WHAT a fantastic start to the season for Flockton's Chris Dobson.
The 23-year-old batsman crashed an amazing 214 not out in the Arrow Central League Section D game at Holmbridge to steer his side to 300-9 and an incredible one-wicket win after Scott Whitehead hit 118 for the home side.
What made Dobson's knock even more remarkable was that last season he batted 20 times and scored only 297 in total!
It was the fourth double century scored in the Central League, with current Emley Clarence player Jon Lee having scored 216 against Cawthorne in 1999, surpassing teammate Ken Taylor by a single run, after he scored 215 against Shelley in 1996, while Dodworth's Kevin Wiles also notched 215 in the early 90s.
Dobson's tremendous innings certainly puts him in the driving seat for this season's H Whittaker batting prize.
Meanwhile, Cartworth Moor second teamer Alan Hinchliffe also staked his claim for the Whittaker bowling prize after scooping figures of nine for 39 in the Section E match against Old Almondburians.
Hinchliffe's haul helped restrict the Old Boys to 104-9, however it still couldn't inspire his side to victory as Giles Cliffe replied with five for 27 as Moor were limited to a miserable 82-9.
In the top flight, last year's champions Cumberworth and runners-up Hoylandswaine both started strongly.
Up against Premier new boys Azaad, Cumberworth were bowled out for 175, but Richard Parkes then stepped in with five for 31 as last year's Section A champions were rolled for 74.
Meanwhile, in the battle of Barnsley, Hoylandswaine's Ian Simon (4-73) and new recruit Danny Mulhall (3-56) - the latter briefly having been a Lascelles Hall player, before switching to the Swaine to join up again with Scott Marsh and Simon, with whom he had played at Kexborough - dismissed Cawthorne for 160, Chris Mosley making 62.
Marsh replied with an unbeaten 62, backed up by Ryan Copley (39) and Mulhall (33) in the six-wicket canter.
`Relegated' Birchencliffe started life in Section B well with a nine-wicket win thanks to two of last season's second teamers, Bob Garside (6-45) and Clive Whittaker, who made 87 against Cartworth Moor.