IN the Halifax League Premier Division at Mytholmroyd, Luke Sutcliffe (74), Shazad Hassan (50), Thomas Conway (50) and Henry Lamper (44) enjoyed the Sowerby Bridge bowling, as they combined to set a target of 259-7 for its relegation-threatened opponents. Even the most loyal Bridge supporters must now be very worried about the latter as yet again their team’s batting collapsed – on this occasion to 72 all out.

The Royd’s post-match interest then switched to Thornton where it needed the home team to win against Triangle for it to still have a chance of the championship. Josh Hutchinson (90) (pictured) was in fine form as a target of 228 was set. The visitors were157 all out. With its lead at the top reduced to 10 points, Triangle are still favourites, but the Royd is still on its tail.

Opener Nolan Bottomley (67) produced his highest score of the season at Blackley as Warley posted 186-7. Blackley, fighting desperately to avoid relegation, fell five runs short at 181-9.

Shelf Northowram HT’s fight against relegation came to an end in its home match versus Booth.

In the First Division, Clayton’s Matthew Roe (4-8) and Mitash Mistry (4-50) were mainly responsible for condemning Upper Hopton to relegation, as they helped to bowl out their hosts for only 106 runs. Clayton had little difficulty in scoring the runs to retain its First Division status as it scored 110-4.

The tight battle for promotion was reflected in the top-of-table clash at Luddendenfoot where the hosts defeated Sowerby St Peter’s by just four runs. The Foot now lead Sowerby by eight points. Great Horton’s match against Oxenhope was cancelled, due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Keighley club.

Mount’s relegation fate had been sealed by Clayton’s win but in reality it did not matter as it lost its home encounter against Low Moor HT by four wickets.

In the Second Division, Greetland secured promotion at Bradley & Colnebridge in fine style or at least Waqas Ali did. A personal best of 9-1-28-8 destroyed the hosts’ batting as it was reduced to 67 all out. Queensbury kept its promotion quest rolling with an 86-run win at home to Outlane.