|SEMI-FINAL 1: Pudsey St Lawrence v Bradford & Bingley 11am
|SEMI-FINAL 2: Hanging Heaton v Methley 2pm
The top two in the title race were both beaten as the second half of the season got off to a dramatic start.
Champions Pudsey St Lawrence were defeated for only the second time this season as they went down by three wickets at New Farnley, while Hanging Heaton lost a nail-biting encounter to third-placed Farsley by eight runs.
It means that St Lawrence (177) have a 22-point lead over Hanging Heaton with improving Farsley a further 14 adrift..
Former Yorkshire player James Middlebrook made 48 and ex-Nottinghamshire player Nick Walker (33) as New Farnley passed St Lawrence's total of 152-9 in a match reduced to 38 overs per side after a rain delayed start.
Oliver Ashford (3-41) was the most-successful St Lawrence bowler as they failed to prevent the home side from avenging the defeat they suffered on the opening day of the season.
St Lawrence had found batting tricky and the bulk of their runs came from another rousing innings from skipper James Smith (52) and a determined 42 from Tom, Hudson, who was promoted to number four. Mark Lawson (3-34) and Mohammed Bilal (3-47) bowled well for New Farnley who are now third in the table.
The Red Lane clash between Farsley and Hanging Heaton certainly lived up to its billing as the game of the day. The 42 overs match proved to be an absolute cracker.
Farsley showed their batting prowess as South African James Price (75) got them away to a good start before Ryan Cooper took centre stage with an unbeaten 85 which contained a six and ten fours.
Farsley's total of 233-8 presented Hanging Heaton with a real challenge and they suffered a huge blow when the league's top runscorer this season Gary Fellows was trapped lbw off the second ball of the innings by James Wainman for a duck.
Joe Fraser (42) and Nick Connolly (30) stabilised the innings before wicketkeeper Ismail Dawood took charge. As long as he was at the wicket Hanging Heaton looked to be the likely winners.
The target had been reduced to 19 from 15 balls when Dawood (73) was the ninth man out, a victim of Adam Ahmed who produced a decisive spell of 4-14. With 14 needed from the last over, Hanging Heaton managed five before Tom Chippendale was run out to seal victory for the home
Two teams who were glad to end their poor runs of recent results were Cleckheaton, four-wicket winners at Lightcliffe and Morley who pulled off a 26-run victory at East Bierley.
Cleckheaton, who had not won in the five previous league games, passed Lightcliffe's 183-3 in their 30 overs contest with two overs to spare. Wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson made an unbeaten 68, hitting three sixes and seven fours, as he and Mohammad Zaman (37) were assisted by a quick 23 off 12 balls from James Lee, to see their side home.
Lightcliffe's innings had been dominated by their skipper Al;ex Stead. The opener made an unbeaten 89 and was joined in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 86 by Jonathan Wilson (40no).
Morley ended their six-game run without a win by recovering from 28-6 to defeat fellow strugglers East Bierley by 26runs.
Last season's Division Two champions struggled against the new-ball pairing of Matthew Lumb (5-33) and Awaiz Ejaz (3-24), but managed to scramble to 121 thanks to Richard Jubb (32), Luke Heinemann (28) and Nathan Bromby (26).
The value of those contributions became clear as East Bierley faltered against the spin bowling of Kashif Naveed
(4-15) and Dave Nebard (4-27) and were dismissed for 96.
The result wasn't enough to lift Morley out of the bottom two but they are now just two points behind Pudsey Congs, who suffered a 12-run defeat against Bradford & Bingley, and East Bierley.
Overseas player Noman Ali played a big part in Bradford & Bingley's win. He top scored with 48 in Bradford & Bingley's 183-8 and took 3-44 with his ;left-arm spin as Congs were bowled out for 171.
Charlie Best (32) and Matthew Walker (30) were the other main contributors for Bradford & Bingley while off spinner Josh Wheatley (3-44) was again the pick of the Congs bowlers.
Congs lost wickets at key times as they chased 184 to win in 38 overs. Opener Callum Geldart (34) and Wheatley (37no) were the top scorers as Ali and Walker (3-55) wrapped up a welcome win for their side.
Scholes are now 35 points adrift at the bottom after a six-wicket defeat at Woodlands. They found the going tough when they were asked to bat first in a game reduced to 26 overs. Only skipper James Stansfield (38) had any answer to the bowling of young paceman Elliot Richardson (4-34) and left-arm spinner Chris Brice (3-30) as his side struggled to
Woodlands were set on their way to victory by opener Sam Frankland (44) who was joined in a first-wicket stand of 64 by Logan Weston before both became victims of Stansfield (3-25).
Leaders Batley recovered from the shock of losing two early wickets to defeat lowly Birstall by 96 runs.
Kashif Talib (64) led the revival which enabled them to reach 177 despite the efforts of Alexander Drake (4-36) and Alexander Debs (3-50). Birstall crumbled against the bowling of Tariq Hussain (4-23) as they were dismissed for 81,
Second-placed Yeadon recorded a 20-run victory in a low-scoring encounter with Hunslet Nelson at Gypsy Lane. Veteran spinner Damon Gormley took 5-19 as Yeadon dismissed the home side for 91 after they had made 111 when they batted first. Nelson bowlers Chris Anderson (5-24) and Max Chappell (4-29) caused most of the problems.
Keighley won for the first time this season as they defeated Saltaire by 77 runs. Skipper Alex Towler (3-26) and Maaiz Khan (3-9) helped dismiss Saltaire for 96 when they replied to Keighley's total of 173-8. Tanzeel Altaf (36) top scored for Saltaire while the main contributor for Keighley was Ben Hastie (33).
