A SEASON’S-best 120 from Ben Holderness took him to 774 Aire-Wharfe League runs for the season and inspired Skipton to victory over Division Three leaders New Rover.

Holderness, with support from Tom Starkey (34) and skipper Gary Owens (57), helped Skipton set a target of 272 and he then picked up three wickets as Rover were restricted to 254-9.

Rover stay top but Bardsey closed on them with victory over St Chads, while Green Lane kept up their challenge with a thumping win over Old Leodiensians.

Philip Atkinson included 22 fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 184 and shared a 97-run stand with Brad Hallas (48) before putting on 198 with Imran Zaman as Lane raced to 343-3 before skittling Leos for just 99.

Dan Viles took 7-36 to dismiss Shadwell for 74 in reply to Harden’s 257-4, which included 88 from opener Andy Wear.

Despite 71 from Aidan Holroyd, Thackley struggled against the accuracy of Sam Lawrence (5-32) and were bowled out for 173.

Tim Pryce (55no) and Junaid Bashire (51no) clinched Bolton Villas’ seven-wicket win.

David Blackburn (72) was top-scorer in Menston’s 228-8 but Alwoodley managed to pip them by one wicket on the last available ball.

Ben Morley (86) went to the top of the Division One batting stats as he helped leaders Otley set Bilton a 216 target they never looked like reaching against Stephen Brown (6-31) and Ricky Halloran (3-14).

The victory keeps Otley 27 points ahead of nearest rivals Burley, who overcame Horsforth by three wickets.

Bailey Worcester (76) and Jibrael Malik (50) were the main contributors to Horsforth’s 234-8 and, even though Burley stumbled to 38-3, Nicky Bulcock (58) and Red Bolton (40) steadied things and Joe Hall (38no) saw them over the line.

Rawdon’s outside chance of catching the leaders all but disappeared when they were skittled for 61 in reply to North Leeds’ 163.

James Rosewarne hit 64 and picked up 4-65 for Pool but a century from Terry Pattinson ensured that Ilkley clinched victory with three wickets in hand.

Guiseley’s hopes of avoiding the drop looked bleaker after Istikhar Hussain’s 7-28 spell saw them dismissed for 152 in reply to Follifoot’s 235-6.

Collingham are hot favourites to fill one of the Division Two promotion spots after crushing Hall Park in a top-of-the-table clash, with Charlie Swallow (7-23) skittling out Park for just 80.

Tong Park Esholt took full advantage, moving into the top two with a victory over Colton.