SUTTON, Skipton CI II and Gargrave II were among the teams wearing the biggest grins after a dramatic final day in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League season.

At the bottom of Division One, Ingrow’s decision to bat first at home to Haworth Road Meths backfired when they were dismissed for 74, with Meths winning by eight wickets.

That defeat opened the door for Sutton at home to Barrowford, and the hosts won the toss and batted, making 149-8 against an attack that included nine bowlers.

As has become the norm, skipper David Snowden (63) and Sam Solley gave Sutton a good start, this time with a stand of 42, despite Solley only contributing eight.

Snowden, who hit eight fours and a six in his 42-ball stay, then put on 50 for the second wicket with John French (11).

Sutton were worried when Barrowford were 51-1 but they collapsed to 122 as Snowden took 4-37 and James Mcdonald 3-18, with the win preserving Sutton’s top-flight status, a point ahead of relegated Ingrow.

Haworth won the Division One crown, beating title rivals Bingley Congs by three wickets with two balls to spare, but Cowling, who have had a yo-yo existence over the past decade, ended a fine campaign in third after a comprehensive win at Wilsden.

Martyn Dalby’s side batted first and made 278-7, with the skipper starting them off with a brisk 37 off 27 deliveries, being followed by Mohammed Shah Usman (92) and Ben Davy (40).

Usman, whose knock only lasted 66 balls and contained eight fours and as many sixes, put on 54 for the fourth wicket with Laiq Ur Rehman (15), 52 for the fifth with Zahid Hussain (19) and 57 for the sixth with Davy, who smacked seven fours and a six in only 33 balls.

Wilsden could not cope with Hamid Ullah (3-15) and Sajid Shafait (4-11) and were dismissed for 120.

Embsay, who are leaving to join the Nidderdale League, finished in fifth place after a 72-run victory at Hepworth & Idle.

The visitors won the toss and made 227-8, with the impetus coming from Tom Bailey, whose 89 not out came off 82 balls and included nine fours and four sixes.

More minor roles were played by opener Mohsan Saghir (32), Andy Foulds (28) and skipper Morgan Davies, whose 42 came at nearly a run a ball and contained five fours and a six.

Davies and Bailey put on 83 for the fourth wicket before the hosts were dismissed for 155, with change bowlers Tom Robinson taking 5-37 and Foulds 3-55.

Denholme already knew that they had been promoted from Division Two alongside Gargrave, but the silverware was still at stake when the leading duo met at Skipton Road.

Sent in, Denholme made 220-5, but only three Gargrave batsmen then reached double figures as they were toppled for 72, giving Denholme the crown on runs-per-wicket average.

Bradley have also had a fine campaign, with the third-placed club also ending the season in style at home to demoted Bingley Congs II.

The home side racked up 257, after being given a fine start by openers Edward Washington (72) and skipper and keeper Dave Hunt (48), George Bell (38) and Tom Eaglesfield (24) contributing down the order.

Toby Meynell (3-28) and Ibrar Ali (3-8) then helped to dismiss Congs for 178.

Silsden finished fourth after beating visitors Bradford & Bingley III by 20 runs.

Tom Berry (33), Bilal Mahmood (25), Andy Pullen (41no) and No 10 Lewis Middleton (26) were the main contributors to the Cobbydalers’ 188-8, and Robert Jones (4-155) and Middleton (2-29) then helped to restrict Bingley to 168.

One place behind Silsden were Skipton CI, who dismissed visitors Long Lee for 90, despite all ten fielders getting a bowl.

Best was Sam Smith, the ninth to be used, taking 4-13, while Azhar Iqbal bagged 2-12.

Skipper Ian Henderson then saw CI home with 36 not out, Callum Patrick making 32 in a seven-wicket victory, with the duo adding 52.

Relegated Cononley fared poorly at home to Eldwick & Gilstead, making only 33 in reply to 152-9.

It was tough luck on Ikram Daulatzia, however, who completed a fine first season by taking 4-5 off five overs and scoring 20.

Division Three champions Riddlesden ended their season with a walkover against Thornton-in-Craven, while Glusburn put themselves in a strong position to be promoted by finishing third behind Embsay II, who are leaving the league for pastures new.

Glusburn dismissed relegated Sutton II for 44, with Irfan Khaliq taking 5-12 and Tamoor Munir 4-3.

Skipper Matt Lloyd (23no) then saw his side home by nine wickets in tandem with Steve Brown (20no).

Embsay II dismissed Hepworth & Idle II for 81, with Caspar Bean (5-26) and Adam Harding (3-6) prominent before the hosts won in the 16th over, with opener Gareth Wooler 48 not out, adding 51 for the first wicket with Bean (25).

Thornton-in-Craven conceded their match to champions Riddlesden, but third-from-bottom Cowling II finished on a high with an eight-wicket victory at home to Wilsden II.

The visitors made 146-7, with Laurence Powell taking 3-48, and Junaid Gulnawaz then gave little room for doubt about the result by scoring 89, keeper Steve Dalby making 27 as the target was passed after 28 overs.

In Division Four, Long Lee II muffed their lines in their top-of-the-table clash at home to Skipton CI and missed out on promotion.

Long Lee, sent in, could only muster 57, with the wickets shared between Matt Ryder (3-16), Prince Patras (3-15) and Sefal Allam (2-24).

CI then won by eight wickets in the 28th over, with Jonathan Sharpe 25 not out, giving Gargrave II the chance to pip Long Lee for promotion by defeating Oakworth III, which they did by six wickets.

Oakworth made 153-6, with Maurice Oldfield taking 3-24 and Will Storr 2-32.

Gargrave won halfway through the 25th over, with Adam Hudson the hero with 106 not out, made off just 58 balls and including eight fours and 10 sixes, Edward Stanley making 21.

Glusburn II conceded to Airedale II.