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Bradley slip to foot of table
The Division One title may have been won but relegation will be decided in the final round of Craven League matches at the weekend.
With Cullingworth moving to the Halifax League next season, only one side will be demoted and four teams are fighting to avoid last place.
Foulridge did themselves a power of good when defeating Haworth by three wickets to climb off the bottom.
The Bronte side made 112-9, Gary Binns top-scoring with 33. Foulridge were wobbling at 79-6 but Andy Dutton steadied the ship with 58 and the winning runs came in the 29th over, despite Jamie Rowell taking 3-32.
Bradley dropped to the basement position after they went down by 48 runs at Haworth Road.
The Baildon Bottom club posted 182-9, James Heseltine taking 5-44, but the Matthews Lane side replied with 134 as Heseltine hit 47.
One point above Bradley are Embsay, who must be kicking themselves after losing by one wicket at Cullingworth.
The Shires Laners made a modest 129 as Phil Poole took 7-55. After a bright start of 39 for the first wicket, the Royd Terrace side crumpled to 91-9. But Graham Rankin (55no) and Dave Robinson (3no) then put on 40 for the last wicket to snatch the points.
The Ryshworth Park side made 225-7 on the back of a fine knock of 93 by R Ayub, helped by 42 from Amer Ayub.
Home skipper Dave Scothern made 62 and Paul Ellis 56 before they closed on 200-8, Amer Ayub finishing with 4-23.
The Cure Hill side galloped home in 30 overs by three wickets, Jack Hainsworth scoring 67 and Adam Smith 35 not out.
Barrowford were too strong for Ingrow St John’s, winning by 68 runs at Bull Holme.
On Sunday, Haworth Road openers Mohammed Zahid (96) and Danny Pearson (60) put on 142 for the first wicket at home to Oakworth in their 224-8, Rick Linden claiming 6-48 off nine overs.
Then Gareth Marshall hit 93 not out and Linden 25 not out as the Cure Hill side closed on 193-8.
Bingley Congs’ short journey proved fruitful as they beat Crossflatts by six wickets. R Ayub made 59 for the hosts as Alex Bradbury took 4-15. Andy Copping (43) led the reply.
The Park Field side made 187-9, Jack Baker top-scoring with 36 before R McCullough (12no) and A Cairns (21no) put on a crucial 35 for the last wicket.
Graham Rishton took 3-19 and Martyn Dalby 3-59 and Rishton then made 47 as Mark Pickles took 4-62 and Nick Williamson 4-68 to have the Keighley Road side back in the hut for 138.
Riddlesden took advantage of that slip-up to leapfrog Cowling into top spot.
M Zulfiqar (7-43) and M Qadeer (3-38) saw visitors Barrowford B off for 141 and the Grange Road side lost six wickets reaching their target, with S Mahmood scoring 37.
Mark Day (50), Jonathan Green (35), Shabaz Ahmed (31) and Stephen Butterfield (30) helped Long Lee to 199-9 down the hill at Airedale as Lee Rickerby took 4-61.
The Bradford Road side were knocked over for just 68 in reply, with Matt Stowell taking 4-13 off seven overs.
Sean (68) and Lee Humphreys (60) put on 130 for the third wicket which helped Ingrow to 209-7 at Sutton, with David Snowden taking 4-26 and Ben Bolland 3-57.
In the Royd Hill side’s reply, no batsman reached double figures as the innings closed on a paltry 34. Dale Hoyle (6-12) and Chris Herbert (4-16) were the destroyers in chief.
Wilsden’s alarming loss of form continued as they crashed by seven wickets at Oakworth II. Jack Ellis took 7-41 to hustle the Windy Grove side out for 83 but the Cure Hill side were 4-2 before recovering thanks to Steve Powell (50) and Drew Duffy (34no) to take the spoils.
A partnership of 113 for the fifth wicket by Toby Priestley (73) and Richard Taylor (46) helped Denholme post 229-8 at home to Pendle Forest. Only A Waheed, with 32, offered much resistance as the Fence side were dismissed for 89, with Matt Wear taking 3-13 and Ryan Judson 3-30.
On Sunday, Oakworth II were in action at home to Ingrow and made 205-6, with Matty Lee scoring an impressive 84 as Jake Hoyle took 3-52.
