SCHOLES was the scene of a tremendous victory for the home side who knocked off an incredible 300 runs to beat Micklehurst off the second last delivery of their Drakes Premiership Two clash.
Earlier in the day, David Barker had fired a century (16 fours, one six in his 106) and put on 193 for the second wicket with Michael Blomley (78), who cracked six sixes and four fours, while Adrian Smith also added 46 as Micklehurst posted a massive 299-8 tally, Josh Brook being the pick of the Scholes attack with four for 40.
Opener Mark Wimpenny, who hit 11 fours and three sixes in his 77, and Matt Boorman (63) led Scholes’ run chase before Craig Marsh upped the tempo with seven fours and four sixes in his 74, helping Boorman put on 144 for the fifth wicket – a stand which took them to the brink.
Three quick wickets put the result back in the melting pot until Josh Brook lofted a six off the fourth delivery of the final over to seal a thrilling two-wicket win.
Kirkburton were joined at the top by Honley who took maximum points off Shepley, while Burton had to settle for five points from their home game with Broad Oak.
Rob Campbell (59) and Richard Horner (56) gave the Oak a good start as they set Burton a target of 195-6 which they overtook for the loss of six wickets, opener David Greaves making 56, before Gavin Smith (64) and James Newsome (47) set up victory.
Previous leaders Holmfirth were well beaten by Elland, Reece Jennison scoring a half-century for the visitors, before Stephen Jennings claimed four for 30 and Jez Firth, who also hit 49, took three for 25.
Skelmanthorpe moved into title contention with a six-wicket win at Golcar, while Slaithwaite also remain in the hunt after beating Primrose Hill by seven wickets, Richard Haslam having a fine all-round game with five for 35 and an unbeaten 58.
Liam Brothers heralded his arrival at Shelley with a knock of 122 against Meltham who were unable to match the home side’s 262 total, despite having the benefit of 52 extras in their innings!
Matthew Raven cracked the day’s top score of 136 as Barkisland buried Rastrick under a welter of runs.
Raven put on 193 for the first wicket with Simon Finch (81) before being supported by Jamie Colman (56) and Callum Thompson (50no) as Barkisland closed on 366-3. Daniel Sykes followed up with four for 48 as the visitors were halted 242 runs behind.
Kirkheaton kept in touch with Barkisland at the top of the Cedar Court Conference after beating Armitage Bridge by nine wickets at Bankfield, John Phayer a four-wicket performer and Jason Dawson making a half-century.
Another man to make a ton was Hall Bower opener Sean Hellawell, who blasted 132 and featured in a century stand with Jason Greenway as they notched a 282-8 total at Lascelles Hall.
Rob Nettleton then claimed figures of six for 15 from 12 overs to keep the Bower on top of the Frank Platt section.