Cowling share top spot in the Craven League after beating Cullingworth by 60 runs.

Keith Woodhead's vast experience is paying dividends for Cowling, who just avoided relegation last season. He scored 64 as his side posted 159. Cullingworth were then dismissed for 99.

They share top spot with Embsay who reduced Barrowford to 21-4 before F Shaezed staged a mini recovery making 39, which helped the Red Rose side to a modest 86. Richard Phillipson 4-23 and Stephen Speak 4-26 did the damageand the Shires Lane side cantered to a comfortable eight wicket win.

Long Lee beat Bradley by 26 runs and are a point behind the top two. The Keighley side made 183-9 with Matt Taylor top scoring on 40 as John Duffy claimed 4-53. After a positive start Bradley crashed to the bowling of Paul Swindlehurst who finished with 7-52. For the losers Neil Andrews made 58 and Neil Robinson 37.

Denholme were under the cosh at home to Oakworth as they tumbled to 61 all out with Graham Rankin taking 6-11. The Cure Hill side lost three wickets reaching their target.

The bowlers were on top at Sandylands where Jamie Rowell 5-29 and Gary Binns 3-10 restricted Skipton CI to just 57. The Bronte side didn't have things their own way despite winning by eight wickets. It took them 39 overs to reach their target. Home skipper Shaun Williamson put in a terrific spell of 14 overs 12 maidens and taking 1-8.

Both clubs at the top of the Second Division won again. Sutton travelled to Chatburn and rattled up 201 with Paul Williams leading the way on 65. The Ribblesdale side were brushed aside for 92.

Ingrow were at Cononley and dismissed the home side for 159 with M Williams 45 and Steve Filkin 37 the top scorers. Andy Parker made a brilliant 96 to take the Keighley side to the points by five wickets.

Foulridge travelled to Airedale and restricted them to 155 with Tom Stephenson taking 4-35. The Noyna side knocked off the runs for the loss of seven wickets. Alan Hayes striving manfully for the losers, taking 5-35.

Glusburn's recent recruit, Kevin Hird, quickly made his mark as he scored 50 of his side's 150-9 at Carleton, Jonathan Brewin taking 6-55. Simon Hagerty took 8-15 in 19 overs to help the Ramper Park side back to the hut for 96.

Ingrow St John's were in uncharitable mood at Morton. The Street Lane side made 170 with Phil Walker top scoring on 43. Visitors Gargrave were dismissed for a paltry 33 with Anthony Haigh taking 5-10 and Chris Walker 4-6. Visiting skipper Chris Flood took 6-68 in the Saint's innings.

Jimmy Nelson's went down by seven wickets at Pendle Forest.

Match of the day in Division Three went the way of Barrowford at Shires Lane, but it was a close run thing. Embsay staggered to 68-6 before Simon Holt took the bowling by the scruff of the neck. He made 64no, which helped his side to 153-7. The Bull Holme side also lost wickets to find themselves 74-5, however skipper Nigel Hargreaves anchored the innings to take the score to 135-7. Victory, by three wickets, was achieved on the first ball of the final over, Hargreaves making 69.

Oakworth move into second spot after a solid six-wicket win at home to Ingrow St John's. The Saints made 111 with Q Khaksar scoring 34. Veteran Lee Hollingsworth, making his season's debut made 41 for the Oaks.

Martin Rishton was in fine fettle as Cowling triumphed over visitors Cullingworth by 46 runs. He scored 51no and took five wickets.

Nigel Carr rattled up 64 for Skipton CI but to no avail as his side went down by five wickets at Haworth. Glenn Ogden scored 34 for the winners.

Airedale smashed 212-9 up at Long Lee, despite 6-48 from 15-year-old leg spinner Razak. They then bowled the hill toppers out for 94 with Rizwam 4-42 and Aslam 4-36 doing the damaged.

Thornton encountered few problems at home to Pendle Forest and cantered to a seven-wicket win.

Of the top three in Division Four perhaps the most impressive performance came from Keighley TC at Pendle Forest III. They smashed 268-6 in 33 overs and then declared. Ian Copsey made a sparkling 107, D Jopson 61 and Wayne Coppack 48. The eight-man Fence could only muster 108-6 in reply with J Selby scoring 55no.

Bradley dismissed Foulridge for 140 at Noyna. Stephen Kegg made 55 and David Haworth 49 as Ashley Walmsley took 6-41. Chris Simpson made 65 for the South Craven side.

Denholme dismissed Gargrave for just 27 then lost five wickets reaching their target.

Glusburn walloped 281-7 off luckless Long Lee III. Openers Matt Lloyd 85 and Robert Butcher 61 putting on 145 for the first wicket, before T Akbar chipped in with 61no. The ten-man Keighley side managed 133 in reply. Kelvin Doane scoring 42 as Ian Shoesmith claimed 5-34

Ingrow were 51 runs too good for visitors Cononley.

Sutton had a good chance of opening their account when they dismissed visitors Chatburn for 75. Sadly they fell three runs short of their target.