LEADERS Silsden are nearly into the higher division but mathematically they could be denied by Bingley Congs II and Skipton CI II in Mewies Solicitors Craven & District League Division Three.

Silsden batted first and made 157-8, led by Nick Firth (51) and Mohsan Gulbhar (33), as Arfan Mahmood took 3-45.

Visitors Riddlesden were knocked over for 105, of which skipper Mohammed Gulnawaz made 23 as Kieran Lawrence claimed 4-32.

Bingley Congs II received three points after Foulridge II couldn’t raise a team.

Third-placed Skipton CI posted a modest 123-9 down at Sandylands with Paul Mason (26) top scoring as Mark Paxton (3-14) and Ian Holden (3-32) were the best bowlers.

Visitors Thornton were crushed as their reply of 30 all out included Stephen Laycock with 11 – the only player in double figures. Azhar Iqbal (5-9) bowled very well.

Phil Binner hit a 31-ball 68 (four fours five sixes) for Bradley and with Harry Andrews (38) helped their total for 225-7 at Glusburn.

Glusburn could only reply with 143-7 with James Tillotson (42) and Ian Beattie (31) being the best batters as Edson Richmond took 5-9.

Oakworth IIs visit to Hepworth and Idle proved fruitless as they lost by two wickets.

Sajjad Razak and Scott Dyson both scored 38 as Hepworth made 139-8 with Don Wooller (3-25) being the best bowler.

Hepworth limped home thanks to skipper Michael Newell (88) as Michael Scarborough took 4-45.

Embsay II give themselves a glimmer of hope of avoiding relegation when they tackled and beat Haworth II by six wickets.

Haworth went first and were restricted to 80 all out. Adie Ratcliffe and Jacob Stephens jointly top scored with 20 as Zain Ul-Hassan took 4-14.

Embsay made heavy weather of getting home – taking 40 overs to reach their target with u16 George Arkwright (30) top scoring.

Meanwhile, in Division Four, Denholme II lead the division by virtue of more victories than Cowling II who are on the same number of points.

The Bradford Road were without a game this week.

Cowling II were impressive winners, by nine wickets, at Penistone Park.

Visitors Keighley III were knocked over for 74 with Junaid Gulnawaz (6-23) doing most of the damage. Ajmal Choudhry (53no) was the backbone of the successful reply.

No 9 Max Pearson (39) helped Bingley Congs III to reach 129-9 at Greenwood Park as Tony Spensley took 4-30.

Visitors Gargrave II were dismissed for 66 in reply with Dieter Kayler (32) the only player to reach double figures. Max Pearson (3-18) and Rob Stow (3-20) took the bowling honours.

Ingrow IIs Chris Herbert (7-14) and Aaron Pearce (3-6) had Sutton II back in the hut for 53 at Royd Hill. Dale Hoyle (31no) saw the Hainworth side home by six wickets.

Bradley II conceded to Glusburn II

Long Lee II loan player, Martin Walker, finished with 8-26 but finished up on the losing side.

The Golden View side had made 87 after Jan Haider (26) and Lee Humphreys (25) had put on 50 for the first wicket as Imran Khan took 4-19.

Wilsden II stood at 82-9 then Mudassar Riaz (26no) and Hollie Kirtley (4no) took the Windy Grove side to the points.