PETER DRYSDALE defied his old club Shelley as Scholes increased their lead over champions Shepley.
Bay of Plenty all-rounder Drysdale hit seven fours and a six in his 60 after hosts Shelley had been removed for 121 in 47 overs. Tom Chadwick (4-16 in 7.2 overs) and Louis Brook (3-25 in 10) were the destroyers and Scholes romped home by six wickets.
Shepley took only a point against visitors Kirkburton. Ibrar Latif fell two runs short of his third century of the campaign, striking eight fours and six sixes in Kirkburton’s 216-5. Usran Malvi then took 5-50 in 17 overs of fast-medium deliveries and Shepley were left 37 runs short with their last pair at the wicket.
Ritchie Howarth shone for Honley at Meltham, who tumbled to a nine-wicket defeat. Howarth’s right-arm medium pace brought him 5-14 in 16 overs as Meltham were dismissed for 89. Simon Kelly then struck an undefeated half-century and Richard Jakeman supported with 26, Honley reaching their target in 13 overs.
Jamshad Ahmad made an undefeated 86 and took five wickets for Delph & Dobcross, who won by six wickets at Holmfirth. Shabir Rashid hit a defiant half-century and took three wickets for the losers.
Slaithwaite left the drop zone with a 53-run win at Barkisland, who were restricted to 99 by Australian Nathan Freitag, who took 7-35 in 19 overs, and Dave Berry (3-31). Abdul Wahid played his part with 61.
Paul Cummins took 5-12 in 12.2 overs and Thomas Beaton hit 62 in Skelmanthorpe’s five-wicket win against Golcar, Jack Hargreaves’ 4-11 in 3.4 overs counting for nothing. Nor was Wasim Qasim’s 6-57 enough to rescue Elland from defeat by 44 runs against Hoylandswaine.