Halifax Cricket League: The leading trio in the First Division secured victories, with front-runners Warley experiencing the closest contest. A significant portion of Warley’s total score of 139, which amounted to all their players being dismissed, was achieved by James Whitworth (72) in their match against Greetland. Tanweer Aslam of Greetland claimed 5-21 in bowling. Greetland fell short by 27 runs in their attempt to match the score, as Ryan Allen’s 5-32 performance contributed to dismissing the visiting team for 112.
Shelf Northowram HT, holding the second position, found their victory much more attainable, defeating Southowram by nine wickets. The visiting team took the batting stance first and managed to put up a respectable total of 168 runs, eventually getting all out in 33 overs. Michael Drage (46) emerged as the top scorer while Sam Dimbleby took 4-49 in bowling. However, Hedge Top had an easy task ahead, as they reached a winning total of 171-1 in just 27.1 overs, thanks to noteworthy performances from Daniel Cole (74), Keir Litjens (58 not out), and Chris Metcalf (30 not out).
Great Horton PC, securing the third position, also achieved a comfortable victory when they hosted Mount at Ewart Street. The visiting team chose to bat first and managed to score 151 runs, with the standout performances from skipper Ismail Mayat (49) and Marshall Grieve (4-29). Horton faced minimal challenges during their reply and, guided by Fahad Shabbir’s unbeaten 49, they reached a winning total of 152-2 in the 35th over.
In the mid-table clash at Low Moor HT, where Clayton was the visiting team, Ryan Williamson (53) and Mark Stokes (47) were the primary contributors to the home team’s total score of 168 before being all out. In response, only Sam Wilson (32) posed a potential challenge to the Trinity attack. Matthew Jordan, by dismissing Clayton’s top three batsmen, finished with figures of 4-30, causing the visitors to be all out for 126.