In the Hainworth side’s reply of 186, Alan Broadley top-scored with 43 as Ollie Stell claimed 4-40.
Cowling saw off Pendle Forest at Keighley Road and, in doing so, jumped back to the top of the table and ended Glusburn’s outside chance of promotion.
Rishton hit a superb 111 not out which helped the hosts to 205-7. The Fence side were back in the pavilion for 147, with Steve Richardson taking 4-63 and Dalby 3-42.
Embsay’s seven-wicket defeat at home to Gargrave on Sunday ended their hopes of promotion from Division Three and confirmed that Sandy Lane will join champions Chatburn in the higher section next season.
The Shires Lane side made 155 as ‘Mr Extras’ top-scored with 30 against John Beckwith (4-41).
Beckwith then blasted 62 in an opening partnership of 77 which set up the comfortable win, with Will Smith making 39 not out.
Chatburn maintained their eight- point lead at the top on Saturday after beating third-placed Embsay II by six wickets at Shires Lane.
And second-placed Sandy Lane encountered few problems in seeing off Haworth West End at Penistone Park.
A Blackburn hit a superb 98 to get the Greenwood Park side to 171 but perhaps Charlie Shimmin should have been introduced to the attack sooner because in 5.5 overs he took 6-12.
The hosts were then knocked over for 81, with Luke Ellis getting 4-27.
Cononley made 160-9 at Bradford & Bingley III, with Tom Starkey scoring 51 and Andrew Starkey 35 as Zak Critchlow took 4-16. Then S Brookes (5-29) and Joel Grainger (3-14) helped dismiss the Wagon Lane side for 139.
Division Four champions Skipton CI travelled to Glusburn and lost for only the second time this season.
The Sandylands team made 174, with Jon Sharpe making 36 and Paul Mason 31 as Bryan Hollis took 4-90 to go with four run outs in the innings.
For the Park Field side, Alan Coney scored 45 and R Parkin 41 as victory was achieved in the 39th over.
Harry Reynoldson struck 66 for Haworth II as they made 173-9 at home to Cullingworth II. But it was not enough as the visitors galloped home by four wickets, John Terry making 73 not out and R Walker 45.
Thornton II walloped 290-5 at Long Lee II, with Tim Gates hitting a magnificent 134 and Mark Proctor 62 as youngster Jack Kennedy took 3-33. The Golden View side made 166 in reply as Maurice Oldfield took 4-50 off 15 overs.
That result condemned Long Lee to relegation along with Bradley II, who lost at home to Airedale II by 78 runs.
The Keighley side made 142, Tim Crossley leading the way with 36 as Peter Martin took 7-48. The home side replied with just 64.
Steve Kernan hit 91 as Riddlesden II posted 164 at Ingrow II. Only 15-year-old Martin Casey reached double figures as the Hainworth side were knocked over for 50, with John Duffey taking 7-25.
Basit Ali (95no and 5-10) was the star of Pendle Forest II’s 119-run victory over Bingley Congs II.
The race for the Division Five title is still wide open, with four sides in the mix.
Foulridge II sit top by virtue of more victories but they have finished their campaign after travelling to Skipton CI II and going down by seven wickets. Ian Burke (107no) and R Suter (7-46) were the stars for the Sandylands side.
Denholme II and Oakworth III are level on points with Foulridge II. The former had an open date while the latter received three points when Sandy Lane II were unable to raise a side.
Gargrave II could yet be the dark horses. They entertained nine-man Sutton II and shot them out for 37, with Stuart Weatherall taking 4-13. Extras top-scored in reply with 19 as the Skipton Road side sauntered home by ten wickets.
Then on Sunday, Gargrave received three points when Cowling II were unable to raise a side. The Skipton Road outfit moved to within a point of the three joint-leaders as a result.
Nine-man Chatburn II nearly pulled off a victory at home to Haworth WE II on Saturday. The Ribble Valley side were restricted to 78 as S McLennan took 5-40. The Bronte side scraped home by one wicket despite Ben Threlfall taking 6-20.
Cowling II’s Matt Wiggan scored 101 and, together with G Jones (66), put on 151 for the first wicket at Cononley II. Zahid Shafait joined in with 47 and Sajid Shafait 36 to take the score to a mammoth 286-3.
The shell-shocked home side managed 114 in reply, with skipper Richard Mansell scoring 26 as Zahid Shafait took 3-38.