SCHOLES who lead Division Two of the Central Yorkshire League lost their top-two tussle with Hopton Mills by two wickets.
Mills closed to within four points of Scholes, who took a bonus point, while third-placed Wrenthorpe A are one behind Mills after an eight-wicket win at bottom-club Netherton.
Richard Myers was in superb form taking 7-44 as hosts Scholes, who were put in to bat, were 102 all out in 30 overs. Michael Carroll claimed 3-53 including James Little (32) who top scored.
Mills made a stuttering start in reply as Joe Duffy (2-30) and Richard West (2-20 in 11 overs) saw them reduced to 26-3. Gary Senior (23) and Andrew Moorhouse got Mills back on track with a stand of 37 but Ben Cross (4-30) ripped through the middle order to leave the visitors rocking at 85-7.
But Moorhouse remained defiant and his 37 not out from 114 deliveries, aided by Vasant Patel who faced 40 balls for one run, proved key as they made 103-8 in 46.1 overs.
Gildersome took a massive step towards safety with six points in a 91-run victory at Adwalton who are now in the second relegation place eight points adrift of Gildersome.
Batley A are ninth, two points ahead of Gildersome, after their seven-wicket defeat at home to Buttershaw A.
Altaf Hussain (42) and Haseeb Hashmi (41) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 81 while Bilal Abbas made 25 and Nohman Hussain 26 not out as Batley A, who were put in, were dismissed for 197.
Nohman Hussain and Saqib Talib (2-58) then reduced the visitors to 20-2 in the seventh over before Jonathan Burston (37) and Dharmesh Mistry shared a match-winning partnership of 161. Mistry was 93 not out as Buttershaw eased to 200-3.
Birstall A wasted little time in chasing down Townville A’s 205-9 to secure a two-wicket win. Josh Twohig hit 32 for the hosts but there seemed little hope when he was out to leave the reply at 52-5. David Fozard then hit 74 before James Holroyd made 51 not out, aided by Taj Adil (7no) as they raced to 210-8 in just 34 overs.
Earlier Adil claimed 3-54 as Townville A reached 205-9. Ashley Mackereth, who also took 4-49, top scored with 71 before being run out by Dominic Cleghorn. Liam Smith made 35 while Ben Twohig took 2-30 and Alex Drake 2-52.
In Division Four Hopton Mills A stay one point clear after the three title contenders all picked up six-point wins.
Mills bowled out visitors Methley B for 57 in their 185-run success while Oulton A stay second after dismissing Westwood Park A for 92 in a nine-wicket home win. Third-placed Caribbean A are two points behind Mills A after a 77-run win at East Leeds A.
Mills were always in control as they made 242-6. Ijaz Ashraf (50), Mohammed Abrar (56) and Asif Sheraz (52) were supported by Philip Bland (26) and Muhammad Ikram (27) as they reached a challenging total in a game reduced to 46 overs per side. Wasim Iqbal tore through their line-up to see them 57 all out. He claimed 6-18 while Mark Hall (1-14) and Ashraf (2-18) also struck.