SKELMANTHORPE’S defence of the Paddock Shield was short-lived as they were crushed by nine wickets at Broad Oak in this year’s opening round.

Steve Rushworth (three for 20) and Will Metcalfe (two for 19) made the initial inroads into Skelmanthorpe’s innings before Carl Baxter entered the attack and mopped up the middle and lower order with four for 46 as the visitors were dismissed for 142.

Baxter (38) then helped put on 74 for the first wicket with Oak skipper Simon Peacock (50no) before Ben Burnett hit a quickfire 44 not out to send the holders packing.

At the same time, last year’s beaten finalists Golcar were issuing their warning of intent as they topped 300 at Kirkheaton.

Urfan Ali (88) and Asif Iqbal (54) gave Golcar a solid start with 75 for the first wicket, but then Liam Rothery put on 157 for the second wicket, before he fell agonisingly one short of his ton as the Swallow Lane side closed on 305-5 and that was always going to be too many for Kirkheaton who made 170 in reply but were never in the hunt.

By far the biggest score of the day – and possibly the biggest ever in the Paddock Shield – came at Hoylandswaine, where the home side were buoyed up by two first-teamers.

Ben Potter smashed an unbeaten 110, batting at No6, and Chris Schofield made 89 – putting on 169 for the fourth-wicket – while regular second teamer Dan Hoyle hammered an unbeaten 108, putting on a further 121 with Potter as the Barnsley side totalled 399-4.

Rastrick opener Colin Jowett carried his bat for an unbeaten 74 in reply while Jason Middleton added 53, but there was no way they were going to challenge that total.

Scholes also topped 300 against Elland, with Chris Lawson leading the way with 79, backed up by half-centuries from Josh Brook (58) and Mark Floyd 50 in the 302-8 tally.

Alistair Finn claimed three for 76, but to chase that sort of target Elland needed to get away to a good start, and when Brook took out Howard Palmer and Ashton Blakey cheaply, there was really no way back.

And that was further underlined when man-of-the-match Lawson ripped through the rest of the innings to claim seven for 36.

The final team to reach 300 were Kirkburton, for whom David Greaves (121no) and Gary Eastwood (75) slammed 143 for the first wicket against Lepton Highlanders, while Richard Kettlewell (40) and Oliver Davidson (42) added weight in the 304-4 score.

Rob Kettlewell picked up four for 38 as Highlanders were bowled out for 171.

Meltham 80 (S Glover 6-30) Shepley 81-1 (S Sullivan 41, I Parry 29no).

Holmfirth 107 (C Allen 34) Honley 183 (SDT Willitts 50, M Sykes 48; C Allen 5-36).

Lepton Highlanders 171 (J Easingwood 38, P Baxter 34; Rob Kettlewell 4-38) Kirkburton 304-4 (D Greaves 121no, G Eastwood 75, O Davidson 42, Rich Kettlewell 40).

Linthwaite 174 (Z Landon 48; D Sykes 4-37) Barkisland 176-2 (B Westbrook 98no, T Wood 44no).

Shelley 155 (J Scott 52, S Hall 59; S Morley 4-16) Emley Clarence 158-7 (W Appleyard 59; J Scott 3-51, J Nightingale 3-21).

Thongsbridge 153 (T Parr 32, Ja Thompson 29, A James 26; S Longmore 4-39, S Smith 3-14) Marsden 156-6 (D Clee 46no, J Farrell 43; R Kirk 3-23).

Almondbury 97 (F Hussain 33; D Broadbent 6-22; T Garner 3-9) Almondbury Wesleyans 275-9 (T Oakes 72, C Byrne 55, T Garner 36, C Jones 31no, R Randhawa 25; C Marsden 4-36, D Russel 3-48).

Cumberworth 167 (J Rayner 66, G Ayre 28, G Senior 27; R Schofield 4-51, A Roebuck 3-25) Cawthorne 171-8 (R Nicholson 55, C Roebuck 28; E Newton-Mann 3-38, J Rayner 3-28).

Hoylandswaine 399-4 (B Potter 110no, D Hoyle 108no, C Schofield 89, H Howlett 53; M Shakir 3-62) Rastrick 190-5 (C Jowett 74no, J Middleton 53).

Scholes 302-8 (C Lawson 79, J Brook 58, M Floyd 50, L Sykes 33, P Birkhead 27; I Finn 3-76) Elland 155 (A Rowles; C Lawson 7-36).

Broad Oak 146-1 (S Peacock 50no, B Burnett 44no, C Baxter 38) Skelmanthorpe 142 (J Greaves 25; S Rushworth 3-20, C Baxter 4-46).

Kirkheaton 170 (M Ahmed 39, T Gledhill 35; R Hall 3-35) Golcar 305-5 (L Rothery 99; U Ali 88, A Iqbal 54, Dan Woodhead 38).

Lascelles Hall 131 (T Taylor 51; D Crane 4-19, M Beaumont 3-32) Hall Bower 170-9 (M Beaumont 69, J Greenway 38; D Taylor 4-30).

Paddock 107-4 (O Hussain 34) Delph & Dobcross 106 (S Broadbent 36no; D Mellor 3-17, I Siddiq 3-19, P Metcalfe 3-28).

Micklehurst 80 (S Atkinson 4-28); T Healey 4-10) Armitage Bridge 241-7 (J Speight 69no, M Hallas 44, P Harrison 33).



Cawthorne 220-5 (D Skelly 79, C Roebuck 36, C Mott 32no, L Mott 31; Shelley 128 (A Brothers 28, J Scott 28, J Nightingale 25; A Kaye 3-45, R Schofield 3-9).