Imran Patel (47) and Zubair Raje (46) helped guide Ossett to a four-wicket success at Liversedge. Mark Hydes top scored with 68 in the Liversedge score of 161-6.
Baildon show no mercy for bottom team Idle as they skittled them out for just 54. Overseas player Blake Glen set up the victory by taking 5-30 for the Jenny Laners as they romped to an eight-wicket win.
|Big-hitting Conor Harvey made 61 from 23 balls as Townville made it 11 wins from 11 games
Picture: ©Mike Popplewell
It's now 11 wins from 11 games for leaders Townville after their 48-run triumph over Gomersal at Oxford Road.
Once again their powerful batting line-up functioned well with Jack Hughes (81), Conor Harvey (61) and Tim Walton (53) powering them to 262-8 declared in just 36 overs. Big-hitting Harvey made his runs off just 23 balls with five sixes and six fours, James Russell (5-51) was easily the pick of the Gomersal bowlers.
|Jack Hughes on the attack for Townville
Picture: ©Mike Popplewell
Half centuries from Adam Greenwood (67) and Richard Wear (50) enabled Gomersal to make 213-9 as Hughes (4-70) and Jack Hebden (3-48) ensured that Townville extended their 100 per cent start.
Second-placed Wrenthorpe are 53 points behind Townville after their 67-run win over lowly Brighouse. Darryl Hendricks (86), Jordan Sleightholme (45) and Jonathan Rudge (33no) powered Wrenthorpe to 225-6 in 40 overs. Danyaal Ahmed (3-67) was the most-successful bowler for Brighouse who made 158-9 in reply. Awaise Hussain top scored with an unbeaten 34 whhile Greg Wood (3-37)n wasnthe pick of the Wrenthorpe bowlers.
Methley continued their recent good form with a 135-run win over rock-bottom Hartshead Moor. Ashton Blakey (65), Marcus Walmsley (45) and Edward Walmsley (44) provided the impetus for a total of 244-6.
Hartshead Moor struggled against the bowling of spinners Edward Walmsley (4-27) and Grant Soames (3-33) as they were bowled out for 109.
Good batting from Farrukh Alam (57), supported by Gary Close (36) and Arman Hussain (34no) enabled Carlton to overhaul Bowling Old Lane's 154-5, which included an unbeaten 82 from opener Adal Islam.
There was close finish at Altofts as the home side secured a ten-run win over Spen Victoria. Kiwi Matt Holstein was their match winner with 5-50 as the visitors were bowled out for 184. Peter jackson (39) was top scorer.
The Altofts total of 194-7 owed much to the efforts of Stephen Palmer 55 against a bowling attack in which Nick Montgomery (3-33) and Bradley Davis (3-37) had the most success.
Hisan Ahmed (4-37) and Sohail Hussain (3-37) bowled out Hotpon Mills for 128 as Bankfoot recorded a comfortable 67-run win. Stephen Bland (37) top scored for Hopton Mills when they replied to Bankfoot's score of 195-6. Nahim Ashraf was the mainstay of the innings with 52 while Hussain chipped in with 39.
|Townville's evergreeen batsman Tim Walton looks to drive the ball through the off side against Gomersal
Picture: ©Mike Popplewell
Leaders Northowram Fields recorded their seventh win of the season as they brushed aside Crossbank Methodists by seven wickets.
Josh Bennett-Keer (4-26) and Jonathan Lee (3-18) joined forces as Crossbank were restricted to 94-9 in their 27 over per side contest. Only Anees Rawat (31) offered much resistance.Northowram eased to victory ion 16 overs with Chris Metcalf hitting 62.
Second-placed Great Preston lost ground as they suffered a crushing nine-wicket defeat against Buttershaw St Paul's, the team immediately behimnd them in the table.
Great Preston struggled against the bowling of Ben Platt (4-26) and Dharmesh Mistry (3-23) as they were dismissed for 97,. James Marston was their top scorer with 36. St Paul's took just 13.5 overs to knock off the runs with Kevin McDermott making an unbeaten 55.
Just like buses, you wait ages for win to come along and two arrive in quick succession. That's been the case for East Leeds who followed up their first win of the campaign against Crossbank Methodists last week with a five-wicket success as Azaad.
Bowlers Thomas Chapman (5-29) and Allan Olbison (4-37) joined forced to set up the win as they helped dismiss Azaad for 126. Zaeem Zulfqar (47) provided the only real resistance. An unbeaten 72 from Naseem Aslam, backed up by 34 from Thomas Chapman (34) saw East Leeds to victory.
Joseph Finnigan's fine figures of 6-32 enabled fourth-placed Wakefield St Michael's to bowl out Adwalton for 130 and secure a 136-run win. Andy Langle (36) top scored for Adwalton as they replied to a Wakefield St Michael's total of 266-9 declared which was built around the contributions of Ayaz Seedat (88), James Cooper (50) and John Bowett (46).
An ubeaten 61 from Richard Jennings enabled East Ardsley to overhaul Heckmondwike & Carlinghow's 124 to record a six-wicket win. Heckmondwike were restricted by accurate bowling from David Battye (3-16) and Ashley Pearson (3-19). Adam Holt (32) top scored for Heckmondwike whoise best bowler was Paul Cooper (3-27).
Gildersome proved too good for bottom team Rodfley as they recorded a four-wicket win. Arshad Jan took 4-38 and Khalil Liaquat (3-22) as Rodley were bowled out for 92. Haseeb Hashmi hit 34 to help Gildersome to their target.