Adam Waite hit a superb 147 not out as New Farnley defeated Hanging Heaton by 179 runs to go top of the Premier Division.
With title rivals Woodlands and Townville both side-lined after their matches were called off due to Covid-19, New Farnley took full advantage by bagging a maximum 20 points.
New Farnley now have 215 points while Woodlands (212) and Townville (209) have both played one game less.
New Farnley’s win owed much to the outstanding batting of Waite. Arriving at the wicket in the opening over when skipper Lee Goddard – the league’s leading run scorer was bowled first ball by James Byrne – Waite was soon into his stride.
Opener Aidan Langley (49) helped him build a solid foundation, before Mark Lawson (33) and Steve Bullen (31) increased the tempo with Waite as the Hanging Heaton bowlers wilted in the scorching temperatures.
Waite hit fives sixes and 15 fours as he took centre stage and helped New Farnley to build a daunting score of 309-5.
Hanging Heaton lost Gary Fellows early and from then on, the wickets fell at regular intervals. Mark Lawson took 3-25 against the club he used to captain as the Bennett Lane side were dismissed for 130.
As the temperatures soared, so did the fortunes of the bottom two as Morley defeated Wrenthorpe by eight wickets and Batley triumphed by one wicket with two balls to spare against Cleckheaton.
Batley skipper Roheil Hussain hits out during his side's win at Cleckheaton Picture: Ray Spencer
Batley’s victory was sealed when Mohammad Hafeez (26no) hit the fourth ball of the final over from spinner Amir Hussain (5-44) for six to overhaul Cleckheaton’s total of 204-7.
Skipper Roheil Husain (48) and fellow opener Abdul Wahid (32) gave their side a solid start which Tahseen Suleman (32) built on as Hussain began to pose an increasing threat.
Cleckheaton’s innings was dominated by the contributions of Craig Fletcher (57no) and Ian Carradice (43) as the Batley bowlers plugged away.
The win, only their second of the season, will give Batley fresh heart just as Morley’s triumph will lift them after their lean spell of results.
Craig Fletcher's unbeaten 57 from Cleckheaton could not save them from defeat Picture: Ray Spencer
Morley’s experienced bowlers Nathan Bromby (4-26) and David Nebard (4-53) proved to be their trump cards as Wrenthorpe were bowled out for 117. Opener Nikash Khan (43) was the only batsman to make an impression.
Henry Rush (32no) ensured that Morley eased to their target and picked up 19 points to close the gap to third bottom Wrenthorpe to seven points.
Pudsey St Lawrence’s opener Charlie Best (60no) and Mark Robertshaw (56) ensured their side had little trouble in securing an eight wicket win over Methley who they bowled out for 142.
Young bowlers Josh Priestley (4-20) and Archie Scott (3-32) were the key bowlers as Methley were made to struggle when they batted first. Eitan Litvin (55) and skipper Tom Chippendale (46) were their top scorers.
There are now joint leaders with Bankfoot beating Lightcliffe by eight wickets to move level on points with Ossett who suffered a two-wicket defeat against resurgent Carlton.
Birstall’s 47-run win over East Bierley means that they are just nine points adrift as the promotion race hotted up as the sun shone.
Ossett and Bankfoot both have 177 points while Birstall have 168. Bankfoot have played one game more than their two rivals.
Opener Hisan Ahmad was the key man as Bankfoot chased down Lightcliffe’s challenging 262-3. He hit four sixes and 17 fours while making an unbeaten 132.
Overseas player Azeem Ghumman (60) joined Ahmad in a second wicket stand of 167 which proved decisive in determining the outcome.
Lightcliffe, who are currently bottom of the table, produced one of their best batting performances of the season and defeat was hard on opener Subhaan Ammar. He hit six sixes and 13 fours while making a fluent 119.
The experienced Alex Stead (76) and teenage batsman Noah Chapman (56) his half centuries to give good support to Ammar.
An unbeaten ninth wicket stand of 56 between skipper Tom Taylor (36no) and Josh Thurwell (24no) proved crucial as Carlton edged to victory at Ossett, their fifth win on the trot.
When top scorer Daniel Ford (57) was out at 97-8, it looked as if Ossett would defend their modest score of 152, but Taylor and Thurwell had other ideas. Marcus Walmsley took 3-33 for Ossett.
Paul Malone (61) followed up his half century in last Sunday’s Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup defeat by New Farnley by top scoring again as his side struggled against the in-form Jonathan Rudge (6-76).
Juned Delair impressed with 7-50 as Birstall bowled out East Bierley for 169 to wrap up their eighth win of the season.
Ben Walter (75) provided the only serious threat as Birstall defended their score of 216-7 which featured contributions from Eric Austin (44), Brandon Silverwood (37) and Nick Kaye (32). Walter was also the most successful East Bierley bowler with 4-62.
Skipper Max Davidson eased his side’s relegation fears and added to Hartshead Moor’s problems as he steered Keighley to a two-wicket win.
