ALMONDBURY Wesleyans ended last season as runners-up to champions Cumberworth, but showed them who’s boss when the two met in the re-arranged League programme.
Matthew Henshaw (54) and Darrell Sykes (41) gave Wesleyans the impetus they needed to reach 219 at which point they were bowled out, James Haigh claiming four for 39.
The champions were soon in difficulties with four of their top five batsmen failing to find double figures. James Bower staged a rearguard action with a battling 62, but they were dismissed for 150 as Almondbury moved top.
Wesleyans had earlier beaten Azaad, with Henshaw again the main provider with 43 as they overtook Azaad’s 115 for the loss of six wickets.
Cumberworth defeated Green Moor with a top-score of 40 from Matt Dolley, and a five-run penalty after the Moor were penalised for running down the wicket, helping them to 178-6 after their opponents had made 177-5 Sam Akey scoring an undefeated 50.
Joint second in the table are Thurstonland and Thornhill & Westborough, the former beating Nortonthorpe by 28 runs.
Nathan Appleyard’s 38 and 32 not out from Lee Booth accounted for the bulk of Thurstonland’s 157-9 tally, before Dave Rishton stepped in with a match-winning performance when he grabbed six for 14 from 12 overs to restrict the visitors to 129-9.
Flockton gained a win over Holmbridge when Jamie Goffin scored 64 not out, after Richard Smith had taken four for 21 to help dismiss the Bridge for 133.
In Section A, there was an unbeaten ton from Dominic Chambers as Silkstone beat Upperthong.