Inches from glory in Tom’s double ton

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OPENER Tom Gorringe has almost certainly written himself into the Arrow Huddersfield Central League record books with a superb 220 not out.

It included a tremendous 32nd over when he hit the first five balls for six and and the last for four - dropping just a couple of feet short.

The game at Holmbridge in Section C was reduced to 40 overs per side,

Gorringe and Lee Handley got the innings off to a good start with a partnership of 72 until Handley was caught on the boundary for 23.

John Norman continued the job with a steady 18 and Rick Roberts also posted a 15 to keep the score ticking along.

It was when Gary Nicholson joined Gorringe that the fireworks really started.

Former Lightcliffe player Gorringe cut loose furiously on any bad bowling as he went past 100 for the third time this season.

Nicholson scored a well crafted 35 in his partnership of 147 while Gorringe cruised into the 200s finishing up on 220 not out in the final total of 324 for four.

Opening bowling partnership of Damon Ambler and Kris Gorringe both struck in their first overs and continued taking wickets at regular intervals.

Good catching assisted the bowlers and the home side’s innings finished in the 21st over with the score on 75 all out with Ambler taking six for 26 and Kris Gorringe four for 33.

Badger Hill play second- placed Cumberworth on Saturday and a win could open up a big gap at the top of the league.

l BADGER Hill Seconds returned to winning ways with a crushing defeat of third-placed Upperthong at Dewsbury Road.

Despite the helpful bowling conditions the visitors got off to a good start and were 55 for one, Jonathan Brierley the man to strike.

A double bowling change turned the game on its head.

Dean Swift and Boyle replaced Jonathan Haley and Brierley and began to make significant inroads into the Upperthong line-up, none more so than Swift, who finished with six for 10!

Boyle took two for 10, plus there were five catches behind for young wicket keeper and football keeper Dwight Seymour, the visitors closing on 77 all out.

The experienced Badgers opening pair of Gary Holland and Swift made short work of the run chase as they steered the Badgers home to a 10 wicket win and six points as the team try to force their way back into the promotion hunt in Section E of the league.