Birthday boy Neil Eastwood returned stunning figures of 7-4 to help Southowram bowl Augustinians out for just six – yes, six! – in the opening round of the Halifax Cricket League’s Parish Cup on Sunday.

Defending their 272-5 from 45 overs, including 81 for Yasir Mahmood, Southowram advanced to the next round in incredible fashion, with nine Augustinians players recording ducks and the 9.4-over innings including just one scoring shot.

Eastwood was celebrating his 58th birthday and finished with figures of 5-4-4-7, while new ball partner Ashley Johnson claimed three wickets without conceding a run in his 4.4 overs.

Home side Augustinians got themselves to 6-3, only to lose their last seven wickets without further addition to slip to a 266-run defeat.

Eastwood was one of two bowlers who took seven wickets in Sunday’s first round, with Bradley Weatherhead helping champions Thornton get their trophy defence up and running with a convincing home win over Copley.

Weatherhead claimed 7-13 from 8.5 overs – like Eastwood – with the new ball as Copley were bowled out for 53 chasing 235.

Despite the two standout bowling displays, there was plenty of batting success as Reece Jennison (Blackley), Adam Stocks (Triangle) and Sohail Sajjad (Bridgeholme) all scored centuries in victories.

Jennison made 164 not out, Stocks 126 and Sajjad an unbeaten 104.

Opener Stocks underpinned Triangle’s 305-4 from 45 overs with 126 off 122 balls in a 246-run victory over Low Moor Holy Trinity.

In a similarly convincing victory – by 266 runs – Mytholmroyd also topped the 300 mark against Clayton.

Half-centuries from Jack Earle, Adrian Gawthorpe and Luke Sutcliffe pushed Mytholmroyd to 337-6 before Clayton were bowled out for 71 on their home patch.

Elsewhere, there were victories, for Sowerby Bridge Church Institute, Sowerby St Peters, Bradshaw, Great Horton Park Chapel, Queensbury and Oxenhope.

Great Horton Park Chapel’s 24-run win over Luddendenfoot came as they defended a 172 target and saw the visitors recover from 44-5 to 130-6 only to lose their last four wickets for 17.

Captain Olivier Challis made a crucial 64 for Queensbury as they also posted a target of 172 having been 25-5 against Mount, who were later bowled out for 48.

Another skipper’s innings from Lewis Hopkinson (48) was bettered only by Bobby Fielding’s unbeaten 50 as they steered Oxenhope home by four wickets chasing 132 against Stones having been 3-3 early in their chase. They shared 80 for the fourth wicket.

Moving over to the York and District Cricket League’s Dave Connor Trophy for second teams, under 14s bowler Will Bramley claimed four wickets in four balls for South Milford in a Sunday win over Carlton Towers.

Bramley returned fabulous figures of 5-6 from four overs in the T20 clash, including a hat-trick with his four wickets in four balls.

South Milford proudly announced that Bramley’s return is the best bowling by an under 14 in senior cricket for their club.

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