TOM BROOK led Huddersfield to a winning start in the Joe Lumb Cup with a sparkling, flawless century against the Doncaster League at Broad Oak.
There was also some good batting from Elland’s Jack Pulley (35), George Smith (Kirkburton, 43), Alex Kemp (Thongsbridge, 27) and Tom Barber (Skelmanthorpe, 41), but undoubtedly the star of the show was captain Brook, the Scholes player reaching 100 not out off the last ball of the innings.
He delivered shots all around the ground, his ton coming off 116 balls during which he showed his Drakes League first-team experience and strength of character in leading his side to a commanding 263-5.
Denby Dale’s Nas Rahman claimed four for 57 when Doncaster replied, although the top performance in Huddersfield’s six-pronged attack came from Skelmanthorpe spinner Dom Storey, who opened and produced a 17-over stint during which he sent down seven maidens (almost unheard of in Joe Lumb cricket) and finished with two for 41.
Huddersfield’s fielding and general teamwork was outstanding as Doncaster were beaten by 57 runs.
It was a happy start for Brook and his team, the Scholes teenager leading the line-up for the first time and doing it by example in the absence of Callum Geldart, Gurman Randhawa and Jack Hargreaves.
Next up for Huddersfield are the Halifax League at Blackley on Sunday, May 24.
HUDDERSFIELD v DONCASTER
Pulley c Hobson b Williams 35
Smith c Stewart b Leach
Brook not out
Kemp b Deans
Kenworthy c Marshall b Deans
Barber c Stewart b Williams
Davidson not out
50 oversTotal (for 5)263
Williams 10-0-48-2, Hobson 8- 0-45-0, Sykes 9- 0-52-0, Marshall 5-0-27-0, Leach 6-1-22-1, Brown 6-0-32-0, Deans 6-0-35-2.
Marshall c Kenworthy b Storey 7
Odell c Kemp b Rahman
Kilvington c Pulley b Storey
Deans st Boorman b Davidson
Sykes c Brook b Davidson
Stewart c Brook b Jagger
Williams c Sub b Rahman
Leach run out0
Brown b Rahman
Hobson not out
Hodge c Kemp b Rahman0
39.4 oversTotal 206
Jagger 10-0-30-1, Storey 17-7-41-2, Barber 5-0-23-0, Rahman 8.4-0-57-4, Brook 6-1-26-0, Davidson 3-0-27-2.