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Foulridge owe Wynn Cup debt to Aussie all-rounder Andrew Dutton
Defending champions Foulridge were made to work hard before beating hosts Skipton CI by four wickets in the opening round of the Wynn Cup.
Skipton made just 68 as Kafeel Ishfaq took 6-15 but it needed a determined unbeaten 54 by Aussie all-rounder Andrew Dutton, who had earlier picked up 3-30, to guide the visitors to their target.
Jack Hainsworth (75) and Lewis Wrathall (52) led the successful run chase inside just 14 overs after Wrathall (5-28) had earlier restricted Wilsden to 138-8, skipper Steve Wright carrying his bat for 63.
Only second-teamer Ian Robson (34) played with any confidence as his side limped to 127 all out, I Bashir finishing with 5-25.
Ingrow eased to 69-1 but, despite Deepal Dissanayake making 53, it proved a tense finish as Mick Holmes bagged 6-27.
Having won comfortably at Beckfoot, Thornton must have felt reasonably confident when the rattled up 232-5 in their overs through Jack Laycock (59) and Dave Scothern (46no).
The chase was always there or thereabouts as D Tarren (46), Chris Hemsley (47) and Neil Copping (58) edged Congs closer to their target and it all came down to the last possible ball with the scores tied. A leg bye enabled Congs to get home by three wickets.
Glusburn’s batsmen have not got up to speed yet this season. They travelled to Bradley and made a modest 115, with James Tillotson (39) the top-scorer as James Heseltine took 4-34. Neil Andrews (68no) and extras (22) scored the bulk of the South Craveners’ runs to earn an eight-wicket victory.
Sandy Lane set off well at Embsay, reaching 55-1 in the 12th over. But things settled down and the innings closed on 151, with Adam Sutcliffe (46) top-scoring as Scott Robinson took 4-46.
The Shires Laners stumbled to 42-4 before Duncan Ward (70no) led them to a four-wicket win.
Ingrow’s Jake Hoyle (54 and 3-15) was the star of their 75-run victory at Cowling, the Hainworth side totalling 193-7.
Down at Airedale, Imran Zaman (54) was the main contributor to his side’s 144 as Chris Shimmin took 5-18. Visitors Haworth WE were restricted to 101-9 in their reply, with L Rickerby (3-7) the pick of nine bowlers used.
Over at Chatburn, Riddlesden battled to 94 in the 40th over, with Mohammed Gulnawaz making 46 not out as John Lockley took 4-21. The Ribble Valley side cruised home by seven-wickets.
Up at Roydwood Terrace, Luke Taylor (77) and Graham Rankin (62) helped Cullingworth to a massive 225-5. Visitors Pendle Forest were then blasted out for a miserable 30.
The Long Lee v Sutton tie is due to be played on Sunday, June 3. It was delayed as Long Lee played in the prestigious National Village competition, although they were drawn at 2009 champions Streethouse, near Featherstone, and lost by 77 runs.
Second-round draw: Cullingworth v Airedale, Long Lee or Sutton v Bradley, Foulridge v Barrowford, Embsay v Ingrow, Bingley Congs v Chatburn, Haworth v Denholme, Oakworth v Eldwick & Gilstead, Cononley v Ingrow St John’s. Matches to be played Sunday, June 10.