SHELF Northowram Hedge Top's Amir Rashid starred in the Spenser Wilson Halifax Cricket League Premier Division on Saturday, taking 6-46 as his side scraped a three-wicket victory in a low-scoring home encounter against Southowram.

Dan Pummel pummelled 59 for the visitors, but Rashid's fine figures restricted them to a low total of 187. Regular wickets fell in the reply, and the home team had Chris Conroy (47) and Luke Cole (43) to thank for the majority of the winning runs.

Thornton took full advantage of Booth's slip-up against Warley with a home win against SBCI to go eleven points clear of their rivals at the top.

The visitors batted first and opener Thomas Wood struck 101 to set the leaders a target of 241. Ben Birkill, not usually employed as a bowler, took 5-29.

The host's batsmen ensured victory with five overs to spare, Greg Soames (80) top-scored, followed by the Hutchinson’s, Nikki (55 not out) and Joshua (48 not out), who combined with an unbroken 69-run partnership.

Oxenhope were victors in a home match against struggling Bridgeholme, the latter batted first but only Mohammed Basharat (43) topped 40 runs as the innings closed on 174-8.

That proved not to be enough as an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership between Lewis Hopkinson (58 not out) and Joseph Ousey (50no) saw the Keighley team home.

In Division One, Clayton secured a superb win in a run-filled encounter. They rattled up a very challenging 327-5, as Sam Wilson (74) and Matthew Roe (59 not out) provided vital innings.

Dominic Walsh (89) and Adam Turner (62) fought hard in the reply but Clayton held on and won by six runs.

Bradshaw accounted for visitors Queensbury with some ease, posting 282-8, as Steve Beck (119) hit an excellent century. Queensbury were never up with the rate and, despite an Oliver Challis effort of 56 runs, they fell 104 runs short.

Sowerby Bridge kept their Premier Division hopes alive with an important six-wicket home win against promotion rivals Great Horton Park Chapel, as Lewis Mattock (51) top-scored and Jake Dixon chipped in with 4-57.

They appear to be in a three-team race for second spot with Clayton and Horton. Just four points separate them, but leaders Illingworth St Mary’s have a 14-point cushion.

Mount continue to lead the Second Division after a 28-run victory over Bradley & Colnebridge at Batley. Ten of their batsmen reached double figures, with Imram Ravat hitting 45 in a total of 235, which proved too much for the opposition.

Finally, Cullingworth were unable to raise a team, gifting a 12-point walkover victory to Old Town.