|Pudsey St Lawrence's Steve Watts bowls to Morley opener James McNichol Picture: ©Neil Allinson Photography
There was drama at the bottom of the table as Pudsey Congs and East Bierley secured victories while Scholes suffered an agonising one-wicket defeat at New Farnley.
Pudsey Congs, who started the day in the bottom two, collected a maximum 20 points as they inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Cleckheaton, while East Bierley held their nerve in a tense finish to win by seven runs at Lightcliffe.
East Bierley must have feared the worst when they frittered away a promising start to be dismissed for 151. Opener Neil Gill (31) was top scorer before left-arm spinner Suleman Khan (4-46) sparked the visitors' decline.
Lightcliffe, their skipper Alex Stead apart, found batting equally tricky against the teasing spin of Luke Jarvis (5-36) and the accuracy of opening bowler Tuseif Arshad (3-26).
While Stead was at the wicket it looked as if Lightcliffe might just pull through, but when he was ninth out for a well-made 70, East Bierley took full advantage to seal a win which takes them up to eighth in the table.
Congs produced a commanding performance against an out-of-sorts Cleckheaton side. Their score of 272-5 featured good knocks from Callum Geldart (65), Nick Lindley (47), Jonathon Donnelly (47no), skipper Gareth Phillips (46) and Andrew Bairstow (42).
Richie Lamb hits out for St Lawrence
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|Mark Robertshaw catches Morley's Henry Rush
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Cleckheaton captain John Wood (39) and wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson (37) were the only batsmen to make an
impression as their side were dismissed for 169. Geldart (3-21) and Donnelly (3-37) were the best of the Congs bowlers.
The closest finish of the day was fought out at New Farnley where the home side scraped victory by one wicket against a Scholes side that is getting to grips with the demands of the top flight.
Scholes looked as if they were going to pull off their third win of the season when they reduced New Farnley to 8-4 as Yassir Ali (3-28) claimed three early wickets.
At that point the Scholes score of 150-8 looked a long way off, but Mark Lawson (51) and Lee Goddard (43) turned things around before James Stansfield (3-50) caused more anxiety in the home camp. It needed an unbeaten 21 from Dave McCallum to see them home.
Opener Kasir Maroof (38) was the main contributor in the Scholes innings while the best of the bowlers was Muhammad Bilal (3-32).
Morley, who went down by 26 runs away at leaders Pudsey St Lawrence, have joined fellow Premier Division Scholes in the bottom two after their fifth-successive defeat.
St Lawrence recovered from a mid-innings wobble against the bowling of spinner David Nebard (4-62) to make
222-6. Opener Mark Robertshaw (40) and Barrie Frankland (39) were two of Nebard's victims and it needed a vigorous late assault from Richie Lamb (40no) to push the score beyond Morley's reach.
Last season's Division Two champions did make a spirited reply with opener James McNichol hitting 61 in their total of 196. Spinner Steve Watts (4-40) ensured that St Lawrence secured the win.
Morley are on 83 points, 19 ahead of Scholes and six adrift of Bradford & Bingley who suffered a 128-run defeat at home to second-placed Hanging Heaton.
The highlight of the match was a third league century of the season for Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows. He made a superb 101 and with two tons already to his name in the Priestley Cup has scored 956 runs in all 50 over competitions for his club this season.
Fellows has amassed 503 runs in league matches - more than any other batsman in the Premier Division - and his latest knock helped his side to post a score of 240-6 on their way to a 20-point haul.
Fellows and Nick Connolly (76) shared an opening stand of 179 as the home attack were made to toil. Matthew Walker (3-46) and Yassir Abbas (3-65) shared the wickets to fall.
Bradford & Bingley struggled against the pace of David Stiff (4-9) and Muhammed Rameez (3-30) as they were bowled out for 112.
Third-placed Farsley overcame inconsistent Woodlands by five wickets at Red Lane. Only skipper Tim Jackson (41) posted a reasonable score in a disappointing total of 142-8. Seamer Chris Henry (3-24) and spinner Mark Harrison (3-31) ensured they were kept fitmly in check. Farsley eased to their target with opener James Pickles making 52 and wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson (39). Spinner Chris Brice (3-46) was the only bowler to threaten for Woodlands.
With leaders Batley without a match Yeadon seized their chance to reduce their lead to 11 points with a convincing
64-run win over Keighley.
Their spin bowlers, teenager James Massheder (4-57) and the evergreen Damon Gormley (3-12) helped secure their latest win as Keighley were dismissed for 126.
Gormley had earlier made the top score of 46 in Yeadon's 190-7. Andrew Pickering (38), Oliver Halliday (33) and David Machell (30no) chipped in with useful contribuutions, while Maaiz Khan (3-51) was the pick of Keighley's bowlers.
Undercliffe and Hunslet Nelson squandered the chance to make up ground as both suffered defeats. Undercliffe went down by four wickets at :Liversedge while Nelson suffered a 71-run reverse against Baildon.
Undercliffe, despite a battling 48 from Michael Loubser, were dismissed for a disappointing 111 as Zach Wood took
5-32. Wasim Khaliq's 48 enabled Liversedge to ease to victory despite Zeeshan Qasim picking up 3-30.
