It proved to be an eventful day in the Premier Division with leaders Pudsey St Lawrence losing for the first time and East Bierley registering their first victory.
St Lawrence’s six-wicket defeat at Lightcliffe enabled Hanging Heaton and Cleckheaton to close the gap at the top.
Lightcliffe, who also ended Hanging Heaton’s winning run two weeks ago, won with two balls to spare.
St Lawrence ran into early problems against the bowling of Rob Burton (3-44) as they plunged to 30-4.
Skipper James Smith (93) and Tom Hudson (25) stabilised the innings with a fifth-wicket stand of 116, but Jonathan Whiteoak (4-67) ensured that their eventual total of 183-9 was one Lightcliffe would be hopeful of chasing down.
Lightcliffe skipper Alex Stead, playing against his old club, made 39, but it was overseas player Suleman Khan (59) who ensured his side reached their target.
Cleckheaton underlined their title credentials with an impressive 79-run win over Woodlands.
The highlight of their success was a magnificent unbroken third-wicket partnership between Chris Holliday and
Mohammad Zaman who both made centuries and helped Cleckheaton to post a score of 309-2
Holliday, who is proving a great addition to the Cleckheaton side, made an unbeaten 151 which was laced with seven sixes and 15 fours.
Zaman raced to 107 not out off just 69 balls as he struck four sixes and ten fours.
Cleckheaton’s overseas player Mohammad Bilawal quickly reduced Woodlands to 24-3.
Wicketkeeper Greg Finn3-28) (83) and Kez Ahmed (54) put on 69 for the ninth wicket, but their side were bowled out for 230. Bilal finished with 4-49 and Curtis Free (3-28).
Cleckheaton are now third, seven points adrift of Pudsey St Lawrence and three behind second-placed Hanging Heaton who defeated Pudsey Congs by 32 runs.
Hanging Heaton were in early trouble at 24-3 before Joe Fraser (93) and Ismail Dawood (57) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 155. James Kean’s (47) swell their score to 267-6.
A fifth-wicket stand of 123 between Nick Lindley (96) and Andrew Bairstow (52) kept Congs in the hunt, but their hopes were shattered by the loss of their last four wickets for one run.
Paceman David Stiff took three wickets in four balls to finish with 5-54 as Congs were all out for 235.
East Bierley skipper Dan Shuffe hit an unbeaten century as his side won the basement battle with Scholes by 111 runs.
Shuffe’s innings contained five sixes and 11 fours and helped East Bierley to a score of 228-9. James Harding was the pick of the Scholes bowlers with 5-59.
Scholes are 19 points adrift of East Bierley and 25 short of safety after being bowled out for 117 as Awais Ejaz took
4-2. Yasir Ali top scored for Scholes with 33.
Morley, who started the day in second place, were dismissed for the day’s lowest Premier Division score of 68 as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of improving Farsley.
James Wainman, the left-arm bowler who played for Yorkshire Vikings in their Natwest Blast defeat by Leicestershire Foxes on Friday, helped reduced Morley to 12-4. Ben Jenkinson (28) offered brief hope of a revival before the last four wickets fell for eight runs.
Musafa Rafique (4-5) capitalised on the earlier good work of Wainman 3-15. Opener James Pickles (30) and Ryan Cooper (25no) helped Farsley to secure victory.
Bradford & Bingley were another side to be dismissed for a low score. They were bowled out for just 74 as they crumbled to an eight-wicket defeat against lowly New Farnley.
Opening bowler Mark Lawson (3-29) and off spinner Dave McCullum (3-29) did the bulk of the damage. Opener Simon Lambert was unbeaten on 34 as New Farnley clinched victory.
Batley’s bowlers found conditions to their liking at Cavendish Road where they dismissed bottom team Idle for 51 to set up their fifth win in six games.
Muhammad Hafeez (3-9) and Aqsad Ali (3-14) impressed as Batley recorded an eight wicket win.
Leaders Batley are now 16 points clear of Undercliffe who secured a 15-run win over Baildon.
Jonathan Hughes’ 43 was the key component of Undercliffe’s 119 as Baildon’s veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (4-12) posed problems.
Baildon were dismissed for 104 as Jack Rich (4-11) and Zeeshan Qasim (4-37) secured victory for Undercliffe.
Ossett’s seven-wicket win at Hunslet Nelson was their first victory of the season and lifted them out of the bottom two.
Khalid Usman’s 5-33 helped Ossett bowl out Hunslet Nelson for 94. Daniel Calverley was the top scorer with 42. Richard Whitehurst’s unbeaten 36 helped Ossett to victory.
Birstall were also celebrating their first win after edging a one-wicket win over Keighley with nine balls to spare.
Nick Kaye (80no) and Salman Sayed (63) ensured their side overhauled Keighley’s 214-2 despite the efforts of Andy Wear (4-35).
The highlight of the Keighley innings was an unbroken third-wicket stand of 172 between overseas player Ben Hastie (95no) and Max Davidson (74no).
