NEWLY-PROMOTED Silsden got their Mewies Craven & District League Division Three season off with a fine nine-wicket victory over Bradley.

Bradley scored 126 with George Bell and Toby Meynell both making 28 as Jack Roberts took 3-24.

Silsden stormed home with Roberts (79no) and Rob Jones (28) putting on 74 for the first wicket.

Mohammed Gulnawaz (51) made 66 per cent of Riddlesden’s total of 77 as David Wolfe (4-12) and Liam Walker (4-54) ripped through the batting.

Visitors Thornton cantered home by seven wickets led by Kev Pollard (34) as Zain Naeem claimed 3-20.

Embsay II were disappointed with their efforts at home to Skipton CI.

Skipton went first and plundered 203 with Martin Chisnall (60) and Will Shuttleworth (41) leading the way as Dom Kay (5-38) and Gareth Wooler (3-37) took the honours with the bowl.

Embsay could only muster 89 in reply, this after being 33-7. Alan Robinson (25) and Tom French (21) put on 54 for the eighth wicket. Danyal Iqbal (4-26) and Connors Hall Brown (3-14) were the successful bowlers.

Haworth II were never in the picture as they lost by 95 runs to Foulridge. The latter side amassed 232 with Muhammad Sarfraz (65) and Humza Jutt (39) leading the way as Charlie Shimmin (4-65) and Ben Wine (3-74) tried to stem the tide.

Haworth slumped to 54-7 before Matt Wooding (41) and George Ingham (35) put on 45 for the eighth wicket to bring some respectability to the innings that closed on 137. Irfan Khaliq took 5-26 for the victors.

There was a close game at Westfield Lane where Hepworth & Idle II got home by two wickets against Glusburn II.

Glusburn went first and posted 139-6 with Akeel Mahmood (33no) top scoring as the wickets were shared between six bowlers.

Hepworth snuck home helped by 33 from James Bentley as Bryan Hollis finished with 3-34.

Oakworth II took advantage of the newly-introduced loan player scheme to borrow two players from Crossflatts, for their game with Bingley Congs II.

Chris Hemsley (80) and Charlie Raistrick (52no) put on 138 for the third wicket as Congs posted a healthy 217-4. Under 16 player Uwais Ali Khan claimed 3-34.

In the Oaks reply of 153-6, Bilaal Khan made 59 and Jon Crossley (30) as the wickets were shared.

Meanwhile, in Division Four, there was a second centurion of the day when Tim Crossley made 129no to go with Wayne Coppack’s 28 as Airedale amassed 206-5 at Cononley.

Cononley slumped to 39 all out off 20.3 overs. Only Jeremy Parker (19) reached double figures as Stuart MacLennan had 5-3 off seven overs.

Cowling II travelled to Ingrow II and made 143 with Aveet Ghosh (51) top scoring as Chris Herbert (3-29) and Arfan Mahmood (3-30) were among the wickets.

Dale Hoyle (80no) and Abid Hussain (36) ensured there were no hiccups as the target was reached for the loss on only two wickets.

Bradley II were under the cosh when they entertained Wilsden II.

Tim Rudden (10no) was the only player to reach double figures as Bradley were shot out for a paltry 26 with Imran Khan (6-7) doing most of the damage. Wilsden lost three wickets reaching their target.

Oakworth III were another side to take advantage of the loan player rule.

The borrowed three players from Bingley Congs III who they entertained at Penistone Park.

Congs III went first and blasted 237-8 with Jimmy Dennison (69) Simon Webster (52) and Rick Andrews (47) being the top scorers as loanee Simon Bullock took 3-38.

Oakworth were brushed aside for 69 with Dennison taking 3-0 in 13 balls and Max Pearson 3-21.

Skipton CI II pulled off a five-wicket victory over Long Lee II. The visitors were dismissed for 93 with Lee Humphreys (40no) top scoring as Paul Smith took 4-21. Sohail Choudrey (41no) led Skipton to the points.

Extras 21 and Mickey Ruddock (12no) helped Sutton II to a measly 69 at home to Denholme II with Neil Spencer (5-7) being the best bowler. In reply, the visitors strolled to victory by seven wickets.

Finally Glusburn II had to concede their games to Gargrave II.