BRADFORD LEAGUE bound Scholes suffered a setback in their bid to leave the Central Yorkshire League as champions when they surprisingly slumped to a 77-run defeat at home to an Altofts side now just one point behind them in third place.
Altofts posted a modest 177-8 in the first innings but Scholes never looked like overhauling that score as Zain Abbas, Nick Whitehill and skipper James Stansfield were all out with only 11 on the board.
Adam Brown hit 30 off 29 balls but there was limited contributions elsewhere as they were bowled over for just 107.
Methley have taken over at the top from Scholes, now second, after a seven wicket win over Ossett.
John Sadler (34) top scored for Ossett but their 127 all out proved undefendable as Methley skipper Chris Holliday earned a match best 60 not out to steer his side to victory.
Birstall were back in action with a bang in their Premier Division game at home to Wakefield Thornes as skipper Rob Macfarlane (93) led them to the day’s top score in the top flight and a tense two-wicket win.
Craig Wood (6-54) helped restrict Thornes to 219-9 but Macfarlane, with the help of a run-a-ball from junior M Dyson (37) saw their side home with 10 balls to spare.
That win still leaves Birstall in the bottom half of the table but now five points clear of the drop zone.
Only five points separate six teams in the mid-table positions after Tim Orrell’s Mirfield Parish Cavaliers completed a surprise 42-run win at reigning champions Townville and Hopton Mills went down by nine wickets at Carlton.
Michael Padgett was the Parish match-winner at Townville with a top scoring 56 in their 154 and 4-39 as the home side were bowled out well short of their target.
In the Championship Liversedge moved into third place after a four-wicket win in a low-scoring game at Wakefield St Michaels.
Though Batley still head this division they have been pegged back by Northowram after the Calderdale side won their top-of-the-table clash by one wicket with a six off the last ball of the two additional overs awarded for bowling out the visitors.
Northowram skipper Chris Thompson, batting at 10, followed up his 5-45 bowling display with 21 in 10 balls – including the winning hit.
In the Premier, Scholes now go to Wakefield Thornes hoping to see Mirfield Parish do them a favour at home to Methley, Ossett’s home clash with Birstall features two of the other sides involved in that mid-table dogfight.
While Batley and Liversedge are at home to East Leeds and East Ardsley respectively as the Championship promotion race takes shape.