THE re-branded Shelf Northowram Hedge Top and Oxenhope have joined Thornton in the second round of the Spenser Wilson Halifax League's Parish Cup.

Oxenhope always had the upper hand in their home tie against Luddendenfoot, winning by 34 runs, with Richard Jackson’s 69 being the game's top score, with Luke Fleetwood (51) and Josh Tetley (39) chipping in.

Shelf Northowram continued their fine start to the season, beating visitors SBCI by five wickets.

Four batsmen hit over 30 runs in a chase that lasted until the 39th over, but two SBCI bowlers failed to finish their spells due to injury or illness.

Warley were made to work hard for their three-wicket win over visitors Clayton and only confirmed their passage into the next round in the 42nd over, chasing 207 for victory.

Top score in the tie was Clayton’s Danny Wilkins with a belligerent 81 that contained eight sixes.

There was a ten-wicket win at Mytholmroyd, where Thomas Conway (90no) led the way in chasing Queensbury’s 140, for whom Oliver Challis hit exactly half their runs.

Despite a valiant 86 by Craig Green of Low Moor Holy Trinity, he finished on the losing side at Outlane as six of the home team’s batsmen hit form to set up a 68-run victory.

Toby Croft took 5-11, including Low Moor’s top four.

Great Horton Park Chapel set Southowram a target of 209 on their visit to Ashday Lane that proved the proverbial walk-in-the-park for No 3 batsman Dean Crossley, who hammered 112, including 18 fours, before being caught with only seven runs required.

Leymoor progressed to the second round with a 52-run win over Upper Hopton, with another set of Raw contributions being the deciding factor, with Andrew hitting 106 not out and Eddie chipping in with 5-33.

The tea ladies were panicking at Sowerby St Peter’s as a very early interval looked on the cards when Mount were 39-8.

However, No 8 Mahmad Kayat eased their worries with a well-worked 58.

The home team’s batting task was therefore a little harder than anticipated but the 140 runs were achieved for the loss of five wickets.

Hosts Blackley had an excellent win against Bradshaw, due to a superb unbroken opening partnership.

The visitors, through Piers Fisher (71) and Matthew Crowther (64), had set a reasonable target of 224 but that was soon demolished as Thomas Baxter hit 141 not out, ably assisted by Hans Randhwana’s 76 not out.

Baxter’s innings contained 18 x fours and eight sixes in a knock that lasted just 28.2 overs.

It was Steven Senior’s turn for nervous nineties as he was caught six short of a century in Booth’s six-wicket home win over Illingworth St Mary’s, while Copley were glad of a respite from league duty and duly demonstrated to lower-division Bradley & Colnebridge the difference in standards with an eight-wicket win, with Joshua Wrigley taking 5-14.

Similarly Greetland were put to the sword by visitors Sowerby Bridge as they rattled up 351-7, with four batsmen hitting half-centuries.

However, the best was yet to come as Jake Dixon recorded a bowling analysis of 9-6-3-6.

Bridgeholme and Triangle did not have to play as Cullingworth and Old Town respectively failed to raise teams, while Stones and Thornton received byes.