Davidson made an unbeaten 56 which enabled them to pass the visitors’ score of 175-7 with 11 balls to spare. He steadied the Keighley nerves after Josh Marsden (4-39) helped reduce them to 48-5.
Hartshead Moor, who are now 15 points adrift of safety, were unable to post a challenging enough total when they batted first. Skipper Dave McCallum made an unbeaten 39, but his colleagues struggled as Paul Quinlan picked up 3-66.
Undercliffe are sliding dangerously towards the relegation positions following their 67-run defeat by Pudsey Congs.
A dramatic batting collapse saw them lose their last eight wickets for 21 runs as they were dismissed for 99 in reply to a Congs total of 166. Ryan Heptinstall (6-34) and Rishi Chopra (3-13) were the bowlers who sparked the Undercliffe slide after opener Oliver Hardaker had made 36.
There was a welcome half century for wicketkeeper Josh Bennett (56) for Congs as Zeeshan Qasim (4-32) and Sunny Matharu (3-30) posed the main threat.
Sandal squandered the chance to return to the top of Division Two as they suffered a 52-run defeat against promotion rivals Northowram Fields.
Jason Smith took 5-21 as Northowram bowled out Sandal for 130 to complete a win that takes them into third place. Brandon Hewlett (56) continued his good form, but it was not enough to save the Wakefield side from defeat.
Farhan Hussain (55) and Kyle Welsh (39) were the men responsible for getting Northowram Fields to 191 when they batted first against a bowling attack in which Sam Noden (5-40) and Hewlett (3-62) worked hard.
Northowram are now one point behind Sandal with Hopton Mills a further point back after their 97-run win over East Ardsley.
Half centuries bt Gary Senior (58) and Umar Abbas (54) were backed up by Conor Heywood (37no) as a total of 223-8 was posted despite the efforts of Adam Pearson (4-56).
East Ardsley were quickly reduced to 12-5 and only Simon Tucker’s 47 provided resistance to Abbas (4-45) and Michael Carroll (3-47) as they were all out for 126.
Hunslet Nelson eased their relegation fears with their second straight win. They defeated Bowling Old Lane by 14 runs. Teenage leg spinner Sam Thewlis took 3-39 as Old Lane were bowled out for 158 in reply on Nelson’s 172-9.
Andrew McIntosh (36) top scored for Nelson while Ahsan Alishan (4-21) was the best Old Lane bowler and Hazrat Abbas (44) their top scorer.
Muhammad Khan (60no), Gulsheraz Ahmed (54) and Asif Ayub (49) led the way as Yeadon chased down a Wakefield St Michael’s score of 195-7 to win by four wickets.
Adil Mehmood (81) impressed in the St Michael’s innings which also featured a knock of 43 from Ashley Hale. The best of the Yeadon bowlers was Ismail Patel with 3-34.
Crossflatts defeated Brighouse by 54 runs in the battle between the top two as they extended their lead to 23 points.
And Brighouse will be looking anxiously over their shoulders at Great Preston who are now only four points behind them and have played a game less, after their four-wicket win over Liversedge.
Crossflatts were indebted to Nathan Bradbury (55), Dominic Bennett (37) and Michael Bailey (36) as they posted a score of 230 despite the efforts of Parvaise Khan (6-58).
Khan (42) and Khurram Maqsood (37) led the way in the Brighouse innings, but Mayank Singh (3-34) and Wasim Hussain (4-38) performed well as the second-place side were bowled out for 176.
Ben Broxup made 75 and Ian Newton (30) as Great Preston chased down the Liversedge total of 186 to record a four-wicket win.
Asad Mahmood (60) and Wasim Nazir (38) top scored for Liversedge while Lee Russell (5-63) provided the main threat for Great Preston.
Crossbank Methodist remain fourth after their 79-run win over East Leeds. James Lord hit 75 and Muhammad Shah (31) to propel them to 188.
James Watling (31) provided the only resistance as the East Leeds batting wilted and they were all out for 109. Arshad Jan (4-50) and Imran Patel (3-23) were the key bowlers.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill won their local derby battle with Adwalton by four wickets. After bowling out their visitors for 109 with Jordan Edmondson taking 3-50, Gildersome were guided to their target by Mick O’Halloran (34no) and Josh Sturgess (30). Will Cutt (49) and Matty Waller (31) were the top scorers for Adwalton.
There was a welcome win for Windhill & Daisy Hill as they defeated Altofts by two wickets. Matthew Marshall (41) led the way as they edged past the Altofts score of 149. Joshua Hen Boison (4-26) was the pick of the Altofts bowlers while Alfie Oliver (31) was their top scorer.
Rodley are propping up the table after a three-wicket defeat against Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Farhad Iman (54no), Paul Cooper (41) and Usman Qureshi (41) enabled Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to chase down Rodley’s 206-7.
James Bradbury (46no), Callum Postle (33) and Robert Young (32) were the main scorers for Rodley as Javed Iqbal (3-51) proved the most successful Heckmondwike & Carlinghow bowler.