Shahnawaz sparkles as new boys Riddlesden beat Thornton on opening day

Shahnawaz sparkles as new boys beat Thornton

Thornton@s Jack Laycock in action

Embsay’s Scott Robinson took 5-16

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A magnificent unbeaten 151 from Mohammed Shahnawaz helped promoted Riddlesden make a winning start on the opening day of the season.

That saw his side rattle up 299-5 at home to Thornton, with Shahna-waz putting on 166 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed Qadeer (42). Abdul Raza also made 51 as Jack Laycock battled away to finish with 4-79. Yet again Kevin Pollard was the backbone of the Booth Bridge Laners’ reply, making 66 as they made 141, with Mohammed Zulfiqar taking 3-27 and Danny Robinson )3-42).

Champions Oakworth travelled to Haworth and won a low-scoring game by four wickets.

The Bronte side were dismissed for 67 in 32.2 overs, with Jamie Rowell making 27 as Adam Smith claimed 4-2. The visitors also struggled with the bat and were indebted to Robert Hopkinson with 29 as they got home despite Dan Trowers taking 3-16.

Two weakened sides turned out as promoted Cowling visited Embsay.

The south Craveners were skittled for 48, with Scott Robinson taking 5-16, before Embsay won by eight wickets.

Crossflatts ran riot at Barrowford as two of their new players, Dominic Bennett and Neil Bradbury, with 73 and 45 respectively, helped them to 262-7. Bradbury and M Adil (55) put on 101 for the first wicket. There was a shock at Haworth Road (97) where Foulridge (181-8) pulled off a fine 84-run victory. Newcomers Hepworth & Idle were at Glusburn in Division Two and saw the home side plunder 214, with Neil Freeman leading the way with 53 and Steve Brown (33) as Martin Saunders took 5-42.

The visitors were indebted to a last-wicket stand of 44 by Sean McAvoy (20) and Tim Shackleton (22no) for getting the reply to 151.

Matt Buckmaster (77) and Casper Bean (35) were the main contributors to Bradley’s 189-5 at Sutton.

The Royd Hill side could only make 102 in reply, with Tim Rudden, James Heseltine and Bean taking three wickets each.

Dan Oldfield scored 90 of Thornton II 169 at home to Pendle Forest in Division Three.

The Fence side slumped to 15-3 then Rob Harris (62) and Anjum Ahmed (5) put on 122 for the fourth wicket to set up a comfortable five-wicket victory.

Gargrave’s Will Smith was in fine form as he took 6-25 to help visitors Embsay II back to the hut for 117 with evergreen Alan Robinson making 31.

Sam Arkwright took two early wickets before John Beckwith (60no) and Smith (23) took the game away from the Shires Laners to set up a seven-wicket win. Newly-promoted Skipton CI got off to a good start at home to Airedale. Firstly they restricted the Keighley side to 161-8 with John Stuttard bowling through and finishing with 3-54 as Waris Ismail top scored with 39. Ian Henderson (75) led the charge which was successful by six wickets.

The bowlers were definitely on top in the game between Cononley and Haworth WE.

Peter Hatton (5-29) and Corey Benfield (4-30) had the home side back in the hut for 79. The South Craveners roared back, with S Brooke taking 6-28 off 7.3 overs, as the Bronte side were dismissed for 70.

Bradford & Bingley III went down by 64 runs at home to Haworth Road II.

In Division Four, league vice chairman Bryan Hollis took 8-68 for Glusburn over at Westfield Lane as Hepworth & Idle II were dismissed for 153. Ian Beattie (58no) was the mainstay of the four-wicket win.

Crossflatts II were sent packing for 57 with Tony Hodgson taking 6-19 off eight overs. Visitors Ingrow sauntered home by seven wickets with Ben Wrathall scoring 32no.

Cowling II scored 121 at home to Gargrave II in Division Five with veteran John Cleaver making 44.

The visitors replied with a modest 49 as Zahid Shafait claimed 6-27.

David Suter made 50 for Skipton CI II as they reached 185 up at Greenwood Park. Sandy Lane II replied with 62 of which Matt Dennison made 36.

Newcomer Sam Solley scored 56 and Stuart Tillotson 54 as Sutton II posted 189 against Bradley II who were dismissed for 75.

Long Lee II went down by five wickets at home to Cononley II.

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