There was a general abundance of high scores on the opening day of the new Dales Council League season, however this was not the case in the game between defending Division A champions Pudsey Congs and Leeds Sikh.

Batting first, Sikh were dismissed for just 84 (Zahid Mahmood claiming 5-35 and Jamie Lorryman 3-20).

This small total proved too many for Congs though, who were tumbled out for a paltry 53. Ajay Kamboj returned match-winning figures of 6-13 for the visitors.

New Wortley started where they left off from last season, blasting a mammoth 319-7 at Cookridge, with Taimoor Khan hitting 111, supported by Saeed Mirza (86) and Safiullah Kahn (52).

In reply, hosts Cookridge were shot out for just 75 (Farhan Saeed 5-12).

Newly-promoted Tong Park Esholt came unstuck at home to Halifax Direct.

They were dismissed for just 53 (Tahir Raza 5-17, Banaras Siddique 5-28 doing the damage) in reply to their visitors’ 227-9 (Mohammed Rehan top-scoring with 51).

There was better news for the other promoted side, Pudsey St Lawrence, on their travels to Savile Stars. Saints racked up 248-5 to secure a five-wicket win, after the home side had posted an impressive 247.

The closest finish of the day occurred at Baildon, where they secured a one-wicket win (131-9) over visitors Adel (129).

In the final Division A fixture, Shipley Providence (202, Johnny Walker 5-42) completed a 51-run victory at home to Farnley Hill (151).

Taimoor Qureshi finished with outstanding figures of 6-6 for victors Providence.

In Division B, Bradford Moor (142-4 Irfan Sadiq 65no) recorded a six-wicket win over Shipley Providence B (141).

Thorrnbury (159) suffered an eight-wicket defeat at Drighlington-Whitehall (163-2).

Aidan Dunne (54) and Matthew Waller (42) were involved in a match-winning partnership of 113 for Drighlington.

The highlight of the day in Division C occurred at Pudsey St Lawrence B.

They were reduced to 134 in an innings notable for Tahir Yaseen’s fabulous hat-trick. The Drighlington bowler finished with figures of 5-31.

Earlier, the visitors had amassed 180, with Andy Keyworth top-scoring with a fine knock of 71.