Bottom team Bankfoot turned the tables on previously unbeaten New Farnley as they marked their first home game of the season with an 18-run Premier Division win.
Their score of 111 didn’t look too challenging with Josh Marsden scoring 31 and Jack Dyson taking 4-9, but Atta Ur Rehman (4-41) and Hamza Khan (4-23) proved otherwise as New Farnley were dismissed for 93 despite the efforts of Tom Lilley (40).
It was a good day for the teams in the lower reaches of the division with Pudsey St Lawrence and Yeadon both registering their first wins.
Adam Frost gave Gomersal the cold shoulder with 6-23 as they were skittled out for 60 as Jordan Moore (3-32) gave good support. St Lawrence knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets.
Yeadon came out on top of a low-scoring encounter with Woodlands, winning by 10 runs. Teenage batsman Simeon Pickering (46) and the experienced Paul Machell (34) provided the bulk of Yeadon’s 112 all out as Rob Medcalf (6-22) posed the main threat. Machell followed up his batting performance by taking 5-22 as Woodlands were dismissed for 102.
The 2019 champions Hanging Heaton are 11 points clear at the top after beating Morley by 112 runs. Ryan Senior (56no), Ghulam Hussain (52no), Jamie Baulk (46) and Craig Russell (30) powered Hanging Heaton to 273-7. Gavin Goodlad (3-59) was the pick of the Morley bowlers.
Ash Daly (39) top scored as Morley were bowled out for 161 with Hussain completing a good all-round performance with 3-31.
Bowling Old Lane are second after beating Batley by 19 runs on a comparison of scores after rain brought about an early end to the game.
Naeem Khan (63) and Faizan Haider (41) led the way as Old Lane scored 243-9 in their full 50 overs. Saqif Ridwan (4-48) and Tariq Hussain (3-58) were the best of the Batley bowlers.
Batley had made 132-5 in 32 overs when play ended. At the same stage in their innings, Old Lane were 151-5.
East Bierley were another team to win on a comparison of scores as they defeated Lightcliffe by seven wickets. James Higgins took 5-35 as they bowled out Lightcliffe for 172, Michael Brooke making top score of 47. Sam Wilby made 53 as East Bierley eased to victory.
Bradford & Bingley and Great Preston, both made it three wins from three games and just one point separates them at the top of the table.
Bradford & Bingley lead the way after their 51-run over East Ardsley at Wagon Lane. Matthew Keeton took 4-6 as they bowled out their visitors for 133 after making 184 when they batted first. George Heartfield made 61 while Richard Butcher (3-34) and Steve Blow (3-50) were the pick of the visiting bowlers.
Great Preston were made to fight hard for their two-wicket win over a Keighley side still searching for their first win.
Joe Schofield (4-36) and Richard White (3-22) helped Great Preston to bowl out Keighley for 125, but the home side did not find it easy knocking off the runs as Mohammed Abbas (4-48) posed problems.
Baildon are third, four points behind Great Preston, after they bagged maximum points for their eight-wicket win over Pudsey Congs.
Ben Grimmitt set up the win with 6-42 as Congs were bowled out for 132, opener Bilal Butt (32) was their top scorer. Baildon were guided to victory by George Barker (67no) and Chris Reynolds (56) as they shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 115.
Jer Lane are a further point adrift after a nine-wicket win over bottom team Cleckheaton. Dean Hans (50) and Haris Butt (40no) helped them to ease past Cleckheaton’s 106 all out. Raja Khan was the best of the bowlers with 5-31.
Farsley skipper Ryan Blackburn (82) and Jamie Hoyland (79) put on 128 for the third wicket as they helped their side to chase down a Northowram Fields score of 220-9 to win by seven wickets. Mohammad Arif (39) also made valuable runs for the Red Lane side.
Blackburn and Hoyland’s partnership was the second century plus stand of the game. The Northowram Fields openers James Norcliffe (69) and Callum Phillipson (62) set the tone when putting on 132. George Bickle (42) also made useful runs while Mark Blackburn (3-47) was Farsley’s most successful bowler.
Clark Harrison (5-25) and Michael Hodgkins (4-1) helped Carlton to dismiss Methley for 73 on their way to a 99-run win. Hodgkins had earlier made an unbeaten 39 in Carlton’s 172-6. Rob Withers took 3-10 for Morley.
It was certainly a day for outstanding individual performances in Division Two with Undercliffe’s Abu Hurairah hitting an unbeaten 109 off just 57 balls as they overhauled a Hopton Mills total of 261-9 to record their first win.
