IF Bingley Congs ever show any brittleness, it is usually in their batting.

That was certainly the case at home to Haworth as the Craven League Division One leaders lost their unbeaten record in emphatic fashion.

After winning the toss and batting, Congs could only total 85, and almost half of those were scored by skipper Neil Copping (39).

Third-placed Haworth won at a canter by ten wickets, reaching their target in the 19th over.

Congs’ defeat means that Cowling, nine-wicket winners at home to Wilsden, now only trail the leaders by a point.

Wilsden won the toss and batted, but only made 108, with no-one able to follow the lead of captain and opener Chris Longley (28), and Cowling won midway through the 20th over.

One of the most thrilling matches of the day was at Embsay, where Hepworth & Idle made 157.

Teenager Harvey Matthews came of age with 40 not out down the order to salvage a respectable score for his side.

Embsay’s top seven all made double figures, but they fell agonisingly short on 155-9 after Jonathan Robinson (3-41) and Jonny Thompson (3-37) got among the wickets.

Haworth Road Meths took a leaf out of Haworth and Cowling’s books with a comfortable win at Baildon Bottom.

Ingrow chose to bat but could not cope with change bowlers Andrew Maude (5-22) and Goher Ayoub (4-24) and were dismissed for 125.

Naseeb Ali (39) and Charlie Hainsworth (32) got Meths off to a fine start in reply and they were the only wickets to fall as the target was reached in the 25th over, easing the home side’s relegation fears.

In Division Two, Eldwick & Gilstead extended Cononley’s winless run to 11 matches – half the season.

The twin villages won the toss and batted, only making 116 to put the result in doubt.

Opener Matthew Sharp made 53, continuing to prove what a fine signing he has been, but his only real support came from Ajeet Singh (25).

E&G skipper Arnie Raistrick (5-8) and Matthew Rogers (3-4), the fourth and fifth bowlers used, then turned the match decisively in their favour as Cononley were bowled out for 72.

Bradford & Bingley III and Silsden, who met at Sandy Lane, are also in that congested mid-table area occupied by E&G.

Silsden, sent in, totalled 153-8 as Irfan Ulhaque took 3-24 and Shahbaz Ahmed 2-36, but skipper Adam Swallow was Bingley’s top scorer in the reply with only 18 as they were castled for 75.

Bingley Congs II mirrored their first-team’s batting by being rolled over for 90 at Bradley, half of which were scored by Towhid Ali.

Bradley had earlier made 275-9, with the persevering Michael Baines taking 5-72.

In Division Three, Wilsden II notched an important victory at home to Cowling II.

Jeffrey Pickles (47) led the way in Wilsden’s 164-7 after they won the toss.

Cowling were sitting pretty after an opening stand of 65, but they were soon 92-6, and late resistance only took them to 135 as Ben Reynard took 4-11.

Hepworth & Idle II hosted leaders Embsay II but could only make 117 after winning the toss, with Glen Pinkney (44) the main contributor.

At least the hosts claimed five Embsay wickets before they lost, with Dave Dunne returning 2-14.

Bingley Congs III are sixth in Division Four after their 36-run victory over Hepworth & Idle III at Cambing.

Andrew Copping (49) and Andrew Greenwood (40) stood out in their 163, as Muhammad Abdullah (5-25) caused a late shutter of wickets.

Hepworth & Idle were generally behind the rate when they replied and finished on 127-7, with keeper Dave Roberts making 29.

Copping returned the fine analysis of 2-3 in his seven overs, and he was supported by Murtaza Butt (2-17) and skipper Simon Webster (2-32).