GREAT Preston’s hopes of bowing out as Division One champions before they switch to the Central Yorkshire League were rocked when they lost to Barwick in Elmet for the third time in five weeks.
Barwick stretched their winning run to 14 league and cup games by repeating victories over Preston in the Fred Fleetwood Cup final and Senior Evening Cup semi-final.
Aussie Matt Prosser (57) and Matthew Wood (32) led Barwick to a two-wicket success after James Todd (4-42) limited Preston to 160.
Ian Newton (64) and James Marston (4-34) were best for defending champions Preston, who lost top spot to Wetherby.
Wetherby’s Neil Thomas (6-30 from 12 overs) routed Old Leodiensians for 107, despite Stuart Cobbett’s half-century.
Mansoor Hussain hit 64 as Wetherby knocked off the runs to move one point clear of Preston who they host on Saturday in a potential title decider.
Third-placed Barwick, who are seven points adrift of Wetherby, have an outside chance of completing a cleansweep of the league’s three major trophies.
Winless bottom side Walton’s relegation was virtually confirmed with a nine-wicket defeat against Old Modernians.
Yassar Mahmood’s defiant 44 was in vain as Walton were toppled for 114 by Stuart Borrill who snapped up 6-10 from 12 overs.
Dwayne Heke hammered a rapid 86 as Modernians coasted to victory. Jai Mistry hit a winning single off the final ball as St Chad’s won a thriller at Scarcroft. Matthew Ansell (50), Peter Hynes (40) and Chris Oldfield (37) steered Scarcroft to 200-8 and Ewan Brannan (48) led the successful St Chad’s run chase. Lowly Sicklinghall achieved their second straight win by beating Shadwell in a low-scoring game.
Youngster Dan Holmes (4-16) and Adam Ryszkowski (3-44) skittled Shadwell for 137-9, replying to Sicklinghall’s 137-9 that included 33 apiece from Imran Ali and Tom Ryszkowski.
Shadwell’s defeat was hard on Joe Burke (5-45) and Ben Turner (30). Jonathan Watkins (50), Mark Harland (4-20) and Richard Ward (3-25) gave Kirk Deightom the edge at Bilton in Ainsty.
Scholes moved closer to clinching the Division Two title with their fifth successive win.
Mike Ford (4-10) routed Ledsham for 75 after Chris Roberts (61no) had guided Scholes to 164-9.
Scholes are 10 points clear of closest rivals Garforth Parish Church who trounced bottom side Crossgates.
James Baldwin (111no), Paul Scott (66no) and James Stockton (40) cut loose as Garforth piled up 252-3 before Stephen Bedford (4-6) and Hayden Mortimer (2-16) routed nine-man Crossgates for 52.
Parish Church, who were relegated with Scholes from the top-flight last season, are vying with Church Fenton and Hillam for the second promotion spot.
Fenton eased to an eight-wicket win at East Keswick who were bowled out for 60 by Thomas Dean (4-32), James Stephenson (3-17) and Robert Love (2-4).
Luke Frankland (55no) and Martin Pugh (37no) guided Hillam to an eight-wicket victory against Whixley who were toppled for 124 by David Venables (6-36).
Jim Shaw (80) and Muhammed Ali (6-28) were Thorner Mexborough’s match-winners against Kirk Hammerton.
Rob Peregrine (3-24), Sam Thomas (3-20) and Adam Gee (3-20) gave South Milford the upper hand at Saxton.