Spinner Stephen Lane produced a match-winning spell of 6-35 as Liversedge recorded a three-wicket win at Saltaire.
Adeel Ashraf (55) was the top scorer for Saltaire as they were restricted to 157-9. Matthew Butler was unbeaten on 40 as Liversedge edged home despite the efforts of leg spinner Tanzeel Altaf (3-43).
Leaders Townville made it six wins from six games after defeating Bankfoot by 74 runs.
Jack Hughes produced a match-winning spell of 6-10 as Bankfoot were bowled out for 160.
Micky Hutchins (65) top scored for Bankfoot but lacked support as his side fell well short of Townville’s 234-9.
Jonathan Booth (71) and Tim Walton (68) were the top scorers for Townville while Kamran Siddique (4-31) was the pick of the Bankfoot bowlers.
Townville’s win keeps them 26 points ahead of Methley who also earned maximum points for their 128-run win at Carlton.
Skipper Grant Soames (56) and overseas player Samuel Mafokeng (42) helped Mathley to 233-9 when they batted first. Arman Hussain (4-46) was the pick of the Carlton bowlers.
Carlton were bowled out for 105 as Sohail Raz (4-36), Marcus Walmsley (3-3) and Mafokeng (3-42) kept the home side under pressure. Farrukh Alam (50) was the one batsman who made an impression.
Spen Victoria’s batsmen struggled against the bowling of Bradley Drake (3-31) and Michael Carroll (3-43) as they were bowled out for 128 in their eight-wicket defeat at Hopton Mills.
Altofts hit the day’s biggest score of 343-9 and also recorded the largest winning margin, 290 runs, against Brighouse.
Opener Imran Mayat (121) and Dominic Richardson (82) set the tone with a superb stand of 209. Stephen Palmer (43) and Matthew Holstein (33) built on their success.
The persevering Danyaal Ahmed took 3-48 for Brighouse, who were bowled out for just 53 as Arkam Asif picked up
Wrenthorpe seamers Chris Leaf (6-28) and Jonathan Rudge
(4-28) exploited helpful conditions at Bowling Old Lane to dismiss the home side for 69.
Wrenthorpe didn’t have things all their own way and needed an unbeaten 28 from Greg Wood to wrap up a four-wicket win. Sadaqat Zaman (3-33) and Adal Islam (3-34) led the Old Lane attack.
Third-placed Gomersal were another side to collect the full 20 points as they defeated Hartshead Moor by 76 runs.
Wicketkeeper Jack Seddon smashed an unbeaten 72 which contained seven sixes and five fours as Gomersal posted a score of 260-6. Jonathan Boynton (58), Adam Greenwood (37) and Josh Fell (37) also weighed in with valuable runs.
Craig Field was again the best of the Hartshead Moor batsmen with an unbeaten 85 as they were restricted to 184-9. James Russell picked up 4-39 for Gomersal.
Evan Edwards (39) and Alex Leadbeater (30) tried to rouse their side but Mills were in no mood to surrender the initiative. They eased to victory with Andrew Grey (43no) and Chris Scott (36no) seeing them home.
|Gomersal's Jack Seddon hits a six in his side's win over Hartshead Moor Picture: Mike Popplewell
Buttershaw St Paul’s recorded a crushing six-wicket win at East Ardsley where they bowled out the home side for 76.
Kevin McDermott (4-9) and Tosh Baker (4-16) set up their side’s success.
Great Preston reduced St Paul’s lead to six points after securing a maximum 20 points for defeating Crossbank Methodists by 95 runs.
Australian Jackson Freeman was their match winner with a fine all round performance.
Freeman top scored with an unbeaten 102 as Great Preston made 256-6 and he followed up with 4-30 as Crossbank were dismissed for 161. Their top scorer was James Coulborn (39).
Third-placed Northowram Fields also picked up 20 points after Zafar Khan (5-44) and Jonathan Lee (3-8) bowled out Gildersome for 131 to complete a 133-run win.
Khan had a fine match having earlier made an unbeaten 51 as he and John Lister (51no) helped their side build on their earlier efforts of Majid Jahangir (49) as they compiled a total of 264-7.
East Leeds found the going tough against the bowling of Joseph Finnigan (4-36), Alexander Leyshon (3-7) and Michael Hlloran (3-25) as they were dismissed for 98 in their four-wicket defeat by Wakefield St Michael’s.
Azaad edged a narrow two-wicket win over Oulton after dismissing their opponents for 99. Waheed Ahmed (4-35) and Syed Shah Bukhari (3-11) were their key performers. Garry Dawber took 4-21 for Oulton.
Dean Jackson (50) and James Paterson (45) helped Adwalton to make 238-9 before bowling out Rodley for 114. Patterson rounded off a fine individual performance by taking 5-18 as Rodley were bowled out for 114
Robert Young hit 50 and took 4-39 for Rodley but still ended up on the losing side as his team went down by 124 runs at Adwalton.