SHEPLEY romped to an eight-wicket win over Scholes in a Sykes Cup dress rehearsal, where Tom Love hit a super century only to finish on the losing side.
It was Love’s best-ever performance for the Chapelgaters, making 104 from 109 balls with 14 fours and five sixes, and putting on 127 for the third wicket with Iqbal Khan (57) in a 240-8 tally.
Shepley skipper Danny Glover sent down 23 overs to claim four for 79 before he handed over to his batsmen who knocked off the target in the 40th over for the loss of just two wickets.
SP Singh led the charge with an undefeated 110 (17 fours, one six), while Liam Wiles provided the clout with seven sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 83 from 79 balls.
Elland joined Honley on top of the table, but it was a close call as they defeated Marsden by just 12 runs.
Greg Wood top-scored with 57, while Craig Fletcher, now showing his worth as an all-rounder, hit 46 in Elland’s 210-9, hampered by three run outs.
After Steve Butters had made 41, Nicky Clee cracked 82, before he too was run out, and from 165-5, Marsden quickly fell away to be all out for 198, Chris Goulden picking up four for 36 late in the day.
Honley had fewer problems against Barkisland after holding them to 174-9 before Max Joice hit 68 off 49 balls (nine fours, one six) and Johnny Butterfield 50 to put on 100 for the third wicket in the five-wicket win.
Golcar were without captain Steve Whitwam but were still too strong for basement club Slaithwaite who were back in the hut for 108, of which Ronan Bruce made 47, while Jack McNamara bagged his best return of seven for 29.
Lee Baxter’s half-century ensured an easy passage for the Swallow Lane men.
Sarfraz Ahmed carried his bat for an unbeaten 113, putting on 161 for the first Shelley wicket with Peter Drysdale (69) at Lidgett Lane as the visitors made 235-7, but Skelmanthorpe clinched victory off the last ball of the game following Haroon Rashid’s 73.
Delph’s batsmen all chipped in to a 291-7 total at Kirkburton, where Graeme Simpson led the way with 86, including six fours and four sixes. And that proved just too many for the Riley Lane side who, despite 68 from Greg Buckley, struggled to keep out Arron Lilley (five for 68) and were held to 249-8.
Michael Cranmer hit a fine 66 for Hoylandswaine, but there was little else as the visitors were sent back for 139 by Broad Oak’s Adam France and Jack Hargeaves (three wickets each).
Hargreaves then led the reply with 38, supported by Max Freeland (27no) as the Oak secured a four-wicket win to move them up to fifth in the table.
In the Championship, Emley Clarence pulled off the biggest-ever run chase at Clayton West (and only just behind the one achieved by Honley at Hoylandswaine on the first day of the season) when they knocked off a target of 352 at Back Lane.
Sheheryar Hassan top-scored with 156, while Allan Greenwood made 77 and Jon Lee 60, as the Clarence batsmen rode their luck, Clayton putting down a staggering nine chances as Emley hit 356-4 in 45.3 overs.
Earlier Tom Barber had again shown what a great signing he is for Clayton West as he plundered 141, backed up by 58 apiece from Daniel Del Prete and Stuart Rank as the home side must have thought they had done enough with a 352-8 total to defend.
Hall Bower moved to second in the Championship after beating Lepton Highlanders by 48 runs, Tom Cliffe’s 89 rescuing the Bower from 31-4 as they made a battling 226.
Lepton were let down by their batting, however, with only Gary Hodgson’s 50 not out and captain Steve Brown’s 49 being knocks of note, as Javaid Ahmed claimed five for 49.
Holmfirth are top however, after lashing 283-4 against Almondbury, Javed Iqbal senior paving the way with 159, supported by Mohammed Usman’s 56.
David Swan replied with 77 for the Fernsiders, but no-one else stayed with him for long as Javed Iqbal junior prised out five batsmen for 73 runs.
Meltham beat struggling Paddock by nine wickets, Abdul Hamid and Nadeem Ashraf each scoring an unbeaten 85.
Armitage Bridge won the battle of the top two in the Conference, just failing to pick up a maximum in their nine-wicket jaunt over Thongsbridge.
Ben Raven-Hill made a fine 90 for the visitors who recovered from 31-4 to register 174-9, but Bridge openers Andy Gledhill (89 no) and Hayden Jones (60) made light of the run chase, reaching their target in the 33rd over to underline their title credentials.
Jonny Bishop finished two short of a ton for Kirkheaton, but 49 adrift of Linthwaite’s 278-7 score, for whom Sajid Bashir hit 102 and Nadeem Ishaq 62 not out, while Chris Walmsley was on form for Cawthorne, first making 86 and then taking five for 48 against Micklehurst.
Muhammad Saddiq was in the wickets again for Rastrick, taking seven for 76 against Lascelles Hall, before the visitors scraped home by one wicket after Jason Dawson had picked up six for 38.