|Suleman Khan struck an unbeaten121 ro steer Lightcliffe to a thrilling win over Hanging Heaton
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Suleman Khan hit an unbeaten 121 from just 89 balls as Lightcliffe completed a stunning run chase to inflict a first defeat of the season on Hanging Heaton.
Khan smashed eight sixes and eight fours as his side overhauled Hanging Heaton's daunting total of 320-6 with four balls to spare to win by six wickets.
Former Hanging Heaton batsman Ian Philliskirk (76) and Alex Stead (58) set the tone for the Lightcliffe innings with a second-wicket stand of 127.
Their good work was capitalised on by Khan and Rhys Jowett (43) in a fourth-wicket alliance of 106 which enabled Lightcliffe to pull off their second win of the season.
Hanging Heaton set the tone for a match which produced 643 runs for the loss of ten wickets when their openers Gary Fellows and Nick Connolly both made fine centuries. Each batsman scored 113 in a stand of 216. Fellows struck 13 fours and four sixes while making his second hundred of the campaign while Connolly's innings contained four sixes and 11 fours.
The defeat saw Hanging Heaton surrender top spot to Pudsey St Lawrence. The defending champion overcame a middle-order collapse to beat rock-bottom Scholes by 81 runs.
St Lawrence's match winner was Richie Lamb. He made a vital 35 not out with the bat as he helped skipper James Smith (40) rescue his side from 105-7 as Yassir Ali (4-44) took a hat-trick. Their eventual total of 194-9 proved out of Scholes' reach as they were dismissed for 113 with Lamb taking 5-28. Irfan Amjad provided the only resistance with an unbeaten 60.
Cleckheaton are third after an efficient performance saw them cruise to an eight-wicket win over New Farnley. Simon Lambert, New Farnley's winter signing from York, top scored with 42 as his side were bowled out for 118. Spinner Andrew Deegan (3-13) and swing bowler Sam Wilson (3-41) did the damage.
Cleckheaton wasted no time knocking off the runs. They reached their target in 15.2 overs with skipper John Wood (48), Andy Gorrod (31) and Chris Holliday (30no) leading the way.
|Morley's Kashif Naveed made 137
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|Kez Ahmed took 5-24 against Pudsey Congs
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Morley's Kashif Naveed made the day's highest individual score in the top flight of 137 after arriving at the crease with his side in some strife at 12-3 against Bradford & Bingley. Naveed seized the initiative by striking nine sixes and 11 fours and that enabled Morley to post a score of 207-8. Bradford & Bingley's reply never got going as paceman Matthew Dowse took 4-30 and Naveed 2-15 to dismiss them for 108. Morley's 99-run victory was their second of the campaign.
Woodlands put their recent sticky run behind them as they posted a score of 313-6 on their way to a 183-run win over their old foes, Pudsey Congs.
The man who secured their success was former Congs off spinner Kez Ahmed. He took 5-24 as the last seven Congs wickets fell for 29 as they were all out for 130. Skipper Gareth Phillips (46) and Joe Greaves (31) were the only batsmen to threaten the dominance of the home bowlers.
Woodlands' New skipper Tim Jackson (97) led from the front as his side made their highest total of the season. An opening stand of 96 with Sam Frankland (36) was followed by a second-wicket partnership of 124 with Cumberland batsman Alex Atkinson (65). The best of the bowlers for Congs was Muhammad Saeed (4-72).
Farsley recorded their second victory of the season at the expense of an East Bierley side still looking for their first win. The Red Lane outfit triumphed by 12 runs.
Skipper Dan Hodgson (78) and Greg Pickles (70) shared a third-wicket alliance of 150 which enabled Farsley to make 280-8 despite the efforts of left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis (5-101) and seamer Tauseif Arshad (3-70).
East Bierley made a spirited reply with their close-season signing Fahid Rehman against catching the eye. He top scored with 93 and was joined in a second-wicket stand of 100 by former Yorkshire all-rounder Gavin Hamilton (45). The experienced Mark Gill chipped in with 45, but Adam Ahmed (3-40) and Chris Henry (3-67) ensured that Farsley secured victory.
