|Opener Mark Robertshaw made 97 for champions Pudsey St Lawrence as they defeated Woodlands
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Farsley and New Farnley registered their first wins of the season while Morley and Lightcliffe played out the first tie in the top flight.
Farsley chased down a challenging Pudsey Congs total of 147-8 with eight balls to spare thanks to a fine effort from their top order batsmen.
James Pickles (56) and Arthur Price (42) gav ethe innings a sound foundation which was built on by skipper Dan Hodgson (61) before Greg Pickles steered his side home with an unbeaten 70.
Defeat was tough on Congs batsmans Andrew Bairstow. He made a sparkling unbeaten 109 which contained sevensixes and seven fours.
Skipper Gareth Phillips gave him good support with 77, while Chris Henry was the pick of the Farsley bowlers with 4-41.
|Steve Watts took five wickets for St Lawrence
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New Farnley's first victory was achieved with some ease. They defeated East Bierley by eight wickets, a result which sent their victims sliding to the bottom of the table.
Once again the East Bierley batting failed as they were bowled out for just 123. Former Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Essex spinner James Middlebrook took 4-4 and was backed up by Mark Lawson (3-26) and Muhammad Bilal
(3-23). Only Bjorn Taylor (46) and Fahid Rehman (37) made an impression for East Bierley.
Lawson crowned a good all-round performance by making 57 as he and Simon Lambert ensured that their side reached their target in just 20.3 overs.
There was a dramatic finish at Scatcherd Lane where Lightcliffe needed two runs from the last ball to beat Morley, but Mark Horne was run out attempting a second run as the game was tied.
Such a dramatic finale seemed unlikely when Morley were reduced to 48-6 when they batted first, but wicketkeeper Luke Heinemman made a fine 77 and the experienced Colin Nuthall (43) to enable their side to post a challenging total of 173. Jonathan Whiteoak (6-33) impressed for Lightcliffe and was supported by overseas player Suleman Khan (3-30).
Lightcliffe found runscoring tough but Chris Taylor (41), Rhys Jowett (35) and Ian Philliskirk (31) helped them edge towards the Morley score in the the face of some tight bowling from Kashif Naveed (3-37).
Leaders Hanging Heaton had a comfortable eight-wicket win over newly-promoted Scholes. Overseas player Muhammed Rameez took 4-48 as Scholed were dismissed for 178 with only Yassir Ali (68) making an impression.
Openers Nick Connolly (68no) and Gary Fellows (49) ensured their side had no problems securing their third win to lead the table by six points from champions Pudsey St Lawrence who also have three wins to their name.
Their latest victims were Woodlands who they defeated by 25 runs. Once again they were guided towards their match-winning total of 220-9 by the dependable Mark Robertshaw. The left-handed opener made 97 and received support from skipper James Smith (42) and fellow opener Adam Waite (33). Off spinner Kez Ahmed was the best of the Woodlands bowlers with 4-69.
Skipper Tim Jackson (43) top scored for Woodlands who lost wickets at key times as off spinner Steve Watts (5-37) and Richie Lamb (3-16) took full advantage. Logan Weston (37) and Scott Richardson (35no) were unable to spare their side from a second defeat in a row
Bradford & Bingley's new opener Jack Edgar hit a maiden Bradford Premier League century as his side inflicted a first defeat of the season on Cleckheaton.
Edgar struck .four sixes and 13 fours in ann unbeaten 110 which helped his side to post a score of 242-5. Matthew Walker made an unbeaten 45 and followed up with 5-69 as Cleckheaton were bowled out for 227 in reply. Chris Holliday (69) and James Lee (51) made half centuries but couldn't spare their team from defeat.
|Sarfraz Ahmed of Woodlands bowls to the Pudsey St Lawrence opener Adam Waite Picture: ©Neil Allinson
Batley are the only team with an unbeaten record in Championship A after they secured a nail-biting one wicket win at Keighley.
The man they have to thank for their third win of the season is Asif Ayub, who made an unbeaten 49 as he guided them home after Matthew Haines (4-49) threatened to win the game for Keighley.
The Keighley score of 177 was built around a maiden Bradford Premier League century for Australian Ben Hastie. He hit five sixes and nine fours in his 101 while Muhammad Tahir (4-12) was the pick of the Batley bowlers.
Yeadon, who started the day in top spot, are now 14 points behind Batley after being spun to defeat by Saltaire’s
|Muhammed Fayez top scored with 34 for Liversedge
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overseas leggie Tanzeel Altaf. He took 6-20 as Yeadon were bowled out for 115. Arbaab Hussain (36no) steered Saltaire to their six-wicket win.
There was no happy homecoming for Idle as they played on their Cavendish Road pitch for the first time since vandals caused damage to the square and outfield.
They suffered a103-run defeat against Hunslet Nelson after being bowled out for just 87 in reply to their opponents’ score of 190-9.
Hassan Hussain’s 64 was the key feature of the Hunslet Nelson innings while Max Chappel (4-33) and skipper Will Stiff (3-17) were the bowlers who sealed their success.
