AN EXCITING tie between Thongsbridge and the Kirkburton Under 13s marked the start of the new Sellers Huddersfield Junior Cricket League season.
Thongsbridge, batting second, needed only one run off the final Kirkburton over to surpass their target of 94, but they couldn’t score and then suffered a run out off the last delivery.
Edward Keighley retired on 28 for Kirkburton and Tom Woodhead on 27 for Thongbridge, but both teams looked very rusty in the field, with a number of catches dropped and fours conceded through fielders’ legs.
Top score was 148 by Birkby Rose Hill in their Area B game against Marsden, with both Yasser Imtiaz and Hasan Rehman retiring.
In Area C, Emley also topped the hundred mark finishing on 147 with James Capewell, Charlie Knapper and Joe Wilkinson starring with the bat.
Three bowlers managed to take three wickets – Daniel Jones for Delph (3-0) and Harry Steel for Green Moor (3-1) in their easy wins over Golcar and Lepton respectively – while Jack Moorhouse from Marsden, who is only 10, took three for 13 but his team were defeated.
Six clubs (Lascelles Hall, Scholes, Honley, Augustinians, Upperthong B and Shepley) were unable to raise teams for the first programme of matches due to holidays, football and parties.
In week two, only two teams, Thongsbridge and Meltham, managed to top the 100 mark.
Meltham finished with 118-3 against Kirkheaton with Jack Hinchcliffe and Adam Vickerman both retiring on 27 runs.
Nathan Swift had a tremendous knock for Kirkheaton, hitting 26 off only six balls, but the rest of his team could not follow his example and they were all out for 74.
Two bowlers were in fine form taking four wickets, with Tom Mighall of Upperthong having the superb figures of four for nought – all his victims being clean bowled.
Dan Bloomer was the other four-wicket performer, taking four for three in Crigglestone’s victory over Lepton, with only Jacob Mulhall putting up any resistance with 25.
Tom Curran did the damage with the ball for Thongsbridge in their win over Hall Bower, taking a hat trick and conceding only five runs.
Augustinians have resigned from the Under 13 section due to a shortage of players and Scholes have agreed to take their place in the Examiner Cup.
In the preliminary round of the Cup, there were wins for Upperthong and Thongsbridge (who now play each other) and Slaithwaite.