BEING top of the ladder in the Dales Council League continues to be a poisoned chalice.

A Division leaders Crompark were bowled out for only 77 (Mohammad Faisal 5-23) at High Royds by Woodhouse, who replied with 78-7.

Second-placed Thornbury fared even worse, being dismissed for 66 (Mark Wilson 6-26) at Cookridge, who had earlier made 162-9.

Halifax Direct are the front-runners after scoring 249 at Karmand (Zakaria Valimulla 54) before sending back Bradford Moor for 86.

Leeds Sikh had a six-wicket win at Gledhow, hosts Leeds Caribbean making 104 (Wesley Bell 51, Shahzad Mehmood 7-40), but New Wortley were even more comfortable victors at Roundhay, struggling Farnley Hill scoring 114 before Faisal Abid scored 73 not out in the reply of 115-1.

In B Division, Farsley had to switch their game to Sandal due to vandalism at their Clariant ground.

Visitors Farsley were bowled out for 125 (Michael Buchanan 64no, Sam Koledge-Wilkinson 5-19), and Baildon won by seven wickets, Tawquir Ahmed hitting a remarkable ten sixes in his 71.

Leaders Savile Stars made 157-9 at Fulneck before dismissing hosts Pudsey St Lawrence for 100, while Allan Mitchell made 71 and Bilal Ayub 57 not out in Drighlington's 198-9 at Station Road, Cawthorne Cup winners Morley then being sent back for 81.

Pudsey Congs won a close game at Daleside Road, replying with 104-8 (Asim Yasin 5-35) after bowling out Thornbury B for 103, while Leeds Sikh B made 183-9 (Ajay Kamboj 68) at Church Lane before dismissing Adel for 117.

St Chads are the new leaders in C Division.

They racked up the runs at home to Drighlington B, making 332-4, with opener Mohamed Shamir scoring 103 before an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 146 between Raja Armughan (107no) and Will Lander (66no).

Drighlington B could only score 117 after tea.

The door was opened for St Chads by leaders Leeds Caribbean B only making 97 (Shahid Razzaq 5-11) at the Scott Hall Oval, Halifax Direct B winning by four.

Cookridge C were another team to make 117, Tong Park Esholt replying with 118-5 (Richard Morton 58) at Low Springs, while hosts Shipley Providence were bowled out for the day’s lowest score of 64 by Cookridge B, who lost four wickets in reaching their target.