OAKWORTH'S innings was front-loaded as cricket got underway three months late, due to Covid-19, in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League.

Openers Joel Gallagher and Bradley Powell, who both made 39 and added 79, and No 3 Harry Hollingsworth (30) made up the vast majority of their 147 against Haworth at West Lane in Covid Cup Group B.

Despite collapsing from 125-2 to Jamie Rowell (4-27) and Neil Rollins (4-22), Oakworth still had enough runs in the bank as Haworth could only reply with 116, despite Jamie Rowell (32) and Dan Trowers (24) getting over the early dismissal of Pete Gower.

Damian Rowell (26) and Danny Spencer (23) also weighed in but James Lee (4-11) helped Oakworth to victory by 31 runs.

Last year's Division One winners Crossflatts were hugely impressive as they thumped Bingley Congs by eight wickets.

Congs opener George Hicks provided the glue, scoring a careful 49 before being run out, while some lower-order hitting from Matt Roberts (31) helped Congs to a seemingly challenging total of 160-7.

Wassim Hussain's 3-35 kept Crossflatts right in the game though, and thanks to a fine 100 run partnership between Harris Hussain (61) and Josh Brooksbank (68no), the chasing side cantered home with more than four overs to spare.

In Group C, Denholme's bowlers were all on the mark at home to Haworth Road Meths.

Phil Poole Jnr (4-14) led the way and was backed up by Sarum Qureshi (3-17) in Meths' 77.

Denholme were then seen to a three-wicket win by Callum Gerrard (28 not out), as Shahid Saleem (4-28) and Tom Kaznowski (3-18) caused a late flurry of wickets.

Stuart Maclennan (32) and Waseem Qureshi (27) dominated Airedale's innings of 80 at Wilsden, being the only two players to reach double figures.

Ben Mitchell took 3-21, and Qureshi then bagged the only two wickets as Wilsden strolled to victory in 21.2 overs, with Tanveer Hussain (37) and Sam Mitchell (31no) leading the way.

If it was excitement that you wanted, then look no further than Wide Lane in Group E, where visitors Skipton CI won by two wickets against Oakworth II off the penultimate ball.

Home skipper Michael Scarborough led from the front for his team, making 44 not out in their 147-7, adding 72 for the sixth wicket with Steve Powell (37) after Azhar Iqbal (4-12) had dismissed the top four.

CI were indebted to Martin Chisnall (42), Ian Henderson (30), Martin Seward (23) and Sam Smith (20) as they just reached their target, despite Charlie Raby (4-37) and Scarborough (2-26) threatening to spoil their party.

Runs were hard to come by for both teams at Matthew Lane, where the combined total was only 216.

Cononley had first dibs and made 125 as Vince Grant (4-34), Toby Meynell (3-36) and Tom Eaglesfield (2-9) enjoyed their work with the ball, with Herbie Starkey (29) and Scott Brook (28) the most defiant.

Starkey, who bowls fast medium, then got to work after the innings break, taking 5-16 as Bradley were castled for 91, with Harry Parker (2-17) and Lewis Fitton (2-22) able deputies, Meynell completing a solid match with 29.

Wide Lane wasn't the only ground where there was a tense finish, however, as Keighley III won by one run at home to Denholme II in Group F after making 109-7 and then restricting the visitors to 108.

Sutton II made short work of 10-man Oakworth III at Haworth West End, winning by eight wickets.

Only skipper Keith Gilert (29) reached double figures as the third strings were toppled for 62, the best of the visitors' nine bowlers being Alistair Wallace (3-3), Nathan Coventry (2-4) and Mark Stoneman (2-23).

Matthew Lloyd soon hit his straps for Glusburn at Park Field, hitting 11 fours and a six in an unbeaten 65 as the home side cantered to an eight-wicket win over Haworth II.

The visitors were 40-5 but Darren Ellerton (33) and Jacob Hudson (21) helped them to 107-7 after Irfan Khaliq (3-13) got among the wickets.

Lloyd put on 74 with fellow opener Iain Beattie (17) and was joined by Pete Schofield (25no) as the modest target was reached.

Gargrave II's eyes were in as much as their first team, who made 271-7 against Thornton-in-Craven in Group F, by making 209-9 at home to Bradley II in Group G.

Tony Spensley was the first man to post a century this season, making 103, including eight fours and seven sixes, as the home side breezed to their big total, helped by 37 from opener Tom Goodwin.

Matt Buckmaster did his best for the visitors, scoring 34 to go with his 2-13, but they never threatened to mount a winning run chase as they stumbled to 97-7 against Stuart Weatherill (2-7) and Will Storr (2-18).

Two batsmen dominated proceedings at Shires Lane, with Jago Bean scoring 46 for hosts Embsay II and Yasser Chatta replying with 48 not out for Cowling II.

Bean's knock provided almost half of Embsay II's 98 as Junaid Gulnawaz (4-19) and Aqib Chatta (3-17) held sway.

Chatta then hit five fours and three sixes as Cowling won by five wickets, despite Paul Wormald (2-23) and George Arkwright (2-26).

Matt Ryder was the dominant figure for Skipton CI II against Glusburn II at Sandylands.

He took 3-21 in the visitors' 95, backed up by Sefal Allam (3-18) and Darren Pighills (2-25) as Simon Frost (32) and Dom Mortimer (30) each hit three boundaries.

Ryder then scored 34 not out at No 7 to guide his team to a three-wicket success, although Cody Hird (4-19) and Mortimer (2-22) made things difficult.

In Group B, Ingrow conceded to Cowling, while there were no matches in Group A.