Mahmood leads the ‘royd victory charge

ZAHID Mahmood prompted a fightback for Towergate Halifax League leaders Mytholmoyd at Low Moor on Saturday.

Twelve points looked a long way off for Dave Townsend’s side when Andy Croasdell (101) and Mark Mills (62) put on 147 for the Bradford side at the start of the contest.

However, Mahmood dismissed both openers on the way to figures of seven for 58.

Jack Earle took the last Moor wicket in the final over, leaving ‘Royd requiring 228, and the visitors got them in spite of a few hiccups along the way.

James Cowens (69), Tom Earle (45) and Tom Greenwood (42) powered ‘Royd to victory with 14 overs to spare.

Oxenhope went second in the middle section when they picked up 12 points against Greetland at West Vale.

Liam Dyson made 55 at the top of the Oxenhope order and father and son, Duncan (40) and Josh Tetley (35), added 75 to help the visitors to 255 for eight.

Tariq Mahmood struck 52 in reply and Gavin Moody a defiant late 47 but to no avail for Greetland, who finished on 169. Oxenhope’s Adam Bailey (four for 31) was the pick of the bowlers.

Booth were comfortable winners of their first Premier Division match of the bank holiday weekend but a couple of points slipped away due to rain at Southowram.

Richard Laycock and Ollie Collinge took three wickets each for the visitors, Dean Crossley (46) and Tom Belfield (49) offering most resistance as the Rams made 181 for nine.

A stoppage left Booth ndeeding 130 for victory off fewer overs but also meant they could only get one batting point.

Robert Laycock’s side wrapped up a seven wicket win with the help of 43 from matthew Brown and an unbeaten 39 from the skipper.

In Division Two, Bridgeholme were beaten by five wickets at Outlane in the top of the table match.

Mohammed Basharat top scored with 71 in Bridgeholme’s 192, the visitors scoring 100 off the last 20 overs. Anwar Shokat and Neil Crosland took four wickets apiece for the hosts.

Outlane were in trouble at 32 for four but Bridgeholme could not shift opener Dan Crosland (49 no), who guided his side to a reduced target of 159 with a big helping hand from hard-hitting Adam Davies (63) and 25 not out from Alex Blagbrough.

Saj Mahmood returned the best figures for the visitors with three for 23 off 10 overs.

Old Town were 83-run winners over Luddenden Foot at Boston Hill thanks to some excellent bowling from Andrew and Richard Butterworth.

The Boston Hill men were left defending a fairly modest total of 173, in which there were no big contributions.

But the Butterworths took four wickets apiece to dismiss Foot for 92 with opener David Jones’s 45 accounting for almost half of their runs.