Leaders Batley made it four wins from four games as they secured a two-wicket win at Baildon with five balls to spare.
Their latest success was set up by the bowling of Aqsad Ali (4-33) and Muhammad Tahir (4-39) as Baildon were restricted to 168-9 when they batted first.
Skipper Simon Bailey (47) and Jonny Reynolds (35) led the way for Baildon, but Batley eased home thanks to
Ali (39no) and Tariq Hussain (38).
Overseas player Tanzeel Altaf is proving a big hit for Saltaire. The former Cleckheaton all-rounder smashed 99 off just 90 balls as the Roberts Park club defeated Idle by 131 runs.Altaf struck eight sixes and four fours as he helped his second-placed side make 208 at Cavendish Road. Altaf Mohammad was the best of the Idle bowlers with 3-54.
Idle tumbled to 77 all out as Saltaire skipper Michael Eglin (4-22) and leg spinner Altaf (3-19) posed problems. Only Tom Johnson (34) resisted for long.
Hard-hitting opener Jake Wray (53) and the experienced Damon Gormley (48no) helped Yeadon overhaul Liversedge's total of 173-9 and record their third win. Liversedge's top scorer was Alan Sumner (47) as they were made to battle for their runs by Michael Hunter (3-42) and Oliver Halliday (3-44). During his innings of 26, Yeadon's James Goldthorp completed 10,000 Bradford League runs. He is the 39th player to achieve the feat and that list includes his brother John who made 11,056 runs in his career.
Birstall are one of four clubs still seeking their first win after suffering a one-wicket defeat in a nail-biting finish against Hunslet Nelson.
Alexander Debs (59) and Nick Kaye (52no) helped take Birstall to 194-8, but Nelson timed their reply well and won with an over to spare thanks to Christopher Anderson (65), Andrew McIntosh (44) and Suleman Mohammed (33no). Kamran Khan (3-19) and Debs (3-55) tried their hardest but Birstall were pipped at the post.
Experienced left-armer Craig Wiseman delivered a match-winning performance as Undercliffe secured a slender eight-run win over ten-man Ossett.
Toby Thorpe (81), Gulsheraz Ahmed (60) and Michael Loubser (33) helped Undercliffe post a score of 225-8 which earned them maximum batting points despite the best efforts of Khalid Usman (5-56).
Undercliffe wrapped up a 20-point success by claiming the last Ossett wicket with one ball to spare after the visitors had made a brave bid to secure their first success of the season. Wiseman finished with 5-72.
Khalid Usman (55), Shabir Rashid (44),Tamoor Saghir (33) and Javid Umarji (31) carried the fight to Undercliffe, but Wiseman and dependable young spinner Amir Hussain (3-55) ensured that Ossett didn't deprive their side of victory
|Bankfoot's Shoukat Ali is bowled by Gomerdsal's James Russell during his side's defeat at Oxford Road
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Townville's fourth straight win, an emphatic nine-wicket triumph over Altofts, has enabled them to open a 12-point lead at the top.
Johnathan Booth (69no) and overseas player Matthew Bremner (45no) shared an unbroken second-wicket stand of 142 after opener Kristian Ward was dismissed to the second ball of the innings.
Young bowlers Nadim Huissain (4-15) and Jack Hughes (3-21) were the main threat as Townville dismissed Altofts for 139. Callum Nuttall (37) was the one batsman who made an impression.
Second-placed Methley had too much fire power for Spen Victoria as they cruised to a 95-run win which earned them a maximum 20 points. Former Undercliffe opener Hamid Khan continued his good form with 92 while Luke Bullingham's 34 helped swell the total to 252-6.
Skipper Ollie Davison (45) and Peter Jackson (43) battled hard for Spen Victoria but they were bowled out for 157 as spinner Edward Walmsley took 3-34 and overseas paceman Samuel Mofokeng (3-30).
