Mark Robertshaw produced one of the finest innings of his Bradford Premier League career as he powered title-chasing Pudsey St Lawrence to a stunning five-wicket win at Hanging Heaton.
The left-handed opener made an unbeaten 162 as St Lawrence chased down the defending champions’ challenging total of 286-7 with 13 balls to spare.
Robertshaw, who is the Premier Division’s leading run-scorer with 882, hit two sixes and 15 fours as he powered his side to victory and dealt a fatal blow to Hanging Heaton’s hopes of retaining their crown.
Robertshaw was well supported by wicketkeeper Charlie Best (40) and promising young batsman Harry Cullingford (33) as St Lawrence dominated the Hanging Heaton bowling attack.
Earlier in the day, Hanging Heaton’s prolific opening pair of Gary Fellows (98) and Nick Connolly (88) had shared a stand of 166 which was the bedrock on which their side’s total was built. Ben Kohler-Cadmore (33) also chipped in with valuable runs.
Despite their remarkable win, St Lawrence who earned 18 points, have been joined at the top by New Farnley.
They showed no mercy for troubled Scholes as they romped to a nine-wicket win in a match that last just 19.1 overs and earned them a maximum 20 points.
Ten-man Scholes, who fielded a side bolstered by second teamers, were bowled out for just 42 as Alex Lilley (5-9) and Andrew Brewster (4-29) wreaked havoc with the new ball. New Farnley took just 6-3 overs to knock off the runs.
Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite is adding weight to Methley’s challenge for honours. They are just 26 points behind the joint leaders in third place after their 92-run win over Farsley.
Waite took 4-12 in an impressive 10 over spell which contained seven maidens as Priestley Cup finalists Farsley were bowled out for 79.
Adal Islam (4-20) backed up Waite’s efforts as only opener James Pickles (30) resisted the Methley attack for long.
Adam Patel (63) produced another important contribution with the bat when Methley scored 171 after being put in to bat. Spinner Mark Harrison proved to be the best of the Farsley bowlers with 5-42.
The Woodlands pair of Tim Jackson and Chris Brice showed no mercy for their former club Cleckheaton as they played key roles in their side’s emphatic eight-wicket win.
Left-arm spinner Brice took 5-60 and was supported by paceman Muhammad Bilal (4-47) as Cleckheaton lost their last eight wickets for 22 runs and failed to capitalise on a fine century from opener Nick Lindley.
The left-hander hit five sixes and 11 fours in his 104 and was the dominant feature of Cleckheaton’s 198 all out.
Woodlands eased to victory with their skipper Jackson making an unbeaten 93 as he shared an undefeated third-wicket stand of 168 with Cieran Garner who finished 88 not out.
Townville skipper Connor Harvey was the key figure in his side’s nine-run win over struggling Bradford & Bingley. Harvey took 7-49 and Shahid Nawaz (3-36) as Bradford & Bingley were all out for 171 in reply to the home side’s 180.
Such a close finish seemed unlikely when Bradford & Bingley slipped to 23-4, but opener Jack Edgar (60) and skipper Matthew Duce (43) showed the sort of fight their side need if they are to keep out of relegation danger.
Opener Jonathan Booth again set the tone for the Townville innings with 61, while Ed Brown (3-29), Jack Hartley (3-40) and Kyme Tahirkeli (3-40) shared the bowling honours.
East Bierley were brought down to earth with a bump after their win over Bradford & Bingley last week as they lost by 57 runs to Lightcliffe.
Openers Josh Wheatley (62) and Alex Stead (48) shared a stand of 105 as Lightcliffe built a score of 242-5 when they batted first. Yassir Abbas (34no) and Suleman Khan (32) added useful runs.
Abbas (4-37) and spinner Wheatley (4-34) ensured that Lightcliffe secured victory as East Bierley were all out for 185, Rizwan Ali top scored with 53 while Awaise Hussain (44) and Shabbir Rashid (42) battled hard for their side.
Khalid Usman marked his farewell performance for Championship One leaders Undercliffe with another impressive all-round contribution to their 85-run win over third-placed Morley.
