THORNTON'S Josh Hutchinson completed a fine campaign by becoming the only batsman in the Halifax League to crash through the 1,000 runs barrier this season.

He hit 71 in the Premier Division clash against already-relegated Sowerby St Peter’s to take him to 1,037. He needed help from skipper Ross Parr, however, who promoted his usual No 4 to opener as Thornton only needed 112 runs to win - which they knocked off with one wicket down.

Booth ensured that Oxenhope were relegated by defeating the Keighley team at Broad Fold Park by five wickets.

Clayton gave Blackley a major fright before their hosts edged to a six-wicket win to clinch the First Division title.

Chasing 173 to win, the already-promoted home side were cruising at 73-1 when they lost five wickets for 43 runs to slump to 116-6.

It looked like Bradshaw - who beat Bridgeholme by eight wickets - might snatch the title from them but Liam Senior (21no) and skipper Matthew Britton (28no) steadied the ship to lift the trophy, Bradshaw having to settle for the runners-up spot but looking forward to top-flight cricket next season as they pipped third-place Clayton.

Southowram were relegated after losing their one-on-one battle with Upper Hopton to stay up – despite winning at home to Mount by two wickets.

Great Horton Park Chapel bowled visitors Hopton out for only 111 runs but the four-pronged Hopton attack comprising Matt Broadbent (3-16), Jack Stephenson (3-32), John Stanger (2-18) and Jordan France (2-25) dismissed the home team for 97 to stay in the First Division by a mere three points.

Replacing them from the Second Division are already promoted Low Moor Holy Trinity and Luddendenfoot.

The Foot also took the title but only just after losing at Bradley & Colnebridge by 11 runs – the four bonus points it achieved giving it a two-point final edge on the Trinity.