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The rain of Friday night and Saturday morning took out seven matches and left some wickets very soft, which made batting difficult in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League.

Embsay are level with Foulridge at the top of Division One after their second win of the season at Thornton.

The west Craveners reached 162-9, with No 10 Andrew Teal (36no) figuring in a tenth-wicket partnership of 46.

Scott Robinson finished with 5-38 off 15 overs, and the Shires Laners’ innings revolved around a second-wicket partnership of 98 between John Golson (71) and youngster Joe Holt, who finished on 51 not out as the target was reached for the loss of three wickets in the 37th over.

Champions Oakworth were at home to Barrowford and, on winning the toss, asked the Bull Holme side to bat first and reduced them to 78-5.

Then Peter Cowburn was joined by Junaid Khan, and the pair put on 140, with Cowburn going for 77, which included seven sixes and four fours.

Khan carried on the carnage and finished on 127 not out, including 16 sixes and four fours, as the total reached a massive 268-8.

Steve Filkin was the best bowler, finishing with 4-72 off 16 overs. The top order of the Cure Hill side looked to be making inroads into that total, reaching 130-3, but the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 53, with Rob Hopkinson making 51, Paul Spragg 37 and Gareth Marshall 35 as Ajmal Choudhry claimed 5-44 and Wasim Furqan 3-70.

Mansha Khan had a good game for Haworth Road at Cowling. He made 65 of his side’s 176 and then took 4-31 to have the Keighley Road side back in the hut for 130.

In Division Two, Wilsden recorded a fine win at the Bull Holme Oval. They rattled up 187-9 declared, with Dave Henson (56), Gareth Wright (42no) and Steve Wright (38) being the main contributors as Jangeer Babar took 4-54. Barrowford were never in the hunt and closed on 135.

Bradley slipped to their second defeat of the season – going down by three wickets at home to Glusburn. Craig Tempest (47) and Neil Andrews (30) were the main contributors to the Matthew Lane side’s 128 all out, with Nick Williamson taking 6-55 off 22 overs.

The Park Field side reached their target in the 39th over, with Warren Knowles top-scoring with 32.

The game between Long Lee and Sutton was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

At Windy Grove, Wilsden II made a creditable 175-7 in Division Three, with David Henson making 56 and Alan King 40 as Sam Smith took 3-44.

Skipton CI’s emphatic reply built on an opening stand of 138 by Ian Henderson and Ian Burke (58), and reached their target in the 34th over for the loss of two wickets, with Henderson 76 not out.

Gargrave were tumbled for 57 in the first game on Pendle Forest’s new surface by Tahir Zaman (5-30) and Adnan Khalid (3-8).

To their credit, the visitors stormed back and claimed eight wickets before the Fence side snatched the points.

Will Smith (5-29) and John Beckwith (3-20) following up the previous week’s good work with the ball, but were edged out.

Jonny Coward (47 and 3-37) played a big part in Embsay II’s 31- run win over Bradford & Bingley III at Shires Lane. Skipper Dave Critchlow took 5-11 off 13.2 overs to star for the visitors.

The weather put paid to any play between Airedale and Cononley.

In Division Four, Foulridge II travelled to Glusburn II and posted 146-9, with Craig Mitchell top-scoring with 36 as Bryan Hollis finished with 5-74.

The Park Field side ran into Imran Khaliq (8-40) in fine form and were back in the hut for 98, with only skipper Alan Coney (31) and Hollis (20) offering much resistance.

Gargrave II had the stars in Division Five as their saw off visitors Long Lee II by nine wickets.

Chris Smith (4-30) and Robert Storr (4-20) helped Long Lee II out for 81, and then Russ Nixon made 39 not out.

Sandy Lane II’s Haroon Shafiq fell two runs short of his century as they made 186 at Cononley II.

Chris Mitchell contributed 40 as Johnny Cassidy took 4-57, and the south Craveners were brushed aside for 107.

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