Jer Lane didn’t allow today’s Parish Cup final date with Booth at Blackley to distract them from league business yesterday.
They won a cagey top-of-the-table contest in the Foster’s Halifax League at Copley by the narrowest of margins to extend their advantage to 11 points with six rounds of fixtures left.
Rain had left its mark on many pitches, with several low scores around, and Copley only totalled 122 for nine off their 45 overs with Nick Gomersall’s 40 the top contribution.
Keen not to give Copley a chance of 12 points by being all out, the home side were left to reflect on the fact that another handful of runs might have enabled them to bank full points.
Andrew Pinfield made 50 at the top of the Lane order but Jonny Waddington (23) was the only other player in double figures, last pair Paul Chapman and Graham Sivyer scrambling the winning runs.
Thornton went above Copley into second thanks to a five-wicket home win over SBCI.
Simon Wood made 66 for the visitors but Thornton’s league side trio Nikki Hutchinson (54), Ross Soames (64) and Josh Hutchinson (63 no) helped them overhaul SBCI’s 207 for seven.
Mytholmroyd are fourth after a 54-run home win over a Booth side no doubt with one eye on today’s big game.
James Cowens (63) spearheaded a largely solid home effort with the bat, ‘Royd totalling 261 for nine.
Chris Shannon followed up his three for 39 with 53 for Booth. Skipper Rob Laycock maintained his good form with 59 not out but the visitors had to settle for maximum batting points at 207 for five.
Ashton Richardson’s five for 73 helped Sowerby Bridge ease their relegation fears with a seven-wicket win at Triangle.
The home side managed only 156 with number 10 Martin Uttley’s 30 not out the top contribution.
Bridge lost both openers trapped leg before with the total on one but a 131 run stand between Nick Whitehill (81 no) and Paul Smith (52) virtually settled matters.
Blackley overhauled visitors Bradshaw’s 210 for nine to win by five wickets while Warley won a key match at the foot of the tail, bowling out bottom side Clayton for 177 in reply to their 223 for seven.
Oxenhope produced their best performance of the season to turn over Division One front runners Southwram on their own track.
Liam Dyson made 54 at the top of their order and an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 45 from Reece Webb-Foster (25) and Duncan Tetley (21) get them up to 187 for eight off 45 overs.
Dyson followed up with six for 39, ably assisted by opening partner Ben Addison (two for 13) as the Rams were rolled over for only 76.
Second-placed Queensbury pulled back seven points on the leaders, but are still 12 behind, after a five-wicket win at Bridgeholme.
The Eastwood club produced more heroics to get their ground fit, after it had been waist-deep in flood water earlier in the week, but were unable to get the victory they needed to lift them out of the bottom two.
James Hudson (63) and Chris Kibble (51) helped them to 184 for eight but Scott Osbourne’s 52 put Queensbury on track and an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 58 between Phil Sharples (36 no) and Malik (22 no) sealed it for the visitors.
Sowerby were 51 for five at home to Northowram HT before Dan Syme (85 no) and Martin Schofield (54 no) lifted the total to 188 for five.
Schofield followed up with four for 20 and Bradley Morgan took six for 29 as Northowram were bowled out for 51 in reply with Raz Saghir (23) the only player in double figures.
Anwar Shokat’s five for 28 helped dismiss Old Crossleyans for 89 at Broomfield and Outlane completed a six-wicket win to add 12 points to their survival bid.
In Division two, leaders Low Moor came a cropper at the hands of promotion rivals Wibsey Park Chapel with Matthew Jordan and Paul Fenton taking five wickets each to dismiss them for 68 chasing the visitors’s 208 for seven.
Jordan was completing a good day’s work after earlier making 56, opener Chris Brown hitting 62.
Chris Roy’s 100 and Gareth Swain’s 38 and four for 36 helped Luddenden Foot to a convincing 93-run home win over Greetland, for whom Mahboob made 71.
Andy Dimbleby’s 73 helped Shelf make the 195 they needed to win at Stainland.
Confirmation that Brighouse are no longer whipping boys in Division Two came with a five-wicket win at home to Division Two leaders Farsley.
Brighouse made 180 for eight thanks to Zahir Hussain (51) and Sadaqat Zaman (37) and that proved just enough as Farsley were dismissed for 175, after a strong start, thanks mainly to Sohail Hussain (four for 27) and Mohammad Hafeez.
(three for 39).
Illingworth got back to winning ways in Division Three of the Aire/Wharfe League with a comfortable 74 run victory over Woodhouse.
Aussie Matthew Battle fell one run short of a century as Illingworth made a decent 210 for five and Jamie Moorhouse’s five for 48 from 15 overs ensured Woodhouse finished well adrift.
Northowram Fields moved closer to the trapdoor in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League after being dismissed for 106 at Hunslet Nelson.
They hit back strongly with the ball, Chris Thompson taking three of the eight home wickets to fall, but defeat leaves them seven points adrift at the bottom.
Elland and Barklisland were both beaten in the top section of the Huddersfield League.
Indian Rahul Bakshi made 73 and Niall Lockley 42 in their 208 for nine but Hoylandswaine won by seven wickets, albeit off the first ball of the final over.
Alex Morris made 108 not out and John Sadler 50 as Elland dropped a place to third.
Barkisland lost at Skemlmanthorpe, being all out for 154 in reply to their hosts’ 173 for eight.
West Indian Lorenzo Ingram spearheaded the visitors’ effort with five for 30 and 50 while Jake Finch hit 81. However, the decisive contribution was Alex Scholefield’s nine for 55.