DESPITE it seemingly being a day made for batsmen, the top score in A Division of the Dales Council League was only 158.

That was by Thornbury at the Karmand Centre (Abdul Halim 67, Mohammed Iqbal 6-37), and they then dismissed Halifax Direct for 126 to stay top.

Second-placed Crompark were indebted to Intizar Mahmood (7-32) and Afzal Khan (53no) in their five-wicket victory over New Wortley, who were dismissed for 80 at Roundhay Oval, but third-placed Leeds Sikh fared even worse, being castled for 66 at Gledhow.

That looked more than enough, however, when Cookridge were 16-6 (Harcharan Singh 6-13) but the visitors regrouped to gain a three-wicket win.

Farnley Hill were another team to win by five wickets, getting off the mark for the season after dismissing hosts Caribbean for 116.

The easiest victory was at Broad Lane, where visitors Woodhouse were castled for 64, Bradford Moor replying with 65-1.

The top two in B Division met at Fulneck, and visitors Savile Stars scored 238-9 before restricting Pudsey Congs to 164-9 to stay in first place.

There were even more runs at Station Road, with Drighlington racking up 249-9 (Matty Waller 54, Alan Mitchell 53) and Farsley replying with 223-6 (James Hoyland 72) as Drig moved into second place.

Pudsey St Lawrence are off the mark after making 172-7 at Church Lane, dismissing hosts Adel for 131, while there were equally comfortable wins for Thornbury B (by four wickets over Baildon at Daleside Road) and Leeds Sikh B (by 71 runs over Morley at Leeds Road).

In C Division, Bhaven Mistry made his second century in three weeks for Drighlington B.

His 114 out of 254 was aided by Naweed Ur Rehman (50) at Smithy Lane, Cookridge B making 160 in reply.

Leaders Halifax Direct B matched Drighlington's score as Tanvir Afzal scored 100 and Arfan Shah 70 at Sandal School before Baildon B were back in the pavilion for 141, Shah completing a great match by taking 6-24.

There were also easy wins for St Chads Broomfield (by eight wickets over Tong Park Esholt at Meanwood Road), and Leeds Caribbean B over Shipley Providence, Waqar Ahmed starring for the victors with 56 and 7-29 as the hosts made 85, as had Tong Park.