THURSTONLAND, who last won the Central League Championship in 2001, took a big step forward at the weekend, when they toppled title rivals Cumberworth by four wickets.
Joe Law bagged five for 41 as Cumberworth, playing at home, were sent back for 129, with Chris Kilner the only batsman to offer much with a knock of 38.
Glenn struck with four for 42 when Thurstonland replied, but steady 30 from Edward Haigh and an unbeaten 32 from Angus Cox steered them home with more than six overs in hand.
And that crucial victory gave Thurstonland an early eight-point lead at the top of the Premier Section.
At the other end of the table, Flockton leapfrogged Holmbridge at the bottom after a three-wicket win inspired by William Simpson (79) and Jason Manby (49no).
Earlier Andrew Haigh and Craig Furze had both scored 73, the latter not out, as Holmbridge totalled 239-8.
In Section A, promoted Cartworth Moor continue to set the pace, and this week knocked over Woolley, but were made to battle for it.
Jack Atkinson’s four for 15 had Woolley back in the tent for 137 before Ben Busfield’s 41 was the foundation for Cartworth Moor’s three-wicket victory.