It's tight at top of Craven League's top flight

Keighley News: Andy Benfield took eight wickets for Haworth WE Andy Benfield took eight wickets for Haworth WE

The glorious cricket weather produced some high scores and a couple of nail-biting finishes in the Mewies Craven League. But there was a sad note in the number of teams that turned out with only ten men.

Haworth WE II and Bradley II could only get eight players onto the paddock. In West End’s case two of the players were young ladies.

There is quite a bunch up at the top of Division One with five teams on ten points and four teams on seven points.

Leaders Ingrow St John’s travelled to Barrowford and saw the Bull Holme Oval side amass 177-9 in their overs with Shakeel Butt making 40 as Muhammad Sajjad took 4-60 and Nadeem Safdar (3-32).

In reply the Saints’ skipper Omar Khatab led with 42, but his side fell 14 short of their target as Waseem Furqan took 4-56 and Ajmal Choudrhy (4-47).

Matt House (7-55) was in fine form down at Beckfoot Lane as the home side were dismissed for just 69 in 28.1 overs by Oakworth.

The only batsman to make an impression in an innings which saw six batsmen fail to trouble the scorers, was opener Andrew Copping. He carried his bat for 54no and showed the application necessary to keep the bowlers at bay.

Oakworth strolled home for the loss of two wickets with Gareth Marshall making 31no.

Embsay’s batters were out of sorts as they stumbled to 98 all out at home to Foulridge, with skipper David Wellock top scoring with 25 as David Spokes took 4-11, John Lambert (3-21) and Kafeel Ishfaq (3-36).

The Noyna side had no problem knocking off the runs without losing a wicket as James Lickess made 44no and Spokes (43no).

Haworth’s day at York races in celebration of Karl Brown’s 40th didn’t appear to do them much good as they could only muster 96 at home to Crossflatts.

The Rhysworth Park side cruised to a four-wicket victory with Lee Bailey making 52no.

Riddlesden were restricted to 114 by Cowling at Grange Road.

The Keighley Road side could only manage 90 in reply.

Rob Greenwood top scored with 43 to help Haworth Road to 171-8 with Jack Laycock taking 6-67.

Thornton fell nine short of their target with eight wickets down. The joint leaders of Division Two, Chatburn and Glusburn both enjoyed success.

Chatburn entertained Bradley and restricted them to 133-7 after they were 89-1.

Then the home side had to battle hard before getting home by three wickets with Ben Threlfall making 64no.

Glusburn were at home to Long Lee and going first rattled up 190-6 with Nick Williamson making 44. The Golden View side replied with 158 of which Steve Butterflied made 59 as Mark Pickles took 5-36 and Williamson (4-58).

Oakworth II move into third spot after beating Barrowford II by 87 runs at Cure Hill. Navard Trowers 59 and Sam Nettleton 44 help the home side to a formidable 231-7 in their overs. The Red Rose side faded to 144 with James Lee taking 6-30 and Michael Davison (3-39). Third-placed Ingrow went down by 16 runs at home to Denholme.

The Bradford Road side made 173. Then despite 84 from skipper Mark Price, the Hainworth side closed on 157-9. Sandy Lane recorded the first win of the season in emphatic style just up the road at Wilsden. R Farooq (5-42) and Steve Carass (5-49) had the Windy Grove side back in the hut for 99. The Greenwood Park side glided home for the loss of one wicket. A first victory still eludes newcomers Hepworth & Idle.

They were at Sutton on Saturday and suffered a mauling, going down by 121 runs. Skipper Craig Thornton hit 80 and Richard Walker (37) as The Royd Hill side posted 181. ThenSimon Doane 6-26 and Justin Holdsworth 3-11 ran through the Westfield Laners who were dismissed for 60.

There were two outstanding bowling performances in the Division Three game between Skipton CI and Haworth West End at Sandylands.

Skipton CI made 166 despite the efforts of Andy Benfield who took 8-68 off 23 overs. Martin Seward was the top scorer with 56.

The Bronte side were undone by Sam Smith (8-50) as they were all out for 118.

Junaid Jamshed (58) and Joe Jagger (38) helped Wilsden II to 164-7 at Cononley.

The home team looked down and out at 141-9 but a tenth-wicket partnership got them to within four of victory before the last wicket fell. Andrew Starkey made 62.

Thornton II plundered 233-4 at home to Embsay II. Tim Gates made 112 (20 fours and 1 six) and Mark Procter (73no) in a third wicket stand of 163.

Joint leaders of Division Four Eldwick & Gilstead were at Hepworth & Idle II and figured in a high-scoring game.

The visitors won the toss and batted and rattled up a massive 260-7 with Stephen Timperley making 84, Christopher Childs (44), Arnold Raistrick (35no) and James Keighley (34).

In a pulsating finishThe Westfield Laners pulled up just two runs short of their target. Dale Wood made 65, Paul Medley (50) and Sean McEvoy (35) for the losers.

Oakworth III are level at the top after a good win over Glusburn II at Bronte Field. Peter Schofield made 46 as the visitors made 134.

Matty Lee was the star for the home side with 70 off 75 balls as they got home by four wickets in the 27th over.

Airedale II were struggling at 71-7 before No 9 A Ejaz smashed 151no to take the score to a superb 269-9. The Hainworth side could only make 89 in reply.

Crossflatts II were at home to Bingley Congs and hung on for a four-run victory.

Denholme II encountered few problems at home to Haworth II. Going first the home side made 148 with Martin Armitage making 41 and Neil Spencer 40 as Gary Searby claimed 5-21. The Bronte side replied with 66 with Callum Foster taking 3-19 and Spencer (3-33).

Foulridge II bowler Imran Khaliq took 6-65 up at Noyna as Riddlesden II totalled 140-8, of which opener Imtiaz Siddique made 58no.

In reply the home side were dismissed for 120 with T Munier scoring 40no as the wickets were shared.

Division Five leaders Chatburn II were in winning form at Cowling II, and The Keighley Road side had first go and posted 142-9 with Zahid Shafait making 47 as Travis Blezard took 4-42. The 28 extras played a big part in the Ribble Valley side’s march to the points by three wickets. Paul Woodworth made 40 and Shafait took 3-39.

the eight players of Haworth WE II struggled to 98-7. Visitors Skipton CI II took 21 overs to reach their target.

with Mark Hodson scoring 48no and David Suter 37.

Cononley II won the toss and elected to bat over at Greenwood Park, and Sam Akrigg (63) and Luke Ashworth (34) helped them to 158. Sam Mitchell claimed 4-34 and Andy Grave (4-38). In reply Sandy Lane II were hustled out for 108 with Grace top scoring with 30 as Tom Rudden took 4-30.

Gargrave II plundered 172 at Bradley II with Joe Wood and Stuart Weatherill both scoring 32. The Matthews Lane lads were knocked over for 45 with Weatherill taking 4-13.

10 man Long Lee II went down by five wickets at home to Sutton II.

Daniel Oldfield took 8-73 as Embsay were all out for 163.

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