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Michael Scarborough spell secures title joy for Oakworth
Michael Scarborough of Oakworth bowls Haworth batsman Rick Ellis on his way to a title-clinching return of 8-43
The Bronte side were restricted to 125 by a fine piece of bowling from Michael Scarborough, who finished with 8-43 as Dan Trowers made 42.
Brannan Lawn (87no) led the successful run chase as Oaks clinched their title-winning victory by six wickets, Damian Rowell finishing with 4-44.
The Saints batted first and made 166, with Ahtasham Raza top-scoring on 44 helped by Omar Khatab (41).
Evergreen David Robinson took 4-44 but he was overshadowed by an excellent spell by 17-year-old James Rogers, who finished with 4-22.
It was another youngster, 15-year-old Will Grace, who took the batting honours for the Roydwood Terrace side as he top-scored with 39.
A day earlier, Cullingworth had moved into third place with a bad light-enforced draw against Bingley Congs at Roydwood Terrace.
The Beckfoot Lane side made 229-6, with Tom Keighley scoring 74, Chris Hemsley 49 and Alex Bradbury 38no.
Steve Welch (36) had steered the home side to 163-6 when play was halted in the gathering gloom.
Ingrow St John’s staged a superb recovery at Crossflatts to secure the points.
The Saints were languishing on 105-8 when Nadeem Safdar joined Deepal Dissanayate and the pair put on 168 for the ninth wicket, which helped the total to a mammoth 275-9.
Shell-shocked Flatts battled bravely to close on 177, with Amer Ayub hitting 66 as Wasim Hussain claimed 6-34.
Thornton rattled up 252-6 as Kevin Pollard scored 75 and Dave Scothern 71, while Chris Bowker blasted 51 off 14 balls.
Phil Binner claimed 5-86 before the Matthews Lane side were dismissed for 170.
At Shires Lane, Embsay slipped from 76-1 to 154 all out as John Lambert took 7-47. The Noyna side looked to be creeping to the line but closed eight runs short as Scott Robinson took 7-58.
Haworth Road went down by one wicket at home to Barrowford.
The Keighley Road side were hustled out for a modest 138, with M Kiyani taking 5-41. Stuart Wilson’s 72 saw the Windy Grove side to the points.
Second-placed Riddlesden closed to within a point when they travelled to Pendle Forest and won by 103 runs. The Grange Road side totalled 176-9 as A Waheed took 5-26. Then M Zulfiqar claimed 6-34 to have the Fence side back in the hut for just 73.
There was a tie in the game between Airedale and Oakworth II. The Bradford Road side made 160, with veteran Trevor Cox making 40 as Ollie Stell took 4-34.
The Cure Hill side were staring at defeat on 88-7. Then Jack Ellis (36), Stell (40) and Jordan Powell (29) took them to the brink of victory, only for Matthew Cox to bowl Stell with the scores level. Lee Rickerby finished with 4-37 and Cox a vital 3-7 off 3.5 overs.
The Royd Hill side replied with 186 as Kane Booker made 41, Matt Wear taking 3-21 to add to 32 with the bat.
Skipper Mark Price (72) and Sean Humphreys (41) led Ingrow’s charge to 201-6 at Barrowford II. The Bull Holme side could only manage 133 in reply as Price took 3-11.
Glusburn gained the local bragging rights when they beat neighbours Sutton on Sunday by five wickets.
Five players got into the twenties for the Royd Hill side as they made 163-9 in their overs, with Mark Pickles taking 6-81.
Opener James Tillotson anchored the reply with an unbeaten 48 not out and put on a match-winning 44 with M Desgranges (32no). This keeps Glusburn in third place with an outside chance of promotion.
Sunday’s other match saw Denholme’s recent run of good form continue as they won at Long Lee by just seven runs.
The Keighley Road side had the man of the match in Wear. First he top-scored with 42 as they set a target of 150, Shabaz Ahmed taking 4-38.
