SUTTON’S bid for the great escape continues as they won again in Mewies Solicitors Craven League Division One, making 242-4 at home to Cowling.

David Snowden was again Sutton’s go-to man with 132 not out, which included 20 fours and two sixes, and his fellow opener Sam Solley once more gave them a great start with 47.

Jack Whitaker weighed in with 33, with Cowling using seven bowlers, and the visitors replied with a creditable 230-9, which was beefed up by No 7 Daud Khan (43no) and No 11 Hamid Ullah (53no) as Sutton became worried.

Martyn Dalby (32) and Laiq Ur Rehman (33) also contributed, with Snowden completing a wonderful match with 3-47.

Sutton are still bottom, but their 96 points mean that they are now only one point behind Ingrow and 15 adrift of Wilsden.

Meanwhile, Gargrave were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat at leaders Bingley Congs, who made 264-7 after winning the toss, George Beckwith taking 3-63.

Only four players made double figures in the visitors’ reply as they were blown away for 81, with opener Lee Barrett top-scoring with 20.

Riddlesden’s advantage at the head of Division Two has been extended to 40 points because second-placed Silsden lost by 95 runs at Eldwick & Gilstead after suffering a batting collapse.

Ben Sugden (4-36) and Will Pullen (3-61) helped to restrict the twin villages to 175, and Silsden started well in reply, being 67-2 before losing their last eight wickets for a mere 13 runs.

Opener Rob Jones scored 35 and Sugden 20 as third-placed Eldwick & Gilstead narrowed the gap between the teams to 16 points.

Glusburn are also in the mix for a podium finish, being fourth on 181 points, just three behind Eldwick & Gilstead.

The men from Park Field became the latest side to defeat Bingley Congs II, with Irfan Khaliq taking 3-36 in the Beckfoot Laners’ 155.

Consistent batting then took Glusburn to a five-wicket win, with Matthew Lloyd (34) and Iain Beattie (23) putting on 47 for the first wicket and Beattie and Steve Brown (47) 52 for the second, keeper Pete Schofield seeing them home with 29 not out.

Bradley did not test Barrowford II in a mid-table battle after making 176-8, which was an improvement on 106-6.

Mohammed Qadeer made 46 up front, and Harry Andrews (29) and Edson Richmond (19) put on 63 for the seventh wicket.

However, Barrowford only lost two wickets in reaching their target in the 30th over.

Skipton CI did not cash in after winning the toss at home to Bradford & Bingley III, making only 137.

Sam Smith led the way with 30, backed up by Steven Davidson (24) and skipper Chris Kimberley (21).

Bingley were 26-4 in reply as Azhar Iqbal (2-25) and Smith (2-41) got their teeth into them, but three partnerships then took the visitors to a four-wicket win after 39 overs.

Cononley’s promotion bid from Division Three continues after a ten-wicket victory at home to Long Lee II.

The strugglers were dismissed for 117, with Harry Parker (4-15), Tom Feather (2-14) and Colin Stead (2-17) keeping them in check.

Second-placed Cononley took only 17 overs to pass their target, with Charles Calvert 57 not out and skipper Andrew Starkey 59 not out.

Haworth II were no match for leaders Thornton-in-Craven, having only two in double figures as they went from 56-2 to 75 all out, with David Wolfe (6-19) causing the damage alongside Ian Holden (2-8) and Jack Laycock (2-20).

Opener David Holt (35no) then ensured there were no alarms in the reply, aided by James Mellin (25no).

Irfan Bandshah and Jibin Jacob showed their all-round skills for Skipton CI II in their 54-run victory at Gargrave II.

Bandshah top-scored with 35 not out at No 8 in their 168, with Jonathan Sharpe (30), skipper Sean Williamson (21) and Jacob (23) lending a helping hand as Richard Bell took 4-44 and Dieter Kayley 3-35.

Gargrave, who only had nine men, were then dismissed for 114, keeper Kieren Ashley (22) and Maurice Oldfield (34) having given them a fine start.

Jacob (3-18), Darren Pighills (3-29) and Bandshah (2-12) took all of the wickets.

In Division Four, Oakworth III beat visitors Glusburn II by 14 runs in a Sunday clash.

Oakworth had first knock and made 216, an innings that was dominated by 16-year-old Elis Jones (119 not out), with Maj Hussain taking 5-61, Mark Pickles 2-55 and Rafaqat Hussain 2-40.

Glusburn replied with a creditable 202-7, including 52 from Mark Johnston, 28 from Rafaqat Hussain and 25 not out from Maj Hussain.

Only seven wickets fell when Airedale II faced Sutton II at the Airedale Oval.

The hosts made 193-4, with Theo Reay bagging 2-39, and then the 13-year-old showed his all-round qualities by scoring 37 in Sutton’s 156-3, putting on 109 for the third wicket with Robert Tedder.

Sutton’s skipper finished on 89 not out, made off 82 balls and including 11 fours and three sixes.