Jacob Waterson scored a fine century in a rain-hit Drakes League programme to keep Rastrick on track for successive promotions.

Last season’s Cedar Court Conference champions are top of the Jedi Sports Championship and three points clear of Moorlands after another victory, this time in a 31-over clash at Linthwaite.

Waterson opened for Rastrick and finished on 111 not out as Rastrick totalled 203-4, Aussie Mitchell McCoach, Faisal Javed, Brad Birkhead and Oliver Pearson batting solidly alongside him.

The four-pronged Rastrick attack then all did their job as Linthwaite were dismissed for 172 in 29.4 overs, Wasim Javed taking two for 47, Jordan Ghani two for 49, Oliver Pearson three for 37 and Jack Pearson three for 39.

Moorlands stay in second place after a two-wicket win at fellow-challengers Thongsbridge, who were held at 116-9 in their 20 overs thanks to three-wicket hauls from Darrell Sykes (3-31) and Jake Dubbeldam (3-23).

Brandon Mavuta was the home side’s top scorer on 24 and he then took four for 43 in his six overs, but Moorlands got over the line with nine deliveries to spare and eight down, David Winn leading the way with 25.

In the top flight there is no stopping Delph & Dobcross, who powered to a 10-wicket win in their 25-over game at home to Barkisland.

Alex Scholefield hit 48 in the middle order as Barkisland put up 127-7, but it proved no challenge for Delph.

Openers Chris Laker (59no) and Greg Buckley (60no) took them to victory in just 12.1 overs and their lead is stretched to nine points because Hoylandswaine were unable to get on at Haigh Lane against Broad Oak (two points each).

The chasing group of Armitage Bridge, Shepley, Golcar and Scholes are now separated by just three points.

Scholes defeated Shepley in a 20-over clash at Chapelgate, where Kiwi Callum Hill hit 53 and Ben Birkhead 41 as the home side totalled 145-8, Jamal Nasir and Tom Burkinshaw taking three wickets apiece.

Australian Daniel Anderson kept Shepley in the hunt with 45, but no-one could stay with him and, despite 24 not out from Gary Bradley, the visitors were held at 127-6 thanks to testing bowling from Tom Brook with two for 35 and his brother Josh, who did the bulk of the damage with four for 40.

Solid top-order batting from Armitage Bridge – Imran Malik falling one short of a half century – carried Armitage Bridge to 198-8 in 45 overs at Elland, for whom Mark Hinchliffe claimed three for 34.

South African Skipper Robin Broom hit 70 in reply for the home side, but they were dismissed for 179 thanks to in-form spinner Danny Moorhouse taking six for 44.

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Golcar suffered their first defeat in six weeks, falling for 119 in reply to 245-6 at Kirkburton, while bottom club Honley again came up short in a thriller at fellow-strugglers Shelley.

Ovais Hussain hit 35 but Shelley were dismissed for just 103 in 27.3 overs as Tommy Woodhead picked up three for 13 and leg spinner Tom Craddock four for 26 in eight.

Skipper Simon Kelly opened with 26 and Matthew Sykes (23) kept them going, but two late run-outs cost Honley dear as they finished five short on 98-9 in their 30 overs with Tim Sykes undefeated on 17.

Mo Bhoola with four for 29 was the bowling hero for Shelley.

Liam O’Dea hit 56 and Michael Kitson 45 as Skelmanthorpe totalled 170-3 at Cawthorne, who were held at 121-7 in reply.

Iqbal Khan hit 47 for the home side while Amar Rashid picked up three for 20 for the victors.