Birstall are still searching for their first win after an 83-run defeat against Undercliffe. They were undone by paceman Zeeshan Qasim (6-16) and spinner Amir Hussain (3-16) as they were bowled out for just 100 in reply to Undercliffe’s 183. Gulsheraz Ahmed (45) top scored for Undercliffe.
Baildon’s new Australian Blake Glen took 5-41 and Abid Awan (4-44) as they skittle Liversedge for 91 to set up an eight-wicket win. Jack Hainsworth hit an unbeaten 27 for Baildon.
Wrenthorpe bounced back from their one-wicket defeat at Bankfoot to score a thrilling six-wicket win over their old rivals Methley.
Overseas player Darryl Hendricks proved to be their match winner with a stylish unbeaten 110 as they chased down an impressive Methley total to 295-5 which included a magnificent 143 not out from their skipper Grant Soames.
Hendricks, who struck a six and 16 fours, shared an opening stand of 149 with skipper Andrew Bourke 77 which provided the perfect platform for the successful run chase. Luke Patel continued his good form with an unbeaten 70 as the target was reached with 3.1 overs to spare.
Defeat was hard on Soames. After hitting three sixes and 20 fours in his first century for his new club, he followed up with 3-69 with his off spin but could not Wrenthorpe’s relentless march to victory. Soames also shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 163 with Ashton Blakey (64).
Leaders Townville continued on their winning ways with a six-wicket win over Bowling Old Lane. Overseas player Matthew Bremner (80) and Jack Hughes (59) were again the key figures in the successful pursuit of Old Lane’s 200.
Farakh Hussain (55) and skipper Amjid Hussain (47) were the top scorer for Old Lane against a Townville attack in which Kulpreet Chhabra (4-47) and Jack Hebden (3-57) impressed.
The day’s highest score was the 324-4 Hopton Mills made on their way to a 135-run win over Hartshead Moor. It was a total which included the season’s highest individual score of 171 not out from their South African player Louren Steenkamp. He hit nine sixes and 19 fours and was joined in a fourth-wicket stand of 144 by Andrew Grey (81).
Craig Field dominated the Hartshead Moor reply of 189 with a fine knock of 90 but it wasn’t enough to spare his side from a resounding defeat.
A fifth-wicket stand of 132 between Arman Hussain (85) and Will Smith (69no) helped Carlton to chase down an Altofts total of 231-7 and record a five-wicket win.
Callum Nuttall (57no) and Arkam Asif (45) top scored for Altofts while Farrukh Alam (4-40) was the pick of the Carlton bowlers.
Second-placed Bankfoot continued their fine start to the season with a four-wicket victory over Spen Victoria.
Skipper Ollie Davison made a battling 55 as his side were bowled out for 141 with Sohail Hussain taking 5-42.
Shoukat Ali’s 63 helped Bankfoot to secure victory despite the efforts of young spin bowler Alex Leadbeater (4-61).
righouse are still searching for a first win after suffering a 36-run defeat at home to Gomersal.
The visitors made 217-7 with Adam Greenwood (63), Arsaam Malik (45) and Jack Seddon (41) leading the way. James Russell picked up 4-21 as Brighouse made 181-9 in reply.Wajid Hussain top scored with 38.
Wakefield St Michael’s picked up a maximum 20 points as they defeated Gildersome by 109 runs to take over at the top of the Conference.
St Michael’s made 238 when they batted first with Mark Atkinson making 67 and Joseph Finnigan (51) against a bowling attack in which Mark Simpson took 5-67 and Razeb Raja (3-69).
Finningan completed a fine individual performance by taking 7-44 as Gildersome perished for 129. Martin Morley was their top scorer with an unbeaten 44.
Buttershaw St Paul’s recorded their third win when they defeated Norhtowram Fields by six wickets. Left-arm spinner Ben Platt set up the win with 6-24 as Northowram crumbled to 82 all out.
Adwalton recorded their first win and picked up a maximum 20 points as they defeated East Ardsley by 102 runs. Andy Langley dominated the Adwalton score of 240-8 as he hit five sixes and 19 fours in an unbeaten 132. East Ardsley could only must 138 in reply with Ashley Battye (35) top scoring as Sam Barraclough took 4-17.
Newcomers Heckmondwike & Carlinghow suffered their first defeat as they went down by three wickets to Great Preston.
Khurram Shehzad made 74 in Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s 182 but Great Preston eased to victory with David Illingworth making 37 and Ian Newton (34no). Paul Cooper took 4-44 for Heckmondwike.
Crossbank Methodists registered their first win by defeating Rodley by 50 runs. Christian Duncan hit 61 and James Lord (420 in a Crossbank total of 202-7, then Frederik Raz took 4-36 as they restricted Rodley to 162-8. Gary Lewsley top scored with an unbeaten 53.
Oultyon aslo registered their first win by overcoming Azaad by three wickets. Gary Dawber set up the victory by taking 6-21 as Azaad were bowled out for 134, despite 53 from Tariq Mahmood. Oulton eased to their target with William Harrison making 38.