Centurion Kelly gets champions off mark

OPENING batsman Simon Kelly’s undefeated century helped reigning champions Honley to a nerve-jangling first victory of the season as Delph & Dobcross suffered their first defeat.

Kelly hit 10 fours and figured in a second-wicket stand of 94 with Max Joice, who contributed an invaluable 42. Chasing Honley’s 194-6, Delph recovered from 116-6 to 191 all out, Arron Lillley hammering 93, including five fours and four sixes. Harlon Haye and Ritchie Howarth took four wickets each for Honley.

Wasim Jaffer struck his second century before snicking a catch to the wicketkeeper in Scholes’ 24-run victory at Skelmanthorpe. Jaffer made almost half Scholes’ total of 223-8 and Iqbal Khan fell two runs short of his half-century.

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Elland enjoyed a seven-wicket win at Slaithwaite. Ibrar Younas tormented his old club by taking 4-41 as Slaithwaite crumbled to 79 all out. Elland then took 22.1 overs to reach their target, Lorenzo Ingram leading the way with an unbeaten 31.

Kirkburton maintained their unbeaten record with an eight-wicket success against Marsden who were sent back for a modest 136. They struggled against the medium pace of Ryan Robinson (4-41) and Tom Burkinshaw (3-22). Matthew Wood and Andrew Smith then enjoyed an opening partnership of 105.

Former Batley pace-man Arman Hussain had a splendid home debut for Shepley, who defeated Shelley by six wickets. Hussain bowled took 5-14, Craig Glover offering useful support with 3-21 as Shelley were dismissed for 94. Shepley lost three wickets for five runs before recovering to win in the 24th over. Greg Wood hit a half-century.

Bandula Don had a 6-26 return from 15.2 overs for Hoylandswaine but Gideon Foster replied with 6-31 for Hall Bower who had 29 runs to spare in their first league win. Golcar won by five wickets at Clayton West, who were skittled for 90.

Of the 20 wickets to fall at Barkisland in the Frank Platt Championship, nine were lbw’s. Thongsbridge were dismissed for 83 but Barkisland then fell six runs short.