AUSSIE all-rounder Scott Pickering carved out a crucial century as Slaithwaite hoisted themselves up the Premiership with a vital win over Barkisland
Pickering made an excellent 119 and put on exactly the same figure with Bjorn Taylor (50) for the fourth wicket as the Colne Valley side took advantage of some indifferent bowling and lacklustre fielding to total 274-7.
When the visitors replied, Ibrar Younis struck in the first over, Jacob Travis playing on, and an excellent catch by new skipper John Booth removed Ben Wells.
A middle-order stand of 113 between Darren Robinson (75) and Dhiraj Goswami (87no) rescued Barkisland from 22-3, but they were never going to challenge the target.
Kirkburton kept Holmfirth firmly at the bottom with an eight-wicket win, while Wasim Jaffer notched his fifth ton in nine innings in a nine-wicket romp for Skelmanthorpe at Broad Oak.
Scholes’ resurgence continues as skipper James Noble scored his first-ever century at Chapelgate to steer his men to a hefty 296-7 total against Elland.
Noble made 110 with 19 fours and a six.
He had backing from Iqbal Khan (86no) and Ibrar Latif (51), and while Ryan Robinson replied with 84, struggling Elland fell way short.
Ranjith Don-Bandula took five wickets as Shepley beat Marsden, while Steve Whitwam finally made a score for Golcar (85) but still finished on the losing side as Honley’s Max Joice (57) and Martin Green (37no) kept the visitors on top of the table.
Hoylandswaine remained in second spot after toppling Delph & Dobcross thanks to a half-century from Mark Wright and Alex Morris’s 46.
Micklehurst gained their first Championship win of the season in a low-scoring affair at Lepton Highlanders.
After being dismissed for just 137, Paul Barrow and Andy Whitehead the joint top-scorers with 31 apiece and Dale Winterbottom bagging five for 40, Lepton tumbled to 127 all out despite a half-century from Ijaz Ullah as Jack Darnborough claimed four for 37 to seal the points.
Russ Evans banged out a ton exactly for Hall Bower but was upstaged by Greg Davis, who replied with 112, putting on 149 for the first wicket with skipper Mark Firth (62no) as Clayton West won by seven wickets.
Meltham notched only their second win of the campaign as they put the skids under leaders Shelley.
Mean Lane stalwart Chris Earnshaw hit 69 and Nadeem Ashraf 74 as Meltham made 229-5 before restricting their visitors to 194-8, home skipper Steve Lane putting a clamp on the run chase with three for 46 from 20 overs.
That result allowed Kexborough to close the gap at the top with a nine-wicket win at Almondbury, Mark Bray (67no) and Adam Wiles (56no) seeing them quickly home.
Paddock extended their lead in the Conference after beating Armitage Bridge by 51 runs.
Zahid Ahmed (77) and Rob Hions (49) were their runmakers, while Richard Sugden replied with an unbeaten 59 and Jake DeAraugo (41) in the unsuccessful run chase.
Emley Clarence lost ground after crashing to an eight-wicket defeat at Thongsbridge, where the Raven-Hills took charge, Tom taking six wickets in Emley’s 167 all out before skipper Ben hit an unbeaten 81.
Matt Simpson made 90 as Lascelles Hall beat Rastrick while 77 from new boy Mohammed Taj proved crucial as Linthwaite gained their first win of the year against Kirkheaton.
THE Drakes League hold their monthly council meeting at Almondbury CC tonight (7.30).
One of the main items on the agenda is the draw for the second round of the Oddfellows Cup for Championship and Conference clubs and the Earnshaw Cup for corresponding second teams.