|Woodlands opener Sam Frankland attacks during his century against Cleckheaton Picture: Stuart Tordoff
Pudsey Congs boosted their chances of avoiding relegation and gave their neighbours Pudsey St Lawrence a helping hand in their bid to retain the league title.
Congs, who started the day in the bottom two, produced one of the surprise results of the season to defeat leaders Hanging Heaton by four wickets.
Callum Geldart and Nick Lindley held the key to their victory. Lindley took 5-44 and Geldart (3-48) with their spin bowling as Hanging Heaton were bowled out for 181.
Geldart then followed up by making a sparkling 91 batting at number four rather than at his normal position of opener.
His place at the top of the order went to Max Backhouse (37), who shared a third-wicket stand of 112 with Geldart. Four sixes and 11 fours flowed from Geldart's bat as Congs, despite the efforts of pacemen David Stiff (3-34) and Tom Chippendale (3-46), chased down the Hanging Heaton total with 13 overs to spare. Ismail Dawood (61) and Nick Connolly (45) top scored for the league leaders.
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Pudsey St Lawrence took full advantage of Hanging Heaton's defeat to cut their lead to just eight points with five games to go, after beating Lightcliffe by nine wickets.
Opener Mark Robertshaw hit and unbeaten 100 and Callam Goldthorp made 80 in a first-wicket stand of 177 which helped St Lawrence to overhaul Lightcliffe's total of 208-9 with 11.3 overs to spare. Robertshaw struck a six and 13 fours as the Saints recorded only their second win in six matches.
Lightcliffe, who are now embroiled in the battle near the foot of the table, saw Suleman Khan (55) and Jonathan Wilson (52no) make half centuries, but their colleagues struggled as off spinner Chris Marsden took 5-36.
Third-placed Farsley maintained their interest in the championship race by collecting maximum points from a resounding 144-run win over Morley - who have now dropped into the bottom two.
The highlight of Farsley's victory was a mature innings of 64 not out from 14-year-old Matthew Revis. He hit two sixes and five fours as he shared a sixth-wicket stand of 123 with top scorer Dan Hodgson (83). They came together after Nathan Bromby (3-51) had reduced their side to 84-5. Thanks to their efforts, Farsley posted a score of 240-8.
Morley's batting crumbled when they replied. Luke Heinemann's 31 was the only real defiance as they were dismissed for 96. Chris Henry was the chief destroyer with 5-34 and he finished the match with a hat-trick.
East Bierley pulled further away from the relegation places with an emphatic nine-wicket win over bottom team Scholes.
Seam bowlers Tuseif Arshad (4-34) and Awais Ejaz (3-33) found conditions to their liking as Scholes were bowled out for 125.
Irfan Amjad was the one batsman who challenged the dominance of the bowlers as he hit ten fours in his innings of 59. East Bierley romped to their target with opener James Ford hitting 15 boundaries in an unbeaten 69.
There were centuries for Sam Frankland and Logan Weston as Woodlands defeated Cleckheaton by the wide margin of 199 runs. The pair shared a second wicket stand of 138 with Frankland hitting a six and 17 fours in his 101 and Weston striking three sixes and nine fours in an unbeaten 115, as Woodlands compiled a score of 288-2.
Cleckheaton crumbled to just 89 all out. Ian Nicholson (43no) was their top scorer as Elliot Richardson (3-18) and Kez Ahmed (3-33) wrapped up the 20 points for their side.
Bradford & Bingley also eased their relegation fear with a 37-run win over Heavy Woollen Cup winners New Farnley. It was the home side's first defeat in eight games and came after the visitors got a score of 266-9. Opener Jack Edgar (75) and Charlie Best (42) set them, on their way but it was the late hitting of Noman Ali that proved decisive. His 64 contained four sixes and seven fours.
