JER Lane have narrowed the gap on Spenser Wilson Halifax League Premier Division leaders Booth to six points.

Saeed Mirza (4-40) and Amjid Khan (3-17 off 14 overs) helped to dismiss hosts Northowram Hedge Top for 138.

Then, although Umar Dawood was dismissed for a duck, Raqeeb Younas (36) and Ian Hall (54no) then carried Jer towards a relatively-easy six-wicket victory in the 24th over.

Booth, meanwhile, dropped a point at home to SBCI following stubborn resistance from the visitors, who managed 197-7 in their 45 overs.

Mytholmroyd warmed up for the Parish Cup final with 284-5 at home to Thornton, for whom Ross Parr took 3-81.

The visitors were then 135-6 but did well to make 244-9, with Tim Shackleton scoring 60, Josh Hutchinson 43, opener Ross Carnall 37 and Ross Soames 32.

Copley, thanks to half-centuries from Rishikesh Bhuskute (53) and Matthew Rowles (50), plus a sterling bowling performance from Ian Hartley (6-42), were far too strong for visitors Oxenhope, whose losing run now stretches to six matches.

However, Copley were 87-5 on their way to 200, with Liam Dyson (6-70) dismissing four of those in bringing his seasonal total to a league best 53.

But once again Oxenhope's batting was disappointing, the top scorer being Grahame Ellis (29no) in their 126.

Bottom team Queensbury will be kicking themselves for not taking advantage of bowling out hosts Sowerby St Peter’s also for 126, with the last nine wickets falling for 42 as change bowlers Amjad Ali (5-23) and Gurdev Singh (4-31) wrecked havoc.

Havoc is also perhaps a fair description of the Queensbury batting as they could only muster 92 in reply from 42-1, with five wickets falling for three runs in mid-innings as Martin Schofield returned figures of 17.2-6-27-6.

The top three of Jacob Slator (28), Azhar Sharif (21) and Jamie Priestley (20) all got starts, but then only No 10 Singh (13no) reached double figures. 

Another low-scoring game was the First Division encounter between second-placed Southowram and Great Horton Park Chapel, with the margin being just seven runs.

Matthew Jordan (5-36) and Dominic Anderson (3-28) were in charge as Southowram were dismissed for 100 from 72-4, but David Jowett's 5-16 was even more potent as visitors Park Chapel fell for 93.

With leaders Sowerby Bridge losing for only the second time this season, Southowram now trail by only 14 points, and two points further adrift are Cullingworth, who beat visitors Blackley by six wickets to leapfrog them in the table.

Ben Burkill (4-21), Stuart Jackson (2-18) and Graham Rankin (2-23) were instrumental in dismissing Blackley for 112, Chris Welch (36no) then taking the hosts home in the 39th over. 

Like Blackley, the second-tier status of Stones also now looks in real peril after they were trounced by fellow strugglers Shelf at Swift Cross to go 26 points adrift at the bottom.

Opening bowler Aamar Rashid was outstanding with 8-39 as Stones were dismissed for 83, and Babar Nawaz Malik (36no) and Sadiq Hyder Ali (35no) took Shelf to a nine-wicket win.

Bradshaw’s promotion bid from the Second Division took a knock at Clayton as they lost their batting form to be dismissed for 124, with Mitesh Mistry taking full advantage of the helpful conditions by taking 7-46.

Clayton also struggled against Ricky Beaumont (5-37) but were seem to a three-wicket win by Andrew Sutcliffe (48no). 

Greetland will have had their club statistician searching the record books after their shock nine-wicket win at Low Moor Holy Trinity.

None of their first six batsmen made double figures in their 77 all out, with Masood Zaman (29), Daniel Russon (15) and Robert Dowling (12) helping them past 50 as Sajid Ali took 5-16.

Iiaq Jamil’s 37 and 27 not out from fellow opener Istiraj Khan then helped Greetland to glory.

Birchencliffe brought some cheer to the club, after their recent travails, with a one-wicket win at Upper Hopton, in the process dumping the Mirfield team to the bottom of the league.

The key stand in Birchencliffe's 183-9 was for the second wicket between Adeel Khalid (48) and Keyur Mistry (41).