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Binns clobbers ton as champions celebrate
We may have endured the wettest summer on record, but at least the weather was kind enough to allow all the promotion and relegation issues to be settled on the field of play.
It is an indication of just how bad things have been that 429 of the 1,320 matches due to be played this season have been abandoned – a staggering 32.5 per cent.
Haworth received the Divis- ion One championship before their 84-run win over Bradley .
Gary Binns clobbered ten sixes and 11 fours while making 114 not out as Haworth declared on 227-6.
Jamie Rowell took 4-8 and Stephen Bell (3-25) as Bradley were dismissed for 143.
Runners-up Crossflatts rattled up 228-9 as they won by 149 runs at Thornton.
Amer Ayub scored 74 and Cammy Ayub (59) despite the efforts of Mark Paxton (5-60).
Thornton were bowled out for a paltry 79. Ninth-wicket pair Dave Scothern (16no) and Jack Laycock (22) rescued the innings from a humiliating 37-8 as Jimmy O’Hara took 5-25 and Feyaz Akram (3-25) Haworth Road are third after they saw off Embsay by 54 runs at Baildon Bottom. Pete Rodwell top scored with 26 as the homeside posted a total of 131 with Scott Robinson taking 4-10.
Inayatt Ullah took 6-29 as Embsay stumbled to 77 all out.
Division Two champions Foulridge dismissed Cowling for 64 to seal a 121-run win.
Second-placed Ingrow St John’s made 311-7 at home to Pendle Forest with Dissayanika Deepal scoring 114. Pendle were skittled out for 54.
Cononley were condemned to relegation after their four-wicket defeat by Wilsden.
The South Craveners made 160-9 with Andrew Starkey top scoring with 66no and Joel Grainger making 42, but Wilsden eased to victory.
Joining Cononley in the lower division will be Sandy Lane despite their two-wicket victory over Glusburn at Park Field.
The Division Three title went to Barrowford II while Den- holme clinched promotion.
Barrowford II beat Ingrow St John’s by three wickets.
Denholme were at Embsay II and made 167 with Adam Taylor leading the way with 88 as Jonathan Coward took 4-13. Embsay were all out for 120.
Gargrave blasted 267-8 as they beat bottom-team Cullingworth II by 119 runs.
John Beckwith (68) and Ted Wilman 43 put on 110 for the first wicket then Will Smith entered the fray with 70 for Gargrave.
Division Four champions Wilsden II bowed out on a low note as they went down by 42 runs at Haworth II.
Bradford & Bingley III held their nerve at Wagon Lane to secure back to back promotions.
Neil Lambert (42) led visitors Bradley II to a modest 95 as Neil Smith took 6-59 and skipper Dave Critchlow 3-0 off 4.2 overs, the home side cruised home by seven wickets in the 28th over.
Sandy Lane II lost by one wicket to Riddlesden and are relegated along with Cononley II who lost by 163 runs at home to Airedale II.
Pendle Forest II, champions of Division Five, finished off their season with a comfortable 58 runs victory over Chatburn II.
Thornton II clinched the second promotion spot when they saw off seven-man Sutton II by ten wickets.