CULLINGWORTH’S Ben Burkill passed 1,000 runs for the season as his side kept up the pressure on Division One leaders Southowram with a ten-wicket victory at Great Horton Park Chapel.

Burkill, who is averaging 82, was in form again as he scored 86 not out as the visitors passed their hosts' total of 173 all out with ease.

George Fletcher (3-29) and Stuart Jackson (3-63) were the chief destroyers for Cullingworth, who remain one point behind Southowram after the table-toppers edged past Shelf by four wickets.

The race to gain promotion from Division One is set to go down to the wire as, with only two matches remaining, just seven points separate the top four.

Bridgeholme and Sowerby Bridge both trail Cullingworth by six, with the former hosting Bridge this week and Cullingworth – who welcome Blackley on Saturday – on the last day of the season.

Oxenhope's demise from early-season pace-setters to Premier Division strugglers continued as Thornton’s Ross Parr demolished their batting line-up, taking 8-42 as the hosts were dismissed for just 80 in an eight-wicket defeat.

Oxenhope have now lost their last nine matches since beating Copley on June 24 and are still not mathematically safe from relegation.

There was better news for Oxenhope II, who beat hosts Northowram Hedge Top by 22 runs.

The visitors were struggling at 49-5 but some good batting from the lower order, which saw Keith Yates make 48 and Sam Fleetwood 39, helped them to 184-8.

That proved enough as Hamzah Khan claimed 7-46 to dismiss Hedge Top for 162.

Cullingworth II also triumphed as their 128-8 (Daniel Baines 50) proved enough at Illingworth St Mary's, Michael Bright taking 7-53 to see the hosts fall short on 120 all out.