HOPTON MILLS went top of Central Yorkshire League Division One following an emphatic 43-run victory over East Ardsley.
Openers Chris Scott (58) and Mick Carroll (38) got Hopton off to a fantastic start, leaving junior Tahmidul Islam (4-50) to finish the job.
The effort of East Ardsley veteran David Battye, who took 3-35 in his 15 overs, proved inadequate.
Next up for Mills is a trip to Buttershaw St Pauls, who will doubtless find themselves with a tougher task than the one faced during their 101-run hammering of newly-promoted Mirfield.
Kevin McDermott, another rising talent, top-scored for Buttershaw with 67 in their 262-7 while the bowling of Pritesh Mistry
(4-48) put paid to Mirfield’s challenge. Sympathies must go to the home side’s Haseeb Hashmi who took 4-52 and hit a match best 77, yet still finished on the losing side.
And there seems little respite for Mirfield having lost 10 of their 12 games, as they now have to go to third-placed Wakefield St Michaels who sit six points behind Hopton.
St Michaels suffered a setback in their promotion bid, after going down by 19 runs at Liversedge.
Liversedge once again owed much to left-arm spinner Nigel Doyle, who effectively slowed the St Michaels charge with 4-57 in his 15 overs.
Sean Wilson (85) and skipper Graeme Winn (53 not out) had helped the home side post 240-7.
The Roberttown Lane outfit have the chance to push their own credentials as promotion candidates when they visitt Methley A this weekend.
Second-placed Scholes, meanwhile, will be keen to bounce back at home to relegation-threatened Ossett A following a surprise defeat at Wakefield Thornes A last time out.
In the Premier Division, Birstall’s seemingly hit-and-miss campaign continued as they crashed to an 84-run defeat at bottom club Northowram.
James Byrne (5-77) was the pick of a lacklustre Birstall attack and their batsmen were little better as James Keen (57) was one of only three men to pass 20 in their 191 all out closing tally.
Carlton visit Leeds Road this week while Batley, who lost to Wrenthorpe by three wickets, now go to Altofts this weekend.
Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, who lost by seven wickets to leaders Townville in spite of a respectable 233, face Wrenthorpe.
Ossett, who slipped to an eight-wicket loss at Methley, entertain Hunslet Nelson.