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Spirits are Low after narrow Moor defeat
6:29pm Tuesday 1st July 2014 in Sport
TRINITY Oval was not a place for the faint-hearted as Low Moor hosted Northowram Hedge Top in Division One of the Foster's Halifax League.
Home skipper Richard Speight decided to field and 16-year-old Shaazaib Waheed took three wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 161, with keeper Carl Harrison pouching five catches.
Although Mark Mills and Richard Payne got the Low Moor reply off to a solid start with a stand of 30, six batsmen fell for single-figure scores as they collapsed to 68-7.
The chase seemed doomed but No 3 Nick Wood and No 9 Ben Maxwell had other ideas, Wood batting with freedom to score 50 in a partnership of 62.
Maxwell, who finished on 45 not out, was joined by Waheed and they reached 160, adding 23, before a mix-up over a single that would have tied the scores led to the teenager being run out with seven balls remaining.
The hosts opened up with all guns blazing as Scott Osborne (70) and Jamie Priestley (41) propelled them to 150-2 after 22 overs.
Oxenhope turned to the medium pace of the returning Stuart Jackson (4-73) and skipper Duncan Tetley (3-41), who contained the total to 219-8.
As the skies darkened during the reply, Oxenhope lost Darren Hopkinson, Jackson and teenager Josh Ferguson, only Craig Bartlett (37) showing any form as wickets fell steadily to the swing bowling of Matthew Johnson (4-37) and the spin of Amjad Ali(2-12) and Girdiv Singh (3-10).
After a rain break, Queensbury quickly cleared up the remaining wickets to dismiss the visitors for just 97.
Bottom side Clayton gained their first 12-pointer of the season and closed right up on Outlane and a Luddenden Foot side they crushed by 119 runs.
Clayton made 239-6, thanks to Joe Brown (55), Martin Hodgson (40) and Andy Sutcliffe (36).
Foot slumped from 85-2 to 120 all out, Paul Gelder (5-38) and Joe Selby (4-18) ripping through their ranks.
Jer Lane look set to retain their Premier Division title after defeating Sowerby Bridge by 120 runs.
Bridge had inflicted the champions' only domestic defeat of the season in the first meeting on their way to top slot but their hopes of glory have nosedived with three successive defeats.
Lane were inconvenienced by the weather, seeing their total of 237 shrunk to 184 by rain.
But Sam Wilson (6-25) maintained his impressive form and helped dismiss Bridge for 64. Paul Chapman had earlier made 84 for Lane, who are ten points clear of Mytholmroyd.
Wayne Cotton's 91 at the top of the order helped Thornton post 234-8 at home to Southowram. But the visitors had to settle for maximum batting points at 181-8.
Cullingworth came unstuck at Old Crossleyans in Division Two. The newcomers had picked up four points from a 53-run defeat after the Crocs made 206-9, Phil Poole taking 7-74.
Shelf were 85-run winners over Stones, helping them climb off the bottom. Shelf were 70-5 but a stand of 114 changed the game. No 3 Jack Hartley (72) found a willing partner in Lee Butterfield (106 off 58 balls – ten fours and eight sixes) as Shelf made 258-9. Ripponden replied with 173.