SKIPTON'S hopes of putting more distance between themselves and the Aire-Wharfe Division Two relegation zone suffered a setback at Tong Park Esholt.

The home side, playing what is expected to be their last game at Tong Park before returning to their Esholt ground which has been renovated since the flood damage it sustained at the end of 2015, signed off in big-hitting style.

Mahir Ali fired six sixes in his half century as Park were dismissed for 201, with Iqbal Khan taking 4-29 and Ben Holderness 3-38.

Ali (3-44) and Nick Flood (3-32) restricted Skipton to 166 but not before Khan kept up the theme of swashbuckling bowlers hitting out, landing three fours and four sixes in making 41 in 21 balls.

Majid Inayat (31) and Ben Holderness (28) were the only other batsmen who threatened to get into their stride.

It was a good day for the bottom two with Addingham beating Kirkstall Education by two wickets and bottom side Thackley defeated Steeton by the same margin to register their first victory.

Robert and Daniel Ellis played a major part in Addingham's triumph.

Daniel took 4-37 and Robert (3-14) as the visitors were bowled out for 187 and after Ben Brearley (67) and Ted Haggas (47) laid the foundations, the cousins each hit an unbeaten 18 to clinch the welcome victory.

Steeton were left ruing their misfortune as Muhammad Khurshid (55no) guided Thackley past their 214-8.

On earlier displays, Steeton’s total, in which Andrew Foulds (44) and Freddie Pearson (43) top scored in an excellent 90-run second-wicket partnership, looked well beyond Thackley.

After winning the toss, the Summerhill Lane side were wobbling at 130-5 but Bradley Akrigg (34no) added stability before James Emmott hit a dashing 32 from just 21 deliveries.

Thackley closed quickly on their target in reply but lost wickets on a regular basis.

However, former Brighouse batsman Khurshid dug deep and with the help of Stefan Mather (31) and Umar Farooq (34) and an invaluable 10no from skipper Shane Marshall, finally ended the drought.

Pick of the Steeton bowlers was left-arm quickie Joe Stead, who took 3-55 from ten overs.

A fractious match could have swung Steeton’s way if Khurshid had been given out when Steeton believed he had gloved a bouncer from Stead before scoring his first run.

They also dropped a simple chance as well as donating Thackley 38 extras.

Steeton II were on the end of a hammering at home to Ilkley II as they were beaten by 191 runs.

Alex Bell (160) and Rory Kroon (119no) put on 250 for the first wicket as the visitors racked up 335-1.

The only highlight for Steeton was a wicket for the youngest player on the field in 12-year-old Jack Luxton.

Aatif Modak (34) and Will Luxton (33) saw the hosts in reasonable shape at 76-2 but they slumped to 117-7 before being dismissed for 144.

Jack Luxton also impressed the following day as Steeton II (169) bowed out of the Birtwhistle Cup at Otley (170-6), the youngster being the pick of the bowlers with 3-13.

Harden II successfully defended a total of 169 all out at Ben Rhydding as Robin Hopwood (3-28) and Tom Stordy (3-39) helped dismiss the hosts for 153.