Inderjit Singh Hayre hammered a magnificent unbeaten 165 off 143 balls as Frickley Colliery stepped up their bid to win the First Division title for the first time since they joined the Pontefract and District Cricket League in 1995.
Hayre struck four sixes and 25 fours and shared an opening 96-run stand with skipper Andy Wathey (49) as Frickley piled up 326-6 at West Bretton.
Mohammed Ayub (3-29), Jason Mills (2-29) and Lee Capstrick (2-16) toppled Bretton for 124 to lift Frickley to fourth place, just five points adrift of leaders Sandal.
Sandal’s easy win at bottom team Old Sharlston put them three points clear of Fairburn who slipped to second after losing at Brook-Walton.
Ryan Lethbridge and Connor Fisher both hit half-centuries as Dyson-Skidmore Trophy winners Brook chased down Fairburn’s 214-9 that included an unbeaten 63 by Jake Abdy.
With four matches remaining and just seven points dividing the top six teams, the title race is heading for the closest finish for years.
Ackworth, who visit Frickley this Saturday, maintained their challenge by beating South Kirkby by six wickets.
Dylan Moran, batting at number nine, was Kirkby’s top scorer with 46 as they were bowled out for 155 by Dean Mathews (4-45), Brodie Mathews (2-30) and Dale Longfield (2-41).
An unbroken fifth wicket stand between Dave Harris (73no) and Chris Wathen (28no) steered Ackworth home, despite Dave Rollin’s 2-24 from 14 overs.
Gary Rhodes smashed six sixes and 11 fours in a whirlwind unbeaten 117 in Streethouse’s 38-run victory against Hatfield Town. He shared a last wicket stand of 136 with Scott Bland (26) as Streethouse recovered superbly from 69-9.
Chasing 205, Hatfield were dismissed for 167 by Scott Bland (3-42), Jordan Page (3-27), Alex Kippax (2-38) and Johannes Van Ee (2-55).
Knottingley slipped to third place in Division Two when they lost at home to Barnby Dun who climbed above them. Daniel Lund (4-56) limited Barnby to 224-8 but Knottingley’s reply never got going, with none of their first three batsmen reaching double figures.
Lee White (45) and Frank Causier (30) led a fightback but it wasn’t enough as Knottingley were all out for 166.
Openers Jacob Wright and Gareth Portman were outstanding in Allerton Bywater’s 10-wicket win against Glasshoughton.
Alex Clemo (68) led Glasshoughton’s scoring as they were dismissed for 165 by Richard Lamb (3-34), Usman Bashir (3-33) and Wright (2-48).
In reply, Wright struck 14 boundaries in an unbeaten 87 and Portman hit 68 not out as Allerton coasted home in 28.4 overs.
Jamie Robinson (59) and David Hiorns (50) helped Featherstone recover from 109-7 to post 211 at Rothwell.
Danny Robinson (3-28), Adam Perry (3-21) and Hiorns (2-52) toppled Rothwell for 164, despite Alex Manson’s 57.
Lee Perks (47), Jack Heritage (3-34), Max Heritage (3-53) and Jake Taberner (2-29) gave Hemsworth Miners Welfare the upper hand at Stainborough.
Hemsworth won by three wickets by overhauling the home side’s 140-9 with five balls remaining.
Gareth Jones (45no) and Sam Lodge (44) guided Whitley Bridge to a three-wicket win at Notton who were limited to 149 by Lodge (5-26) and James Pearson (4-33).