New Farnley, who made 341-4 in their Heavy Woollen Cup final win over Hoylandswaine last Sunday, knew it would be a tough chase and so it proves. Paceman Yassir Abbas (4-39) and spinner Ali (4-53) kept the scoring rate in check despite the efforts of in-form Lee Goddard (54), Mark Lawson (47) and Simon Lambert (37) and New Farnley were bowled out for 229.
|Woodlands batsman Logan Weston on his way to an unbeaten 115 against Cleckheaton Picture: Stuart Tordoff
Leaders Batley returned to winning ways as they defeated bottom team Idle by eight wickets with Aqsad Ali producing a fine all-round performance.
Ali took 6-20 as Idle were dismissed for 136 and hit an unbeaten 50 as his side cruised home with 15.1 overs to spare. Asif Ayub (33no) helped him guide Batley to their target.The one bright spot for Idle was the innings of Mohammed Rafiq. He made 64 and was the cornerstone of their innings.
Undercliffe halted their recent run of disappointing supports with a convincing eight-wicket win over Baildon. A sparkling inning of 112 not out from Gulsheraz Ahmed, sprinkled with six sixes and 11 fours, helped them overhaul a total of 195-9.
Ahmed arrived at the wicket with his side 0-1 and was joined in a match-defining second-wicket partnership of 169 by opener Jonathan Hughes (66).
The Baildon innings was dominated by Jonny Reynolds (70), but his colleagues found the going tougher against paceman Zeeshan Qasim (6-36).
Birstall's recent good form continued as they saw off Keighley by 125 runs and secured the maximum 20 points. Half-centuries from Craig Wood (79), Ian Carradice (67) and Alexander Debs (52) enabled them to make 276 despite Keighley skipper Alex Towler taking 6-57.
Andy Wear made a determined 61 for Keighley but his side were bowled out for 151 as Alexander Drake picked up 4-29.
Steady bowling from skipper Michael Eglin (3-32) and Adeel Ashraf (3-27) enabled Saltaire to defend their total of 145 and secure a 31-run win at Liversedge.
It was a match in which all the batsmen struggled with the top score being the 30 made by Saltaire's Amjid Hussain as Simon Kay (4-15) impressed for Liversedge.
Ossett's big-hitting opener Richard Whitehurst (74) set Ossett on course for a match-winning total of 185-9 in their home clash with Hunslet Nelson.
Veteran Jarvid Umarji (40) gave him good support while the pick of the Nelson bowlers were Derrick Hammill (3-49) and Patrick Hinchliffe (3-53).
An unbeaten 37 from Hinchliffe was the highlight of Nelson's 130 all out. Spinner Khalid Usman (3-26) and Charles Orme (3-39) were Ossett's best bowlers.
|Hopton Mills batsman Andrew Grey is bowled first ball by Spen Victoria's Robert Warriner Picture: Mike Popplewell
Methley opener Marcus Walmsley produced the innings of the day. The left hander made a stunning 155 not out in his side's 122-run win over Carlton. Walmsley struck five sixes and 20 fours, and shared in a second-wicket stand of 113 with Ashton Blakey (50).
Walmsley rounded off an outstanding individual performance by taking 5-28 as Carlton were dismissed for 158. Ismail Patel (38) and Will Smith (38) were their top scorers.
All-rounder Luke Patel was in good form for second-placed Wrenthorpe as they defeated Bowling Old Lane by three wickets.
Old Lane, the only side to defeat leaders Townville this season, were bowled out for 206 as spinner Patel (4-63) and evergreen Chris Leaf (4-30) led the way. Abid Alishan (58) and Sadaqat Zaman (45) were the top scorers.
Wrenthorpe had to overcome some good bowling from Adal Islam (5-62) before reaching their target. Patel top scored
|Spen Victoria's Robert Warriner
Picture: Mike Popplewell
with 59 and had good support from Greg Wood (44), James Glynn (41) and Leaf (35no).
Wrenthorpe are 43 points adrift of Townville who had little trouble in defeating Bankfoot by six wickets. The home side had no answer to the bowling of Conor Harvey (6-44) as they were dismissed for 118. The bulk of their runs came from overseas player Marupuri Suresh (44) and Hishan Ahmed (31).