He held the Undercliffe innings together with an unbeaten 61 as they made 159 after opting to bat first at Scatcherd Lane and followed up by taking 4-12 with his spin bowling as Morley were dismissed for 74.
It was by no means a one-man by Usman as he prepares to return home to Pakistan. Opening bowler Zeeshan Qasim shared top billing with his burst of 5-31 which took out Morley’s top order batting. Only a generous sprinkling of 22 extras prevented the home side from being dismissed for a lower total. The only bright spot for Morley was the bowling performance of off spinner David Nebard (5-40).
During the match Undercliffe batsman Gulsheraz Ahmed passed 10,000 career league runs when he reached four in his innings of 16,
The result means that Undercliffe are 42 points ahead of Morley but have dropped to second place, one point behind Wrenthorpe who beat Hartshead Moor by 27 runs.
A third-wicket stand of 173 between overseas player Mehran Ibrahim (95) and Luke Patel (79) helped propel Wrenthorpe to a total of 275-8.
Hartshead Moor made a spirited response with overseas player Ali Shan (78), Craig Field (61) and Mohammad Khan (55) all scoring half centuries in a score of 248..
Wrenthorpe were again well served by their opening bowlers with Jonathan Rudge taking 4-54 and Awais Ejaz (3-62).
Bankfoot opener Hisan Ahmed was in sparkling form in his side’s 64-run win over Pudsey Congs. He made a season’s best 133, with six sixes and 15 fours. Jawad Waheed (33) helped put the total to 263-7. Jonathan Donnelly (3-34) and Mushy Rafique (3-72) were the most-successful bowlers.
Left-arm spinner Andrew Stothart (5-72) and skipper James Lee (4-50) stole the limelight as Congs were restricted to 199. Their top scorers were Vikram Sharma (48) and Barney Gibson (38).
Huzaifah Patel produced a devastating burst of 7-23 as Batley bowled out Gomersal for just 54 on their way to a nine-wicket win. Opener Naik Zada made 41 as Batley knocked off the runs in just 5.4 overs.
Perhaps the most significant result in the division saw Ossett climb out of the relegation positions with a four-wicket win over Hunslet Nelson who replace them in the bottom two.
An unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 91 between Oliver Newton (66no) and Joe Hitch (46no) saw Ossett overhaul their opponents’ score of 200 with eight balls to spare.
James Van der Merwe (44) was the other main contributor for Ossett, while Danny Cross (50), Michael Lambert (42) and skipper Will Stiff (33) earlier rescued Nelson from 64-6 and enabled them to post a challenging total. Skipper Dan Busfield (3-65) and spinner Matthew Varley (3-57) were the pick of the Ossett bowlers.
Bottom team Yeadon look doomed to relegation after their 14th defeat of the season. Once again their batting failed as they were dismissed for 124, a total Baildon passed for the loss of seven wickets.
Aaron Day (42) was the only Yeadon batsman to get going as Australian Blair Oakley (3-29) and spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (3-25) led the Baildon bowling effort.
The Jenny Laners didn’t find the going any easier when they batted as Ryan Heptinstall (3-34) and James Massheder (3-31) posed questions before they edged home.
Keighley and Bowling Old Lane warmed up for Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Cup final at Carlton with victories.
Leaders Keighley were made to work hard for their three-wicket win over Brighouse while Old Lane found things a little easier as thry defeated Spen Victoria by 76 runs.
All-rounder Deron Greaves top scored with 44 and was supported by Quadratullah Azizi (42) as Brighouse made 174 when they batted first.
Hammy Shahzad (4-30), Paul Quinlan (3-30) and Adam Greenwood (3-77) shared the wickets for Keighley.
Max Davidson (31) was top scorer as Keighley eased home with seven wickets down. Greaves followed up his good work with the bat by taking 3-42.
Skipper Farakh Hussain led from the front with a hard-hit 59 as Old Lane made 180 when they batted first against Spen Victoria. Leg-spinner Alex Leadbeater returned his best figures of the season of 6-52, while Michael Flathers took 4-62.
Spen’s fragile batting crumbled again as they were all out for 104. Paceman Zeeshan Haider impressed with 5-31.
