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3 September Copley 175-10 Sowerby Bridge 176-2 Copley lost by 8 wkts (2 pts)

27 August Blackley 124-10 Copley 45-10 Copley lost by 79 runs (3 pts)

20 August Clayton 192-7(reduced to 162 by rain) Copley 112-10  Copley lost by 50 runs (3 pts)

13 August Triangle 309-8 Copley 129-10 Copley lost by 180 runs (3 pts)

6 August Copley 234-8 Jer Lane 191-10 Copley won by 43 runs (10 pts)

30 July Shelf 151-6 Copley 154-1 Copley won by 9 wkts (7 pts)

23 July Bradshaw 156-7 Copley 160-2 Copley won by 8 wkts (8 pts)

16 July SBCI 143-9 Copley 144-8, Copley won by 2 wkts (8 pts)

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9 July Booth 197-9 Copley 101-10, Copley lost by 96 runs (3 pts)

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2 July Copley 131-10 Thornton 132-4, Copley lost by 6 wkts (2 pts)

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25 June Northowram HT 217-9 Copley 220-8, Copley won by 2 wkts (9 pts)

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18 June Sowerby Bridge 92-10 Copley 96-2, Copley won by 8 wkts (10 pts)

Following the previous weeks disappointing performance against Blackley, there could be no better way to get back on track than a win against the current Premier Division champions.  

What a difference a week makes.  Asked to bat first, Bridge were simply blown apart as they were bowled out for just 92.  Freddie Hammond (3 for 19) and Stuart Hazelton (4 for 13) did much of the damage after Luke Simpson (1 for 8) had opened up by conceding only 8 runs from 9 overs.  Tim Rushton (2 for 5) mopped up the tail.

Copley wasted no time in putting the visitors out of their misery.  Mark Thristan (45) and Toby Thorpe (24) added 67 for the first wicket and Stuart Hazelton (15 not out) saw Copley home with more than 30 overs remaining.


11 June Copley 158-10 Blackley 160-1, Copley lost by 9 wkts (2 pts)

Undoubtedly the worst performance for 2 seasons saw Copley slip to their second defeat of the season.  Despite Mark Thristan (75) guiding the visitors to 99 for 1 off only 18 overs, the rest of the team collapsed like a pack of cards and the innings closed at 158 all out.

To make matters worse, the bowlers performed as bad as the batters as Blackley cantered to a 9 wicket win with 12 overs remaining.  Lets hope this was nothing more than a bad day at the office.

5 June Bradshaw 165-7 Copley 167-4, Copley won by 6 wkts  (Crossley Shield 2nd round)

A solid, professional performance saw Copley progress to the 3rd round of the Crossley Shield at the expense of Premier Division side Bradshaw.  Despite beating the hosts on their own ground a few weeks earlier nothing was being taken for granted particularly as the run machine Mark Thristan was absent due to work commitments.

Bradshaw elected to bat first and although 79 for 2 at one point, progress was slow and the innings never really got going.  Copley bowled and fielded well and restricted the hosts to 165 for 7 with Naz Hussain (3 for 32) the pick of the bowlers.

Copley's reply got off to a steady start but a steady fall of wickets saw them slip to 67 for 4 in the 21st over.  However, a fifth wicket partnership of 99 between Martin Smith (33 not out) and skipper Tim Rushton (67 not out) ensured there were no more dramas as Copley eased to a 6 wicket win with almost 6 overs to spare.

4 June Clayton 241-4 Copley 243-1, Copley won by 9 wkts (8 pts)

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30 May Triangle 241-5 Copley 227-10, Copley lost by 14 runs (4 pts)

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28 May Jer Lane 177-10 Copley 178-5, Copley won by 5 wkts (10 pts)

The top of the table clash saw Copley maintain their position as early pace setters in the Premier Division with a comprehensive 10 point victory.  Copley won the toss and the decision to field first looked like a good one as two early wickets immediately put the hosts on the back foot.  Although Jer Lane scored at a healty run rate , wickets kept falling and at 59/4 Copley were in a good position.  The hosts dug in however, and at the half way stage they were in a very healthy position at 105/4 with both batsmen at the crease well set.  However, both were dismissed shortly after drinks as Stuart Hazelton (3/31) and Naz Hussain (2/37) bowled Copley back into the game.  Dean 'both ends' Jackson (4/43) then came back on to mop up the tail as the the hosts were finally dismissed for 177.

