DON’T write off Honley and Golcar!
Last season’s front-runners have had torrid starts to the Drakes League season.
But both bounced back with emphatic victories in the Premiership Bank Holiday programme and will be aiming to improve from here.
Harlon Haye lifted Honley after the misery of their weekend League and Cup defeats with a six for 44 haul to destroy Barkisland at Far End Lane.
With Ritchie Howarth taking three for 39, the visitors were back in the tent for 95 and Honley reached the target for the loss of just one wicket to record their first six-pointer of the campaign with Matthew Wood 39 not out and Michael Fraine 22 not out.
Ashley Pamment’s Golcar proved too strong for Holmfirth as Ben Hilliard took five for 30 to dismiss the home side for 125.
Golcar got home for the loss of four wickets with Steve Whitwam (38), Craig Horner (34) and Pamment (21 not out) doing the business.
Shepley moved up to third in the standings – leaders Scholes and Delph & Dobcross failed to finish their games – with Danny Glover producing the best bowling of the day to stun Meltham with seven for 36.
Shepley had no trouble in reaching their 139 all out target, winning by seven wickets thanks to an unbeaten 50 from opener Sam Haigh, 33 from Tim Rees and 25 from Tom Denton.
Skelmanthorpe dropped to fourth after failing to finish at Delph, where the home side posted 235-9 thanks to Irfan Zahoor (62 off 80 balls with eight fours and three sixes), Bilal Khiljee (76 off 117 balls with 11 fours and a six) and skipper Grant Jones (58 off 60 balls with three fours and four sixes) doing the bulk of the damage.
Skelmanthorpe were 59-4 in reply when bad light ended play.
Slaithwaite remain bottom but had the boost of recording their first win of the season after bowling out Clayton West for 139, Ronan Bruce taking four for 52 while Johnny Butterfield was easily the best of the visiting batsmen with 69.
Slaithwaite got home in 30.2 overs with Wajid Hussain (45) and Adam Turner (35).
Broad Oak had a stunning seven-wicket win against Micklehurst as Ben DeAraugo (5-33) and Graeme Hurlbatt (4-22) skittled the visitors for 64.
Elland totalled 221-8 at Scholes with Greg Finn (56), Ryan Robinson (34) and James Thornton with a brisk unbeaten 33 taking their toll. Scholes were 34-1 in reply when rain halted the game.
In the Cedar Court Conference, the stand-out performance was by Emley opener Richard Haynes, whose undefeated 111 helped his side to a four-wicket win at Paddock.
Haynes hit 14 fours and one six in his 152-ball innings as Emley got home with a ball to spare on 222-6 chasing 221-8.
For Paddock Timmy Shah hit 65 off 69 balls with 11 fours and a six, while Steve Abbott top scored on 71 off 102 balls with nine fours and a six.
Hoylandswaine continue to power away at the top despite being rained off at home to Marsden, who were 41-3 in reply to Hoylandswaine’s 166-9 (Mark Wright top scoring on 57).
A partnership of 88 between Mumtaz Ali (78) and Arshad Ali (44) proved the key as Lepton scored a three-wicket win at Rastrick, who posted 201-8 against some excellent bowling from Dale Winterbottom (5-44 from 20).
Nathan Fitzgerald led Hall Bower to six points at home to Thongsbridge, who were dismissed for 144 in reply to 201 (Ben Raven-Hill taking five for 50 for the Bridge). Fitzgerald had six for 52 from 24 overs.
In the Frank Platt, Danny Mulhall took five for 61 from 13 overs to spearhead Linthwaite’s six-point victory against Armitage Bridge, who fell for 158 in reply to 274-7. Saifur Rehman (72) and Mohammed Ihsan (67) were the best of the home batsmen.
Kexborough posted 231-7 at Kirkburton, with Mark Bray hitting 83 off 112 balls with 14 fours and Ankur Sondhi 55 off 67 balls with six fours and two sixes. Burton were unable to start their innings because of rain.
Another unfinished match was at Shelley, where Chris Schofield (88) helped the home side to 198-6. Lascelles Hall were 18-1 when rain hit.