NOT even two splendid performances by the Hutchinson brothers could save visitors Thornton from defeat in the Halifax League Premier Division.

Top-flight surprise package Warley made 220 as Josh Hutchinson took 5-33 - his best analysis since 2019.

Josh’s brother Nikki was the only player to stay at the crease for any length of time in the reply, making 81 as Thornton were dismissed for 182.

Meanwhile, Great Horton Park Chapel could not cope with Illingworth St Mary’s captain Matthew Smith, who scored 53 and then took 7-43.

Illingworth made 245-7, and only Ricky Hassell (62) and Fahad Shabir (55) denied Smith as Great Horton were bowled out for 160.

In the First Division, Low Moor Holy Trinity had an early top-of-the-table clash at home to promotion favourites Sowerby St Peter’s.

Trinity were 35-5 but were rescued by skipper Lee Broadbent, who made 58 at No.7 to boost the total to 142.

St Peter’s looked well on course for victory at 105-3, and though five wickets then fell for nine runs as Matthew Jordan (4-36) returned to the attack, the visitors eventually won by one wicket.

Queensbury, dismissed for a club-record low of 24 last time out, buried that memory by beating Shelf Northowram Hedge Top.

Opener Jack Richardson led the way for Queensbury, making 73 in 62 balls, and four middle-order batters added a combined 116 as they posted 209-9.

Hedge Top’s innings was somewhat of an oddity with six batsmen only contributing nine runs, leaving opener Keir Litjens (49) and No.9 Adam Ryszkowski (50no) short of partners as they fell to 185 all out.

Gareth Walker (4-29) and Oliver Challis (4-60) did most of the damage.

Oxenhope had a fine win by five wickets at home to Clayton.

The visitors batted first, scoring 149, with Sam Wilson (65) in fine fettle, Daniel Scott taking 4-41.

In Oxenhope’s reply of 150-5, Harris Rowlett top-scored with 43, supported by three other contributions over 20 runs.

In the Second Division, Mount lead the way with a 100 per cent return from three matches, with the latest maximum coming at home to Augustinians by 70 runs.

It was fortunate that openers Nazir Patel (77) and Ahmed Sallu (39) were playing as the remaining nine batters mustered only 36 between them in a score of 187.

The Augustinians reply was a patchwork of scores, with none reaching 30 as Amjad Hussain took 4-33 as they were bowled out for 130.

Upper Hopton wicket-keeper Callum Fern was in fine form with the bat, scoring 89 not out as the hosts chased down Bridgeholme’s 170 with 16 balls to spare.

Matthew Broadbent took 4-46 for Upper Hopton, who were then indebted to Fern and Richard Wood (24no), who added 54 unbroken for the eighth wicket.