THORNTON made a start at bouncing back from their shaky start in the Halifax League Premier Division, as they cruised to a seven-wicket win at rock-bottom Shelf Northowram Hedge Top.

Shelf reached 42-1, but after the opening hour, they started to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Ross Parr (5-38) made the best use of the damp surface as Hedge Top spluttered to 115 all out in less than 32 overs.

Thornton took just over 20 overs to overhaul their target, with Josh Hutchinson (52 not out) once again to the fore, as his team joined the traffic jam behind leaders Triangle.

Triangle allowed Mytholmroyd's tail to wag, as the hosts recovered from 69-8 to reach 135 all out, but Carl Fletcher's 77 ensured the visitors still won by seven wickets to go top.

Title challengers Booth knocked Illingworth St Mary's off top spot by winning a low-scoring encounter by 41 runs, and Bradshaw are second after a comfortable victory over Sowerby Bridge.

First Division leaders Sowerby St Peter’s hit 186-9 at home to Low Moor Holy Trinity, with five Trinity bowlers sharing the nine wickets to fall.

The Trinity could not match that fine batting effort and after Adam Forbes (42) and Masood Zaman (41) were both dismissed, the innings tamely folded at 149 all out.

Upper Hopton hit a respectable 176-6 at Oxenhope, but it agonisingly proved not to be enough.

The home team were indebted to Joseph Ousey (78no) and last man Duncan Tetley (15no) in their chase, as their final-wicket unbroken stand of 35 saw the Keighley District side to an incredible victory.

The win sees Oxenhope cement second spot for the time being.

At the other end of the table, Clayton are down in the bottom two.

They were in trouble at 32-5 at Luddendenfoot but were rescued by an undefeated partnership of 102 between Adnaan Shafique (64no) and Sam Wilson (35no).

They then reduced their opponents to 32-3, but no more wickets fell, as the hosts won by seven wickets with six overs to spare.

Title favourites Great Horton Park Chapel, who have made a poor start to the season, picked up a valuable five-wicket win at home to Mount.

On a day where all the batsmen struggled, except Great Horton's Dominic Anderson (61), Mount were bundled out for 111, before the hosts eventually chased that down to win by five wickets in the 44th over.

Stones racked up 201-3 in their Second Division clash at home to Cullingworth.

The visitors were reduced to 22-3 and then 73-7, and though George Fletcher battled bravely to hold Stones up with his 38, his side were eventually dismissed for just 106.

Queensbury's game with Old Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.