BINGLEY Congs, the only unbeaten team in Division One of the Craven League, had three half-century makers in their victory at Wilsden.

After the early loss of David Tarren, his opening partner Simon Bailey (84) put on 124 for the second wicket with Chris Dibb (62), and Mohammed Adil (64) then added 58 with Neil Copping (12) for the fourth wicket.

Congs ended on 259-5 and Wilsden, to their credit, also had two sizeable partnerships in reply.

Hasnat Bukhari (36) shared a stand of 76 with Mohammed Hanif (71) for the fifth wicket, and Hanif then put on 57 with Sam Mitchell (24no) for the sixth.

However, Wilsden had been 53-4 and they could only finish on 195-6, with pace bowler Harry Greenhalgh (4-58) among the wickets, spinner Adil completing a fine match by taking 2-23 in his 10 overs.

Congs lead the table by four points from Cowling, while Hepworth & Idle have climbed to fourth, six points adrift, after a five-wicket victory at home to Haworth Road Meths.

Meths opted to bat first but could only make 119, despite 43 from Naseeb Ali, 26 not out from wicket-keeper Charles Briggs and 22 from opener Deepal Dissanayake.

Ali and Briggs added 52 for the sixth wicket, but Jonny Thompson – the sixth bowler used by the hosts – had the best figures of 3-24, backed up by Simon Raistrick (2-12) and Chris Mitchell (2-36).

Opener Mark Davies (58), who hit seven fours, and Thompson (57no off 54 balls, including seven fours and a six) then made substantial contributions after tea as Hepworth & Idle won in the 38th over, with the duo adding 63 for the third wicket.

Bradford & Bingley III and Bingley Congs II, both too close to the bottom for comfort, needed a lift in their Division Two derby at Beckfoot Lane, and the visitors got it in the most emphatic way.

Congs made 154-8 after winning the toss, with top scorers Lee Crowther (43no) and Towhid Ali (22) batting well in the middle order.

Shahbaz Ahmed (3-43) and Irfan Ulhaque (2-32) kept the hosts in check but no-one could do the same when Bradford & Bingley batted as they won by 10 wickets off the first ball of the 23rd over.

Under-15 James Swallow continued his fine season by making 79 not out, including 12 fours and two sixes, while Lawrence Davis scored 74 not out – an innings that contained eight fours and four sixes.

Eldwick & Gilstead, just outside the relegation places, lost a tight match against Skipton CI at Sandylands, Chris Child (3-39) and Matthew Rogers (2-26) doing their best to restrict the home side to 146-6 after they won the toss and chose to bat.

Deependra Rathore and Pat Carberry then both scored 37 but lacked support as E&G were dismissed for 129, with only wicket-keeper Mark Roach (13) also reaching double figures.

Wilsden II gained a much-needed victory in Division Three after bowling out hosts Denholme II for 73.

Imran Khan (4-6) and Owen Pacey (3-6) were a deadly duo against the home side, with Wilsden then triumphing by six wickets, courtesy of opener Liaqat Ali (41no).

Hepworth & Idle II paid the price for collapsing from 145-5 to 156 all out at Haworth II.

The visitors were 7-3 and 32-4 but were revived by stands of 64 for the fifth wicket by Nigel Poustie (45) and Stephen Pedder (42), the latter then adding 49 for the sixth wicket with Glen Pinkney (22) before the clatter of victims.

Haworth always seemed to have things in hand in the reply, winning by four wickets with 16 balls to spare, despite Harry Pinkney – the league’s leading wicket-taker last season – bagging 3-39.

There was better news for Hepworth & Idle’s third team in Division Four as the new boys notched their second win of the season.

They scored 187-4 at Cambing, with leading light Kamran Azami hitting 42, Muhammed Abdullah 36, Bilal Azami 25 not out, Chris Newell 24 not out and Dan Moore 21.

Visitors Keighley III, who only had nine men, were then dismissed for 102, with Abdullah taking 4-33 and Ray Bredavs 3-22.