Sport news in brief

Qualifying

MOORSIDE MOTOR bike racer Ashley Beech produced his best finish of the season securing seventh place in the National Superstock 1000 Championship at Cadwell Park.

The 25-year-old Beech, riding Team JD Racing’s Kawasaki ZX-10R, was just 0.8sec from securing pole position following a superb qualifying session.

Painful

KEVIN HOOK’S two-spell at Delph Cricket Club came to a painful end when he broke his ankle in an end-of-season game at Skelmanthorpe.

The Zimbabwean all-rounder, who had spent the last three summers at Swinton, Moorsideand latterly Delph, has returned to Harare where his long-term plan is to set up a chicken farm.

Cyclist

DENSHAW CYCLIST Jake Ragan, who is part of the Olympic Development Programme, can reflect on a successful 2013.

The 18-year-old former Saddleworth School pupil was part of the Great Britain team which finished fourth in the team pursuit at the World Junior Track Cycling Championships.

Wicketkeeper

SADDLEWORTH’S BRIAN Lord is the top wicketkeeper in the Versasteel   Saddleworth and District Cricket League.

Lord won the Neil Parrish Trophy for most dismissals in division one – 39 which comprised 21 catches and 18 stumpings.

Professional

SADDLEWORTH-BASED Isaac Noi has signed a professional contract with Super League side Huddersfield Giants.

The 17-year-old centre, who had been in the academy at Wigan Warriors, joins other local lads Josh Johnson and Nathan Mason at Giants.

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