Brad Schmulian, above, proved his value to Woodlands once again as he guided the Premier Division leaders to a seven-wicket win at Cleckheaton.
In a match that was reduced to 40 overs per side because of a wet field, the talented new Zealander produced another decisive performance.
After Schmulian (3-36) and fellow spinner Chris Brice (5-27) had restricted Cleckheaton to138-9, Nick Lindley making 38, the Kiwi guided his side to their target with an unbeaten 66.
The win earned Woodlands 19 points and extends their lead at the top to three over Townville who gained 17 points for a 21-run win at Bradford & Bingley.
Once again, their “Terrific Twosome” of Jack Hughes and Conor Harvey came to their side’s rescue from a perilous position.
Bradford & Bingley’s opening bowlers Jack Hartley (3-52) and Yassir Abbas (3-41) reduced Townville to 11-4 and 49-6, before skipper Hughes (57) and Harvey (43) led a recovery that enabled their side to reach 151.
Hughes (4-39) and Harvey (3-48) proved equally as effective with the ball as Bradford & Bingley, despite a battling 55 not out from Matthew Duce, were dismissed for 130.
If you wanted to see runs Batley was the place to be with their match with Methley producing 556. Sadly, for the home side there was no happy ending as they went down by 76 runs to stay rooted to the bottom of the table.
Eitan Litvin and Jordan Laban both hit unbeaten centuries for Methley. Litvin made 135 not out – his second hundred of the season – while Laban scored 115 not out as they shared an unbroken second wicket stand of216 which enabled their side to post a score of 316-1.
Litvin, promoted to opener, hit three sixes and 15 fours, while Laban’s innings contained four sixes and 10 fours. Their efforts built on the earlier good work of Gharib Nawaz who made 48 against his old club during an opening stand of 100.
Batley, with their skipper Roheil Hussain (84) continuing his recent fine form, made a spirited 240-6 in reply. Adal Islam scored 65 not out against his old club and Mohammed Bhoola scored 36. Yasir Ali was the pick of the bowlers with3-46.
Scoring runs against a team you used to play for was one of the themes of the day in the top flight. Wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson marked his return to Red Lane by making 60 in New Farnley’s 92-run win over Farsley.
Skipper Lee Goddard (47) took his tally of league runs to 767 and a brisk 41 not out from Steve Bullen saw the visitors make 220-7. Chris Beech proved to be the most successful bowler with 3-65.
Skipper Matthew Lumb (38no) proved to be the home side’s top scorer as they were bowled out for 128. Former Farsley player Mark Lawson took 3-26 and Daniel Houghton (3-37).
Spinners Archie Scott (5-49) and Chris Marsden (3-22) joined forces to dismiss Wrenthorpe for 122 to secure Pudsey St Lawrence a 48-run win on Duckworth Lewis Stern after rain resulted in the home side being set a target of 171 in 40 overs.
Young all-rounder Josh Priestley (46) led the way for Pudsey St Lawrence as they put a score of 181-9 on the board. Charlie Best and Charlie Parker chipped in with 30 apiece as overseas player Khalil Khan returned figures of 4-45 for Wrenthorpe.
Hamzah Iqbal launches into the bowling while making 95 not out for Bankfoot Picture: Ray Spencer
Bankfoot emerged from a fog delay with a clearer vision of their promotion prospects with a thrilling five-wicket win over Undercliffe.
The gloomy light led to the contest being reduced to 42 overs per side and Bankfoot seized their chance to take second place away from Birstall who had their game with leaders Ossett called off because of Covid-19 precautions.
Azeem Ghumman was in good form for Bankfoot against Undercliffe. Picture: Ray Spencer
Undecliffe's Oliver Hardaker on the attack during his super knock of 130 Picture: Ray Spencer
Hamzah Iqbal was their match winner with an unbeaten 95 as Undercliffe’s total of 226-5 was chased down with two overs to spare. Overseas player Azeem Ghumman also underlined his value to the team with 45.
Defeat was hard on Undercliffe opener Ollie Hardaker. He struck eight sixes and nine fours while making an impressive 130.
At the other end of the table, Keighley lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 38-run win over Gomersal, their third victory if the season.
Paul Quinlan continued his outstanding form by making 72 and taking 3-56. Ryan Ridehalgh (44) was the other main run scorer in Keighley’s 238-8.
Jonathan Boynton took 4-34 for Gomersal and made 42 as he and Liam Fletcher (50) proved to be the pick of their side’s batsmen as they were bowled out for 200. Young Dillon Birkett was rewarded with figures of 4-50.
Hartshead Moor have dropped into the relegation places following their 60-run win defeat at Carlton where rain resulted in them being set a DLS target of 178 from 30 overs.
Jonathan Rudge impressed with 7-33 as Hartshead Moor were bowled out for 117. The experienced Iqbal Khan made 33.
Carlton, who are up to seventh after four straight wins, made 226-7 in their innings thanks almost entirely to a fourth wicket stand of 186 between Nick Busby (82) and Steve Cooper (75) which rescued them from 17-3. Young paceman Josh Marsden took 3-40 for Hartshead Moor.
