THE tightest contest of the day in the Halifax League Premier Division came at Thornton where Blackley visited, although at one stage the odds were very much stacked against such a finish.

The home team batted first and it was left to Ross Parr (57) to top score as 180-8 was posted, in which Jason Perry took a excellent 5-38.

At 78-7, a victory charge from Blackley looked highly unlikely, but skipper Matthew Britton (57) and Liam Senior (20 not out) had other ideas and the latter was left with last man, Jacob Linsel, needing five to win off five balls.

Panic and disaster was rolled into one as Linsel was run out, leaving Blackley 176 all out in 44.2 overs.

Leaders Triangle hit 292-5 at home to Shelf Northowram Hedge Top and saw No.6 batsman Taylor Swaine hammer 112 in only 51 balls, with 12 sixes.

Bottom-of-the-table Hedge Top succumbed in only 22 overs, Kurtis Whippey (4-20) leading the attack in a 70 all out score.

Sowerby St Peter’s went 11 points clear at the top of the First Division after their narrow victory over Upper Hopton coincided with second-placed Oxenhope losing by nine runs to Luddendenfoot, who went third as a result.

The Foot were asked to bat first and could only register 101 all out.

At 41-0, Oxenhope looked well on course for victory but, following the dismissal of Joshua Fleetwood (30), a total collapse ensued as the remaining nine wickets fell for 51 runs.

Low Moor Holy Trinity beat Great Horton Park Chapel by 45 runs, with Matthew Jordan taking 5-30 to help dismiss the latter for just 105.

The top-scorer in the match was Trinity’s Lee Broadbent (43), as the battle of the Bradford based clubs was in reality a surprising non contest.

Mount registered their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Clayton, winning at home by 22 runs.

Batting first, Mount only scored 114 runs as just two batsmen managed double figures, but Clayton failed to back up that good bowling effort, posting 92 all out in reply.

Second Division Greetland extended their lead at the top of the table to ten points after beating Bridgeholme by 109 runs, but Queensbury also had a good day, moving up to third in the table

They entertained Augustinians and managed to bowl them out for 141, before Joseph Clough (76) was instrumental in assuring the home side picked up maximum points, as they raced to an eight-wicket victory.

Cullingworth’s match against Bradley & Colnebridge is subject to an enquiry due to a possible breach of league rule.

As it stands, the points split is 12-1 in Cullingworth’s favour, after they won by six wickets after bowling out B&C for just 62.