Parish bowlers made to toil as record score is smashed

Moorlands batsman Jared Maxwell in Huddersfield League Premiership action against Hoylandswaine last Sunday.
Moorlands batsman Jared Maxwell in Huddersfield League Premiership action against Hoylandswaine last Sunday.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers were made to toil in the heat as Thongsbridge smashed the Drakes Huddersfield League record score at Wellhouse Lane last Saturday.

Thongsbridge blazed an incredible 466-3 as they broke the previous record set by Hoylandswaine just six weeks before.

Opener Ben Raven-Hill led the way with a magnificent 191 from 138 balls as he struck a staggering 25 fours and 10 sixes in a thrilling innings.

He shared a mammoth 306-run stand for the third wicket with Haydn Slodecki, who made 140 from 94 balls, including 14 fours and eight sixes.

Parish produced an excellent effort in reply and their total of 309 all out would have been enough to win many games.

Tim Orrell (79) and Aiden Hawksworth (57) shared a 131-run opening wicket stand, while Muhammad Ali (53) got the score up to 183 before the second wicket fell.

Zafar Iqbal went on to claim 3-61 and help dismiss Parish for 309 on a day when a staggering 775 runs were scored.

Things got no easier for the Parish bowlers on Sunday as they were asked to field first away to Scholes.

Having had overseas player Nazir Hussain ruled out for the season with injury, Parish again struggled.

Tom Brook led the way with 100, while James Noble (44), Mark Floyd (44) and Bradley Birkhead (38) supported as the home side racked up 314-9, with Daniel Hope (3-67) the best Mirfield bowler on another tiring afternoon in the heat.

Muhammad Ali (55) took his tally to over 500 runs for the season but Parish were bowled out for 203 as Yaasar Imtiaz took 4-57, with Tom Brook, brother Josh and Tom Chadwick claiming two wickets apiece.

Moorlands slipped to defeats against Kirkburton and at home to Premiership leaders Hoylandswaine over a sweltering double weekend.

Moorlands were bowled out for 168 against Kirkburton and it was a total only boosted by a last wicket stand of 40 between Andrew Walker (27) and Darrell Sykes (19no) with Alex Scholefield (3-45) and Aaron Moore (3-38) leading the way.

Opener Andrew Smith (71) and Jonathan Butterfield (43) eased Kirkburton to 172-5 in 42 overs.

Hoylandswaine were missing Alex Lees, recalled by Yorkshire, on Sunday but still had too much as they dismissed Moorlands for 140 with Gurman Randhawa (5-33) leading the way.

Captain SP Singh (59no) and wicketkeeper Max Joice (48) helped Hoylandswaine ease to 141-3 and they are 11 points clear at the top of the table and face a mouthwatering Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final away to Hanging Heaton this Sunday.

Mirfield were brushed aside by Cumberworth last Saturday as they slipped to 10th place in the Conference.

Adam Goldthorpe (44) and James Broadhead (42) led the way as Mirfield were bowled out for 153 as Reid Somani (4-52) and George Smith (4-31) did the damage.

Cumberworth eased to victory with half centuries from Jack Maskill (59) and Somani (57no).