THERE were tons aplenty once again as the sun beat down for the second successive week on the Drakes League batsmen.
Top of the shop this week was Kirkburton’s Charlie Roebuck, who put Scholes to the sword with a stunning 146 not out, which came from just 90 deliveries and included 15 fours and eight sixes (his ton came of 74 balls).
Openers Andrew Smith (57) and Matthew Wood (45) had given Burton a solid start with 93, but it was the 156-run stand for the third wicket between Roebuck and Louis Aspeling (57) which proved irresistible as the home side plundered 335-3.
Skipper James Noble led the reply with 63, backed up by an unbeaten 54 from Andy Alsop, but the champions went down to a second successive defeat helped along the way by Tom Burkinshaw who claimed five for 90.
Simon Kelly continued where he left off last week for Honley, with back-to-back centuries, his 111 containing 19 fours and two sixes, while new boy Jonny Butterfield weighed in with an unbeaten 50.
Honley’s other newcomer Tom Craddock, making his debut then claimed four for 20 to put the skids under Delph & Dobcross, with Butterfield also picking up three wickets.
And there were two more tons at Golcar, where James Sykes scored a stylish 132 not out for the Swallow Lane men, backed up by a lightning 80 off just 38 balls from Aussie Leigh Kentish as Golcar totalled a hefty 333-5.
Broad Oak opener Rob Campbell replied with 102 as he and James Howson put together a century opening stand in reply, but once they fell there was little to come and the visitors fell over a 100 short.
Ian Simon was the pick of the Premiership bowlers as the Hoylandswaine seamer claimed six for 53 to halt Marsden’s progress, before John Ashton made a crucial 58 not out as the visitors were wavering.
Slaithwaite got their first win, beating Holmfirth by eight wickets, Ian Holt hit 51, while Darren Lockwood scored 86 for the losers and Shepley showed they are title contenders with a three-wicket win over Elland, Tim Rees making 84, to match Greg Buckley’s earlier knock.
Wasim Jaffer notched what will probably be his first ton of the year in Skelmanthorpe’s win at Barkisland for whom Darren Robinson made 86 in reply.
Other tons came from Shelley’s Akhlaq Ahmed (130 no) and from Lepton’s Gary Hodgson (111no) in their respective wins over Micklehurst and Hall Bower.