DIVISION ONE leaders Hopton Mills secured promotion to the top flight with a 38-run victory over Oulton, which came much thanks to a superb 63 from rookie opener Tahmidul Islam.
Islam’s demise led to an innings collapse – and Hopton were all out for 147.
However, conditions appeared to favour the bowlers and Oulton were dismissed for just 107 as Richard Myers (5-37) and Islam (3-18) did the majority of the damage.
Mills now lead the table by nine points and can claim the title with just four points from their trip to relegation-threatened Methley A tomorrow (Saturday).
Waiting in the wings, in the event of an improbable slip-up, are Scholes who maintained their push for promotion after collecting four points from their three-wicket win over East Leeds.
They will finally see off the challenge of Wakefield St Michaels and Liversedge if they take six points from bottom club Mirfield at New Popplewell Lane over the weekend.
Liversedge are left needing two big wins but are set to see the season out with a bang regardless of their league position.
They go to Oulton fresh from an eight-wicket triumph over East Ardsley following a high-scoring contest.
Batting first East Ardsley posted a challenging 214-4, Julian Smith hitting 100 not out, but, Liversedge, despite losing two early wickets, replied with 215-2 as Sean Wilson (132) and Paul Marlow (80) staged an unbeaten, match-winning third-wicket stand.
Basement outfit Ossett A look doomed after young Kevin McDermott (84) and Chris Kellett (57) helped visitors Buttershaw St Pauls to 209-5 and then made only 114 all out in the face of Paul Robinson’s 5-30 return.
In the Premier Division, Townville have already been crowned champions but who goes down remains an uncertain. With bottom club Northowram beating second-bottom Altofts and the next two, Batley and Ossett, battling out a 500-plus run fest which resulted in a narrow win for Batley, only eight points now separate the bottom four going into the penultimate games of the season.
Batley, at champions Townville on Saturday and Altofts, visiting Methley will struggle to come away with points.
Ossett, meanwhile, will be hoping for better luck at home to Northowram after a superb 263-9 run chase at Batley earned them just one point – a poor reward for Shoaib Latif’s 116.
Further adrift, Birstall and Mirfield Parish will be battling it out to finish top of the bottom half of the table.
Elsewhere, in Divisions Three and Four, Westwood Park remain on course to complete a club double as the first team go to Gildersome, boasting a three-point lead over Rodley.
The second string challenge Thornhill A, holding a four-point advantage over second-placed Liversedge A.