.

Bridgeholme produced more heroics to get their ground fit, after it had been waist-deep in flood water earlier in the week, but were unable to get the victory they needed to lift them out of the bottom two.

James Hudson (63) and Chris Kibble (51) helped them to 184 for eight but Scott Osbourne’s 52 put Queensbury on track and an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 58 between Phil Sharples (36 no) and Malik (22 no) sealed victory for the visitors.

Luddenden Foot head to Shelf on Saturday looking to maintain their promotion challenge in Division Two.

They remain second after last weekend’s 93-run home win over Greetland.

Chris Roy made 100 - his first ton of the season - to help Foot to 281 all out. Karl Whipp hit 32 and Dave Jones 47 but Mahboob’s four wickets set the home side back.

Enter No 10 Gareth Swain who struck 30 off Malik’s penultimate over and a further five runs came from a no ball which went for four byes.

The Greetland bowler did hit back to pick up the last two wickets in his final over.

Swain followed up by dismissing four of Greetland’s top seven, including Mahboob for 71, and finished the game with a catch for good measure.

Greetland are Saturday’s hosts for third-from-bottom Old Town.

Saturday - Premier Division: Bradshaw v Thornton, Clayton v Booth, Jer Lane v Triangle, SBCI v Copley, Sowerby Bridge v Mytholmroyd, Warley v Blackley.

Premier seconds: Blackley v Northowram, Booth v Sowerby Bridge, Copley v SBCI, Southowram v Outlane, Sowerby v Clayton, Triangle v Warley.

Division One: Bridgeholme v Sowerby, Northowram v Old Crosleyans, Outlane v Southowram, Queensbury v Oxenhope.

Division One seconds: Denholme Clough v Low Moor, Oxenhope v Jer Lane, Stones v Wibsey Park, Thornton v Shelf.

Division Two: Augustinians v Stones, Greetland v Old Town, Low Moor v Stainland, Shelf v Luddenden Foot, Wibsey Park v Denholme Clough.

Division Two seconds: Luddenden Foot v Bridgeholme, Mytholmroyd v Greetland, Old Crossleyans v Queensbury, Old Town v Augustinians, Stainland v Bradshaw.