|Gary Fellows made a century as Hanging Heaton beat Woodlands to take the early lead in the Premier Division
Hanging Heaton are the early pacesetters after recording a 22-run win over Woodlands in the first Premier Division match to be played on the relaid Albert Terrace square.
Leading the way for Hanging Heaton was their skipper Gary Fellows. The former Yorkshire player made an elegant 100 as his side made a formidable 250-7 in a match reduced to 40 overs per side after a delayed start.
Fellows hit a six and 14 fours and shared in a third-wicket stand of 111 with the big-hitting Joe Fraser who smashed six sixes in his 56.
David Stiff's rapid 32 not out ensured that Hanging Heaton pocketed maximum batting points against a Woodlands bowling attack which lacked the control which the absent Chris Brice normally brings to the side. Scott Richardson (3-68) and spinner Kez Ahmed (3-70) proved to be the most successful bowlers.
Woodlands lost skipper Tim Jackson to an early run out but recovered with opener Sam Frankland making 50, Logan Weston (42) and Alex Atkinson (36), before overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed peppered the boundary in an explosive innings of 60 which included six sixes and four fours.
Despite the Sarfraz onslaught, Hanging Heaton held their nerve. They kept the run-rate in check as Woodlands lost wickets and closed out the win with their opponents on 228-8.
It means that Hanging Heaton lead the table by five points from Cleckheaton, the 2013 and 2014 champions, who beat Morley by seven wickets to record their second win. New signing Chris Holliday hit an unbeaten 70 as his side chased down a modest Morley total of 155.
Last season's Division Two champions lost their way after a solid start, collapsing from 99-3 to 124-9 in the face of some good bowling from spinner Andrew Deegan (4-42) and swing bowler Sam Wilson (3-34). Richard Jubb (34) and Henry Rush (30) were the pick of the Morley batsmen.
Champions Pudsey St Lawrence also recorded their second win as they defeated Farsley by 33 runs in a match reduced to 20 overs a side after the unseasonal weather delayed the start.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Duce hit a brisk 50 off just 27 balls while Chris Marsden chipped in with 32 in a total of 158-4. Farsley were restricted to 125-7 in reply with leg spinner Tom Hudson taking 3-34.
Opener Chris Taylor hit his second half-century of the season as Lightcliffe defeated top flight new boys Scholes by five wickets. The former Yorkshire and Derbyshire batsman made an unbeaten 76 and was aided by Rob Burton (39no) as his side recorded their first win.
Scholes failed to take full advantage of the solid platform laid by openers Kasir Maroof (44) and Christian Jackson (34). Overseas player Rizwan Ahmed played well for his unbeaten 54 while many of his colleague struggled against the left-arm spin of Suleman Khan (5-29).
Bradford & Bingley had overseas player Noman Ali to thank as they recorded their first win, a seven-wicket success over East Bierley in a game in which just 20 overs per side were possible.
Ali took 3-37 with his left-arm spin as East Bierley, despite 37 from Fahid Rehman, were restricted to 111-7. Bradford & Bingley were helped to their target by a knock of 58 from just 31 balls by Ali, who hit four sixes and seven fours. Opener Jack Edgar chipped in with 33.
There was no play at all in the match between Pudsey Congs and New Farnley due to the wet outfield.
Yeadon are the early leaders after defeating Idle by 77 runs to record their second win of the campaign. They were set on the way to their latest success by openers James Todd (55) and Jake Wray (46) who shared a first-wicket alliance of 94.
Yeadon made 177-5 in their innings in a match reduced to 30 overs per side. Idle could oily muster 100 in reply as Michael Hunter took 4-36 and Oliver Halliday (3-25).
Yeadon have 33 points, two more than Batley who raced to a nine-wicket win over Ossett. The visitors were restricted to 136-8 as Tariq Hussain took 4-38. Batley eased to their target with 11.3 overs to spare thanks to the efforts of openers Sufyan Patel (65) and Aqeel Mukhtar (53no) who put on 115 for the first wicket.
Hunslet Nelson narrowly failed to force victory against Undercliffe. They had their opponents 99-9 in reply to their 112 when the match ended. As Undercliffe did not receive the same number of overs as their opponents it meant each side got three points plus the bonuses they had earned.
Skipper Will Stiff (32) was top scorer for Hunslet Nelson as they struggled against the bowling of Undercliffe's opening pair of Zeeshan Qasim (5-24) and Craig Wiseman (3-30).
Gulsheraz Ahmed (32) top scored as Undercliffe found the going equally difficult against the bowling of Derrick Hamill (4-30) and Stiff (3-36).
