HOLMFIRTH had a tremendous double to close the gap on runaway Premiership Two leaders Kirkburton.
While Burton followed their easy win at Elland with a surprise defeat to an Ervin-Clarke inspired Meltham, Holmfirth chalked back-to-back wins.
First of all, they were involved in a thriller at Scholes where Lee Watmough crashed the final delivery through extra cover for four to seal a one-wicket success after the scores had been tied – Holmfirth needing nine off the last over to beat their Holme Valley rivals.
Skipper Craig Marsh (63) had buoyed Scholes with a late onslaught of sixes after Harry Bryson (49) and Matt Boorman (41) had patiently guided them towards 216-8, but Holmfirth were not to be denied.
Phil Birkhead and Seb Allen gave them a solid start and then Altef Patel weighed in with 84, sharing a productive partnership with Glyn Brown (38).
Scholes pegged them back, taking a wicket when the scores were level, but Watmough had the last say.
Then, at home to Broad Oak the following day, Birkhead’s men had it much more their own way.
Ian Whiteley and Jonathan Moore had three wickets apiece as the Oak were dismissed for 140.
Birkhead then anchored the Holmfirth reply with 54 and others chipped in to give them a seven-wicket success.
Burton’s nine-wicket win at Elland was a very solid show, but they could not cope the following day with veteran pace bowler Clarke, who bagged seven for 33 in 12 overs to dismiss Burton for 103 in reply to Meltham’s 188.
Barry Shaw was the backbone of the Meltham innings, his 56 at the top of the order coming off 74 balls in 85 minutes and featuring 10 fours and one six.
Honley batsman Tom Kaye had a fantastic weekend scoring 110 against Meltham and 51 against Scholes.
The most astonishing match of the weekend was in the Inter-Conference at Kirkheaton, where Clayton West were dismissed for just 24, John Phayer taking five for 20 and Martin Hallas five for four! Kirkheaton knocked them off easily.