Sri Lankan Pramud Hettiwatte is proving a fine capture for Pudsey Congs. He hit a stunning 142, an innings laced with one six and 20 fours as Congs made 273-8 in their 53-run win.
Hettiwatte was joined in a third wicket alliance of 123 by Jacob Slator (64) while Kevin McDermott (3-65) proved to be the most successful Baildon bowler.
Jonny Reynolds (44) and Simon Bailey (43) top scored in Baildon’s 220-9. Rishi Chopra (4-50) and Ryan Heptinstall (3-65) emerged with the best bowling figures.
Jer Lane have retaken the leadership after a six-wicket win at Yeadon enabled them to take advantage of the clash between their promotion rivals Sandal and Buttershaw St Paul’s being called off due to Covid-19.
The home side collapsed to 36-6 and Andrew Robinson’s e 36 only saw them to a total of 120. Ibrar Younis (3-37) and Cosmond Walters (3-4) were Jer Lane’s best bowlers. Skipper Raqeeb Younis (37no) ensure there were no slip up as he guided his side to their modest target.
Bowling Old Lane now occupy fourth place after a112-run win over Wakefield St Michael’s which was sealed by Mohammed Yasir taking 5-16 as the home side were bowled out for 111.
Imran Malik (42), Zeeshan Haider (39) and Hazrat Abbas (36) provided the foundation for Adam Zahid’s late onslaught which saw him hit seven sixes while making an unbeaten 53 from just 21 which boosted Old Lane’s score to 223-9.
Jack Duffy’s 44 not out proved crucial as Northowram Fields edged home by two wickets against Hopton Mills. Duffy saw off the threat of Umar Abbas (3-37) to steer his side past their opponents’ score of 134. Todd Reeday (4-39) was the pick of the Northowram Fields bowlers.
Hunslet Nelson banished their batting blues and posted the division’s highest score of 314-6 as they defeated Spen Victoria by 157 runs in the basement battle.
Andrew McIntosh led the way with 120, an innings containing three sixes and 15 fours. He also featured in century partnerships with Patrick Hinchcliffe (71) and Joe Smith (61).
McIntosh and Smith put on 110 for the third wicket while Hinchcliffe joined him in adding 103 for the fifth wicket.
Spen Victoria’s 157 was dominated by Ameeq (84), but he lacked support. The result moves Nelson to within one point of Scholes who suffered a five-wicket defeat against East Ardsley.
Louie Hurley (71no) and Peter Bowles (41) led the way as East Ardsley chased down the Scholes total of 203. Adnan Ahmed top scored with 52 as Scott Bland picked up 3-38.
Josh Brooksbank and Mohammad Shahnawaz have ben key figures in Crossflatts’ charge to the top of Division Three and they were in top form in their side’s latest win.
Opener Brooksbank made an unbeaten 97 a rapid 58 from just 31 balls as the pair added 104 for the sixth wicket as Crossflatts made 255-8 despite the efforts of Jordan Edmondson (4-56).
Shahnawaz followed up his batting exploits by taking 5-41 as he and Mayank Singh (5-32) combined to bowl out Gildersome & Farnley Hill for 74.
Brighouse returned to winning ways with a 130-run win over Windhill & Daisy Hill which enabled them to regain second place from Great Preston who had their game with Altofts called off due to Covid-19.
Khurram Maqsood (42) and Quadratullah Azizi (39) helped Brighouse to a score of 205-8 against a bowling attack in which Shoaib Iqbal and Chris Heald both took 3-47. Windhill & Daisy Hill were dismissed for just 75 as Parvaise Khan (5-36) and Azizi (4-38) showed o mercy for their lowly rivals.
Matthew Gibson took 6-14 as Liversedge bowled out East Leeds for 96 to complete a 27-run win. Dean Atkinson (34) was top scorer for East Leeds while Ben Wilkinson (4-26) was their best bowler as Liversedge made 123, Richard Veal scoring 32.
Rodley remain bottom but are just one point behind Windhill & Daisy Hill despite going down to a three-wicket defeat against Adwalton.
Matty Lyles hit 71 not out to guide Adwalton past the Rodley score of 156. He ensured that his side staved off the threat of Tom Ritchie (4-41).
Ben Allinson (5-41) and Tom Davidson (4-51) set up the win as only Dan Turbitt (36) looked likely to make a decisive contribution for Rodley.
Mohammed Shah hit a fine 108 as Crossbank Methodists scored 261-7 in their 72-run win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. His innings contained three sixes and 12 fours, and he was supported by James Lord (48). Waqas Asaad and Samuel Beacham both took three wickets but yielded 91 and 94 runs, respectively.
Chris Allen (58) and Javed Iqbal (30no) top scored for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow but could not save their side from defeat as they were bowled out for 189. Mohammad Shah (4-60) and Imran Patel (3-47) helped Crossbank Methodists to victory.