Andrew Pinfield, the one player at today’s resuming Parish Cup final without a role to play, did his bit for Jer Lane’s Foster’s Halifax League title bid yesterday.
The opener, out for a duck last Sunday as his side made 56 for one in reply to Booth’s 290 for five, made amends with 100 as his side beat visitors Triangle by 68 runs.
Skipper Mick Hustler’s 32 was the next best score for Lane, who had to settle for a total of 209 with veteran Roger Smith taking five for 65 off 22 overs for the visitors.
Nasir Chowdrey struck to leave Triangle 14 for two and fellow opening bowler Nabil Khan took five for 56 as the visitors were dismissed for 141 with Christian Silkstone (33) and Jack Gledhill (30) giving the hosts most to think about.
Lane’s 12-point return stretched their lead at the top to 14 points from Thornton with Copley five further back.
Their position could have been stronger, Thornton scrambling a one-run win and nine points in a dramatic finish at Bradshaw.
A solid batting effort from the visitors, spearheaded by Ross Soames (59) and Mick Shanks (52), helped them post 257 for eight.
Simon Collins picked up four for 96 and followed up with 61 - a score matched by opener Lee Broadbent - as Bradshaw gave it their best shot. Young Joe Lewis chipped in with 44 but Ben Harris came up trumps for Thornton at the death, having Paul Dawson caught by Nikki Hutchinson off the last ball to give Thornton a one-run win.
Copley’s hopes were hit by a 38-run defeat at SBCI, who were easing their relegation fears.
The hosts made 219 for eight with the help of a second-wicket stand of 78 between George Hampshire (44) and Charles Hyland (33). Dan Keighley added 61 before becoming James Clark’s fourth victim.
Copley slumped to 56 for six and had to settle for maximum batting points at 181 for nine with number eight Craig Chew (42) their top scorer.
Home captain Jamie Sykes took five for 32 and Robin Hanson three for 67 but a final wicket, worth an extra three points, escaped them.
Bottom club Clayton were also one wicket short of a maximum haul at home to Booth but a 13-run win was still a good result.
Clayton piled up 293 for three with ex-Windhill batsman Mohammed Hanif (94), M.Hodgson (68 no) and Chris Ramsden (56) in good form.
Booth recovered from eight for two to reach 280 for nine with skipper Rob Laycock (101) and Nigel Horsfall (83) hitting six sixes apiece.
Warley had beaten Clayton the previous week but the next-to-bottom side were unable to use that as a springboard to success at home to Blackley.
Paul Dowle rediscovered some of his excellent early season form, taking seven for 61 as Warley were dismissed for 152 with opener Chris Marsh (40) and number nine Luke Duckitt (31 no) best for the hosts.
Reece Jennison (53) and D.Walsh (40) put on 100 for Blackley’s first wicket to virtually settle matters and the visitors wrapped up a seven-wicket win.
Sowerby Bridge are also in trouble with five games left after being bowled out for 124 in reply to visitors Mytholmroyd’s 202 for nine.
Oxenhope are the form team in Division One, following up their win over leaders Southowram with a 181-run thrashing of another of the title contenders, Queensbury.
Oxenhope amassed 341 for four. A first wicket stand of 168 between Stuart Jackson (90) and Liam Dyson (87) set the platform and the home side were made to pay for dropping Tom Tetley second ball. Tetley scored a rapid 85 and Josh Tetley added 41 at the death before becoming the fourth stumping victim of Scott Osborne, who had a fine game behind the timbers conceding only one bye.
Dyson confirmed his status as one of the top all rounders in the division by following his 87 runs by taking four wickets in a fine opening spell.
Amjad Ali (63) and Phil Sharples (35 not out) briefly steadied the innings before Duncan Tetley ripped out the middle order with a match clinching spell of five for nine as Queensbury were dismissed for 162.
Queensbury’s defeat was good news for rivals Southowram and Sowerby St Peters who both won .
Ben Wells hit 100 not out to help Southowram overhaul hosts Outlane’s 199 for five, which included 52 from Dan Crosland.
The other Dan Crosland, the one who plays for Sowerby, helped his side bag 12 points at Bridgeholme.
He hit 82 to help his side to a target of 170 after slow bowler Martin Schofield (eight for 93) had weaved his magic again to dismiss the Eastwood side for 169.
Allah Ditta took five of the six Sowerby wickets to fall.
Harry Talbot marked his first team debut for Northowram HT with the first two wickets and the last two as his side beat visitors Old Crossleyans by 25 runs.
Husnain Wajid (72), Chris Conroy (41) and Gary Severn (23) were the only men in double figures as Northowram made 172, Harry Reynolds taking four for 29.
Asif Ramzan made 67 and Anjam Hussain 38 but the rest of the Crocs batting flopped as teenager Talbot and Ollie Hamingway, who also took four wickets, dismissed the Broomfield men for 147.
Shelf’s Steve Priestley was again in stunning form as his side hit Luddenden Foot’s promotion hopes in Division Two.
Priestley hit 159 not out - including 19 fours and nine sixes - to take his average over the 100-mark for the season.
His first 50 came in 47 balls, the next 50 of 22 balls and the final 50 off 19.
Shelf made 295 for four and Chris Roy’s 63 was in vain for Foot, who were all out for 181.
Lane’s demise was good news for leaders Low Moor, who beat visitors Stainland by 10 wickets and Wibsey PC, who had a seven-wicket success at home to Denholme Clough.
Charlie Holdsworth (60 no) and Andy Croasdell (70 no) knocked off the 142 Low Moor needed to win after spinner Bradley Williamson had taken five for 43.
Paul Fenton took seven for 24 to send Clough packing for 48 at Bradford Park Avenue.
Khan’s unbeaten 79 gave Augustinians a welcome two-wicket win at home to Stones, for whom Kevin O’Rourke hit 84.
Rhys Jowett took a considerable step up in class in his stride as Lightcliffe won by nine wickets at Baildon in Division one of the Bradford League.
Jowett, in good form in the second team, made 100 and skipper Chris Taylor an unbeaten 85, the pair putting on 183 in pursuit of Baildon’s 216 for seven.
Much-improved Brighouse also won again in Division Two, Sohail Hussain (69) and Johannes Vee (five for 32) playing lead roles in their 106-run home win over struggling Idle.
Skipper Paul Winrow’s 56 was to no avail as Ell;and lost by three wickets at home to Shepley in the Huddersfield League’s top flight.
Lorenzo Ingram made 118 not out and skipper Darren Robinson 45 not out, after taking five for 62, as Barkisland beat visitors Honley.
Northowram Fields crashed to a five successive defeat when being hammered at home by Carlton in the Central Yorkshire League’s top flight.
Todmorden suffered an agonising one-wicket defeat at home to Rawtenstall in the Lancashire League.
Visiting pro Brett Pelser was out for 109 with two needed for victory after the visitors had recovered from 78 for six chasing Todmorden’s 219 for four.
Tod’s Sri Lankan Geeth Alwis took four for 75 and hit 67 but the home club were most pleased with Elliott Gilford’s maiden league century, an unbeaten 104.