AGE shall not weary them – well it certainly hasn't in the case of Greetland's David Scott.

The 73-year-old third-change bowler took 6-54 to prevent visitors Upper Hopton from scoring more than their 231-7 in the Second Division after openers Thomas Wilson (94) and David Stones (66) had cashed in.

Former Huddersfield League player Scott removed them both in his ten-over spell in what is surely the best bowling performance by a veteran in the Spenser Wilson Halifax League's history.

However, Greetland were then dismissed for 124 as third-placed Upper Hopton continued their promotion push.

With three matches left, they have 164 points, with Luddendenfoot on 173 and Mount on 185, with the top two meeting on Saturday at High Lea Green.

By a quirk of the fixtures, Hopton have bottom team Cullingworth to play twice in the next two weeks.

Mount won at Low Moor HT as Ismail Myatt (7-38) was the scourge of the hosts.

With a target of 165, Mount’s prolific Mahmad Gheewala came in at 32-1 and hit 98 not out in their 166-3.

Cullingworth lost at home to Outlane by eight wickets as the visitors' opening pair of Zeeshan Rehman (64no) and Adam Davies (43) hit the majority of the 130 runs required in a eight-wicket victory.

Luddendenfoot had a 131-run win at home to Leymoor, Charlie Holt-Conway (92) just failing to hit his ton, followed by Hayden Bruce (6-70) sending the visitors packing.

Bradley & Colnebridge scraped a three-wicket win at home to Old Town in a low-scoring affair.

Had it not been for B&C’s opener Iqrar Hussain scoring 76 not out of the 96-7 winning total, the result would, without question, have been different.

Thornton now require 22 points from their remaining three matches to secure their first Premier Division title.

All of the top five teams won, which has brought about an interesting situation at the bottom of the table to see which team of a possible five accompanies Bridgeholme in the remaining relegation spot.

Thornton eased to a win at home to Shelf Northowram HT as Ben Burkill produced a man-of-the-match performance by batting 45 overs for 129 not out and then removing all of Hedge Top’s middle order with 4-48.

Daniel Cole (86) and Razwan Saghir (59) top-scored for the visitors but scoring was not at the pace required and the innings closed at 225-8, 56 runs short.

Struggling Oxenhope did themselves no favours by crumbling to 82 as visiting Sowerby St Peter’s were back home quickly with a nine-wicket win under their belts.

Only Joseph Ousey (44) showed any semblance of batting skills as Matthew Hoyle (7-30) whipped through his colleagues.

One consolation for Oxenhope is that their fate in their own hands with their remaining three games all against teams in that bottom quintet.

Second-placed Booth rattled up 322-8 against Mytholmroyd as four batsmen topped 40, led by Robert Worsnop (77).

Despite James Cowens (87) top-scoring in the match, the visitors lost too many early wickets and were bowled out 109 runs shy.

The Royd are in that group of five in trouble at the bottom, and with two of the top five to play, plus fellow strugglers Oxenhope, it requires a least one maximum to be safe.

Southowram remain favourites to go down as they are still 11 points adrift of next-to-bottom Copley, but they have the key to the relegation battle, with Oxenhope and Copley to play next. Wins in those matches would really stir up the pot.

Southowram's latest match at Warley saw Dean Crossley (67), for the umpteenth time this season, holding the visitors' innings together, but Greg Keywood (8-60) was on fire as his team-mates disappeared back into the pavilion at an alarming rate.

Previously the home side had also made hard work of batting, with no batsman scoring a fifty as Tom Belfield took 4-43.

However, Keywood ensured a Warley win by 65 runs.

Bridgeholme are not going down without causing some problems as visiting SBCI found out to their cost as they are also not yet safe from the drop.

The home team rattled up 301-4 as Yasir Mahmood (75), Sohail Sajjid (64) and Hassam Mahmood (50no) found runs that would have been more welcome earlier in the season.

SBCI made a valiant effort in the chase as Thomas Wood (87) and Sam Hinchcliffe (77) built a platform to 220-4 but the last six wickets fell for just 50 runs as Bridgeholme won by 31.

Copley are also in trouble at the bottom, and the visit of Triangle brought no relief as Chris Metcalf (106) and Carl Fletcher (80no) enjoyed the track at The Arches with their team posting 311-7.

Copley’s reply turned into a battle to salvage what could be an important five points as, despite Triangle trying no less than eight bowlers, the rearguard action produced a score of 240-7. Copley too have two of the bottom five to play, and the match on September 8 at home to Southowram perhaps holds the key to the conundrum.

The news from the First Division is that Queensbury are relegated along with Stones after a poor home performance against Blackley, which in turn secured the latter’s status for next season. Jacob Linsel (5-45) was the nemesis for the home team as he removed the top four batsmen with consummate ease to produce a scoreline of 6-4.

Basically that was match over as a struggle to 82 all out ensued with Blackley taking less than 15 overs to wrap up the win to their obvious relief.

Great Horton Park Chapel rather messed up their promotion chances as they surprisingly fell at home to Clayton by 31 runs.

Clayton batted first and set a relatively easy target of 190 to win but, after a bright home team start at 89-2, second-change bowler Sam Wilson changed the match with 6-32 as eight wickets tumbled for only 69 runs.

With only two matches to play, Illingworth St Mary’s are all but promoted, apart for a mathematical one point, with Sowerby Bridge requiring ten points to join them in the top flight. There could yet be a unlikely final twist, however, as both teams have to play third-placed Great Horton Park Chapel, who need unlikely upsets in addition to have any chance.

Illingworth easily accounted for hosts Bradshaw, setting a target of 249 as Matthew Sewell (84) and Hamza Mehmood (51) featured.

The home team were never in with a shout, bowled out for 100 due to Daniel Murfet (6-48) and Jamie Moorhouse (4-43) making sure that their club’s ambition of two consecutive promotions was 99.9 per cent guaranteed.

Sowerby Bridge had an easy win at Walton Street versus Stones, with Steve Shannon (4-1) recording figures that need confirming that there is no typing error.

Sam Mellor also chipped in with 4-33, and thereafter Tim Helliwell (52no) completed the win in a match that lasted less than 48 overs.

It will be much harder in their last two promotion-seeking matches versus Blackley and Great Horton.