Gomersal are up to third after ending Bankfoot's recent run of success with a five-wicket win.Craig Lightowler made an unbeaten 46 and Jack Seddon (36) as Gomersal passed Bankfoot's disappointing total of 155 with six overs to spare.
Bankfoot, whose main contributors were Josh Marsden (52) and Micky Hutchins (35), struggled against the left-arm bowling of James Russell (4-44).
Carlton opener Chris Wynd breezed to his first Bradford Premier League century as his side secured a maximum 20 points for an 81-run win over Brighouse.
Wynd punctuated his inniogs of 106 with a six and 14 fours. He also shared in two century partnerships as he helped his side to a toital of 296-8.
Farrukh Alam (61) shared a third-wicket stand of 105 with Wynd, while Carlton's century maker was joined in a
fifth-wicket alliance of 110 by Arman Hussain (63).
,Four players passed 30 for Brighouse, Asad Mahmood (38), Srinidhi Kumar (36), Wajid Hussain (34) and Zafar Jadoon (30) but nobody went on to make a telling contribution as Brighouse were dismissed for 215. Former Brighouse captain Will Smith took 4-50 for Carlton while Ismail Patel took 3-22.
Wrenthorpe's bowlers found conditions to their liking at Highmloor Lane as they dismnissed Hartshead Moor for just 48 to set up a ten-wicket success. Jonathan Rudge (5-20) and Jordan Sleightholme (3-9) bowled ouit Hartshead Moor in just 29.1 overs. Wrenthorpe cruised to victory in 6.3 overs with former East Bierley batsman Greg Wood, back after his rugby playing duties with Sandal, hitting 38 not out.
Hopton Mills found the going tough at Bowling Old Lane as they suffered a six-wicket defeat. Their batsmen found runscoring difficult as they were dismissed for 116. Chris Scott (38) was the only batsman who looked able to counter an attack in which Sadaqat Zaman took 3-23. Ahsan Butt, a prolific scorer in recent seasons, made 36 as Old Lane secured victory
Adam Wainwright and Kevin McDermott made centuries as leaders Buttershaw St Paul's defeated Crossbank Methodists by 110 runs.
Opener MCDermott made 102 after hitting a six and 13 fours. He shared a first-wicket stand of 99 with Jonathan Burston (53) before being joined in a third-wicket partnership of 169 by Wainwright as St Paul's piled up 311-4.
Wainwright was particularly severe on the Crossbank bowlers as he hammered seven sixes and four fours in his 79-ball innings of 116.
Crossbank made 201 in reply as James Lord (43) and Anees Rawat (38) made St Paul's work for their win. Tosh Baker (4-55) and Dharmesh Mistry (3-43) were the pick of the bowlers.
Newcomers Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are second after registering a nine-run win over Gildersome, their third success in four games.
Paul Cooper's 74 was responsible for Heckmondwike reaching 195 against some determined bowling from Razeb Raja (5-49) and Liam Pearson (4-35).
That man Cooper came up trumps with the ball too. He took 5-33 as Gildersome, despite 72 from Haseeb Hashmi, were dismissed for 186.
Great Preston are third after an emphatic six-wicket win over East Leeds. They dismissed their visitors for just 74 with Jackson Freeman (4-13) and Lee Russell (4-42) doing the bulk of the damage. Danusha Ranasinghe made 35 as Great Preston reached their target in 16.4 overs. Allan Olbison took 3-28 for East Leeds.
Qudratullh Khan picked up 4-48 and made 37 but couldn't save Oulton from a 49-run defeat against Northowram Fields. Ben Grech (51) and Robert Smith (50) helped Northowram Fields to 204 .despite the efforts of Khan and Garry Dawber (4-52). Oulton's top scorer in their total of 155 was Jonathan Henshaw (40) as Zafar Khan (4-50) and Josh Bennett Keer (3-26), posed problems.
Azaad's first win of the season, a six-wicket success at Rodley, came at the expense of a side still striving to break their duck.
Simon Raistrick's 43 was the key component of Rodley's 1674-9, while Imran Mahboob's unbeaten 69 was responsible for easing Azaad to their target with 17.3 overs to spare.