|Hanging Heaton paceman David Stiff took 4-24 as his side defeated Woodlands Picture: Stuart Tordfoff
It may have been another rain-hit day but there was certainly plenty of drama as the title race took another twist.
Farsley dodged the showers and beat leaders Pudsey St Lawrence by 24 runs.
With second-placed Hanging Heaton defeating Woodlands by 46 runs, the gap between the top two is down to just seven points.
And Farsley, who have now beaten Hanging Heaton and St Lawrence in successive weeks, are becoming an increasing force in the battle for the championship. They are 15 points adrift of Hanging Heaton.
Farsley's South African opening batsman James Price was in good form at Tofts Road. His unbeaten 84 contained three sixes and ten fours and helped his side to post 192-4 in 30 overs. James Wainman (32) joined Price in an opening stand of 55.
It was a challenging target which became all the more difficult as the rain brought a couple of interruptions. Opener Adam Waite continued his good form with 50 and former Farsley skipper Barrie Frankland chipped in with 30, but as the pressure grew to score quickly wickets tumbled. Once again Adam Ahmed (4-38) proved a key figure as the last four St Lawrence wickets fell for just five runs as they went down to a second-successive defeat.
Skipper Gary Fellows made his fourth league century of the season to take his aggregate of runs to 603, as Hanging Heaton posted a score of 217-4 in 38 overs in their win over Woodlands.
His latest ton was laced with five sixes and seven fours as he shared this third century opening stand of the season with Nick Connolly (66) which provided the foundations for their side's score.
Young paceman Elliot Richardson (3-54) emerged with the best figures for a Woodlands side missing left-arm spinner Chris Brice.
Woodlands lost wickets as the pressure brought about by the weather and the challenging run rate led to their innings faltering. Logan Weston (41) and Alex Atkinson (36) tried to force the pace but paceman David Stiff (4-24) ensured that Hanging heaton secured what could prove to be an invaluable win.
Mohammad Zaman's second century of the season enabled Cleckheaton to recover from 50-4 to post 175-7 in their 34 overs against struggling Morley. Zaman lofted seven sixes over the boundary as well as stroking five fours in his unbeaten 104.
The rain cut short the Morley reply when they had reached 62-3 after 12 overs. There was however a silver lining for them among the dark clouds that engulfed Scatcherd Lane - the six points they earned enabled them to climb out of the relegation positions by a single point..
Pudsey Congs have taken their place in the bottom two after suffering at the hands of their former player James Middlebrook as they went down to a six-wicket defeat at New Farnley in a 25-over contest.
The former Yorkshire, Essex and Northamptonshire all rounder made an unbeaten 71 as New Farnley overhauled the Congs' total of 137-4 with 15 balls to spare. He struck three sixes and eight fours as New Farnley got home despite the efforts of left-arm spinner Nick Lindley (4-36).
Skipper Gareth Phillips (51) and opener Callum Geldard (37) were the top scorers for Congs who have nine games in which to pull themselves out of danger.
Bottom-team Scholes looked to be closing in on a third win of the season before the rain wrecked their hopes of defeating Lightcliffe.
Left-armer Christian Jackson (5-53) and skipper James Stansfield (3-36) bowled well as Lightcliffe, who are just six points above the relegation trapdoor, were dismissed for 135. Their captain Alex Stead was again the top scorer with a determined 65.
Scholes were well placed at 99-4 when play was abandoned, with Irfan Amjad unbeaten on 43
Bradford & Bingley and East Bierley, two sides hoping to pick up a win to pull clear of the relegation zone, saw their match rained off when it looked to be heading for a interesting conclusion. Play was abandoned with Bradford & Bingley on 64-1 in reply to East Bierley's total of 150.
Opener Charlie Best (41) had given Bradford & Bingley a brisk start to their reply, while Fahid Rehman (33) and Bjorn Taylor (32) were the main contributors for East Bierley. Left-arm spinner Noman Ali impressed for Bradford & Bingley with 5-46.
|Hanging Heaton paceman Tom Chippendale sends down a delivery against Woodlands Picture: Stuart Tordoff
Batley have been knocked off top spot for the first time this season after a suffering a two-wicket defeat at Ossett in a low-scoring encounter.
Yeadon are the new leaders by a single point after romping to an emphatic 143-run win over bottom team Idle which earned them 18 points.
They were the day's quickest winners Yeadon too as they skittled out Idle for just 40. Kiwi Taine Jolley was in devastating form as he returned the stunning figures of 6-9. Zeeshan Syed (13) was the only batsman to make double figures in an Idle innings that was boosted by 13 extras.
Yeadon, whose promotion charge has been rapidly gathering momentum, recovered from 20-3 to make 183-6 declared in 37 overs. The revival was led by Max Maciver and Damon Gormley who both his half centuries. McIver struck eight fours in his 59 while Gormley struck three sixes and two fours while making 58.
Batley's batting failed to fire as they were bowled out for 113 by Charles Orme (4-32) and, Khalid Usman (3-23). Ossett didn't have things all their own way but edged home with Usman making 35 and Shabbir Rashid (32).
Opening bowlers Zeeshan Qasim and Craig Wiseman delivered a 134-run win for third-placed Undercliffe. Qasim was the chief destroyer with 6-24 and Wiseman took 3-30 as Hunslet Nelson were bowled out for 70
Gulsheraz Ahmed had led the way with the bat for Undercliffe when they batted first. He top scored with 67 and was supported by Toby Thorpe (44) and Jonathan Hughes (32) in a total of 204-8 made in 40 overs after a rain-delayed star. The one bright spot for Nelson was the bowling of Chris Anderson (5-49). Undercliffe are 16 points adrift of Batley.