Then Wear took 5-21 and Luke Pickles 4-41, which had the Golden View side back in the hut for 143.
Haworth West End’s Joe Alvey scored a superb 114 to see his side to 208 at home to Haworth Road II in Division Three on Sunday.
Andy Benfield then took 8-64 in 20.1 overs to peg the Baildon Bottom side back to 182.
Owen Palmer fell one short of his century the day before as he was dismissed for 99 in Haworth WE’s 227-9 at home to Bradford & Bingley III.
The Wagon Laners battled bravely to reach 192 in reply, with Daniel Baines scoring 47 not out as Andy Benfield took 5-65 and Corey Benfield 5-108.
Cononley posted 174-6, with Andrew Starkey making 78 not out and Willie Naylor 40, but the red rose side got home by four wickets.
Sandy Lane went above Embsay after they recorded a nine-wicket victory over Wilsden II, who were bowled out for 77 with Steve Carass taking 8-34.
A day earlier, Sandy Lane had beaten Embsay II by the same nine-wicket margin. Andy Grace (4-11) and Carass (4-16) had the Shires Laners back in the pavilion for 60 before Michael Dennison (29no) and A Blackburn (26no) saw Lane home.
Crossflatts II conceded to Ingrow St John’s II and Wilsden II to Gargrave because they could not raise sides.
Cullingworth II remained on course for promotion from Division Four in second place despite a surprise home defeat to Long Lee II by 24 runs on Sunday.
The visitors were indebted to a match-winning partnership of 104 for the fourth wicket by John Green (71) and Matt Gilmartin (49), which helped them reach 189 as Dave Hall finished with 4-59.
Jimmy Cooney then claimed 4-21 to dismiss Cullingworth for 165 and keep their survival hopes alive.
Cullingworth II had beaten Bingley Congs II by 62 runs 24 hours earlier.
Martin Rendell (72no) saw the Roydwood Terrace side to 180-8 as J Teale took 4-40. Hall then plundered 6-22 to help dismiss the Beckfoot Lane side for 118.
Third-placed Glusburn II pulled off a stunning one-wicket victory at Long Lee II on Saturday.
The Golden Acre side had posted 209-8, with C Pullan making 71 as Rummy Smith took 4-59.
D Mortimer made 59 in the reply and, when he was dismissed, the score stood at 201-9 before Bryan Hollis and Smith guided the Park Field side to the points with 11 balls to spare.
Glusburn II failed to build on their good work a day later when they lost by 72 runs to Bingley Congs II.
Skipton CI saw off Airedale II at Bradford Road by four wickets to finally clinch the title.
John Stuttard, in his last game of the season, finished with a superb 9-57 to help the hosts back to the hut for 145, before Martin Seward hit 82 to see the Sandylands side to glory.
Thornton II rattled up the day’s highest score of 307-6 at home to Bradley II. Tim Gates was the star of the show with 104 as, together with Paul Ellis (38), he put on 158 for the first wicket. Dan Oldfield added 76 and Mark Procter 44 not out.
In reply, skipper Neil Lambert made 92 as the innings closed on 158-9, with Paul Oldfield taking 4-18 and Gates 3-34.
Darren Shields (68no and 4-31) was the key man for Riddlesden II but he ended up on the losing side at home to Pendle Forest II.
Set a target of 125, the Fence outfit got home by one wicket in the 28th over as Z Shah held things together with 41 not out against John Duffy (4-38).
There was another one-wicket victory at Hainworth, where visitors Haworth II got home to beat Ingrow II.
The hosts made 166-9, Tony Crook making 82. Then Aaron Putko hit 59 before wickets tumbled to leave the score on 142-9.
Derek Bright (19no) and Jacob Hudson (16no) saw the Bronte side home in the 40th over.
The Division Five title is still up for grabs, with Denholme II and Foulridge II level on points and Oakworth III just three behind.
Denholme II received three points when Sutton II were unable to raise a side.