PETER HIRD was in sparkling form in the latest Arrow programme.
The Nortonthorpe opener blasted his highest score ever to help his side to a 5-1 victory over Bradley and Colne at Springfield Avenue in their Section B match
Hird rattled up a tremendous 177 in 99 balls with 25 fours and four sixes as he shared in an opening stand of 244 with George Parkes, who made 45.
Nortonthorpe went on to total 292-6 from their 45 overs with Simon Haigh hitting 34 not out.
Despite Hird’s mammoth knock, the home side couldn’t take the full points as Bradley and Colne held the home bowlers at bay to close at 189-7 with Zafa Iqbal making 45, Stephen Allan 64 and Stephen Jackson 28 not out.
Meanwhile, Hoylandswaine were completing a brilliant treble of League championship, Allsop Cup and Twenty/20 trophy.
The latter two were already in the bag and they needed only one poinjt from two matches to secure the League title, and that came with a resounding six-point win over Azaad. The home side rattled up a superb 332-7 with Sondhi hitting a top score of 87 followed by Simon with 79.
Azaad were never in the hunt with Simon and Mulhall each taking five wickets as Azaad crumbled to 120 all out.
Holmbridge’s Thorpe also rattled up a ton, hitting 150 as the home side reached 293-7, with Beaumont scoring 47 despite Pearson’s fine figures of three for 43.
Old Almondburians made a determined bid to get the runs with Pearson completing a fine match with 42 and being backed up by Taylor 64, Slack 49 and Atkinson 38 but they fell 65 runs short at 228-8.
It was certainly a day for batsmen with a further five topping the century mark. Nazar hit 126 for Nuffield Hospital, Scarth hit 109 for Crigglestone, Dale Skelly made 104 for Cawthorne, Ahmed had 101 for Edgerton-Dalton, and Nicholson just made it for Cawthorne B with 100.
The best bowling figures of the day went to Heckmondwike’s Fell, who claimed six for 30 to help his side to a narrow victory over Heckmondwike and Carlinghow.