Mytholmroyd batsman Tom follows brother Jack to league averages success

Tom Earle (left) celebrating with his brother Jack
Tom Earle (left) celebrating with his brother Jack

Mytholmroyd, Booth and Bridgeholme have all had success in the Foster’s Halifax League averages for 2013.

Mytholmroyd, who finished fourth in the Premier Division under Dave Townsend, have the league’s leading batsman in opener Tom Earle.

He scored 632 runs at 63.20, with a top score of 134, for an average of 63.20.

Brother Jack won the middle section bowler last year, when ‘Royd were promoted.

Booth had the second and fourth-placed batsmen in skipper Robert Laycock (773 at 55.21) and Nigel Horsfall (304 at 50.67) and won the wicketkeeping prize through Robert Cockroft, who had 35 victims.

Booth finished a disappointing ninth in the top flight, possibly because of failings with the ball.

None of their bowlers finished among the top dozen but Royd’s Adie Gawthorpe (55 wickets at 16.20) and Chris White (43 wickets at 18.70) were second and fourth.

The winner was Bradshaw’s Simon Collins with 87 wickets at 11.83. His wickets tally is the joint best in the top flight (with Copley’s Richard Thorpe in 1989) over the last 30 years.

Bridgeholme’s Oliver Challis won the Division One fielding with a superb 10.5 marks, which must also be a candidate for a record.

Chris Kibble was the relegated Eastwood club’s best batsman in 14th place with 439 runs at 29.30 and Allah Ditta the best bowler in ninth place with 45 wickets at 20.20.

Oxenhope all-rounder Liam Dyson was seventh among the batsmen (580 runs at 32.22) and sixth among the bowlers (59 wickets at 17.98)

Southowram’s Ben Wells (650 runs at 50.0) and Sowerby SP’s Chris Punda (41 wickets at 12.87) won the middle section batting and bowling prizes respectively.

Shelf’s Steve Priestley (841 runs at 93.44) and Wibsey PC’s Matt Jordan (70 wickets at (10.73) have topped the Division Two batting and bowling lists.

Luddenden Foot’s Gareth Hall (637 runs at 45.50) was fifth and Old Town’s Zeb Mahmood (441 at 36.75) eighth in the batting .

Foot’s Gareth Swain (52 wickets at 15.52) was third among the bowlers.