Wakefield St Michael’s took another big step towards a second-successive promotion with a six-wicket win over Birstall which takes them 46 points clear of their rivals.
Opener mark Atkinson produced another important innings for his side as he scored 80 in the successful pursuit of Birstall’s 151. He hit a six and 14 fours while Peter Gregerson took all four wickets to fall at a personal cost of 40 runs.
Birstall’s batsmen had been kept in check when they batted first by Tom Robinson (4-58) and Ollie Lightfoot (3-53).
Buttershaw St Paul’s skipper James Sawyer produced the day’s best bowling performance as he took 8-40 in his side’s 55-run win over bottom-team Liversedge.
St Paul’s dismissed their rivals for 87 after making 142 when they batted first. Ben Platt (40) was their top scorer as Graham Winn 93-44) and Ahmed Khan (3-31) led the Liversedge bowling effort.
Altofts continued their good run of form with a 62-run win over Northowram Fields. Once again, their batsmen set up the win. Craig Wood (50), Luke Webb (41) and Farroukh Alam (39) helped them to a total of 247 despite the efforts of Josh Bennett-Kear (3-72), Will Parkin (3-66) and Jacob Slator (3-35).
Louis Cockburn top scored with 43 in Northowram Fields’ reply of 185. Tom Glover (3-43) and Wood (3-23) were the key bowlers for Altofts.
Daniel White (49) helped Carlton to their six-wicket win over Hopton Mills. Carlton had little trouble chasing down their opponents’ score of 147 in which Umar Abbas scored 41. Scott Douglas was the pick of the bowlers with 3-9.
Jer Lane took another big step towards securing promotion in their debut season with a commanding 148-run win over Windhill & Daisy Hill.
Tom Watson took centre stage with a sparkling 132 not out, an innings containing four sixes and 16 fours.
His innings, plus 63 from opener Nisar Chowdry, enabled Jer Lane to make 291-3 before bowling out their opponents for 153. Matthew Marshall (46) top scored for Windhill & Daisy Hill. Gurdev Singh again impressed with the ball as he picked up 4-25.
The battle for the second promotion spot is hotting up with Oulton just a point ahead of Adwalton and Azaad after their second-successive defeat.
Syed Shah Bukhari proved to be the Azaad’s match winner against Oulton with 6-32 as his side bowled out their promotion rivals for 100 to seal a 115-run win.
Hanif Mahboob (79), Imran Mahboob (38) and Rizwan Subhani (33) were the main contributors to Azaad’s 215. David Flint (5-37) and Matthew Boucher (4-59) bowled well for Oulton but their batsmen couldn’t match their efforts.
Adwalton had Matt Donohoe (68) and Gareth Lee (53) to thank for helping them to a five-wicket win in their derby clash at Gildersome & Farnley Hill.
Their half-centuries enabled Adwalton to chase down Gildersome & Farnley Hill’s 204-9 in which Josh Farrell made 49, Gethin Clarke (46) and John Crowther (30).
Great Preston batsman Jack Morrison was in top form in their 59-run win over Sandal in a match that produced 597 runs.
Morrison led the way with a splendid 152, an innings that contained five sixes and 18 fours and was backed up by Stuart Ruddick (46), Phil Schofield (38) and James Conlon (34) as a total of 328-8 was posted.
Sandal made a bold reply of 269-9 with Danny Riley (77) and Matt Westwood (48) sharing a seventh-wicket stand of 127. Karl Hewitt (40) was their other main contributor.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a hard-earned seven-wicket win over East Leeds.
They chased down a challenging East Leeds total of 245-6 thanks to the efforts of Matt Crowther (95) and Paul Cooper (79) who shared an opening stand of 101.
Bradley Cunningham (85) and Tom Chapman (85) were the top scores for East Leeds while Javed Iqbal took 3-51 for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.
James Abbott made 37 not out and took 5-44 to help Crossbank Methodists to a comfortable 98-run win over Rodley.
Adam Holroyd (47) top scored in Crossbank’s 255, a score Rodley were unable to challenge as they were bowled out for 157. Lachlan Roche top scored with 31,