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Almondbury's Danny Russell has scooped the final Examiner prize after his four-wicket return against Lepton Highlanders took him past the 40-victim mark in the Second XI competition.

With Lepton batting first, Russell - needing just three more scalps - grabbed his chance by taking four for 25 from 12 overs as the visitors were dismissed for 180.

Anthony Roberts then cracked 16 fours and a six in an unbeaten 101 to seal a five-wicket win, with Russell (18no) also in the middle when the winning runs were scored.

Another player to reach a big landmark was Shelley's David Greaves, whose 82 lifted him past the 1,000 barrier for the season.

Unfortunately for Greaves, his efforts were in vain as Shepley's Ian Parry (72) and Huw Ellis (53) set the foundation for a 185-8 total which proved too many for Shelley.

Reece Jennison was another century-maker as Elland stayed well ahead in the Premiership title race with an eight-wicket win over Scholes.

Jamie Clayton (67) and Joe Sykes (38) put on a ton for Scholes' first wicket but (unlike the following day in the Paddock Shield) it proved no problem for Elland as Jennison scored an unbeaten 117, supported by Adam Steers (28) and Adrian Tazzyman (33).

Sixteen-year-old Ben Dyson just missed out on a century, when he was dismissed for 98 after putting on 86 for the third wicket with Richard Aspinall in Skelmanthorpe's 222-8.

It wasn't to be, however, for the Lidgett Lane side, for despite three run outs accounting for Micklehurst's first three batsmen they went on to win by five wickets, opener Adam Lavin top- scoring with 69.

Delph & Dobcross' young second teamer Paul Jewitt helped save his team at Kexborough, where the visitors were in deep trouble at 40-5.

Jewitt, the son of former first teamer, now Holmfirth skipper Paul, scored 44 batting at No8, and along with Michael Garside (47) and last man Nick Kenworthy (34no) pulled Delph round to 227.

Richard Briggs replied with an unbeaten 72, but it took 50 overs, and Kexborough had to settle for a point at 190-3.

Frank Platt leaders Holmfirth edged a thriller at Rastrick, largely thanks to 17-year-old leg-spinner Tom Craddock.

Coming on as first change, Craddock took six for 27 from 12 overs as Rastrick fell from 61-2 to 119 all out, and then with wickets tumbling all around him, the Holmfirth teenager stood firm with an unbeaten 26 as the visitors scraped home by one wicket.

Meanwhile, Cedar Court leaders Broad Oak stayed ahead of the field after beating Paddock.

Abdul Quyyom led the Oak run charge with an unbeaten 84, but there was plenty of support from Gareth Taylor (44), Jack Hargreaves (41) and John Forrest (40) in the 262-5 tally.

Robert Kirk claimed three wickets and struck a defiant 46 as Thongsbridge kept in touch with a four-wicket win at Marsden.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2006
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