DAMP conditions appear to have led to the free-scoring top two in Division Three of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League going down to defeat in low-scoring games.

Leaders Cononley entertained Eldwick & Gilstead and restricted them to 106, with 'Mr Extras' contributing 26 and Jacob Roach 22 as Harry Parker (4-22) and Herbie Starkey (3-15) were the best bowlers.

The South Craven side were knocked over for 83 in reply, with Arnie Raistrick (3-2) and Ajeet Singh (3-16) doing most of the damage.

A point behind are Gargrave, who visited Bradford & Bingley III and slumped to a 36-run defeat.

The Wagon Laners' Adam Swallow (34) top scored as they made 92, with Ben Rhodes taking 4-29 and Stuart Weatherill 3-29.

The Skipton Road side were then shot out for 56, despite 31 from John Beckwith, thanks mainly to Matt Swallow (5-3) and Connors Hall Brown (3-18).

Bingley Congs II had a pleasant afternoon at Shires Lane, winning by seven wickets.

Embsay II were routed for 32 in 23 overs, with no batter reaching double figures.

Josh Zenner was the destroyer in chief with a fine spell of 7-22, and the visitors reached their target in 10.4 overs.

Rob Cockell (50 and 6-13) was the star of Skipton CI's 25-run victory at Bradley.

The ageless Kevin Pollard was in the runs again as he made 64 to help Thornton to 148-6. Visitors Riddlesden were restricted to 73 in reply, with Mohammad Shahnawaz (31) top scoring as Mark Laycock (4-19) and Ian Holden (3-35) put them to the sword to take three badly-needed points.

Sandy Lane needed 42 overs to pass Barrowford’s 115-6 at Greenwood Park.

In Division Four A, Sutton II had Zafar Iqbal (27 and 3-14) to thank for a 30-run victory at home to Hepworth & Idle II.

The Royd Hill side made a modest 128 as Owen Price (3-14) and Sean McEvoy (3-26) got to work with the ball.

John McDermott (34) helped the visitors to 98, with Tony Walton taking 3-22.

Nostalgia was the name of the game at Ryshworth Park.

Evergreens Jonathan Gath (34) and Mick Brooksbank (26no) opened the innings as Crossflatts II won by nine wickets over Haworth II.

Eve Whatling, one of the few ladies playing in the the league, took 5-15 as Chatburn II romped to a 93-run victory at Sandylands.

The Ribble Valley side made 182-9, with Steve Tandy (49) and Matt Lancaster (38) leading the way as Darren Pighills took 3-46.

CI II could only muster 89 in reply, which took them 38.3 overs.

Yet another Oakworth junior, under-14 Oliver Bishop, performed well for his side.

He took 3-26 as Long Lee posted 133 at Penistone Hill, with Jan Haider making 52 and Miss Luis Spragg 31.

He then made 20 to go with 25 extras as Oakworth III replied with 112.

At The Coliseum, there was an explosive finish to Cowling II's game with Bingley Congs III. The Beckfoot Lane side were restricted to 60 in 37.4 overs, with James Marshall making 17 and 'Mr Extras' 16 as Dominic Broughton claimed 3-13.

The hosts galloped to a fine ten-wicket victory in only 5.4 overs thanks to Qamar Zaman, who hit four fours and seven sixes in a knock of 63 not out.

Ingrow’s Ben Weatherill, with a fine 93, and Tom Bradley (52) led them to 229 at Hainworth as Nazam Hanif took 5-29.

Visitors Airedale II slumped to 42 all out in reply, with Hanif making 21 as Tony Hodgson (5-28) and Ryan Higgs (3-13) ripped through the batting.

Foulridge II conceded to Gargrave II and Bradley II to Wilsden II.

Silsden have one and three-quarter hands on the Division Four B trophy, despite second-placed Glusburn II receiving three points when Cononley II conceded.

The Keighley Road side were in danger of going down to their first defeat of the season at Denholme.

They batted first and made a modest 102, with Tom Berry (59) top scoring as Isaac Murray claimed 6-26.

Then the bowling of Keiran Lawrence (4-48), Ethan Copping (3-13) and Will Pullen (3-22) saw them to the points by just six runs.