There was a sensational finish to the Towergate Halifax League Division One programme on Saturday when Clayton snatched the second promotion spot from Oxenhope.
Oxenhope only needed four points from a trip to Old Crossleyans to clinch the runners-up berth behind behind runaway winners Mytholmroyd.
However, they were dismissed for 89 in reply to the Crocs’ 149 for nine at Broomfield.
Their two-point return left the door ajar for Clayton, who picked up 12 points from a thrilling two-run success at already-relegated Greetland.
The hosts had the star performer in Mahboob (six for 67 and 37) but Chris Ramsden (five for 49) came up trumps at the death for the visitors as Greetland were all out for 197 in reply to Clayton’s 199 for nine, which included 63 from Paul Ascough.
Champions Mytholmroyd won by 62 runs at Queensbury in spite of a below-par batting display.
Slow bowler Gurdiv Singh took six for 28 to dismiss them for 138, James Cowens typically smashing 65, but Queensbury were shot out for 76 in reply with Asem Khan and Chris White taking four wickets each.
Northowram HT edged out under-performing bottom club Low Moor by six runs in a decent high-scoring finale.
Chris Metcalf made 99, youngster Tom Clee 60 and Adam Stocks 41 as Hedge Top made 297 for seven.
Low Moor set off like a house on fire in reply but lost wickets steadily. Mark Stokes played an array of fine shots to reach 87 and Graham Scarborough (53), Charlie Holdsworth (37) and Richard Speight (37) took the visitors close but Andy Croasdell was unable to bat due to injury and that probably made the difference as Moor were dismissed seven runs shy of victory.
POINTS: Mytholmroyd 165, Clayton 152, Oxenhope 139, Northowram 131, Queensbury 121, Old Crosseleyans 111, Greetland 76, Low Moor 70.
Booth will take a three point lead over SBCI at the top of the Premier Division into the final day of action.
The title-rivals both picked up 12 points in convincing fashion on Saturday, Booth with a 141-run win at Copley and SBCI courtesy of a 201-run success at Sowerby St Peters.
Booth, who host Warley in their final game, racked up 268 for eight with half-centuries from early-order men Patrick Thomas, Rick Laycock and skipper Rob Laycock.
James Clarke took five for 70 for the under-strength hosts, who mustered only 127 in reply with first-change bowler Mozzan Ayub taking five for 30, Chris Dalby (45) top scoring for Copley.
Jamie Summerscales, who hit a half-century at Sowerby in the Parish Cup final recently, returned there to strike a masterful 181 for SBCI on Saturday.
Summerscales helped the visitors to 313 and Sowerby were then bowled out for 112 with Robin Hanson and Ben Summerscales taking three wickets apiece.
Sowerby’s three-point return leaves them in grave danger of the drop alongside Southowram, who are already certain to finish well adrift of the rest.
The St Peter’s side are now next-to-bottom, fellow relegation battlers Blackley and Jer Lane having both picked up maximum points.
Paul Dowle was Blackley’s match-winner at home to Thornton, taking seven for 38 to dismiss the visitors for 123 after Theo Greaves (51) and Ibi Mir (31) had batted well late on to help their side to 188 for eight.
Lane grabbed their chance with both hands away to a 10-man Southowram side, veteran seamer Phil Yeadon (seven for 18) and Jonny Lister (two for 23) dismissing the Rams for 43 inside 21 overs en route to an eight-wicket success.
There is a three-cornered fight for third place between Triangle, Warley and Sowerby Bridge, who go to SBCI next Saturday.
Warley are breathing down Triangle’s necks after a 133-run thrashing of their rivals in a contest notable for outstanding contributions from three players.
Rival opening bowlers Kurtis Whippey and Luke Duckitt took eight wickets apiece, virtually cancelling each other out, so perhaps Greg Keywood’s unbeaten 109 was the key factor.
Keywood hit 10 fours and eight sixes to help Warley to 219 for eight and Duckitt then shattered Triangle for 86.
Nick Whitehill hit 55 and took four for 23 as Sowerby Bridge beat visitors Bradshaw by 56 runs. Whitehill’s brother Chris made 56 not out in Bridge’s 194 for seven, Bradshaw replying with 138.
POINTS: Booth 176, SBCI 173, Triangle 140, Warley 138, Sowerby Bridge 136, Copley 123, Bradshaw 118, Jer Lane 115, Thornton 109, Blackley 108, Sowerby SP 102, Southowram 75.
Bridgeholme need just a couple of points at home to Stainland on Saturday to clinch promotion behind Outlane in Division Two.
Bridgeholme were comprehensive 157-run victors at home to Augustinians in their penultimate game but third-place Calder Valley rivals Luddenden Foot also collected 12 points in a six-wicket win at Denholme Clough.
Ollie Chalis (113) and Dan Fielden (79) were largely responsible for Bridgeholme’s 250 for seven and the 10-man hosts made 93 in reply with opener Inderjit Singh (37) the only one to offer much resistance.
Clough’s Yousaf (43) has the only batsman in double figures as Foot bowled them out for 98, Karl Whipp smashing 65 not out to seal victory in 20.3 overs.
Four wickets each for skipper Nick Patefield and veteran Jack Wilson dismissed Stainland for 88 and set up visitors Shelf for an easy seven-wicket success.
Stones strolled to an eight-wicket home win over Old Town after dismissing the 10-man visitors for 97 with Ben Watkins and Tim Worthington taking four wickets each. Watkins followed up with 47.
Outlane suffered one blot on a highly-successful season when they were dismissed for 27 by Wibsey Park Chapel at Bradford Park Avenue.
Matthew Jordan had an astonishing eight for seven return, Dan Proctor taking the two wickets to fall in reply for the champs in a game concluded inside 24 overs.
POINTS: Outlane 171, Bridgeholme 148, Luddenden Foot 137, Shelf 135, Wibsey PC 130, Stones 118, Stainland 92, Old Town 87, Augustinians 80, Denholme Clough 77.