Kieran Rodger produced a magical spell of 8-12 as second-placed Woodlands beat the weather in double quick time by defeating Batley by 10 wickets at Albert Terrace. T
he away side were simply blown away as they reached a paltry 37 all out before the Woodland’s openers took just over five overs to complete victory.
Leaders Hanging Heaton weren’t quite so comfortable but still completed victory by four wickets at Gomersal as they sit just 10 points off top spot.
Veteran John Carruthers took 5-46 as Gomersal were bowled out for 173 with Phil Carter reaching 84 but his dismissal triggered a collapse where their last five wickets fell for just 11 runs.
Stephen Bourne then scored an unbeaten 87 supported by Milo Jennings who made 65 and despite a late flurry of wickets the target was reached for the loss of six wickets.
Pudsey St Lawrence remain third and still in the hunt for the championship despite receiving a scare at struggling East Bierley.
St Lawrence were limited to 122 with Ryan Lumb taking 5-31, crucially though Bierley were frustrated by a 35-run tenth wicket partnership between Oliver Ashford and Callum Jackson.
In response the home side were on course for victory at 85-3 but Thomas Hoyle’s dismissal for 41 began a collapse as Bierley lost their last seven wickets for 12 runs with Archie Scott taking 4-15.
Champions New Farnley had an easy afternoon at bottom side Ossett coming away with a nine-wicket victory. Ten-man Ossett were always struggling as they stuttered to 77 all out. Farnley were in no mood to hang around as they took less than 10 overs to reach the target.
Yeadon took another step towards safety as they came away from their trip to Lightcliffe with an 85-run victory. The away side’s 208-5 was anchored by the experienced Simon Curry (60) with Aaron Day also chipping in with 54. Ryan Mooney then kept up his excellent recent form with the ball as he took 6-42.
The game at Pudsey Congs was the only one in the division not to finish. Congs recovered from 96-6 to reach 183-9 before Bowling Old Lane reached 130-6 from 37 overs, the rain then called a halt.
Leaders Morley defeated East Ardsley by 10 wickets at home. Ardsley couldn’t get to grips with the bowling of Oliver Goor as he took 5-8 in their total of just 36 Unsurprisingly the home side had little trouble in reaching the target.
Farsley are still hot on the heels of Morley after a similarly comfortable victory as they defeated eight-man Wrenthorpe by nine wickets at Red Lane. The away side were dismissed in just 16 overs for 65, Farsley then took just seven overs to reach their target.
Third-placed Baildon also won this time by 47 runs at Carlton to keep up the pressure at the top. The Jenny Laners were restricted to 128 all out after being 80-2 at one stage.
It didn’t turn out to be a problem though as Daniel Hunt took 6-23 to see the home side bowled out for 81. Baildon host Farsley next week in a match that could go a long way in determining who goes up and who doesn’t.
Wakefield St Michael’s are still chasing their first victory as their game at 10- man Undercliffe ended up being abandoned. The home side were bowled out for 182 before St Michael’s reached 119-6 when the rain came.
Methley are still in trouble as their match at Bankfoot was also abandoned when finely poised. Bankfoot reached 135-7 from 32 overs before Nigel Hanson took 5-34 to have Methley in trouble at 84-5 when the heavens opened.
Cleckheaton had a comfortable home win as they defeated Bradford & Bingley by 105 runs. At 99-8 Cleck were in deep trouble but Shahid Rehman’s 82 not out supported by Brandon Balme (23no) helped the home side to 186-8. This proved to be enough as the Wagon Laners stumbled to 81 with Alex Midgley taking 5-14.
Keighley sit 28 points clear at the top but were made to sweat before returning from their trip to Townville with a three-wicket victory.
The home side will have been kicking themselves after only making 173 despite being 104-2 at one point. Ian Jones (60) and captain Kieran Samuels (53) were the mainstays but their dismissals put the brakes on. Ashley Robinson scored 50 to guire the visito’s home.
Scholes sit in second with a game in hand after an easy win at Hopton Mills. They were bowled out for just 84 before Neil Kellett scored a quick-fire 50 to see Scholes home by nine wickets.
Altofts kept up the pressure on the top two as they beat Brighouse by six wickets at home. Brighouse could only reach 77 batting first and despite being reduced to 49-4, victory was reached without the loss of any more wickets.
Azaad remained marooned at the bottom despite an improved performance at Great Preston. Tariq Mehmood made an unbeaten 63 in Azaad’s 152-4 but Daniel Ogden (70) and Ian Newton (55no) ensured there was no shock as victory was achieved by seven wickets.
Liversedge’s improved form continued with a 75-run win at home to Hartshead Moor. Matthew Gibson (88) and Ashraf Karolia (75) were the main contributors in the hosts 227-9, Moor were then bowled out for 152.
Jer Lane hold a 21-point cushion at the top after they scrambled to a one-wicket win at Sandal in a low-scoring encounter.
The home side were grateful to Christopher Gibson (42no) for boosting their score to 70all out as Nabbil Khan took an excellent 5-6. Raymond Aignworth then got to work with the ball as he returned 7-28 before the leaders scraped over the line nine down.
Oulton defeated bottom side Windhill & Daisy Hill at home by nine wickets to remain second. The struggling visitors were limited to 124 before Liam Dalgreen (60no) and Alan Winn (59no) guided Oulton home.
Adwalton lost ground on the top two after they were defeated by eight runs in a thriller at Heckmondwicle & Carlinghow. The home side’s 242-5 was indebted to Israr Ghaffar (78) and Adam Holt (64). Matthew Lyles scored 55 in response but despite some late hitting the visitors finished just short.
Adwalton’s defeat allowed Buttershaw St Paul’s to close to within one point of third spot as they comfortably overcame Rodley by nine wickets at home. The Canal Bank side were bowled out for just 105 batting first as Pritesh Mistry took 5-49. The target was then reached in just 15.5 overs.
Hunslet Nelson saw their faint promotion hoped take a knock as they were beaten by 47 runs at East Leeds despite the home side only having nine men. After making 159, captain Shamoon Mushtaq produced a brilliant spell of 7-14 to see his side to victory.
Struggling Crossbank Methodists will have been happy with their 151-5 at Gildersome & Farnley Hill however Josh Farrell (68no) and Sufiyan Zaman (53no) ensured there was no shock as the home side triumphed by nine wickets.