Townville, with 61 overs at their disposal, cruised home with 36.5 of them to spare. Opener Jonathan Booth top scored for the leaders with 54.
Spen Victoria bounced back from their defeat at the hands of bottom team Hartshead Moor to record a 116-run success against Hopton Mills.
George Deegan just missed out on a deserved century with 98 as Spen made 185. Umar Abbas picked up three wickets in four balls as he finished with 5-9. Hopton Mills were undone by Rob Warriner (4-25) and Bradley Davis (3-8) as they were bowled out for just 69.
Adam Greenwood took 4-51 and followed up with 40 as Gomersal defeated Hartshead Moor by seven wickets. Left-armer James Russell (4-2)7 was the other key bowlers as Hartshead Moor were restricted to 192-9. Matthew Evans was the top scorer with 39.
Gomersal's reply featured telling contributions from George Senior (70), Jonathan Boynton (49no) and Greenwood (40).
Kiwi Matthew Holstein ensure it was another miserable day for Brighouse. He took 5-12 for Altofts as they dismissed their lowly rivals for 87. Altofts took just 19.1 overs to seal victory with Rashid Yousaf making an unbeaten 39.
Spare a thought for Rodley opener Robert Young. He made a magnificent 176 - the highest individual score of the season - but ended up on the losing side and saw his team slip to the bottom of the table.
Young hit three sixes and 26 fours as he helped guide his side to what looked a good total of 275-5. Julian Horsley (56) joined him in a second-wicket alliance of 128.
Adwalton, who started the day on the bottom of the table, knocked off the runs with ten balls to spare to win by seven wickets. Ben Garner led the way with an unbeaten 119 while Matt Donohoe was dismissed one short of his century. Together they out on 116 for the second wicket as Adwalton recorded only their third win of the season .Garner hit 19 fours while Donohue struck 15.
Free-scoring Buttershaw St Paul's have taken over at the top after they defeated East Ardsley by 125 runs and previous leaders Northowram Fields suffered a 59-run defeat at Azaad.
St Paul's have an eight-point lead plus a game in hand as the battle for promotion heads for the finishing straight.
Sharmesh Mistry and Jamie Robson were the stars of their latest triumph. Mistry produced the best bowling figures in a first team match this season of 9-76 as East Ardsley were bowled out for 166 when they replied to a St :Paul's score of 291 which was built around Robson's fine innings of 133. His runs came off 77 balls and included eight sixes and 15 fours. Robson also shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 133 with Paul Carroll (88).Luke Sandy top scored with 45 for East Ardsley.
Good bowling from Syed Shah Bukhari (4-47) and, Kashif Najam (4-28) was key to Azaad's success against Northowram Fields. Their good work meant that the promotion chasers were bowled out for 126 as they replied to a total of 185. Hanif Mahboob was the top scorer with 46 as Zafar Khan picked up 3-57 for Northowram Fields.
Third-placed Great Preston made the day's highest score of 305-9 as they defeated Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by 74 runs. Danusha Ranasinghe (54), Jackson Freeman (54) and Lee Russell (53) led the way for Great Preston against a bowling attack in which David Pickett (4-82) and Adnaan Rawat (3-88) were the most successful. Heckmondwike, led by Matt Crowther (92) and Khurram Shehzad (53) made a spirited response of 231 as Andrew Clark took 4-50.
An unbeaten 71 from Richard Hosley guided Crossbank Methodists to a six-wicket win over Gildersome Hosley, with assistance from Anees Rawat (33) enabled his side to chase down the Gildersome total of 178. Shawn Nyamusa (43) and Arshad Jan (41) were top scorer for Gildersome.
Matthew Boucher's innings of 60 was a key component of Oulton's 23-run win over East Leeds. His runs enabled Oulton to make 173-9 before dismissing their opponents for 150. Kirti Tandel (45) was the top scorer for East Leeds.