Thornton are Saints after shock win

Cowling batsman Mike Dudley rocks on to the back foot against Crossflatts

Cowling batsman Graham Rishton gets well forward

First published in Sport

NEXT-to-bottom Thornton-in-Craven have sprung a surprise in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League's First Division.

They defeated second-placed visitors Ingrow St John's by six wickets, Dave Scothern taking 3-20 as the Saints posted a creditable 187.

The reply was always on track with Chris Bowker (40no), Jonny Martin (39), Scothern (37) and Scott Howarth-Hynes (33) all contributing to their 188-4 which took 39.2 overs.

Crossflatts are second behind Oakworth after beating bottom side Cowling by two wickets at the Coliseum.

The hosts managed 182-6, with new recruit Banaras Hussain making 36, but 'Flatts replied with 184-8, winning with over seven overs to spare thanks to 30 extras.

There was a nail-biting high-scoring game at Beckfoot Lane, where Embsay were the visitors. Bingley Congs rattled up 216-9 as Duncan Ward took 3-39 and Arslam Hussain 3-40.

John Golson (62) and Josh Robinson (58) then put on 97 for the visitors' first wicket. However, the innings was faltering before Phil Binner smashed three sixes and a four to take his side to the points by two wickets with an over to go.

The only unbeaten record in the league came to an end as Division Two leaders Glusburn slipped up at Wilsden by one wicket in another game that was full of runs

The visitors had first go and made 209-8, with Ian Simons leading the way with 66. Wilsden took 44.1 overs to get over the line as Simons took 3-50.

Second-placed Sutton also lost and dropped down to fourth. The Royd Hill side travelled to Chatburn and made 152, with skipper Craig Thornton (65) and Dave Snowden (31) leading the way.

The Ribble Valley side reached their target in the 43rd over with two wickets to spare as Richard Walker claimed 4-54 and Si Doane 3-55.

Chatburn are now third behind Bradley, who won an acrimonious game against Denholme at Matthew Lane by 30 runs.

Chris Capstick (40) was the mainstay of the home side's 130 before James Heseltine (6-16) and Casper Bean (3-19) restricted Denholme to 100.

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