Hurairah hammered nine sixes and 11 fours as 98 of his runs came in boundaries. He shared in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 164 with Harpal Ryatt (50no). Muhammad Sudase’s 43 set the tone for the successful run chase.
Andy Moorhouse (66) and Arshad Ali (64) were the key contributors for Hopton Mills but saw their good work go to waste as Hurairah launched his assault on the bowling.
Sandal’s Will Henshall hit a superb unbeaten 131 and was joined in a second wicket stand of 194 by Chris Gibson (89), as they chased down a Liversedge total of 253-9 to win by eight wickets. Henshall struck three sixes and 19 fours.
Henshall’s knock meant that Ashraf Karolia had the misfortune to end up on the losing side after making a fine 119 off 81 balls with 110 of his runs coming in boundaries – five sixes and 20 fours. Matthew Pickard chipped in with 49, while Jamie Farmer took 4-45 for Sandal.
Ossett’s Michael Edwards was another century maker. He hit 102 as his side made 245 on their way to a 101-run win over Birstall. He struck three sixes and nine fours and shared in an opening stand of 149 with Bradley Wood (50). Lee Peters (3-40) and Sam Isles (3-69) were the most successful Birstall bowlers.
Peters followed up by making 47 but lacked support as Steve Coulthard (5-55) ensured a comfortable Ossett win. Birstall finished on 144-9.
Robert Swift produced a fine all-round performance which helped propel Hartshead Moor to the seven-wicket win which keeps them top of the table.
He took 4-36 as Wakefield St Michael’s made 177-9 batting first and followed up with an unbeaten 84 as he and Harry Swain (39no) ensured they reached their victory target for the loss of just three wickets.
Sikander Khan (65) and John Holland (58) both made half centuries for Wakefield St Michael’s while Swift and Adil Ladak (4-38) too the bowling plaudits for Hartshead Moor.
Townville are just one point back in second place after their Jack Sykes inspired win over Adwalton. He took 5-17 and followed up with 57 as Adwalton’s score of 155 was overhauled for the loss of four wickets. Teenage batsman Finn Walton made 37no. Craig Wright top scored for Adwalton with 35.
An undefeated fifth wicket partnership of 153 between Bryan Freemanis (88no) and Steve Broughton (77no) powered Crossflatts to victory over Gildersome & Farnley Hill and established them as leaders of Division Three.
Their stand enabled Crossflatts to chase down the visitors’ total of 208 with 45 balls to spare. Rian Hoey (65) and Ashley Kearsley (41) were the top scorers for Gildersome & Farnley Hill while Charlotte Boulton (4-38) and Freddie Maddocks (3-61) were the pick of the home bowlers.
Crossflatts have a four-point lead over Hunslet Nelson who extended their unbeaten start to the season with a six-wicket victory at Spen Victoria. Leg spinner Sam Thewlis took 4-33 as Spen Victoria were restricted to 140-8 before Dan Calverley (42no) and Archie Holden (33) guided Nelson to their target.
Zafar Mahmood took 5-23 as Brighouse bowled out Windhill & Daisy Hill for 98 to record their third win of the campaign by 73 runs. Only Craig Marshall (37) offered resistance as Brighouse’s 171-8 never came under any threat. Sohail Akram (34) top scored for Brighouse while Ben Cowley (4-40) was the best Windhill & Daisy Hill bowler.
It was certainly a nail-biting day for the players and members of East Leeds. Their first team won by one wicket at Liversedge with a dramatic last-wicket partnership and their second string weren’t to be outdone as they defeated fourth-placed Buttershaw St Paul’s by one run.
Rajeeb Ali claimed the final vital wicket with nine balls to spare when he had Dan Bolland caught by Ibrahim Safi for 20 to bring to an end a last wicket stand of 29 that threatened to win the game for Buttershaw St Paul’s.
Ben Maddison (40) and Pritesh Mistry (38) to scored in the St Paul’s score of 181 while Samraiz Hussain (4-40) was the best of the East Leeds bowler. The top scorers for East Leeds in their 182-9 wee Hassan Mushtaq (70) and Noor Ahmed (38).
Rodley secured their first win when Ravi Shah’s 6-21 enabled them to bowl out Scholes for 57 to claim victory by 81 runs. Sam Middleton (44) top scored in Rodley’s 138 while Muhammad Zafar (4-35) and Haris Mahmood (3-20) were the best Scholes bowlers.