The weather relented sufficiently for Delph to bat 15 overs and reach 95 for the loss of three wickets against second-from-bottom Slaithwaite. A thunderbolt then brought a noisy end to proceedings and had the players dashing for cover.
No 3 batsman Greg Buckley included five fours and two sixes in an undefeated 46 and Arron Lilley, batting at four, was not far behind with 40, his innings containing two fours and four lusty sixes. Nathan Freitag, Slaithwaite’s Australian all-rounder, removed Delph’s openers.
Hoylandswaine, undefeated since May 17, lead the way with 63 points, second-placed Shepley are five points behind and Barkisland, who strung together five successive wins before Saturday’s cancellation at Meltham, lie in third place, a further three points adrift.
Just two games survived in the Championship and they were both reduced to 25 overs-a-side. Thongsbridge and Armitage Bridge tied their thrilling encounter at Miry Lane. Thongsbridge totalled 100-6, No 4 Tom Raven-Hill top-scoring with 32 and Hayden Charlton taking 5-42 with his right-arm medium pace.
Zafar Iqbal used the same method to grab 5-23 as Armitage Bridge were bowled out for 100 in the 24th over. Richard Lunn was run out attempting a winning run.
Moorlands defeated Lascelles Hall by 25 runs despite an innings of 42 from Sam Scott. Steven Lane made an unbeaten 38 for Moorlands who climbed above Marsden and trail leaders Broad Oak by three points. Fourth-placed Cawthorne are six points behind Marsden.