HAWORTH Road Meths, as they did last year, are pulling themselves away from danger in the second half of the Craven League Division One season.

They won the toss at Denholme and made 184-8, with Ian Robson (67no) playing the dominant innings.

Keeper Charles Briggs (30) and skipper Andy Gudgeon (20) also chipped in, before Muhammad Zahid (5-36), Mohammed Sajjad (3-29) and Mohammed Ibrahim (2-22) proved a potent trio as the hosts were dismissed for 147.

Jonathan Robinson had a fine all-round game for Hepworth & Idle, who won by two wickets at Cowling.

Firstly he took 4-33 in Cowling’s 168 and then scored 37, aided by keeper Luke Harland (28) and the returning Jonny Thompson (28).

Leaders Bingley Congs had an easy win at Wilsden, scoring 300-7 after winning the toss.

Simon Bailey made 103, Johandre Barnard 41, Josh Nutting 37 not out, Danny Pearson 27 and Neil Copping 26 in an innings that featured three half-century stands - 74 for the third between Pearson and Barnard, 64 for the fifth between Bailey and Copping and 97 for the seventh between Bailey and Nutting.

Bryn Pacey (2-28) and Chris Longley (2-49) did best with the ball for Wilsden, who were then castled for 91, of which Sam Mitchell made 34.

Congs only used two bowlers - Matty Roberts (6-44) and Harry Greenhalgh (4-43) - with Wilsden collapsing from 54-3 to 59-8.

Bradford & Bingley III’s captain Adam Swallow was the key figure for them in a 31-run victory over Foulridge at Sandy Lane in Division Two.

He scored 59 at No.6 in Bingley’s 191, putting on 84 for the sixth wicket with Samuel Gokhale (17), with Hikmat Ullah Safi making an unbeaten 27.

Swallow then took 3-45 and Shahbaz Ahmed 3-32 as the Lancastrians were restricted to 160.

Bingley Congs II were beaten by four wickets by Long Lee at Beckfoot Lane, despite the in-form Tony Teale making 51, Jimmy Dennison 55 not out and Andy Blackburn 20 in Congs’ 171.

Jonny Teale (3-38) and Safraz Mahmood (2-19) were in the wickets for the struggling hosts, but Long Lee won via an unbroken partnership of 68 when the match was in the balance.

Eldwick & Gilstead went down surprisingly easy at home to Bradley, who made 207-8, with the wickets shared between Jordan Bayliss (4-46), Arnie Raistrick (2-32) and the returning Kieran Temprell (2-44).

The twin villages could make only 142 in reply, despite the best efforts of Matthew Sharp (40), Stephen Timperley (32) and Bayliss (24no).

Hepworth & Idle II had a 19-run win at home to Cowling II in Division Three, making 150 after batting first.

Keeper Malcolm Kershaw (41) and Mark Davies (24) put on 71 for the first wicket, but only Swaraj Thakur (24) troubled the scorers much after that.

Muhammad Abdullah (5-40) and Thakur (2-26) then helped restrict Cowling to 131.

The efforts of Mudassar Riaz (2-63 and 64) were in vain as Wilsden II’s lost by 120 runs at Skipton CI, who made 278-5 after winning the toss.

The visitors replied with 158, with Luke Stableford (30) helping Riaz add 64 for the fifth wicket, Chris Foster later making 34.

Division Four leaders Bingley Congs III had an easy time of it at Sutton, making 198 after being sent in.

Former Haworth Road Meths player Shahid Mehmood was Congs’ star, scoring 96 and then taking 5-18.

Jordan Robinson (24) and James Farrell (38) played minor batting roles for Congs, while skipper Simon Webster (3-18) helped to polish off Sutton for 80.