ENCO Halifax League Premier Division leaders Thornton were indebted to early-order batters Jordan Croft, Max Rawson and Josh Hutchinson at Luddendenfoot, Croft made 42, Rawson 55 and Hutchinson 72 after Thornton had been asked to bat, finishing on 228-6.

In reply, the Foot fell 77 short of their target, falling for 152, and had it not been for No 6 Liam Senior’s 86 that total would not have reached three figures.

He entered the fray at 40-4, which soon became 40-5 and 65-6, but he thwarted an early trip home for Thornton for 63 balls, Bradley Weatherhead being the pick of the bowling with 4-40.

Bradshaw were also asked to bat first after their short journey to Oxenhope, but struggled all afternoon and could only post 119 as wickets fell at regular intervals, with no batter reaching 30.

Three home bowlers shared the wickets, led by Joel Fothergill’s 14-7-25-4.

What was expected to be a straightforward 12 points for the home team turned out to be a battle royale that lasted until the penultimate ball of Oxenhope’s innings.

Daniel Scott (29no) became the saviour as, having entered at 82-6, he saw further wickets fall at 89 and 111 (twice).

However, with No 11 Liam Witney (6 not out), they scrambled the win at 120-9 with one ball remaining, Si Collins doing most damage with 6-23.

Triangle were sent in at Grassy Bottom by Shelf Northowram Hedge Top and posted 306-9 in their 45 overs, Christian Silkstone leading the charge with 136 in 77 balls, aided by four batters with scores of 20 plus.

The target was far too many for Hedge Top, who could only reach 147. Luke Cole (44) and Edward Denham (4-39) were the prime performers for their teams.

In the First Division, visitors Blackley were asked by Low Moor Holy Trinity, and Sam Mindham (53) held the innings together, with assistance from two middle-order batters who made twenties, in a total of 165.

The visitors leapfrogged Trinity in the table they easily won the contest by 49 runs, with Oliver Brook (37) and James Overend (35) being able to cope for any length of time with the bowling of Lewis Holt (5-29) and Ben Pedley (4-43).

Maximum points-earners Great Horton Park Chapel visited Upper Hopton in a top-of-the-table clash, and were beaten for the first time this season.

Seven wickets was the margin as the home team took over the leadership by a single point, with Horton making 153, opener Ricky Hassall carrying his bat for 62 not out from 126 balls.

He gained support from a couple of the middle order but overall it was a disappointing batting effort as five home bowlers shared the wickets.

Three men stood out in the Hopton reply as Thomas Wightman (60), skipper Harvey Lockwood (43no) and Lewis Edmond (37) ensured the win at 154-3.

Clayton, pre-season title favourites, kept the pressure on the top two with a six-wicket home victory over Augustinians.

The visitors batted first and posted 147 as Muhammed Siddique (41) led the scoring.

New recruit Andrew Deegan is proving invaluable for Clayton and he was in the wickets again with 6-27, with his team’s batting response led by Joseph Brown (40) to help them to 148-4 in the 36th over to move within 14 points of the leaders.

In the Second Division, leaders Sowerby St Peter’s maintained their unbeaten record in their home clash with Cullingworth, but only just as a vital unbeaten last-wicket partnership of 16 between Jack Rice (10 no) and Harvey Potts (4no) proved more than vital as they batted first.

Jack Leonard (53) was the top-scorer as St Peter’s closed on 145-9, Elliot Robinson the chief wicket-taker with 5-37.

In the Cullingworth reply, a shutter of wickets between 62-1 and 79-5 eventually proved their downfall as they could only reach 140, Leonard again to the fore with 4-49.

Old Town moved into second place, albeit some 26 points behind, as they defeated Oakworth by 40 runs at Boston Hill.

Batting first, Old Town posted 130, Nazakat Ali (46) providing the backbone of the innings in an 80-ball knock.

Two Oakworth bowlers - Jack Davison (5-13) and Tom Fothergill (4-54), the fifth and sixth to be used - took all but one of the wickets to fall.

That bowling was somewhat wasted, however, as Oakworth succumbed for 90 as only four batters reached double figures, Ali taking the man-of-the-match plaudits with figures of 11-4-14-5.

Mount secured a 76-run victory as they beat Outlane at The Field of Dreams.

Batting first, Mount posted 160, with Mahmadbhai Makda (53) top-scoring, aided by five efforts between 10 and 17, Joshua Wrigley being the best bowler with 4-36. Outlane dropped to the bottom of the table as, in reply, they could only muster 84, only two batters reaching double figures with David Townsend (36) desperate for a partner to stay with him in the face of bowling from Ibrahim Shaikh (5-22) and Ismail Mayat (4-5).

Bridgeholme, visiting Queensbury, also failed to successfully chase a target as they fell 42 runs short of their hosts’ 167 all out.

The latter’s skipper, Bradley Gerrard-Harrison, was on form again, hitting 81 in 91 balls, nearly half of the eventual total as Muhammad Ali took 4-36.

In response, only Tuffique Butt (35) and Muhammad Maqsood (26) could make any headway against the Queensbury attack led by Kirstin Smith, whose figures of 14-2-41-5 were her best of the season as Bridgeholme were dismissed for 125.