Hopton Mills and Liversedge have broken away at the top of the Championship, as third placed Azaad lost for the second week running.
Hopton Mills went one point clear of Liversedge, but would have felt frustrated at missing out on 6 points against Oulton. Neil Browne continued his fantastic run of form with the bat, scoring another century, this time 110. Another key player this season, Ash Mackereth, supported him with 50, as Mills posted 263-7. David Flint took 4-69 for Oulton. In reply Oulton never really looked like chasing the total down, but held out stubbornly for the innings to close on 131-8.
Liversedge produced an excellent display to win at Azaad, and now go 3 points ahead of the Wakefield side. Simon Kay continued his superb form this season, this time taking 5-40 as Azaad were dismissed for 92, despite a defiant 45 from Imran Mahboob. Graeme Winn (41) and Alan Sumner (31) ensured Liversedge got home safely at 93-4.
East Ardsley won a close victory in a high scoring game with Northowram Fields. An opening stand of 69 by Scott Mullins (35) and Julian Smith (49) set Ardsley on their way, and some late order assistance from Tom Daniels (39) ensured a competitive total of 225-9. Northowram gave it a good shot with their run chase, especially Shakeel Mahmood who scored 77, but the Ardsley attack were in a determined mood and with Ash Pearson taking 3-44 and David Battye 3-19, Fields were all out for 215, just 10 runs short.
Wakefield St Michaels continued their recent run of good form with a comprehensive 252 run win over Caribbean. Mark Atkinson was in impressive form for St. Michaels, scoring 125. James Cooper contributed 51 and the innings closed at 291-8. Keon Williams was the leading wicket taker for Caribbean with 4-80. Nick Downward was in tremendous form with the ball for St Michaels taking 7-19 as Caribbean were shot out for 39.
Hopton Mills are at home to East Ardsley in week 14 as the look to stay in first place. Liversedge, who entertain bottom side Caribbean will be looking to stay hard on their heels though. Azaad will look to return to winning ways at Northowram Fields, whilst in form Wakefield St Michaels have a home game with Oulton, who after a good first half of the season, have stumbled in recent weeks.