Copley were never in any real trouble chasing down a below par score on a very good wicket despite the previous nights rain.  Toby Thorpe (28) and Stuart Hazelton (41) added 52 for the 2nd wicket following the early loss of Mark Thristan (12) and Thorpe and Martin Smith (20) took the score past the 100 mark as Copley looked to be easing to a comfortable victory.  Two wickets with the score on 105 changed the complection of the game and gave the hosts some hope with 2 new batters at the crease and 72 still required off the final 14 overs.  However, Si Kinder (45 no) was in no mood to hang around as he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground and along with skipper Tim Rushton (26 no) they raced to the victory target with 6 overs to spare.

21 May Shelf 70-10 Copley 71-1, Copley won by 9 wkts (10 pts)

Copley moved 5 points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 9 wicket demolition of newly promoted Shelf.  Dean Jackson (2 for 21) and Luke Simpson (2 for 28) made sure Shelf got off to the worst possible start as the lost their first 4 wickets with only 9 runs on the board.  The visitors steadied the ship with a fifth wicket stand of 52 but the introduction of skipper Tim Rushton soon put paid to any chance of a revival as he mopped up the tail to finish with 5 wickets for only 5 runs as Shelf were bowled out for just 70.  

Mark Thristan (35) and Toby Thorpe (26 no) made sure there were no dramas with an opening stand of 54 as Copley ran out easy winners.

14 May Copley 225-7 Bradshaw 112-10, Copley won by 113 runs (10 pts)

Copley continued their winning start to the season with a victory over Bradshaw that saw them climb to the top of the table.  Despite heavy rain during the course of the previous 24 hours, the wicket was in reasonable condition but was always going to give the bowlers some assistance.  Having been put into bat (yes, the skipper lost the toss for the 3rd consecutive league game), Copley were once again indebted to Mark Thristan who continued his early season form with his fourth consecutive half century.  As early wickets fell around him, Thristan rode his luck with a typically hard hit 91.  Martin Smith (33) and Si Kinder (21) kept the momentum going in the middle stages of the innings and Freddie Hammond (25 no) again added more useful runs late on.

Bradshaws response got off to a steady start and at 67 for 2 they looked to be in a reasonable position.  However, the introduction of Stuart ‘2 quid’ Hazelton changed proceedings as he and Luke Simpson set about dismantling the hosts innings as 5 wickets fell for 7 runs. ‘2Quid’ finished with 3 for 11 but it was Simpson who stole the honours with a career best 5/51 as Copley won the game by 113 runs.

8 May Wibsey Park Chapel 158-10 Copley 159-0, Copley won by 10 wkts (Crossley Shield 1st Rd)

Copley overcame the proverbial 1st round banana skin by beating bottom section Wibsey Park Chapel by 10 wickets.  Batting first, the visitors struggled to post a competitive total despite 53 from John Price in the middle order.  Dean Jackson (4/22) doing the most damage for the hosts.
Mark Thristan (69no) and Steve Priestley (60no) ensured there were no dramas as they knocked off the runs inside 30 overs.

7 May Copley 280-5 SBCI 258-5, Copley won by 22 runs (8 pts)

Despite the lunchtime heavy rain, the game got under way without a reduction of overs and having lost the toss Copley made a steady start with Mark Thristan (66) continuing his good start to the season with consecutive half centuries.  Following the early loss of stand-in opener Steve Priestley, a 90 run 2nd wicket partnership between Thristan and Stuart Hazelton (67) put the hosts firmly in control.  Naz Hussain added a solid 46 before Freddie Hammond stole the show with a quick fire belligerent knock of 51 not out (5 six's and 3 four's) to take the final score to 280/5 
If Copley thought they were in for an easy ride defending a large total they were in for a surprise and they were made to work hard on a wicket that offered little assistance for the bowlers.  The visitors batted solidly with the top six all making a solid contributions.  Despite always being behind the required run rate, SBCI were always in with a shout until the last few overs of their innings finally finishing on 258/5.  The hosts winning by 22 runs.

30 April Booth 192-7 Copley 196-9, Copley won by 1 wkts (9 pts)

The 2nd XI got the season off to winning start despite a below par performace with both bat and bowl.  The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first and were soon in spot of trouble when Freddie Hammond (2/22) and Dean Jackson (1/49) reduced the visitors to 49 for 3.  Despite a hard hitting 61 from all rounder Gareth Swain, Booth didn't look like posting anything like a competative total as they slipped to 149 for 7 but a 8th wicket partnesrship of 43 in the last five overs lifted the score to 192.  Skipper Tim Rushton finished with 4/45.

Copley got off to a flying start as Mark Thristan (68) and Neil Whittaker (18) put them firmly in the driving seat with an opening stand of 93 in only 10 overs.  However, a flurry of needless wickets left the visitors staring down the barrel at 120 for 5 and then 174 for 8 before vital contributions from Martin Smith (25) and Simon Kinder (25 no) saw Copley home despite the efforts of Gareth Swain who took 5/80 to complete a fine personal performance for the home side.