Mistakes in the field prove so costly as ‘Royd slip to defeat

Premier Division title-hopefuls Mytholmroyd slipped up as they fell to a four wicket defeat at the hands of Foster’s Halifax League champions Jer Lane last Saturday.

Lane skipper Mick Hustler hit the winning boundary through mid-wicket with seven deliveries to spare.

Mytholmroyd were left to rue some slipshod fielding, having made a game of it after an unpromising start.

The visitors were 40 for four and 96 for seven but managed to post a total of 204 thanks to Adie Gawthrope’s 70 and Spencer Harris’s unbeaten 50. Nasir Chowdrey finished with five for 56.

Lane looked to be cruising to victory as openers Chris Shannon and Andrew Pinfield took them into the nineties but Gawthrope made the breakthrough by dismissing Pinfield.

Lane slipped to 114 for three and it could have been worse, three easy chances going down in the field.

Shannon benefitted and the left hander was closing in on a century when he was trapped leg before.

Lane were left needing 16 off three overs and Hustler and Paul Chapman were up to the task as their side bounced back from a first defeat of the season, at the hands of Triangle, the previous week.

Bridgeholme’s stay at the top of Division One was brief as Northowram Hedge Top won by five wickets.

Holme posted 251 for eight, thanks mainly to a seventh wicket stand of 113 between Chris Kibble (70) and Ollie Challis (61).

Bridgeholme looked poised to follow up the previous week’s four wicket success when they reduced the Rams to 21 for three and 132 for five.

However, Sam Gardner followed up his four wickets with an unbeaten 84 and he and Adam Stocks (81 no) figured in a superb stand to carry the visitors to victory.

Bradshaw had lost by 17 runs at Luddenden Foot but they won the rematch by an 88-run margin.

A stand of 169 for the fifth wicket between Steve Beck (89) and Lee Broadbent (104) proved decisive as Bradshaw posted a formidable 269 for eight. Jack Ryan’s four for 20 polished off Foot for 181 with Gareth Hall (47) the visitors’ top scorer.