WHILE the two Dan Woods kept Shepley powering along at the summit of the Drakes Premiership, there was a welcome win for Marsden at the bottom of the table.
Talented all-rounder Chris Kilner was the man to do the lasting damage for the Hemplow side, taking four for 83 and then finishing unbeaten on 48 as they defeated Barkisland by two wickets for six points.
Barkisland totalled 139 thanks to a battling 47 from Jamie Summerscales, but the rest were given little chance by Kilner and Asim Khan, who claimed six for 49.
Lorenzo Ingram (four for 49) and Jonny Whiteoak (three for 32) did their best to keep Barkisland in the hunt, but Khan’s 37 proved crucial and then Kilner got Marsden over the line.
Leaders Shepley steamrollered Scholes at Chapelgate as the home side collapsed from 115-2 to 147 all out under the pressure of tight left-arm spin from Danny Wood, who finished with four for 24.
Tom Boorman was the best of the home batsmen with 67, but Shepley made short work of their reply, racing to victory inside 19 overs thanks to a classy unbeaten 84 from opener Dan Wood and 38 from keeper Josh Clarkson.
Elland moved back above Honley in the table after beating them at Hullen Edge.
Simon Kelly (62) and Eddie Wilson (30) led Honley to a competitive total of 205-8, but Elland skipper Paul Winrow replied with 71 and, with Niall Lockley contributing 61 the home side won with five down, Kelly taking three for 57.
The best bowling performance came from Hall Bower’s ex-Cairns player Michael Salerno.
He bagged seven for 28 to help dismiss Holmfirth for just 63 – Yogesh Golwalkar taking the other three at a cost of 35 – and the Bower got home for the loss of five wickets with Hasnat Yousaf on 28 not out. Abdul Ghafoor had three for 39 for Holmfirth.
Opening pair Danny Rhodes and Will Hinchliffe gave Golcar a winning edge at Shelley.
Rhodes picked up five for 44 and Hinchliffe three for 40 as Shelley were sent back for 93. Jake Lockwood (29) made sure Golcar took the points despite a three-wicket haul from Bilal Khiljee.
Yorkshire’s Gurman Randhawa was another man in outstanding form as Sykes Cup semi-finalists Kirkburton returned to winning league ways.
Randhawa’s 52 provided top support for skipper Greg Buckley’s 66 as they put up 202-7 at home to Hoylandswaine – Richard Wilkinson taking three for 41 and Bandula Don three for 46.
Randhawa’s left-arm spin, however, proved devastating for the visitors and he finished with seven for 72 to help his team dismiss Hoylandswaine for 192.
Skelmanthorpe were crushed at Delph as Kevin Hook scored a fine century (102) for the home side in their 278-8.
Irfan Zahoor also had 69 while Scott Dyson picked up five for 48, but Skelmanthorpe were never in the hunt in reply, falling for 97 as Matt Norvall took five for 56 and Jamshad Ahmad three for 26.
Thongsbridge extended their lead in the Frank Platt Championship by one extra point over Slaithwaite after taking six points off Lepton, Peter Lombard taking six for 16 and Zafar Iqbal four for 24 to send Lepton back for 57. Ben Raven-Hill hit 51 in reply.
Moorlands crushed Kirkheaton to stay well clear in the Cedar Court Conference.