Plenty of batsmen in the Spenser Wilson Halifax League got caught on a sticky wicket yesterday but Luddenden Foot’s Isaac Baldwin wasn’t one of them.
The talented 19-year-old, also a Brighouse Town footballer currently in pre-season with Halifax, hit an unbeaten 200 at Greetland in Division Two.
He scrambled a single off the final delivery of the innings and his tally surpassed his own Foot club record, the 172 he made at home to Upper Hopton at the end of April.
His knock, which came a month after he took a hat-trick at Shelf, propelled Foot to a massive 349 for five
Mark Richardson then dismissed the top seven Greetland batsmen as the hapless visitors were rolled over for 89.
Bowlers were on top in many of the other games after unexpected heavy rain on Friday evening had enlivened unprotected wickets.
The only 150-plus totals in the Premier Division came at Northowram, which usually produces big scores.
Leaders Jer Lane only managed 141 at home to Sowerby Bridge but still emerged victorious and strengthened their position at the top because Warley and Triangle lost close games.
Imran Mirza (53) continued his good form for Lane and Mick Hustler made 37, Ashton Richardson’s seven for 60 seemingly giving Bridge the advantage at tea.
However, Bridge had only totalled 58 against Mytholmroyd the previous week and Simon Collins (five for 71) and Nasir Chowdrey (four for 32) exploited their batsmen’s lack of confidence. Josh Wood made 44 in a total of 110.
Warley lost by five runs at neighbours SBCI, for whom George Hampshire made 54 in a total of 134.
The visitors’ reply got off to a disastrous start with their top five all perishing for four or less. Greg Keywood (54) and Graham Kinsey (26) led a fightback which narrowly failed.
Triangle came unstuck at Sowerby St Peters, where David Wilson’s 28 was their top contribution in a total of 144.
The home side were 10 for three in reply but their middle order dug in, with Ben Hoyle (35) and brother Matthew (27) to the fore in a nail-bitting two-wicket win.
Booth went second, six points behind the leaders, as their bowlers made short work of arch rivals Mytholomroyd’s batsmen.
Moazzam Ayub’s four for 38 was their best return as ‘Royd crashed to 112 all out.
Jon Midgley hit six sixes in a quick fire 75 not out to seal a nine wicket win.
There was another quick, one-sided game at Copley where the hosts bowled out bottom team Blackley for 71 with Ian Hartley (five for 32) in good form.
Alex Rowles hit 40 as Copley wrapped up an eight-wicket win in 18 overs.
Bridgeholme are the new leaders of Division One after beating Stones by eight wickets.
The Ripponden side made 202 for seven but their Eastwood hosts swept to an eight-wicket win with an unbeaten 100 from Chris Kibble and 69 from Zach Harris.
Previous leaders Oxenhope lost by 85 runs at home to Old Crossleyans.
The Broomfield men made 224 for nine, thanks mainly to No 6 Qamar Ayub (87), and Oxenhope were limited to 139, Mark Jowett and Jack Hembleys taking four wickets each and opener Tom Mawer hitting 66.
Queensbury’s promotion hopes took a knock at home to Great Horton PC, who bowled them out for 132 all out and won by six wickets.
Low Moor stay bottom after David Jowett (seven for 18) rolled back the years to help hosts Southowram to a 59-run win.
Baldwin’s batting stole the show in Division Two, which also featured wins for Cullingworth, Bradshaw and Shelf.
Old Town could only muster eight men at Cullingworth. Jack Connor’s 37 not out helped them to 102 but Ben Burkill (four for 20 and 64 no) saw the hosts to a 10-wicket win.
Upper Hopton must have thought they had enough runs on the board with 237 all out at Bradshaw, thanks to Andrew Gallagher (81 no) and Ian Wightman (51).
They reduced the hosts to 127 for six, only for Piers Fisher (74 no) and Steve Beck (51) to put on 123 and set up a two-wicket Bradshaw win.
Jonathon Marshall (75) led the way for Shelf, who chased down hosts Outlane’s 229 all out to win by four wickets.
Premier Division: Blackley 71 (Hartley 5-32), *Copley 74-2 (Rowles 40): pts 0-12. *Jer Lane 141 (Mirza 53, Hustler 37, Richardson 7-60), Sowerby Bridge 110 (Wood 44, Collins 5-71, Chowdrey 4-32): pts 12-4. *Mytholmroyd 112 (Murgatroyd 34, Ayub 4-38, Saghir 3-15, Ric Laycock 3-29), Booth 113-1 (Midgley 75*): pts 1-12. Thornton 236-8 (Shanks 54, N Hutchinson 43),*Northowram HT 207-7 (Conroy 43, Clee 42*, Saghir 33, J Hutchinson 6-65): pts 11-5. *SBCI 134 (Hampshire 54, Jones 30, Kinsey 3-21, Duckitt 3- 36), Warley 129: pts 12-4. Triangle 144 (M Schofields 4-64) *Sowerby St Peter’s 148-8 (B Hoyle 35):pts: pts 12-4.
Division One: Stones 202-7 (Meredith 56, Kenworthy 45, Robbins 32), *Bridgeholme 203-2 (Kibble 100*, Harris69): pts 3-11. Old Crossleyans 224-9 (Ayub 87, Manir 56, Jowett 38, Mallinson 3-81), *Oxenhope139 (T Mawar 66, Jowett 4-36, Hembleys 4-47): pts 12-3. *Queensbury 132 (Gerrard-Harrison 32, Yaqoob 4-54, Beesley 3-40), Great Horton PC 135-4 (Gamble 31, Beesley 30*, Singh 3-44): pts 2-12. *Southowram 179-8 (Pummell 40, Jenkins 3-63), Low Moor HT 120 (Jowett 7-18): pts 12-3.
Division Two: Upper Hopton 237 (A Gallagher 81*, Wightman 51, Buckley 4-68), *Bradshaw 241-8 (Fisher 74*, Beck 51, Stanger 4-56, France 3-35): pts 5-12. Old Town 102 (Connor 37* Burkill 4-20), *Cullingworth 103-0 (Burkill 64*, Powys 34*): pts 1-12. *Denholme Clough 202, Clayton 79:pts 12-3. Luddenden Foot 349-5 (Baldwin 200*, Wade 42, Hayat 3-62), *Greetland 89 (Richardson7-23): pts 12-1. *Outlane 229 (Ainley 53, Mellor 31, Shaukatt 30*, Ramsden 5-87), Shelf 232-6 (Marshall 75, Sugden 39, Butterfield 30): 4-12.