PAUL WINROW smashed six sixes in one over on the way to a League season’s best of 168 not out in a Bank Holiday bonanza against Sykes Cup holders Skelmanthorpe.
The Barkisland captain, who has had a reasonably lean time so far this season, with the exception of a ton in the Sykes Cup win over Honley, went into overdrive, blasting a total of 17 fours and 10 sixes and was helped in a century stand for the sixth wicket by Ben Wells (62) as the home side totalled 284-6.
Andrew Clarke claimed five wickets, but at a cost of 118, although it was Scott Dyson who bore the brunt of Winrow’s furious hitting, going for 130 in 16 overs.
Richard Cocking (70) and Sarfraz Ahmed (52) both made half-centuries in reply, but Skelmanthorpe were never really in the hunt, Love Ablish taking four for 89.
Matt Cox (115) and John Greaves (110) put on 231 for the first wicket at Honley as they surged up into second place in the Premiership with a 137-run win over Lascelles Hall to stay in touch with leaders Golcar.
They took all six up the road at Holmfirth, where Steve Whitwam’s unbeaten 93 steered the Drakes leaders home by three wickets.
Bilal Khilji hit 98 and took three wickets to help Delph & Dobcross to a seven-run win over Elland after half-centuries from Richard Blakey and Lee Baxter had proved in vain.
Micklehurst are becoming one of the season’s surprise packages, and moved into fourth spot with a five-wicket win over Shepley, Aaron Lilley taking five for 78 before Danny Hesford fired up the home side with 81.
Shelley moved off the bottom after gaining a win at Emley, Muthu Pushpakumara claiming five for 57, while the runs came from Ranji Banadula-Don (84no) and Alan Greenwood (63).
Meltham also gained a much-needed win where it was again the Ainsley Swallow and Leighton Morgan show.
Skipper Swallow claimed five for 39 against Clayton West, before Kiwi opener Morgan cracked an unbeaten 76.
If Winrow was the star batsman in the Premiership, then that accolade certainly went to veteran Graeme Hurlbatt in the Conference after he flayed the Kirkheaton bowling attack with a stunning ton – batting at No9 for Broad Oak.
With his side reeling at 59-7, Hurlbatt strode out to the middle and proceeded to carve up Kirkheaton’s attack hitting nine sixes and six fours in a whirlwind 117 not out, his second 50 coming off just 14 deliveries.
And with overseas man Ben DeAraugo (53) keeping him company in a stand of 111 for the eighth wicket, the Oak finished on 258-8 before DeAraugo struck with five for 44 to bowl out the visitors for 154.