The match between Saltaire and Baildon was interestingly poised when rain led to play being abandoned with Baildon 48-4 in reply to Saltaire's 114. Atbaab Hussain was the mainstay of the Saltaire innings against a bowling attack in which spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took 3-23 and Mounam Ejaz (3-25).
Keighley's hope of a second win of the season went down the drain at Liversedge. Benjamin Hastie's superb knock of 90 looked to have them on course for victory at 142-4 when the rain had the final say.
Keighley had made 142-4 in 25 overs and were closing in on their opponents score of 171-7 in a 35 overs contest when the end came. Steve Lane (37), Paul Marlow (34) and Jessie Dinnie (33) made the main additions to the Liversedge score.
Not even the weather can halt leaders Townville. They dodged the showers and defeated Carlton by 66 runs to extend their 100 per cent record to 12 games.
Even a reduction in the length of the game to 35 overs per side didn't trouble them as they piled up a score of 241-7 which enabled them to earn another 20-point maximum.
Opener Kristian Ward (47) and Jonathan Booth (39) got their side away to a good start which the ever-reliable Tim Walton built on with a knock of 52. Nadim Hussain's unbeaten 33 from a 13-ball flourish added to the misery for the toiling Carlton bowlers. Farrukh Alam (3-59) and Will Smith (3-78) were the most successful members of the attack.
Ismail Patel's unbeaten 53 was the highlight of the Carlton reply which saw them make 175-5 in their 35 overs.
Bankfoot avenged their early-season defeat at Bankfoot by winning the return match on home soil by five wickets. Greg Wood made 45 not out as they passed the Bankfoot score of 111-9 with 5.4 overs to spare. Shoukat Ali was the best of the Bankfoot bowlers with 3-42.
Former Yorkshire player Neil Nicholson was the only player to make double figures in the Bankfoot innings. The left-handed opener made 61, an innings which included two sixes and seven fours, and the next highest contribution was the 12 extras conceded by Wrenthorpe. Jordan Sleightholme returned the best bowling figures of 3-32.
All-rounder Marcus Walmsley and skipper Grant Soames were the key figures as third-placed Methley recorded a two-wicket win at Hopton Mills. Walmsley took 6-24 and was backed up by Sohail Raz (3-43) as Hopton Mills were bowled out for 126. Overseas player Louren Steenkamp (49) top scored for the home side.
Methley had a couple of nervy moments when they replied. They lost four wickets for six runs when victory was ion sight, but Soames stood firm and steered his side to victory with an unbeaten 54. Ashley Mackereth (3-48) and, Andrew Grey (3-42) ensured that Methley didn't have things all their own way.
New Zealander Matt Holstein was again the key figure for Altofts as they recorded a 33-run win over Gomersal in a 32 overs contest. Holstein's 72 enabled Altofts to make 162-8 and he followed up by taking 3-49 as Gomersal were restricted to 129-8.
Adam Greenwood's 55 was the highlight for Gomersal whose best bowlers had been James Russell (3-23) and Richard Wear (3-40).
The unluckiest team of the day were Bowling Old Lane. After making 233-4 in 40 overs they had reduced Hartshead Moor to 53-9 when play was abandoned.
The highlight of the match was a superb innings of 102 from Ahsan Butt. He hit a six and 14 fours and was joined in a second-wicket stand of 160 by Adal Islam (82).
All-rounder Islam did his best to try and force victory. He took 6-29 and took his side to within one wicket of the win when the weather intervened.
Rain also prevented a conclusion to the match between Brighouse and Spen Victoria at Russell Way. The home side maxde 142-9 in their 30 overs with Zafar Jadoon (38) top scoring. Young spinner Alex Leadbeater took 3-35 for Spen Victoria and their Kiwi opener Nick Montgomery was unbeaten on 31 when play was abandoned with his side 61-1.
Rodley lifted themselves off the bottom of the table as they defeated East Leeds by seven wickets.
Matthew Senior made 46 and Robert Young (38) as they chased down their opponents' score of 130-9 to win with one ball to spare in the 30 overs game. Andrew Keegan (3-21) returned the best bowling figures for Rodley.
Adwalton are now propping up the table after their four-wicket defeat at the hands of leaders Northowram Fields. The were restricted to 81-7 in their 27 overs as Zafar Khan took 3-28. Fields took 14.4 overs to seal victory.
With second place Great Preston kicking their heels as their game at Gildersome was abandoned without a ball being bowled, Buttershaw St Paul's missed the chance to make up ground in the promotion race as they suffered defeat at the hands of newcpomers Heckmondwike & Carlinghow for the second time this season.
St Paul's made 160-7 in their 36 overs with Kevin McDermott making 73 while Heckmondwike skipper Chris Allen took 4-38 with his off spin.
Heckmondwike edged home with one ball to spare to win by four wickets. Paul Cooper top scored with 37 while James Swayer (4-62) was the best of the St Paul's bowlers.
There was also a close finish at Wakefield St Michael's where the home side suffered a three-run defeat at the hands of Oulton in a 40-over contest.
David Flint (4-35) and Gary Dawber (4-36) helped bowl out St Michael's for 130 when they replied to the Oulton toital of 133-9. Mark Atkinson top scored wkith 42 for St Michael's while the principle contributors for Oulton were Jonathan Anson (38no) and William Harrison (32).
Overseas player Frederik Raz made 50 as Crossbank Methodists compiled a score of 132-8 against East Ardsley. The visitors were in some trouble at 104-8 when play was abandoned. James Abbott returned the tidy figues of 4-25