BURLEY captain Nick Brook has set his sights on top spot in Aire-Wharfe League Division A after a crucial victory in the title race.
Burley comfortably saw off whipping boys Adel on Saturday and are now 11 points behind leaders Collingham with eight games remaining.
Brook is confident his side can catch Collingham and he believes they are capable of taking the crown for the second time in three years.
“We’re looking at the top of the league and hoping to hunt the top teams down,” he said.
“It has opened up at the top and after Collingham lost on Saturday, we are a couple of wins away from them.
“We have got to get them, but it does look like it will be an exciting finish.
“There are plenty of teams in it which means all the games are going to be competitive.
“We won the league two years ago and we’re fairly experienced, but we have to win a few more matches.”
It had been anticipated that Burley would beat Adel but Brook’s team left nothing to chance by setting an impressive target of 224-8 – David Brook (58) and Ryan Cooper (48) starring.
Daniel Meredith (5-33) then masterminded Adel’s collapse for 114 and Brook was delighted with the overall performance.
“We had a decent victory and whilst Adel are struggling and we were expected to win, we still had a job to do and we did it,” he said.
“We got to 224-8 and there were some good contributions, including one from Ryan Cooper who is in good form having hit five 50s in the last five games.
“We then bowled well and got them all out fairly easily.”
Burley remain in the race for glory after Bilton’s shock victory over Collingham.
Chris Peareth (130) and Darren Blenkiron (70) laid the platform as Bilton set a huge target of 245-7.
Charlie Fairbanks (73) led the response, but with Sajad Ali (6-66) in a deadly mood, Collingham fell at 212.
Beckwithshaw (134-8) climbed to second place following a comfortable four-wicket victory over Ben Rhydding.
Charlie Swallow hit 49 in Rhydding’s 129 before following up with 4-24.
But John Inglis (54no) made sure Swallow’s efforts did not prevent Beckwithshaw from earning a four-wicket victory.
Steeton, who could have claimed top spot with a win, were defeated for the first time this season, at Follifoot.
James Ford (75) top-scored for Follifoot, who reached 210-8 before bowling Steeton out for 172.
Kirkstall Educational’s title hopes are in tatters after Otley (162-8) claimed a two-wicket victory with one over to spare, leaving them looking over their shoulders.
Alex Robinson (68) and Callum Oliver (45) steered Kirkstall to 161-9 before Otley responded with Stewart Smith hitting 40.
Thackley (127-9) had Nasser Jamal (37no) to thank for their victory over Guiseley.
Having bowled Guiseley out for 126, Thackley were struggling at 9-3 until Jamal’s intervention.
In Division Two, Rawdon (155-4) have opened up a three-point lead at the top of the table following a six-wicket victory over Upper Wharfedale (154-8), Joe Loorham top-scoring with an unbeaten 86.
Second-placed Pool (215-9) could only manage four points against North Leeds (172-8) despite half- centuries from James Ward and James Goldthorpe.