RAIN-AFFECTED pitches contributed to a series of low scores across the Halifax League where bowlers were on top in most contests.

Lewis Hopkinson (73) proved to be the match-winner at Oxenhope in a Premier Division contest that lasted just 64.1 overs.

The home team scrambled to 155 all out before SBCI were soon heading back to Sowerby Bridge – all out for 76 runs as Ben Howell claimed 4-14.

Thornton were inserted by hosts Sowerby Bridge and that proved a good decision – but only just.

The visitors were routed for 134, as Tom Belfield took 5-37, and in response the Bridge were indebted to Joshua Wood (48) and Nick Whitehill (47) for a 97-run partnership in claiming maximum points for a hard earned two-wicket win.

The most comprehensive win of the day came in Division One at Southowram where leaders Clayton made short work of collecting maximum points.

Damien Walker (6-28) destroyed the home team’s batting line-up as they were dismissed for 83 before Chris Ramsden hit 62 not out to see the visitors to a ten-wicket win in a match that lasted less than 44 overs.

Mount’s home match versus Great Horton PC was the only one not to even start due to the weather.

Low Moor HT’s Matthew Haley (4-38), Mandeep Sidana (4-46) and Tom Lamb (56 not out) must have been more than upset after their efforts for the Division Two leaders proved in vain against a resurgent Greetland, the visitors winning by 82 runs.

The star performer for the West Vale team was Waqas Ali whose figures of 12-5-24-7 decimated Moor’s batting line-up – five batsmen recording ducks as Moor fell well short in replying to Greetland's 196 all out.