GARGRAVE advanced to the semi-finals of the Wynn Cup on the back of a victory at Sutton.

Gargrave castled the hosts for 99 after they chose to bat, Sutton skipper Dave Snowden making 37.

Change bowlers George Beckwith (4-17) and Joe Wood (4-26) made the difference before Lee Barrett (51no) and keeper Shaun Airey (46) made short work of the Sutton attack in an eight-wicket triumph, adding 83.

Bradley took a little longer than 13.4 overs to reach their target but were still emphatic winners at Silsden, who were rolled over for 89, Iklaq Ahmed (3-19) leading the five wicket-takers.

The visitors also won by eight wickets, this time in the 21st over, being led home by opener Mohammed Qadeer’s unbeaten 40.

Skipton CI won a thriller at Ingrow, who totalled 215 after winning the toss, Tanveer Hussain taking 4-50.

Muddassar Khan (42) and captain Danny Smith (44) put CI on the right track after tea but they still needed Qamar Zulfiqar (21) and Hussain (31) to get them close before Pratheep Chakravarthy Gnana Moorthy and Waqar Shabir saw them over the line with 13 balls to spare with a couple of two not outs.

Thornton-in-Craven finished off their Wynn Cup programme with a home win, with Jordan Howarth-Hynes (4-25 and Ian Holden (2-22) among the wickets after Airedale chose to bat and were back in the pavilion for 126.

Rob Cockell then ensured that there were no major alarms by scoring 72 not out off 47 balls, including nine fours and three sixes, as the home side won by four wickets with plenty of time to spare.

Glusburn tested Eldwick & Gilstead a little more, but not much after being dismissed for 144 at Park Field, No 9 Zahid Iqbal top-scoring with 39.

The twin villages lost three early wickets in reply but still won by six wickets after 30 overs.

Cononley, who won by 18 runs at Denholme II, are definitely through to the semi-finals of the Cowling Cup at Ingrow on Sunday, August 20.

The visitors were indebted to Tom Feather (53no) in their 115-7, Denholme replying with 98-7 off their 20 overs, Willie Naylor returning the remarkable figures of 5-5 from his four overs.

Cowling II, who meet Cononley in the semi-finals, finished off their match at Airedale II in the grand manner, with a six, which gave them a four-wicket victory.

Sajid Shafait took 3-8 and Ubaid Rauf 2-12 in Airedale’s 79-7 before Sulaiman Aslam (20no) and Rauf (38no) took Cowling over the line at the end of the 12th over.

Bradley II, who may still qualify, found things even easier at home to Ingrow II, Amer Khan taking 4-24 in their 113.

Captain Harry Andrews (48) and keeper Jeremy Barker (50) then took Bradley to the brink in a nine-wicket victory, achieved in the 12th over.

Gargrave II, Silsden II, Skipton CI II and Sutton II will contest the semi-finals of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League’s newest cup competition on Sunday.

Just eight days after their final group games, Division Four leaders Silsden II will host Skipton CI II, who are seventh in Division Three, while the other John Clayton Cup tie sees Gargrave II, who are two places above CI, visiting Sutton II, who are second in Division Four.

Silsden, who were the only side to win all four of their group matches in the 40-overs-per side competition, finished off their League A schedule with a 60-run victory at Gargrave.

Mohsan Gulbhar (44) and Jack Lister (39) added 61 for the second wicket in their 165-6, which featured several smaller partnerships, each of the bowlers used taking a wicket.

Gargrave’s reply never achieved lift off, however, as they were dismissed for 105, with Kieran Ashley scoring 30 not out down the order as Toby Cunningham (6-19) had a field day.

Sutton were even more emphatic victors at Hepworth & Idle III in League B, scoring 227-7 after being put in, with opener Jack Middleton having a day to remember by scoring 102.

His innings only lasted 107 balls and contained 17 fours and a six, and he dominated bith the first-wicket stand of 51 with Craig Thornton (19) and the second of 78 with Stuart Tillotson (23) before adding 81 with 14-year-old Theo Reay (44) for the fifth wicket.

New signing Caleb Gledhill, 15, and Jack Middleton, 14, (both 3-22), 16-year-old Ben Middleton (2-12) and Reay (2-21) then shared the wickets as the home side were dismissed for 109.

Skipton CI defeated Haworth II in their final League B fixture, scoring 187-7 after electing to bat at Sandylands.

Tariq Ghani (46) and William Shuttleworth (66) were the main contributors, putting on 75 for the third wicket as all but one of the seven batters made double figures.

Five Haworth batters reached double figures, but no one made more than 26 as they were dismissed for 152, with Irfan Badshah (3-25) leading the CI attack, backed up by Aldrin Poulouse (2-22), Matt Ryder (2-21) and Ghani (2-37).

Glusburn II were on the wrong end of a mauling at Sandy Lane, conceding 240-6 before being dismissed for 63 by Bradford & Bingley III, with Alan Coney (23) and Cody Hird (10) the only players in double figures.