Premier Division champions Thornton have the chance to join an elite band of teams that have gone undefeated in an ENCO Halifax League season when they make the short trip to Bradshaw on Saturday.

Thornton’s winning run continued as they defeated visitors Sowerby Bridge by seven wickets.

The Bridge batted first and had no real answer to the bowling of Bradley Weatherhead who, in claiming the first seven wickets to fall, recorded figures of 7-55.

The Bridge tail wagged a little from 78-7 to close on 119, but Thornton had the match won in the 22nd over, with Grant Soames (63no) guiding his team to 122-3.

Oxenhope escaped relegation as they beat Luddendenfoot by 32 runs at The Flatt.

Batting first, Oxenhope scored 158 as James Scott took 4-37, but The Foot could only manage 126. with Joel Fothergill (5-65) and Daniel Scott (4-41) ensuring top-flight cricket for Oxenhope next season.

In the First Division, Southowram posted 148 at Shelf Northowram Hedge Top, with no batter reaching 30, with the wickets being shared by four bowlers.

The home team made light work of the target, scoring the required 149-5 in only 20.3 overs and, as a result, joined Warley in the top-flight next season.

Chris Metcalf’s 85 in 47 balls and a run-a-ball 41 not out from James Fearnley sealed the deal.

Great Horton Park Chapel beat Mount in their home fixture by 63 runs, Ricky Hassall (91no) and Hasnain Khan (47) top-scoring as they closed on 199-8. 

Ismail Mayat scored 43 for the visitors but no other batter passed 15 as Zafar Anwar took 5-22, in a score of 136.

The Second Division results at Cullingworth and Leymoor leave a championship presentation problem for league secretary Tim Helliwell next Saturday as the promoted duo of Augustinians and Upper Hopton go into their last matches only separated by two points.

The former are at home to Sowerby St Peter’s, while Old Town visit Jackroyd Lane.

To further complicate the picture, while Augustinians have that two-point advantage, they have 13 maximum-point wins to Upper Hopton’s 15, so nerves aplenty are guaranteed.

Upper Hopton sealed their promotion as they comprehensively beat Leymoor at Golcar.

Batting first, Upper Hopton posted 273-6, with Callum Fern (56no) and Joseph Woodhouse (40) leading the scoring.

Leymoor were not the only team that had wilted by fielding for 45 overs in the weekend heat and their batting reflected that, being dismissed for only 78.

Only Richard Walkden (34) posed any threat and he was bowled by Jack Stephenson (5-37).

In contrast, Augustinians came a cropper at Cullingworth, losing by 111 runs.

The home team batted first and scored an impressive 279-8, the major contribution coming from Bilal Khalid with a career-best 115 not out.

Augustinians simply did not respond in league-leading style and were dismissed for 168.

The score would have been much lower had it not been for No.8 Yasir Arfat’s 70, which took the score from 65-6. The Robinsons, Elliot (4-36) and Dave (4-43), did most of the damage.

Two Oakworth players recorded career-best performances in their 61-run win over visiting Outlane.

Firstly, Jake Keslinke hammered 126 not out in 128 balls, including 18 fours and four sixes, in a score of 207-8.

That was followed by Tom Fothergill, who improved on several six-wicket returns over the years with 7-53, as Outlane replied with 146, with only Farrukh Sultan’s 59 noteworthy.

Old Town closed their home fixtures with a 111-run victory, the second of the day by that Nelson margin.

Yasir Saleem (47), Tariq Mahmood (45no) and Muhammad Nabeel (43) featured in a score of 227 against visitors Queensbury, for whom Oliver Challis took 4-53.

That was basically the end of the visitors’ hopes for a win as they were bowled out for 116, Juma Khan cleaning up the lower order with figures of 4-5 from four overs.