BRYAN Freimanis, the epitome of a durable opener, made hay in the September sunshine on the penultimate weekend of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League.

The veteran batsman made 81 not out as Crossflatts II scored 166-2 at Long Lee in their Covid Regional Competition Group D encounter.

Freimanis hit 11 fours and a six in his 105-ball knock and put on 142 for the second wicket with Josh Addy, whose 72 contained eight fours and three sixes and lasted 93 balls.

Long Lee were 37-6 in reply but managed to reach 107, courtesy of skipper Stephen Butterfield's 30 at No 9 and No 8 Mohammed Ishtiaq (20), with Tom Gill (10) being the only other player to reach double figures.

Mark Pennington (4-13), Haseeb Basit (3-20) and Vijay Amirtharaj (2-11) had put Long Lee on the back foot.

Elsewhere, Matthew Sharp is proving a good signing for Eldwick & Gilstead.

The all-rounder, seldom out of the game, scored 50 opening for the twin villages in their 130-7, and was backed up by Deependra Rathore (24) as Habib Aslam (2-29) and Mohammed Gulnawaz (2-34) made life difficult.

Mohammed Kamran (33) gave Riddlesden a chance in reply, as did Gulnawaz (21), Bilal Bashir (17) and Aslam (15).

But they were the only four to trouble the scorers to any degree, as their side were dismissed for 113, with Sharp taking 4-16, and Andrew Stephenson and James Keighley 2-38.

Bradford & Bingley III's innings of 81-9 would have looked an even sorrier mess without opener William Johnston's 47 against Hepworth & Idle II at Sandy Lane.

Captain Adam Swallow made 20 at No 6 in a side containing six juniors, as Harry Pinkney (4-26), Owen Price (3-11) and Simon Raistrick (2-23) held sway with the ball.

Visitors Hepworth & Idle II didn't find things easy either but won by three wickets in the 22nd over.

Mark Davies made 31 at the top of the order and Garfield Allen 20 at No 3, with Swallow (2-2) and Farhan Khalid (2-26) keeping them honest.