Slaithwaite are celebrating the Frank Platt Championship title.
The Hill Top club clinched the silverware with a crushing six-point home victory over Linthwaite and are back in the Drakes Premiership just a year after dropping down.
Ian Holt’s side took command by reducing Linthwaite to 33-5 and it was only a cracking 85 from ex-Friarmere batsman Asif Qayyum which delayed the championship party.
His effort enabled Linthwaite to total 155 despite testing bowling from left-arm spinner Dave Berry, who claimed five for 76, and Kiwi paceman Sean Davey, who bagged four for 29.
Davey then got to work with the ball and went past 600 runs for the season with an unbeaten 67, guiding Slaithwaite to their target for the loss of two wickets with an unbeaten half century from Jamie Clayton.
“Our intention at the start of the season was to blood some young lads and bring our local lads through alongside a decent professional (Davey) and that’s what we’ve done,” said Holt. “We have played some good cricket and, apart from a couple of slip-ups along the way, we have done well.
“It’s great for the club that we’ve won the title and gone straight back up – we are absolutely delighted – and now we are all looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership again.”
Thongsbridge took over in the second promotion place by beating rivals Broad Oak.
The Holme Valley side were dismissed for 165 as Jack Wadsworth, Kiwi Rhys Phillips and Alex Slack all took three wickets, and it seemed Broad Oak were in with a good chance of victory.
But they had reckoned without the bowling of Tom Raven-Hill and Peter Lombard, who claimed five for 13 and four for 34 respectively to dismiss the Oak for just 67.
Meltham moved joint third with the Oak and just four points behind Thongsbridge with a five-wicket victory against Lepton.
Joe Atkinson had 51 but the Lepton innings was wrecked by former Edgerton & Dalton bowler Vinod Minhas, who took seven for 60.
Minhas then had an unbeaten 25 as Meltham reached 132-5 to keep themselves in with a chance of promotion.
In the other Championship match, overseas man Patrick Cairns hit an unbeaten 105 to steer Cawthorne to a six-wicket victory against Clayton West, for whom Sam Armstrong hit 94 not out in their 291-8.
In the top flight, Shepley moved to within a win of the title before yesterday’s double-header fixture at Shelley by brushing aside Holmfirth.
Craig Glover had another day to remember for the Marsh Lane side with 76 in their 205-6 and then three for 39 as Holmfirth were dismissed for 119.
His brother, skipper Danny, picked up five for 36 while another former Edgerton & Dalton man, Hardeep Singh, hit 54 not out.
There was a thrilling tie at Golcar, where they finished on exactly the same score as Honley – 196-9.
Simon Kelly and Danny Howard had half centuries for Honley, Golcar skipper Steve Whitwam taking three for 58.
In reply, Cameron Fletcher and James Howson both had 88, but Golcar were pegged back by Tim Taylor with four for 66 and Sid Sharma with three for 69. Kirkburton are four points clear of the rest in second place after a nine-wicket win against Shelley.
Paddock’s Siddiq enjoyed the best bowling figures as he claimed five wickets for no runs as his side won by a wicket at Cumberworth.