Ollie Collinge may have had a few choice words to say to his Booth teammates after Saturday’s home game with SBCI in the Foster’s Halifax League’s top flight.
Collinge took seven for 52 to help dismiss visitors SBCI for 203, leaving him to contemplate putting his feet up for the second half and watching Booth’s batsmen knock off a fairly modest target for the ground.
However, just 16 overs later number 11 batsman Collinge was walking away from the middle in dismay, his 10 Booth colleagues having lost their wickets to Jamie Sykes (six for 16) and Robin Hanson (four for 22) as the hosts were skittled for 44.
SBCI, who went above Booth into third place, were completing an excellent recovery. They had been 13 for four inside the game’s opening half hour, Matthew Scholefield leading the fightback with an excellent 93, which included 11 fours and three sixes.
Top two Jer Lane and Mytholmroyd collected maximum points form home wins.
Jer Lane hammered another nail in Southowram’s coffin with a 141-run win.
Lane were on top from the start, opener Andrew Pinfield (130) and Wayne Cotton (65) paving the way for a total of 281 for five against a below-strength attack.
Dan Pummell’s unbeaten 33 was best for the visitors as slow bowler Simon Collins (four for 28 off 14) limited the Rams to 140.
Dan Syme’s unbeaten 53 helped Warley to reach 170 at Mytholmroyd, for whom Jack Earle took four wickets and spinner Dan Murgratroyd three.
However, Royd’s league side openers Steve Senior (79 no) and Tom Earle (78 no) made mincemeat of the target, matching each other shot for shot to knock off the runs in 19 overs.
Blackley climbed out of the bottom two at Queensbury’s expense after a 100-run home win over Triangle.
Reece Jennison made 100 and shared century stands with Dom Walsh (66) and Dan Houldin (76 no) after Blackley had been 13 for two.
Walsh followed up with four for 37 as Triangle were limited to 215 for nine in pursuit of the hosts’ 315 for seven.
Queensbury lost at Thornton in a game which only had six wickets. Thornton amassed 315 for two and Queensbury settled for maximum batting points in reply at 239 for four.
Sowerby Bridge have slumped to fourth-from-bottom. They lost by five wickets at Walton street to Copley, who overhauled their 221 for eight.
Points (after 14 games): Jer Lane 130, Mytholmroyd 119, SBCI 115, Booth 115, Thornton 111, Copley 107, Triangle 100, Warley 97, Sowerby Bridge 93, Blackley 90, Queensbury 84, Southowram 65.
Sowerby St Peters crushed Northowram Hedge Top by 177 runs in the battle of Division One’s top two - in spite of the efforts of one of their players for the opposition.
Ryan Brook, Hayden Bruce, Gavin Hayes and Aiden Green are scored half-centuries as Sowerby piled up 315 for seven.
Hayes and Lee Barber both fell to catches by Bruce, who was acting as a substitute fielder!
If Hayes was miffed at his dismissal it didn’t show as he took four for 21 to dismiss the visitors for 138, Sowerby repeating their win over the Rams from the same venue four weeks earlier.
While Sowerby are 20 points clear at the top, Northowram are now only seven in front of Oxenhope, who host Chris Conroy’s side twice in August.
A Stuart Jackson hat-trick helped Oxenhope to a 64 run win at home to Low Moor.
Luddenden Foot faltered late on in a close game against Stones at Swift Cross and slipped to the bottom of the table.
Half-centuries by Steve Heptinstall and Joe Ackroyd for the Ripponden side were matched by Ollie Hemingway and Owen Bairstow for Foot, who fell eight runs short of their 234 target when their number eight, nine and 10 batsmen got ducks.
Bradshaw registered a welcome five-wicket win at home to Bridgeholme.
Chris Kibble (65) and Tom Stansfield (58) got the Eastwood side away to a flyer with a 109-run opening stand.
Recent capture Scott Moody (five for 50) hit back for the hosts but Bridgeholme must have been confident of defending a score of 258.
However, the visitors handed over three overs and that made the chase easier for Bradshaw, who got there thanks to Steve Beck (73), wicketkeeper Adam Spendelow (52) and Moody (49).
Points: Sowerby SP 141, Northowram HT 121, Oxenhope 114, Bridgeholme 103, Bradshaw 85, Stones 83, Low Moor 81, Luddenden Foot 80.
Shelf’s Robert Ramsden produced another eight-wicket return as his sided beat visitors Clayton in Division Two.
Ramsden (eight for 50) dismissed the visitors for 143 and Shelf were grateful for Craig Green’s 62 and Leigh Butterfield’s 35 not out as they wobbled on the way to a three-wicket win.
Tanweer Aslam was the star of the show at Boston Hill as he hit 105 runs and took five for 61 for visitors Denholme Clough, who leapfrogged Old Town out of the bottom two.
Cullingworth took a much-strengthened side to Old Crossleyans and produced a superb run chase to upset their second-placed hosts.
Graham Rankin (83) and Chris Welch (56) combined to form the partnership that eventually won the match by a two-wicket margin.
Opener Sehf Mahmood had earlier fallen two short of a century for Crocs while Harry Reynolds sent the score climbing to 261 for seven with 69 not out.
Outlane hit the biggest score of the day, scoring 385 for five against suffering Greetland at Old Lindley Road. The home side eventually won by 215 runs.
The main scourge of the Greetland bowlers was James Mitton, who hit 158 not out including five maximums.
Lee Mellor took four for nine as the visitors crumbled to 167 all out after being 64 without loss.
Crocs’ defeat was good news for Great Horton Park Chapel, who are 10 points clear after a three wicket win at Upper Hopton.
Points: Great Horton PC 132, Old Crossleyans 122, Outlane 114, Cullingworth 114, Clayton 110, Shelf 97, Upper Hopton 85, Denholme Clough 80, Old Town 79, Greetland 57.