BARKISLAND pulled off a dramatic two-run victory to put a dent in Shepley’s Drakes League Premiership title hopes.

Shepley thought they were in the box seat after dismissing the Calderdale side for just 85 at Marsh Lane.

But Alex Scholefield and Jake Finch had other ideas and Shepley were sent back for 83 in a low-scored thriller.

Barkisland lost five wickets for 15 runs in a middle-order collapse as Nasir Jamal took seven for 14 in a fantastic 15-over spell, Oli Davidson picking up the other three wickets for 23 off 7.4 overs.

Opener Jamie Summercales and Seth Oddy, down the order, got the bulk of Barkisland’s runs with 25 apiece.

Having reached 23-1 it seemed Shepley would press on to victory, but they then lost five wickets for five runs as the Woodfield side got themselves right back in it.

Davidson responded with 23 down the order, but Scholefield recorded figures of five for 37 off 15 overs, Finch four for 24 from nine and Matt Steers finished off the job, taking one for 20 off 10.1 as Shepley fell agonisingly short.

Golcar added to Honley’s woes with a crushing win at Far End Lane.

The visitors totalled 210-6, Upul Bandara hitting 67 off 56 deliveries to boost the total after Niall Lockley hit 28 (three sixes), James Howson 32 and Jake Lockwood 35, with Dan Woodhead run out for 20.

Sam Denton picked up two for 50 from his 14 overs, but Honley were soon in trouble in reply and never put the total in danger.

Will Hinchliffe picked up two for two for 37 in 11 and Bandara three for eight in nine, but it was skipper Steve Whitwam who did most of the damage with four for eight in seven overs as Honley were savaged for just 66.

Unbeaten Delph continue to power along at the top, Chris Laker hitting 91 (seven fours and three sixes) in their 231 all out at Armitage Bridge, Danny Moorhouse picking up six for 64 in 14 overs.

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Greg Buckley, who had hit 43, then took four for 32 and Shak Muhammed three for 33 as the Bridge were 114 all out to slip down the top-flight standings.

Tom MacRury hit 111 as Scholes rolled to victory with the help of four Josh Brook wickets at Broad Oak, while Hoylandswaine had a comfortable win against Cawthorne.

Shelley scored a vital victory at the bottom after totalling 241-8 at fellow strugglers Elland, who were then held at 181-9 in reply, earning a point off the last delivery of the game.

Shelley and Elland are now locked on 14 points each ahead of bottom club Honley, who are still without a League win.

Kirkburton bowled out Skelmanthorpe for 82 to coast to victory at Lidgett Lane in the other top-flight match.