BOWLERS generally exploited favourable conditions with glee on Saturday in the Halifax League, and Premier Division side Thornton had much the better of their match at Mytholmroyd as they won by six wickets.

The home team batted first, with Tom Earle (74) holding together an innings totalling 157 all out.

But when Thornton batted, Josh Hutchinson (101 not out) crashed a century in 64 balls, as his side cruised to 159-4 and victory.

Blackley’s Jacob Linsel (5-19) and Ben Pedley (4-29) took apart Shelf Northowram Hedge Top, whose innings lasted less than 30 overs.

They were rolled over for 95 all out, with no batsman passing a score of 12 runs. The visitors made light work of collecting maximum points as Daniel Robinson (37no) completed the task.

In Division One, Low Moor Holy Trinity beat Oxenhope like last week, but the home team at least produced a much better performance than of late.

Low Moor were inserted and their top scorer in a total of 230-6 was Adam Forbes (66no).

The home team’s batting, which had been very fragile, showed much improvement, with skipper Chris Kibble (55) finding some form, as they ended on 190 all out. Stuart Fenton (4-42) was Trinity’s best bowler.

Great Horton Park Chapel found home surroundings much more to their liking than at Clayton last week and recorded a big winning draw.

Batting first they got off to a flyer, as Ricky Hassell (40) and Haris Butt (53) notched 92 for the first wicket, followed by a measured contribution from skipper Adam Beesley (93no), as they posted a challenging 257-5.

Clayton’s response slumped to 54-5 before Adnaan Shafique (49) and Sam Wilson (41) restored some pride, but the damage had been done and the innings petered out to 181-9.

Horton picked up 11 points and Clayton just four.

In the second division, Greetland had an excellent win at home to Cullingworth by two wickets, albeit with only four balls to spare.

Cullingworth batted first, totalling 171 all out with over five overs going to waste, though Chris Welch (89no) did his best to keep the innings alive.

In response, with the scoreboard showing 67-6, Greetland looked in big trouble. However Muhammad Zubair (48) took the game to Cullingworth and saw his side home.

The final match of the day produced a massive surprise, and a pleasant one at that for the Southowram faithful. Ian Gledhill (101) and Dean Crossley (88no) batted superbly to help them post 247-4 against visiting Queensbury.

Queensbury opener Jack Richardson had to retire hurt early on and his side could only limp to 161 all out, with David Jowett (4-41) not missing out on the day.