St Chad’s Broomfield benefited from the thunderous weather with a quick victory over bottom of the table Scholes to sweep into a seven-point lead in Division One.
With title rivals Kirk Deighton and Bilton-in-Ainsty both left scurrying for cover from the rain clouds, Chad’s collected six points on their travels with a comprehensive nine-wicket win.
Chad’s can now seal the league title in their third last game of the campaign if results go their way.
Rahul Sidharta (4-9) was at the heart of Chad’s’ impressive performance as they stopped Scholes in their tracks for just 69.
Matthew Stevens (31no) and Nick Revell (26no) ensured Chad’s beat the weather and their opponents.
Garforth Parish Church were the only other Division One side to collect maximum points before the rain hammered down.
Having bowled second bottom Old Leodiensians out for 128, James Stockton’s half century guided Garforth home with three wickets in hand.
Kirk Deighton’s hopes of victory at Barwick-in-Elmet went down the drain as the rain curtailed their chase of 174/7 on 18/2.
Barwick captain Gary Bettison (35) made Barwick’s best contribution in an innings dented by Matt Wills (3-27) and Richard Ward (3-41).
Bilton were also left frustrated on the chase for victory. Andy Walker’s side were poised to surpass Church Fenton’s 167/7 on 115/4 when the rain became too much.
Tom Reece was left unbeaten on 21, after Ben Aked (31) and Phillip Schofield (31) were out.
Shadwell are certainly out of the running for the league title after their bid to close down Sicklinghall’s 195/9 was cut short.
Martin Wood (54) and Tom Ryszkowski (56) had hammered ‘Hall to a strong total but Shadwell finished on 53/3.
Wetherby did not start their pursuit of Scarcroft’s meagre 117, which had seen Adam Wilkinson take 4-40 and Chris Hurst 3-25.
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Only two matches were completed in Division Two as St Chad’s A and Hillam and Monk Fryston wrapped up six points.
Chad’s hammered relegation threatened Saxton by 237 runs, following contributions from Edward Cooke (79) and Will Lander (70).
Jonathan Watkins then took six wickets as Saxton crumbled for just 36.
League leaders Hillam bowled Rufforth out for just 86, before losing three wickets in their successful reply.
The six points took Hillam seven points above second-placed South Milford, with three games to go.
Milford were in a commanding position against Thorner Mexborough, having totalled 205 thanks to Dan White’s innings of 90.
Thorner were at 83/3 when the rain arrived.
The other three matches in the division succumbed to the fierce weather conditions.
Bottom side Crossgates were unfortunate to not get their fifth win of the season on the board against Long Marston, having reduced the visitors to 23/2 in response to 206/7.
Kirk Hammerton had bowled East Keswick out for 194. Tom Main (3-36) and Mark Wilson (3-72) were in the wickets before the game ended on 6/0
Meanwhile, Headingley Bramhope totalled 189/6 and had Ledsham 42/1 when the rain arrived.