THE newly-signed Jack Ryan wasted no time in making his mark for Bradley II in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League.

Despite being the eighth bowler used, he bagged a very rare double hat-trick in his 6-6 against Skipton CI II at Sandylands in Group G of the Covid Regional Competition.

Firstly he dismissed Matt Ryder, Rob Suter and Bruce Woodhouse and then Matt Cornish, Vaqas Nawaz and Paul Smith in his 3.1-over spell as CI went from 93-4 to 113 all out.

Not content with that stellar performance, the son of skipper David Ryan then top-scored with 34 as Bradley won by six wickets, with George Bell (26) and opener Henry Meynell (22no) also contributing.

John Beckwith must wish it was early May and there were still months of the season to run.

The Gargrave batsman already has 191 runs to his name from just two innings.

He made 112 against Cononley in Group E to add to the 79 of the first week against Thornton-in-Craven.

"To be fair, we have a very good side," admitted Beckwith as his side made it two wins from as many matches, "and we are playing against some Third Division sides.

"In a normal league season we would be pushing for the First Division."

Beckwith, who hit nine fours and six sixes in his 77-ball knock, put on 195 for the first wicket with Tom Goodwin, who batted throughout the innings for his 93 not out, which included six fours and a six.

Gargrave ended up with 248-2, but only Cononley skipper Andrew Starkey (40) was defiant in the reply of 86 as Harry McEneaney took 3-28, Ben Howlett 2-7 and Ted Wilman 2-6.

Opener Chris Kimberley also very much played a lone hand for Bradley in the same group, carrying his bat for 36 not out at home to Oakworth II.

However, he was the only player to make double figures as the hosts were castled for 56 as James Powell (5-14), Charlie Raby (3-12) and Joshua Kiteley (2-23) cashed in.

Oakworth II had earlier made 127-9, with Niall Saynor (32) doing well at the top of the order against Zain Naeem (4-33) and Toby Meynell (3-28).

Runs were also at a premium at Booth Bridge Lane, where home side Thornton-in-Craven made 116 before tea, with opener Mark Laycock (37) top-scoring, backed up by skipper Ian Holden (28) after Stephen Laycock and Daniel Ibbotson had fallen for ducks.

Danyal Iqbal and Rob Cockell each took 3-17 for Skipton CI, with Sam Smith bagging 3-36.

The visitors were then toppled for just 80 as Liam Walter (4-20), Holden (2-17) and David Wolfe (2-17) made hay.

There was an exciting clash in Group F at Keighley Road, where home side Denholme II pipped Glusburn by three runs.

Denholme's innings of 172-6 was given impetus by Sarum Qureshi, whose unbeaten 50 lasted only 30 balls and contained four fours and three sixes.

Earlier brothers Michael (47) and Chris Dennison (24) had added 61 for the third wicket, Steve Brown (3-22) taking half of the wickets to fall.

Glusburn, who had four batsmen dismissed in the 20s, were 119-7 but revived to 169, only just missing out.

Darren Ellerton (2-25 and 35no) was an all-round star for Haworth II in their six-wicket victory at Royd Hill.

Hosts Sutton II were out for 94, unable to break the shackles of Jacob Hudson (4-18), Tommy Celik (2-19) and Ellerton, who then crucially partnered skipper Stuart Jackson (55).

Richard Walker (3-4) had the best figures as Sutton gave eight bowlers a twirl.

Yasser Chatta was an even more instrumental figure in Group G for Cowling II.

Firstly the captain made an unbeaten 59 in their 186-3, backed up by Shahid Hassan (41), keeper Steve Dalby (32) and Ajmal Choudhry (31), with Hassan and Choudhry putting on 87 for the third wicket.

Chatta then took 5-24 as Gargrave II were restricted to 143-7, of which Richard Bell made 55, Simon Chapman 30 not out and Herbie Wilman 24.

Embsay II opener Caspar Bean (95) was involved in three half-century stands in their 218-6 at Park Field.

Bean, who hit 10 fours and two sixes, put on 67 for the first wicket with Arslam Hussain (32), 50 for the fifth with Harry Bayliff (24) and 64 for the sixth with Hamaad Hussain (26no).

Noman Hussain (53no) tried hard for Glusburn II but they could only reply with 158-5, openers Mark Pickles (32) and Richard Parkin (21) giving them a good start with a 51-run partnership.