COWLING and Gargrave, who are second and third respectively in Division One of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League, both had thumping home wins.

Opener Rahman Ali (35) and Daud Khan (75) and Laiq Ur Rehman (42), in the middle order, scored the bulk of Cowling’s respectable 198 after they had been put in by Wilsden, who were then dismissed for 49 in 18 overs.

Cowling only used two bowlers, with Connor Brown taking 5-19 and Hamid Ullah 5-30.

Gargrave chose to bat at home to Sutton, and only Bradley Gardner (4) failed as they racked up 207-3, with fellow opener Lee Barrett scoring 42, keeper John Beckwith 57, Matty Simpson 56 not out and Joe Wood 39 not out.

Barrett and Beckwith put on 90 for the second wicket and Simpson and Wood 96 unbroken.

Bottom-of-the-table Sutton were then toppled for 46 inside 21 overs, with only skipper David Snowden (16) reaching double figures as the wickets were shared between Ben Howlett (3-15), Wood (3-12) and George Beckwith (3-9).

Bradley are the new leaders of Division Two after they defeated Thornton-in-Craven, and Glusburn’s batting failed against Skipton CI.

Sending in Thornton proved a wise move at Matthew Lane as they were dismissed for 63 in 18.1 overs, with only Matt Bowker (15) making double figures as Toby Meynell took 7-19.

Iklaq Ahmed (42) and Meynell (21no) then added 60 as Bradley won by seven wickets in the 18th over.

Bradley are now 16 points clear of Glusburn, who only took one point from their derby at home to CI, who dismissed them for 59 after winning the toss.

Opener Matt Lloyd (18) and skipper Steve Brown (10) were the only two to trouble the scorers to any degree as Azhar Iqbal (4-31) and Qamar Zulfiqar (4-5) held sway.

CI lost both openers cheaply but were seen home by skipper Danny Smith (32no) and Paul Mason (21no).

Silsden, who defeated Bradford & Bingley III by nine wickets at Sandy Lane, continue to pull away from the danger zone.

Bingley, sent in, were dismissed for 100, having been 75-2, with Ahsan Rizwan taking 3-17, Bilal Mahmood 3-3 and Dom Mortimer 2-10.

The latter then scored 33 not out, with Robert Jones hitting 56 not out in an unroken stand of 100 after captain Jack Roberts had fallen cheaply, with the target being reached with one ball of the 13th over remaining.

In Division Three, Cononley kept themselves within touching distance of leaders Bowling Baptist by thrashing Haworth II.

Visitors Cononley chose to bat and, buoyed by stands of 60 and 68 for the first two wickets, made an impressive 221-7.

The Starkey brothers, Herbie (36) and Andrew (81), opened proceedings before Nathan Parker (23) joined the latter, skipper Harry Parker (35) then weighing in in the middle order, adding 52 with Will Oakden (17).

Harry Parker (4-7) and Willie Naylor (5-14) then helped to skittle Haworth for 29 inside 20 overs in a 192-run win.

Third-placed Gargrave II’s bowlers were also in form, tumbling Skipton CI II for 27 at Sandylands after the hosts chose to bat.

No CI player made double figures as Dieter Kayley (3-10) and Tom Storr (7-11) improved their bowling averages, and Gargrave only lost one wicket in knocking off the runs.

Cowling II are still in a relegation berth after their defeat at Wilsden II, but the four bonus points that they picked up means that they are now just two points behind CI II, who are third from bottom.

Mohammad Ishaq (34) and Mohammad Abdullah Iqbal (21) top scored in Cowling’s 122 after they were sent in and Wilsden II won by five wickets.

Division Four leaders Sutton II made light of the target set by visitors Bradley II, who had scored 159-7 after being given first knock, which was disappointing after they were 105-2.

The top three of captain Harry (32) and Charlie Andrews (23) and Kaif Rehman (29) got the bulk of the runs before their tail wagged, Ali Hussain taking 3-26.

Skipper Craig Thornton (83no) again led from the front for Sutton, dominating an opening stand of 60 with Hussain (10) before Stuart Tillotson (19) helped him add 46, Charlie Whitaker (22no) then joining Thornton in an unbroken stand of 49 as the target was reached in the 32nd over.

Second-placed Silsden II, who are now 33 points behind Sutton II before they meet on Saturday, also had a comfortable win, defeating Glusburn II by 59 runs.

The Cobbydalers made 147-6 in their 40 overs, with Hugh Sugden (27), captain Tom Snowden (31) and keeper James Nelson (36) in the runs.

Basharat Hussain (43) dominated Glusburn’s reply of 88, adding 45 for the third wicket with Umar Dar (14) as Joe Hunt (6-16) finished them off.