SILSDEN II have been defeated in the final of a new knockout competition in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League.

They lost to Gargrave II by three wickets in the John Clayton Cup decider at Haworth Road Meths.

The Cobbydalers, sent in, made a fine start with a first-wicket stand of 55 between Hugh Sugden (33) and 13-year-old Archie Cox (19).

Keeper James Nelson (18) and Finlay Nixon Snowden (24no) chipped in but Silsden subsided from 93-2 to 143-9.

Gargrave were in bother at 24-4 and 49-5 but their innings was rescued by a sixth-wicket stand of 62 between keeper Dominic Ferneyhough (61), who was man of the match, and Adam Hudson (22), with Ben Wood making 19.

Bilal Mahmood dismissed both Hudson and Wood on his way to 4-31, while Cox bowled two superb spells to return 1-10 off his eight overs.

In Division One, leaders Riddlesden continue to set a hot pace, with mid-table Gargrave becoming their latest victims at Grange Road.

The hosts scored 161-8, with Zafran Ghaffar (20) and Ehsan Khan (25) putting on a half-century opening stand before Saquib Hussain (53) and Mohammed Kamran (20) added 77 for the sixth wicket after a collapse from 51-0 to 57-5.

Hussain’s innings lasted 45 balls and contained three fours and five sixes.

Gargrave were never at the races in their reply, being 11-4 before eventually managing 118, with Mohammed Zulfiqar putting them on the back foot with 4-20, Mohammad Arshad taking 2-27 and Zahir Abbas 2-13.

Second-placed Cowling, who are 31 points behind, defeated Eldwick & Gilstead by six wickets, making it five losses in six completed matches for the twin villages.

Visitors E&G chose to bat but only four made it into double figures.

However, their contributions were good enough for 122 out of their 164, with Connor Brown (3-27) and Danish Hameed (3-28) among the wickets.

Cowling were always in control of the reply, with all six of their batters reaching double figures, topped by Laiq Ur Rehman (46no), who saw them home in the company of Wasim Hussain (26no) after skipper Martyn Dalby had made 26 and keeper Rahman Ali 30.

Haworth made 190-5 after being sent in at Wilsden, with opener Jamie Rowell scoring 65 and adding 71 for starters with Tom Rowell (17).

Matty Lee (22), Harry Reynoldson (41) and Jason Roberts (20) then added later runs.

Wilsden then won by five wickets in the 43rd over, chiefly thanks to opener Chris Longley (90), which was just as well as second-from-bottom Denholme won at Sutton.

Denholme’s Adam Taylor played a captain’s knock of 56 in their 157-8, adding 56 for the seventh wicket with Adam Vaux (27) as they recovered from 64-6, with Ben Middleton taking 5-57.

Bottom-of-the-table Sutton replied with 107, skipper David Snowden’s 32 being the best as they collapsed from 61-2, and they are 19 points behind their Keighley rivals, who are second from bottom.

The promotion race in Division Two is becoming a four-horse race between Airedale (152 points), Glusburn (151), Bradley (150) and Thornton-in-Craven (143).

Airedale made visitors Hepworth & Idle II regret their decision to bat, skittling them for 67, with Lee Rickaby taking 5-35 and Josh Coppack 3-25.

The hosts then won by eight wickets in the 23rd over, keeper Alec Pue scoring 42.

No.8 Dave Henson’s 45 helped Glusburn to 147 at Ingrow after being sent in, with opener Danny Ridehalgh having earlier made 28, Atif Malik proving almost unplayable in taking 6-20.

Only two Ingrow men made double figures in their disappointing reply of 68, skipper Ben Weatherall leading the way with 24 as Irfan Khaliq swept through them with 7-29.

Bradley also had a comfortable afternoon, defeating visitors Long Lee by six wickets after dismissing them for 139 (James Fulwood 25, Shahbaz Ahmed 22), with the wickets being shared between seven bowlers.

Opener Mohammad Qadeer (67) then took Bradley a long way towards victory, hitting 10 fours and a six, with Toby Meynell (45no) giving fine support.

Skipton CI gained a much-needed victory at Silsden, but it was tight.

CI batted first and made 156 as the in-form Josh Waind took 3-18, Bilal Mahmood 2-24 and Ahsan Rizwan 2-27.

Silsden looked nailed on for victory when their openers Waind (73) and Jack Lister (27) put on 104, with Waind’s runs coming off only 59 balls and including 12 fours and a six.

However, once the wickets started falling there was a domino effect and the Cobbydalers fell five runs short at 151.

Silsden are now 16 points from safety with seven weeks to go.

Cononley haven’t won on the field since July 1 and, after rain got the better of them at home to Cowling II, are giving third-placed Bingley Congs III hope of overhauling them in Division Three.

Cowling made 198 after winning the toss, with No.7 Shahid Hassan making 64, No.9 Ubaid Rauf chipping in with 27 as Willie Naylor took 4-50.

Cononley were 142-7 with five overs left when the match ended, opener Herbie Starkey having made 69 and No.7 David Turner 22, with Haseeb Majid bagging 4-40.

Haworth II conceded to Menston Crompark, while Keighley III were castled for just 34 at Skipton CI II, who made 155-9, with Cian Cryer taking 4-27 and Rahim Hussain 3-37.

Keighley were back in the pavilion inside 23 overs, with Harry Wilkinson and skipper Greg Wilkinson both making 10.

Sutton II continue to lead Division Four, making 158-7 after being sent in at Glusburn II, with skipper Craig Thornton and Stuart Tillotson both scoring 30 as Basharat Hussain took 3-34.

Glusburn were 53-2 but collapsed to 84 to Alistair Wallace (4-16), Jaison Joseph (2-10) and Ali Hussain (2-11).

Silsden II saw off Hepworth & Idle III by nine wickets at Cambing, after dismissing them for 82, with TJ Berry bagging 3-14 and Harry Eastbury 3-11.

Keeper James Nelson then scored 45 not out as Silsden won by nine wickets after 13 overs.

Bradley II won by 25 runs at Long Lee II, with Abdul Rehman’s 85 standing out in the visitors’ 193 as he hit 16 fours and a six.

Captain Harry Andrews weighed in with 32, while No.10 Amer Khan made an unbeaten 26.

Charlie Andrews (4-39) and Matthew Speak (3-50) then took wickets at the beginning and end of Long Lee’s innings as they were dismissed for 168.

Ingrow II won a low-scoring affair at Bowling Baptist II, with Ateeq Munir hitting 24 of Ingrow’s 86.

Then the league newcomers were skittled for 81, Majid Ali taking 4-17, Adam Hussain 3-19 and Abid Hussain 3-14.

Denholme II, sent in by Airedale II, made 136-8, Usman Khakhel top-scoring with 34 as Warren Coppack took 3-33.

Keeper Trevor Cox then scored 35 for Airedale but lacked support as they were dismissed for 99, with Hussnain Ali bagging 5-23 and Khakhel 2-15.