Jack helps Royd off to a flyer

Full tilt: Mytholmroyd paceman Jack Earle in action at Queensbury last Saturday, when he took six for 66. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald
Full tilt: Mytholmroyd paceman Jack Earle in action at Queensbury last Saturday, when he took six for 66. Picture: Bruce Fitzgerald

Mytholmroyd host Triangle on Saturday, having made a highly-satisfactory start to their Foster’s Halifax League season last weekend.

A trip to play Queensbury, on a high after promotion to the Halifax top flight for the first time, looked a tricky test but ‘Royd passed it with flying colours.

Paceman Jack Earle did much of the damage, his six for 66 helping to dismiss the hosts for 148. Steve Senior’s 45 helped ‘Royd complete a five-wicket win.

Booth host Southowram and will be keen to get last Saturday’s four-run win away to champions Jer Lane out of their system.

Robert Cockroft’s side, who threw away a winning position against Lane in the 2013 Parish Cup final at Blackley, did the same again.

Lane were restricted to 211 for eight after middle order men Raqeeb Younas (63) and Johnny Lister (59) had helped them partially recover from 20 for two.

Robert Laycock made a fine 102 in reply, putting on 119 for the first wicket with Robert Worsnop (46).

However, Lister dismissed both on the way to figures of six for 52 and new signing Mansha Khan (three for 45) bowled tightly to set up an exciting finish.

Ian Sharkey could only manage a single off the last ball with six needed for victory.

Booth’s Richard Laycock said: “We needed about 55 off the last 10 overs but kept losing wickets.

“We should have been looking at picking up ones and twos. But we were not very clever and tried to knock it off in sixes.

“It was a very good opportunity missed but now we must concentrate on Southowram.”

Ollie Hemingway made a successful return to Northowram Hedge Top with Luddenden Foot last Saturday.

However, his 140 for the promoted visitors came as his side chased a lost cause, Northowram having rattled up a massive score thanks to skipper and opener Chris Conroy’s 153.

Foot host Oxenhope and Division Two side Old Town entertain Cullingworth, having lost by 56 runs at Greetland in their opener.