PROMOTED Kirkburton are setting a blistering pace at the head of the Drakes Second Eleven Premiership.
After just six games they are already 10 points clear of nearest rivals Micklehurst, and extended their lead with back-to-back wins over the Bank Holiday, including one over previous leaders Golcar (also promoted) – and that despite a glorious ton from Robert Read.
Read’s century led Golcar to 206-5, but once again Kirkburton’s former Shelley opening pair of David Greaves (71) and Gary Eastwood (45) set them on the victory path with a 96-run stand, which James Newsome continued with an unbeaten 40 to see Burton home by five wickets.
Next up for Burton was Shelley, and although Greaves and Eastwood virtually both failed against their former teammates, they still put on 63 for the first wicket, while 56 from Oliver Davidson lifted the visitors to 215-7. Gavin Smith then ripped Shelley to pieces with five for 20 from 12 overs and they were shot out for just 68.
Eddie Wilson, 13, hit a fine 83 to fire Broad Oak to 254 against Shepley before the visitors were dismissed for 156.