BRADFORD side Thornton suffered yet another blow in their Halifax League Premier Division title push, losing for the second time in three games.

Illingworth St Mary’s inserted them and shared the wickets in a 175-8 score, of which Michael Shanks contributed 48 not out. The red-hot Josh Hutchinson could only score nine.

That good bowling performance from Illingworth paved the way for a magnificent 109 in their reply from wicket-keeper/opener Josh Cooper, who helped his side win by five wickets.

Shelf Northowram Hedge Top found some form in their home clash against Mytholmroyd, particularly Razwan Saghir, whose innings of 63 allowed his side to post a respectable 183 all out.

Saghir was again in the action as he took 5-74 in the Royd's reply, but a knock of 31 not out from James Cowens saw the visitors squeeze home at 187-8.

Oxenhope, not among most pundits tips for promotion from Division One, had an easy win at home to Luddendenfoot to join Sowerby St Peter’s on maximum points.

The home side’s 217-9 included a brilliant run-a-ball 108 from wicket-keeper batsman Chris Kibble, which gave his bowlers runs to play with.

Daniel Scott (6-69) and Scott Mallinson (4-50) completed the task with aplomb, bowling unchanged for 28 overs as the Foot were scuppered for 128 runs.

Mount’s poor start continued as they were easily beaten at home by Clayton.

Sam Wilson took 5-13 as Clayton rolled their opponents for just 102, and with opener Chris Ramsden (59) setting the pace, the chase and a seven-wicket win was completed in the 20th over.

Low Moor Holy Trinity’s bowlers were soon among the wickets at home to Great Horton Park Chapel, with the latter’s pre-season favourites tag not looking too good as they languish in the bottom two.

Matthew Jordan (5-25) was the bowler against whom Horton struggled most and a 117 all out score was never going to be enough.

Only three wickets were lost in the chase, as Adam Forbes struck 47 not out.

Bridgeholme celebrated their first victory since September 2019 after beating hosts Cullingworth by four wickets in Division Two.

Cullingworth had to rely mainly on Jack Rogers (71) in their total of 141 all out, but that one-man batting effort proved not to be enough.

Stones’ fine start came to a sticky end at Queensbury, as they could only muster 104 all out in the face of a four-pronged home attack, with Gareth Walker (5-27) the pick of the bowlers.

The home team only required 23 overs to chase that low total down, with Steven Priestley (54) topping the scores.