PARISH Cup holders Thornton were involved in a thriller when the Halifax League Premier Division season got underway.

The Bradford club, Thomas Harrison (43) apart, never came to terms with Mytholmroyd’s four-pronged attack and were dismissed for 138 in 32.5 overs.

Royd found things just as tough, however, and Taufeeq Ahmed - the hero with the ball with 4-32 - also played a crucial role with the bat, taking his team from 134-9 to 142-9 and a one-wicket win.

There was better news for First Division champions Great Horton Park Chapel, who started life in the Premier Division with a four-wicket victory at Warley.

Runs were at a premium, with the hosts making 106-9 (Nathan Bottomley 55) in their 45 overs, Great Horton needing almost 37 overs to pass that total.

In the Second Division, Upper Hopton won a tense match at home to Leymoor by just six runs.

The home side made 151 (Joe Woodhouse 40, Lewis Maynard 5-54), Leymoor then being indebted to Glen Barnard (42) and David Cowen (25no), but Tom Wilson (4-22) ensured that the hosts had the edge.

The scores were even lower at Mount, who could only make 100, Nazir Patel carrying his bat for 48.

Bradley & Colnebridge were soon in trouble after tea, being reduced to 24-4, but even middle-order resistance could not take them beyond 87 as four bowlers shared the wickets.

Skipper William Thicket (59) was the only Stones player to reach double figures in their home fixture against Cullingworth as Dave Robinson took 5-22 in 14 overs.

The remaining 10 batsmen could only muster 34 runs between them in a score of 99 all out.

Cullingworth also struggled, but made 101-8 to take the 12 points.