CHAMPIONSHIP leaders Kirkburton beat Golcar – but at a cost.
Their battling skipper James Newsome broke his left arm while fielding in the first half of the Drakes Premiership Two game!
Chasing 132 for victory, Burton slipped to 115-8, at which point Newsome arrived back from hospital and promptly padded up with the intention of batting – with the aid of a runner (George Smith) – should he be called upon.
Fortunately, he was not required as Richard Iredale steered Kirkburton home with an unbeaten 40 to seal victory.
Scott Jagger produced one of the season’s top bowling performances when he claimed seven for 18 from 9.5 overs to skittle Meltham for just 36.
Twice Jagger was on a hat trick, while having two double-wicket maidens.
If that was one of the season’s best efforts with the ball, then Shah Nawaz’s 132 was one of the best with the bat for Paddock, who rattled up a massive 275-9 against Rastrick.
John Edge replied with an unbeaten 86 and Colin Jowett 44 not out, but despite the valuable contribution of the club veterans, they still came up well shy of their target.
The day’s other century came at Lascelles Hall, where Richard Shaw made 119 not out, but also finished on the losing side as Marsden edged victory by three wickets, Neil Daniel making 62 and Richard Clarke 56.
The Brothers brothers, Liam and Ashley, both scored half centuries for Shelley, but they still lost to Micklehurst.