SHELF Northowram Hedge Top squeaked a Premier Division victory on a day when wickets were freshened up by rain in the ENCO Halifax League.

Copley asked Hedge Top to bat in the mid-table encounter at The Arches, and the visitors scored 164, with five batters producing the majority of the runs.

However, in a match reduced to 37-overs-per-side, Copley fell six runs short of a win as they could only make 159-8.

There was another close game at Oxenhope, where Booth chose to take first knock and posted 211-8 in their 45 overs, the top scorers being Jarred Moore (55) and Robert Laycock (53).

However, the close of the innings belonged to the home attack as four wickets fell for only eight runs, Joel Fothergill taking 4-55, while three run-outs did not help.

The home team, however, was thwarted in their chase for 212, falling 10 runs short at 202-7.

Rohid Ali (48) top scored but, despite the efforts of six other double-figure scores, they ran out of overs.

Thornton continued their winning run to stay top of the division.

At home to Illingworth St Mary’s, they batted first and scored 186, Grant Soames leading the way with 86 as Jack Hemblys took 5-53.

St Marys’ were always behind the clock in their chase and they were all out for 168 in the 44th over.

In the First Division, bottom-of-the-table Greetland produced the performance of the day, winning by 14 runs at leaders Upper Hopton, moving out of the one relegation spot as a result.

Clayton, visiting Low Moor Holy Trinity, opted to take the field first and the home team posted a reasonable target of 181-7, Ryan Williamson top-scoring with 63.

But then Clayton simply demolished the Trinity bowling with an opening stand of 161 between David Paynter (121 not out) and Scott Etherington (59) on the way to a nine-wicket victory.

The result leaves a shellshocked Trinity only a point off the bottom.

The match at Augustinians, where Great Horton Park Chapel were due to play, was called off without a ball being bowled as the umpires deemed the pitch ‘unplayable and dangerous’.

The matter will be investigated.

In the top-of-the-table Second Division clash at Mount, Sowerby St Peter’s lost thei  unbeaten record, losing by 57 runs and, as a result, Mount closed the gap to 17 points.

At Old Town, visiting Cullingworth were inserted and only managed to score 113.

Only three batters there hit two figures, with skipper Michael Dennison (33) top-scoring. Muhammad Zubair (5-30) was the top wicket-taker.

Town then needed less than 20 overs to score a winning 114-3 as Muhammad Nabeel (59) and Sagher Shaheen (37no) ensured victory.

Oakworth enjoyed the surroundings at Bridgeholme, no more so than Brannan Lawn (96no), who was frustrated in not reaching his century due to the match being reduced to 35 overs per team.

Jake Keslinke hit 51, with Tuffique Butt taking 4-34 as the visitors posted a healthy 245-8.

Bridgeholme made a brave attempt to chase that total down but their 24.2 overs ‘only’ brought 175, with Awais Khalid (53) top scoring.

Lawn enjoyed a fine all-round day with 5-45 as Jack Davison took 4-15.

Keeper turned star bowler Brannan Lawn had a magnificent day with bat and ball.Keeper turned star bowler Brannan Lawn had a magnificent day with bat and ball. (Image: UGC.)

At Leymoor, the hosts were sent in by Queensbury and posted 144, with seven batters reaching double-figure scores, Gareth Walker (4-46) being the pick of the bowlers.

The visitors had little difficulty in reaching their target, hitting 145-1 in only 19.2 overs.

Will Mackey (83no) and Bradley Gerrard-Harrison (46no) were partners in an unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 117.