BINGLEY Congs keep hanging on to the coat-tails of Mewies Solicitors Craven League Division One leaders Cowling, hoping for a slip-up. 

Congs were at Barrowford, who, after winning the toss, were dismissed for 121, which was poor considering they were 101-3. 

Spinners Neil Copping and Mohammad Adil each took 3-18 and Harry Greenhalgh 3-62, with both Adil and Greenhalgh having a double-wicket maiden as Barrowford slumped to 103-9 in six overs before some last-wicket defiance. 

Congs were 16-2 and 43-3 in reply before Adil again showed his all-round brilliance by hitting 74 not out off 66 balls, including 10 fours and a six, as Congs won by six wickets in the 24th over. 

Hepworth & Idle were the latest club to take advantage of basement boys Foulridge, who made 162 at home after winning the toss, with Jonathan Robinson bagging 3-31, Owen Price 2-13 and Chris Mitchell 2-22. 

It took the Bradford-based club until the 34th over to win by five wickets, however, with Simon Raistrick 50 not out and Jack Bedford 22 not out after Jonny Thompson had made 33. 

Thompson and Nigel Poustie (18) added 58 for the third wicket before Raistrick and Bedford put on an unbroken 73. 

The Westfield Laners drew level with Wilsden on 20 points after the latter suffered a surprise defeat at Ingrow, who made 153-7, Sam Mitchell taking 4-40. 

Wilsden then replied with 140, and that was largely down to No 10 Khawar Bukhari, who cracked 63, including six fours and five sixes. 

Suleman Ayub (27) and Mohammed Hanif (20) did best otherwise. 

Haworth Road Meths went down by 69 runs at Embsay, with Tom Kaznowski taking 3-63 in their 230-7. 

Meths replied with 161, which was a recovery from 107-8, with Rehan Ahmed (49) and Mohammed Ibrahim (23no) putting on 50 for the ninth wicket. Naseeb Ali made 25. 

Bradford & Bingley III also showed their powers of recovery at home to Denholme, who had a 78-run stand for their third wicket on the way to 141, having been 103-2. 

They were unlucky, however, to run into spinner Lachlan Doidge, who took 6-13 as he warmed up for Bingley’s Priestley Cup tie against East Bierley the following day. 

Ben Thirkill backed Doidge up with 2-16 but Bingley were 31-5 in reply before skipper Adam Swallow (32), Andrew Dobson (28), Irfan Ulhaque (33no) and Brad Davis (14no) scored 107 between them as the hosts won by three wickets. 

Long Lee were granted a walkover by Eldwick & Gilstead, while Skipton CI added to the long losing streak of Bingley Congs II, who batted first at Beckfoot Lane and made a creditable 191-7 against Skipton CI. 

Wicket-keeper Chris Hemsley (45) and Lee Crowther (97) gave Congs a superb start, with Crowther hitting 12 fours and three sixes, but only Tim Burnley (23) offered support otherwise. 

Andrew Greenwood then got an early CI victim but consistent scoring then took the visitors to a five-wicket win in the 39th over, with Jamie Teale taking 2-22. 

In Division Three, Thornton-in-Craven made 172-7 after winning the toss against Hepworth & Idle II at Westfield Lane, with Harry Pinkney bagging 4-60 and Dave Dunne 2-25. 

Hepworth & Idle were then 19-6 before a seventh-wicket stand of 68 between Dave Matthews (31) and Dunne (37) helped them to a more respectable 116. 

In Division Four, the Covid-affected match between Bradley II and Bingley Congs III could be played at a later date.