Hunslet Nelson's batting was again their Achilles heel as they were dismissed for just 69 with Baildon spinners Mushtaq Ahmed (3-12) and Simon Bailey (3-20) sealing their side's second win. The performance of Max Chapell, who took 4-28 as Baildon made 139-6 was the one crumb of comfort for Nelson.
Rahell Ahmed (5-15) took the first five Idle wickets as Ossett bowled out their opponents for 71 to secure a 110-run success. He was backed up by Khalid Usman (3-19).Idle skipper Simon Curry carried his bat through his side's innings but only had 21 not out to his name,
The experienced Javed Umarji (50no) Tamoor Saghir (39no) and Richard Whitehurst (32) helped Ossett to make 181-5 when they batted first. Idle's best bowler was Mohammed Rafiq (3-74).
Saltaire's Salman Khan (3-25) and Michael Eglin (3-18 ) helped bowl out Birstall for 82 as their side eased to a seven-wicket. Arbaab Hussain's unbeaten 45 steered them to their target.
Townville extended their lead to 44 points as they made it nine wins from nine games with a 24-run victory over second-placed Wrenthorpe.
Jack Hughes produced another fine innings of 94 as Townville compiled what proved to be a match-winning total of 241 against their old rivals. All-rounder Conor Harvey and skipper Nick Bresnan both chipped in with 35 apiece.
Greg Wood (47), Chris Leaf (42), Darryl Henricks (41) and Luke Patel (33) led a spirted Wrenthorpe reply but Harvey
(4-69) ensured that Townville wrapped up another succes as they dismissed the home side for 217 with nine balls to spare.
After two painful defeats, Methley returned to winning way with a 58-run win over Bankfoot. Twins Edward Walmsley (3-9) and Marcus Walmsley (3-23) helped dismiss their former club for 71 when they replied to a modest Methley score of 129. Skipper Grant Soames top scored with 32 as Bankfoot's new Indian spinner Marupuri Suresh took
4-16 in 15 probing overs, while Greg Colehan picked up 3-27.
Altofts' New Zealander Matt Holstein produced the day's best bowling figures of 7-45 as his side dismissed Hopton Mills for 120 to secure a 73-run win. Chris Scott (33) and Michael Carroll (30) top scored for Hopton Mills when they replied to the Altofts score of 193-9. Imran Mayat (48) and that man Holstein (46) led the way while Andrew Grey
(4-25) and Richard Myers (3-57) were the best of the Mills bowlers.
Left-arm opening bowler James Russell continued his good start to the season by taking 4-31 as Gomersal bowled out Bowling Old Lane for 107 to set up a three-wicket win. Josh Fell (3-24) gave him good support.
Gomersal struggled against the bowling of Adal Islam (5-24) but edged home thanks to the efforts of Craig Lightowler (30).
Rob Warriner produced his season's-best figures of 5-25 as Spen Victoria secured a 36-run win over Carlton. Stephen Cooper made a battling 55 and Farrukh Alam (33) as Carlton finished on 136 in reply to Spen 172. Evan Edwards led the way for the home side with 60 while skipper Ollie Davison made 45.
The basement battle went the way of Brighouse who defeated Hartshead Moor by five wickets to record their
In a match reduced to 40 overs per side due to a delayed start, Hartshead Moor were restricted to 111-9. Nick Ward (36) top scored as Aleem Ladak took 3-21. Raja Najeeb's unbeaten 50 steered Brighouse home.
With Buttershaw St Paul's not having a game, Great Preston and Northowram Fields seized their chance to climb above them in the table.
Australian Jackson Freeman was in good form for Great Preston as he made 54 and followed up with 4-53 in a 107-run win at Adwalton.
Freeman shared an opening stand of 122 with Lee Russell (77) as Great Preston made 243-9 despite the efforts of James Curtis (4-19) and Chris Priestley (3-45). Adwalton, despite 45 from Steve Laycock, could only muster 136 in reply as Freeman and Russell (3-33) got to work again.
Northowram Fields proved too good for bottom team East Leeds as they secured a 65-run victory. Robert Smith (46) and Chris Metcalf (39) helped them to a total of 187 even though Shamoon Mushtaq took 4-41. East Leeds struggled against the bowling of Zafar Khan (5-29) and Jonathan Lee (3-17) as they were all out for 122.
Mark Simpson's unbeaten 69 and 40 from Asif Sheraz enabled Gildersome to overhau;l East Ardsley's 174-7 and secure a three-wicket win - just their second of the season.
Adam Pearson (3-38) and Ashley Pearson (3-42) battled hard to defend East Ardsley's total which saw Mohammad Hamid and Ashley Pearson both make 40.
Oulton avenged their recent home defeat by Rodley with a two-wicket win in the return encounter. William Harrison made 48 not out as they edged past the Rodley score of 141.
Gary Sagar (40) top scored for Rodley who were kept in check by the bowling of Garry Dawber (4-54) and Joseph Sykes (3-38).
Crossbank Methodists defeated Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by two runs in a close encounter. James Lord was the start turn for Crossbank. He followed up an unbeaten 52 by taking 4-35 as his side just managed to defend their total of 141-7. Fahad Imam made a spirited 50 for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow who were without their wicketkeeper Matt Crowther when they batted after he had been hit in the face while fielding.
The game between Azaad v Wakefield St Michael's was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
James Lord on his way to an unbeaten 52 for Crossbank Methodists against Heckmondwike & Carlinghow
Picture: Mike Popplewell