Baildon v Saltaire and Keighley v Liversedge were abandoned without a ball being bowled.
|Adam Greenwood on his way to a half-century for Gomersal against Altofts Picture: Mike Popplewell
The day's most dramatic match was played at Wickets Close and saw Bankfoot defeat Wrenthorpe by one wicket after 19 wickets fell for just 161 runs.
Wrenthorpe, who had made 318-5 in their previous match against Brighouse, were dismissed for just 80 as Nigel Hanson (6-27) exploited the bowler-friendly conditions.
Wrenthorpe's total would have been even smaller if it had not been for the efforts of last man Edward Marshall (25no).
Bankfoot also found batting to be a tricky business as they plunged into trouble against Jonathan Rudge (5-42) and Jordan Sleightholme (3-16), but veteran Greg Colehan edged his side home with an unbeaten 14.
Townville are top of the table after beating Carlton by 59 runs. Overseas player Matthew Bremner led the way with 78 Townville made 185-8 before declaring to give their opponents the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs.
Farrukh Alam (4-55) and Ismail Patel (3-40) were the pick of the Carlton bowlers while Tim Walton (32) and Jonathan Booth (30) made useful contributions to the Townville total .Carlton were restricted to 126-9 with Tom Taylor (27) their top scorer as Nadim Hussain took 3-29.
Townville have a three-point lead over Bowling Old Lane who defeated Hartshead Moor by seven wickets. Adal Islam took 5-30 and Sadaqat Zaman (4-41) as Old Lane dismissed their opponents for just 78.Farakh Hussain his a breezy 38 as they eased to their target.
Methley are as point further back in third place after a comfortable nine-wicket win over Hopton Mills. A superb opening partnership of 149 between Hamid Khan (64) and Marcus Walmsley (63no) saw them overhaul Hopton Mills' total of 167 with ease.
Hopton Mills lost their way after a promising start. Openers Ashley Mackareth (51) and Laureen Steenkamp (32) put on
Altofts wicketkeeper Graham Richardson and Gomersal's Jack Seddon Picture Mike Popplewell
80, but once they were parted the innings started to unravel as The Walmsley twins got to work. Edward took 3-11 and Marcus (3-31).
Spen Victoria's new overseas player, New Zealander Nic Montgomery, shone as they defeated Brighouse by six wickets to record their first win. The Kiwi polished off the Brighouse innings with 6-20 and followed up by making 64 as Spen eased past their rivals' score of 149. The top scorers for Brighouse were Aleem Ladak (38) and Mustafa Bhatti (34).
Joel Pollard (4-37) and James Russell (3-22) bowled Gomersal to a comfortable 87-run success against Altofts. Their efforts were key as Altofts, despite a bright 70 from Myles Robinson, were dismissed for 136 in reply to Gomersal's
223-6. Adam Greenwood (50), Arsaam Malik (40) and Jack Seddon (35) provided the bulk of Gomersal's runs. Matthew Holstein was again the pick of the Altofts bowlers with 3-47.
Buttershaw St Paul's East Ardsley, Wakefield St Michael's and new boys Heckmondwike & Carlinghow all recorded their second-successive wins.
Buttershaw lead the early table by a point after a straight forward 93-run win over East Leeds. Adam Wainwright (45), and Jonathan Burston (41) were the top scorers as St Paul's made 204 despite the efforts of James Watling (4-50). East Leeds were dismissed for 111 as Dharmesh Mistry (3-11) and James Sawyer (3-3) got to work.
Second-placed East Ardsley's seven-wicket win over Azaad was achieved with ease. Azaad were bow;led out for just 73 as Adam Pearson picked up 3-7. East Ardsley had no alarms as they knocked off the runs.
James Cooper made 50 as he helped Wakefield St Michael's to oversome Great Preston by three wickets. Jackson Freeman (4-34) plugged away for Great Preston but his side's modest total of 109 proved too small to defend Richard Atkinson (3-23) and Michael Halloran (3-21) were the pick of the St Michael's bowlers.
Heckmondwike & Carlinhow's second win was a 59-run success against Oulton. They were indebted to Khurram Shehzad (46) for their total of 118 as Joseph Sykes (6-50) and Gary Dawber (3-12) bowled well for Oulton. Heckmondwike sealed their win by bowling out Oulton's ten men for 59 with Paul Cooper taking an impressive 6-21.
Northowram Fields were 63-run winners over Rodley. Dru Patel made 59 and Chris Metcalf (49) as Northowram Fields compiled a total of 206. Joel Rothery proved to be the best of the Rodley bowlers with 5-55. In reply, Rodley were dismissed for 143 as Zafar Khan picked up 4-45.
The match between Adwalton and Crossbank Methodists was abandoned without a ball being bowled.