GLUSBURN’S Matthew Lloyd played the innings of the weekend in the Mewies Solicitors Craven League.

He cracked 25 fours and a six in their 274-5 at Denholme II in Division, Steve Brown chipping in with 43 and keeper Peter Schofield with 31 not out.

Lloyd put on 73 for the first wicket with Iain Beattie (10), 100 for the second with Brown and 67 for the fourth with Schofield.

Denholme’s second string were then castled for 52, with only Matthew Shaw-Burns (12) and Adrian Shires (15) troubling the scorer to any degree as Asrar Sarwar took 5-11.

Haworth II lost a thriller by two runs at home to Embsay II, whose juniors fared well with the bat in their 161.

Under-15 Hammaad Hussain scored 37 and under-18 Henry Ellison 33, with Jack Kitching making 28.

Haworth then collapsed from 121-3 to Caspar Bean (3-9), and Hussain (3-38).

Cowling II were in the runs at Sutton, scoring 223-8, keeper Steve Dalby (48) and Shahid Khokhar (50) giving them a good start with a stand of 85.

Tahir Mahmood (21) and captain Aqib Chatta (25no) then played cameos, with Mark Stoneman the best Sutton bowler with 3-48.

The hosts could only make 102 after tea, with skipper Andrew Carrington (33), Chris Vollentine (12) and Phil Edwards (14) the only three to make double figures as they tumbled from 53-1.

Mark Laycock (3-22 and 20no) was the key figure for Thornton-in-Craven, who won by four wickets at Wilsden II.

New signing Jonny Martin (36) and Jack Laycock (33no) also did well for the visitors.

In Division One,cCaptain Martyn Dalby was influential for Cowling at home to Sutton.

The opener hit six fours and two sixes in his 52, putting on as many for the first wicket with Ben Davy (21), and remarkably there were three other partnerships of 50 or over.

Dalby and Laiq Ur Rehman added 50 for the third, keeper Abid Sharif (41no) put on 53 for the fourth with Ur Rehman, and Zahid Hussain (43no) and Sharif added 60 for the fifth in their 231-6 in an innings that contained 33 fours and three sixes.

George Elrick (4-47) was the only Sutton bowler to get a crop of wickets, and they made 194-8 in reply, with No 3 Richard Walker finishing on 77 not out, a knock that included six fours and four sixes.

Stuart Tillotson (34) helped him add 97 for the sixth wicket, and Dalby (3-30) was the pick of seven bowlers used by Cowling.

Haworth were distinctly second best at Embsay, being rolled over for 93 in reply to 179-6, with Haroon Ali returning the superb analysis of 9-7-6-3, Tom Robinson taking 2-8 and Andrew Foulds 2-21.

Foulds had earlier made 61 at No 3, including 10 fours, with Tom Bailey (38) and Morgan Davies (35) weighing in, Foulds and Bailey adding 93 for the third wicket

The visitors’ top scorer was No 9 George Jackson (22no), with only Harry Reynoldson (19) and James Roper (16) also making double figures.

Bradley are one of the 100 per centers in Division Two, and were indebted to David Hunt for an outstanding knock at home to Skipton CI.

The captain and keeper scored 121, a 59-ball frenzy that contained 14 fours and nine sixes, No 9 Zain Naheem weighing in with a 26-ball 41 not out that included four fours and three sixes.

Facing a total of 215, CI crumbled to 72 all out as Vince Grant (3-13), George Bell (3-16) and Toby Meynell (2-15) proved potent, Nikhil Thomas top-scoring with 21.

Denholme, relegated from Division One in 2019, made short work of Cononley’s batsmen, dismissing the home side for just 82.

Only three of the hosts made it into double figures – Harry Parker (19), Charles Calvert (15) and Herbert Starkey (12) - and Denholme were seen to a six-wicket win by Taylor (30no) and Callum Gerrard (22no) in the 23rd over.

Airedale’s 205-6 at Silsden contained more even contributions, with Lewis Middleton the best bowler with 2-20.

Silsden were then bowled out for 184, with captain Jack Roberts unbeaten on 70 not out batting at No 3.

Mohsan Gulbhar hit 53, but there was little else of note.

Long Lee came about as close to victory at home to Gargrave, losing by 32 runs after the home side made 160, of which Chris Lambert made 76 at No 3, hitting 10 fours and three sixes.

Joe Wood (29) added 67 for the third wicket with him, and Long Lee replied with 128, with Wood taking 4-42, George Beckwith 3-18 and Ben Howlett 2-25.

In Division Four, there were defeats for Glusburn II and Skipton CI II but wins for Gargrave II and Bradley II.

Gargrave II made short work of Long Lee, restricting them to 110-9, of which 50 came in a second-wicket stand between Phil Atkinson (11) and Ben Pennington (15), with byes (29 in the innings) being the main contributor to that.

Maurice Oldfield took 4-19 and Ben Wood 4-25, with Gargrave then triumphing by eight wickets in the 27th over as Adam Carroll made 52 not out off 39 balls, including eight fours and two sixes.

Glusburn II and Ingrow II decided to play 35 overs per innings instead of 40, for some reason, and Ingrow made 158, losing three wickets on 71 as Qasim Dar (3-23) and Mark Pickles (3-25) cashed in.

Glusburn II made 146-8 in reply, with skipper Alan Coney top-scoring with 42, John Mortimer (22no) and Dar (21no) chipping in.

Bradley, who included seven juniors, triumphed by four wickets at Skipton CI, who were bowled out for 116 by Tom Eaglesfield (5-20), Donnacha Washington (2-13) and Jack Caton (2-23).

Sean Williamson scored 61 at No 5, including seven fours and a six, with John Stuttard (19) and David Suter Jnr (16) also making double figures.

Under-18 Eaglesfield then scored 46 and under-17 Mark Nelson 28, adding 65 for the second wicket as the win was achieved in the 26th over, with Prince Patras taking 3-9.