The Walker Timber Huddersfield Cricket League made its belated return after a delayed start to the season because of the wet Spring weather – but three of the six Premiership matches were abandoned.

Pragam Sharma smashed a century for Almondbury Wesleyan while champions Moorlands crushed Broad Oak, the side that beat them in the Sykes Cup Final last year.

Scholes, meanwhile, made their title intentions clear with an 86-run demolition of visitors Kirkburton.

Almondbury Wesleyan v Shepley

In an absorbing encounter at Kaye Lane, Almondbury Wesleyan flexed their fresh muscle by posting a commanding total of 254-8 in their allotted 50 overs against Shepley.

The highlight of their innings was an explosive century by Pragam Sharma, who smashed 125 runs from just 113 deliveries, including 14 fours and 6 sixes.

Former Shepley prodigy Josh Hoyle also made a significant contribution by adding an unbeaten 62 runs from 54 balls. For Shepley, Danny Glover and Sam Askey picked up two wickets each.

In response, Shepley struggled to build partnerships and were eventually bowled out for 149 runs in 34.4 overs. Matt Henshaw was the pick of the bowlers for Almondbury Wesleyan, finishing with figures of 4-35.

New signing Mohammed Nabeel also made an impressive debut following his move from Holmfirth by claiming 3 wickets for 38 runs. Despite their efforts, Shepley fell well short of their target, handing Almondbury Wesleyan a convincing 105-run victory.

Broad Oak v Moorlands 

Byrom Shield holders Moorlands travelled to Broad Oak and posted a competitive total of 198-8, anchored by solid contributions from Marcus Walmsley (37) and James Rawlinson (39). Their patient partnership over a combined 204 balls provided stability to their innings. Alex Slack was the standout bowler for Broad Oak, claiming 4-66.

In reply, Broad Oak struggled to build partnerships and were bundled out for just 96 runs. Jon Rudge and Andrew Brown, their new signing from Australia, both impressed with the ball, picking up three wickets each.

Harley Lodge top-scored for Broad Oak with 31 runs. Despite their efforts, Oak fell short by crashing to 96ao, handing current champions Moorlands an opening victory.

Scholes v Kirkburton

At Chapelgate, Scholes ground out 160-9 against visitors Kirkburton. Ben Tighe and Wasim Javed played crucial roles to rebuild an innings in danger of faltering, putting on a vital 53-run partnership for the 9th wicket. ‘Burton mainstays Tom Burkinshaw (3-28) and Andrew Smith (5-29) were the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Kirkburton struggled against Scholes’ bowling attack and were skittled out for just 74 runs in 24.4 overs. Javed and Paul Nasser starred with the ball for Scholes, picking up three wickets each. Kirkburton’s innings never got going, as they collapsed to 47-9 before being bowled out for a disappointing 74.

Premiership new boys Delph & Dobcross and Golcar never got the opportunity to get on the field with their matches at home to Barkisland and away to Hoylandswaine lost to the weather. Skelmanthorpe (v Honley) also suffered the same fate.