Minhas and Hamid set up Meltham shock

MELTHAM sprang the shock result of the day with a thrilling four-wicket win at title-chasers Scholes.

The home side began the day one point behind leaders Shepley, while Meltham were second from bottom. Yet a third successive defeat left Scholes sliding into third place behind Hoylandswaine.

Chasing Scholes’ total of 194, Meltham needed three to win off the last over and succeeded with two deliveries remaining. Luke Leonard hit 60 for Scholes, and Vinod Minhas (52) and Abdul Hamid (46) were Meltham’s best.

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Centuries from Abdul Wahid and Nathan Freitag helped Slaithwaite post 265-6. However, visitors Hoylandswaine won by four wickets with two overs left, Michael Cranmer and Ryan Robinson contributing half-centuries and receiving strong support from their colleagues.

Shepley made short work of hosts Honley, who were hustled out for 71 by Danny Glover, who took 6-25 from 19 overs, and Liam Wiles, who took 3-10 in seven. Shepley won by 10 wickets in 13.4 overs, Dan Wood cruising to an unbeaten half-century and Tom Denton playing a supporting role.

Paul Cummins struck 92 and took 3-15 for Skelmanthorpe, who beat bottom of the table Holmfirth by 164 runs. Irfan Amjad hit a half-century and Australian Tom Beaton hit 34 and took 3-13.

Paul Winrow struck 17 fours and two sixes in his 122 for Shelley, who won by 139 runs at Golcar. Bilal Khiljee grabbed five wickets.

Charlie Roebuck made 96 in Kirkburton’s 49-run victory against Elland and Ibrar Latif played his part with 74.

Spinners were on form at Delph & Dobcross, who lost by three wickets to Barkisland, for whom Chris Williams had 7-33 in 11.4 overs. Arron Lilley took 6-57 from 22 overs for Delph.