THE JACS Trade and DIY League Division One title race is starting to hot up with six matches to go as Colne Cricket Club hold a five-point lead over last season's champions Cononley A.

Last week's matches saw Cononley A just get the better of Colne with a 7-5 home win, clinching the overall result 175-173. Jim Calvert produced the best score for Cononley with a 21-7 win, while Darryl Wright won 21-6 for Colne Cricket.

Keighley A are right in the mix a point behind Cononley A after an 8-4 home win over Cross Hills A. This week Colne Cricket travel to Royd Ings to take on Keighley A.

Colne are also top of Division Two with the Legion A team three points ahead of Silsden Playing Fields A. It is a two-horse race for the title as third-placed Cross Hills B are 26 points further back.

Colne Legion A picked up a good 7-5 win at Gargrave B, while Silsden PF A closed the gap after a 10-2 home win over Sutton B. Cross Hills B stay third after a tight 7-5 home win over Cononley B.

Division Three leaders Keighley B lost top spot as they went down 9-3 at second-placed Rolls Royce. The works team now have a three-point lead.

Whinfield A are just two points behind Keighley B after a 10-2 home win over Silsden PF B. An interesting match this week sees Rolls travel to Whinfield A.

The top two in Division Four, Craven and Steeton B, are on a roll after both teams clocked up big wins. Craven won 9-1 at Whinfield C, while Steeton B matched that at home to Addingham B and also beat their C team in a rearranged match.

Craven have a 15-point lead and skipper Mick Demain has his team in good order with just one defeat from 14 games. But they must not take it easy as Steeton B have a game in hand and Craven have still to visit them.

Gargrave C are in third place after an 8-2 home win over Keighley C, while Cross Hills C will look to move up with a game in hand just two points behind Gargrave.

The Walker Foster 54321 League Division One saw Keighley A in top form with their team at full strength. They made short work of a tricky fixture at Gargrave A, winning 46-33. In-form Trevor Hargreaves led the way with a 21-9 win. They had seven winners, dropping just eight points.

Devon A also travelled well, winning 39-36 at Alkincoates PWA but it was a different story for Cononley A, who slipped from third place after a 47-26 loss at Settle A. Those results leave Keighley A on 494 points, Devon A 447, Gargrave A 406, Settle A 403 and Cononley A 398.

Colne Legion A are looking at a Division Two double as they head both ltables. Last week saw a 49-15 win for them over struggling Cross Hills B, for whom Alan Smith still managed a 21-19 win. Lund Park A moved back into second place, reversing places with Oakworth, after a 45-33 win over them. The table sees Colne Legion A on 463 points, Lund Park A 440 and Oakworth 437.

Rolls Royce are also looking to double up as they also head the Skipton Building Society 54321 Division Three, 33 points clear off Keighley B.

Rolls won 42-31 at Addingham A, while Keighley B won 46-26 at home to Lund Park B. Third-placed Silsden PF B won at home 42-33 over Broughton Road B, keeping them in touch with the top two on 432 points.

Craven have 11 straight wins at the top of Division Four with 395 points, giving them a lead of 132 points over second-placed Gargrave C. All the teams below have games in hand but it looks a big task to close the gap.

The Veterans Handicap qualifying round at Cross Hills produced eight players for the final at Gargrave BC on Friday, July 21 (1.30 pm). The qualifiers are: B Farrage, J Chambers, P Haworth,

D Garnett, D Jacques, T Hargreaves, D Hemsley and S Lloyd.

The Skipton Inter-District Veterans travel to Leeds District on Friday to take part in the one-day competition for the Hickson Trophy. They have a difficult draw in the first match against Bradford.

The Clarkson and Supplementary Cup semi finals take place on Thursday, July 20.

Clarkson Cup: Lund Park A (70) v Devon A (15) at Steeton, Broughton Road A (50) v Keighley A (5) at Colne Cricket Club. Supplementary Cup: Whinfield A (70) v Sutton B (85) at Keighley, Silsden PF B (90) v Settle A (55) at Rolls Royce.