Dynamoes are running nicely as Steeton are defeated in the Upper Airedale Junior Association

There were some tense finishes in the Upper Airedale Junior Association's Keighley Cup2000 League for under-17s.

Lowly Steeton made a creditable 117-4 at home to Denholme, opener Aatif Modak hitting 47 and Bradley Akrigg 21.

But their efforts were more than matched by Toby Priestley (51) and Matthew Wear (32) as the Dynamoes replied with 119-2, only winning with eight balls to spare.

A high-scoring affair at Wilsden went the way of Oxenhope, who made 126-3 thanks to Dan Scott (54) and Josh Ferguson (49no).

Wilsden's reply was equally emphatic, despite the early loss of Bilal Hamid.

Junaid Jamshed (43) showed his under-15 form and Charlie Shimmin (35no) also kept the hosts in the hunt. but they ended up on 122-4 with Shimmin and Ben Jagger at the crease.

Oxenhope remain six points adrift of leaders Gargrave, having been unable to arrange their clash, but they also have a match in hand.

Gargrave outmuscled Cowling, Tom Blanchard (35), Declan Hoare (32) and Joseph Metcalfe ensured a decent total even before No 7 Matthew Beckwith smashed six fours and two sixes in a lightning 50 as they made 176-8, George Blackwell claiming a useful 3-38.

Cowling's opener bat Sam Solley was a lone battler with a quality 50, including six fours and two sixes, but his team-mates were unable to support him as they finished on 72-5.

Left-arm spinner Joe Hall weaved his magic for Cullingworth in the Pro Coach Academy League for under-15s.

His 4-16 in four overs helped to restrict hosts Embsay to 90-6 chasing Cullingworth's 109-4.

Cullingworth lost four cheap wickets but recovered well with 37 from James Rogers and 28 from Charlie Hall as Tom Robinson picked up an expensive brace.

Embsay openers Elliot Stockton and Robinson set up a great opportunity for three more points with 35 and 28 respectively before Hall got to work.

Visitors Earby batted first at Oxenhope but cluld only make a disappointing 62-9, which included 35 not out from Josh Yates as they were undone by 4-5 from Tom Mawer and 4-3 from Akash Gopal. Alex Baker 26 led the home to a comfortable win at 63-2 in only 50 balls.

Wilsden and Bradley locked horns again, and James Robinson made 26 of the latter's 73-7, Sam Mitchell taking 2-9.

The opening salvo from Frank Watkinson brought him a terrific 4-20 to give Bradley a great chance of the points but it wasn't to be as Wilsden's middle order stabilised the decline in a rapid-fire assault to reach 74-4 in only 12.2 overs.

The previous evening, Wilsden's batsmen had also been in fine form, posting 127-4 at home to Cullingworth, Hamid (35) and the impressive Jamshed (39) setting the tone from the off.

Cullingworth gave it a real go with the bat, with 27 to Thomas Say and 26 to Dan Murphy. However, the challenge ended at 113-6, fwith Hamid taking 2-11.

In Division Two, Oakworth managed a second successive win for the first time this season – this time against Crossflatts.

Oaks' bowlers were well on top, with 3-5 from Hamza Khan backed by 2-2 from Dhanyaal Ahmed.

The 'Flatts batsmen never got a stand of note going and ended on a miserly 46-8.

But if Oaks thought it would be a steamroller victory, Omar Farooq changed that with 3-10 in quick time. Then skipper Joel Fothergill (17) paired with Khan to see Oaks home at 52-4 in 52 balls.

Silsden Hawks took on the Wharfedale Stags, who posted 109-5, led by 35 from opener Archie Hancock.

The young Hawks battled well, with the emerging Cameron Knowles on 37 and 20 from opening partner Charlie Lowrie but their scoring rate was not quite up to that of the Stags and they concluded at a respectable 96-3.

The Eagles, the other Silsden side, were at Skipton, tackling the Scorpions.

James Ward opened with 28 and a late 29 from Jack Hutchinson pushed the Skipton tally to 90-5. The Eagles, unbeaten this year, continued to fly high with 27 from Tom Snowden and 36 from the prolific Nicholas Firth, reaching 91-2 in 17.2 overs.

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