KIRKBURTON remain the front-runners in Drakes Premiership Two, but Skelmanthorpe and Slaithwaite are pushing them hard.
David Greaves (57) and Gary Eastwood (38no) were again on form as Burton beat Primrose Hill by eight wickets after bowling out the Cross Lane side for 117.
Skelmanthorpe crept into second spot, although it was a close-run thing as they only just pipped Holmfirth by one wicket, thanks to an unbeaten 39 from evergreen Phil Redgwick after Scott Jagger had claimed four for 46 to restrict the Holme Valley side to 157-9.
Slaithwaite had no such problems against Golcar, as they fired their way to 251-6, with all their batsmen in the runs.
Ashley Scott was the pick with an unbeaten 78, while Richard Haslam made 53 and Chris Payne 39. In reply, only Urfan Ali (50no) impressed for Golcar.
Honley’s hopes of defending their title were hit at Elland, who won by 75 runs. Reece Jennison top-scored with 78 for Elland, while Jez Firth made 39. Jamie Hinchliffe took six for 29 but could not prevent the Hullen Edgers making 196.
David Brooke made 43 in reply, but his was the only real contribution as Mark Ward took three for 16 to help send Honley back for 121.
Jake Clayton bagged five for 12 in just five overs as Shelley were rolled over for 31, Scholes going on to a 10-wicket win.
Barkisland stay on course for promotion from the Cedar Court Conference Two, their latest win coming against Linthwaite, while Kirkheaton’s Michael Calvert hit an unbeaten 80 to help defeat Paddock and keep his side in second place.
Frank Platt Two leaders Hall Bower had their match with Emley abandoned in the second innings, giving Marsden the chance to cut their lead to just one point after their win over Lepton Highlanders, Carl Zaffino hitting an unbeaten 65 for the Hemplow men.