Pudsey St Lawrence took a big step towards a third league title in four seasons by beating New Farnley by 46 runs in the top-of-the-table clash.
But Methley’s brave bid to win the championship in their debut season in the top flight was effectively ended by a 31-run defeat against defending champions Hanging Heaton.
It means that with two games to go, St Lawrence have 330 point and, New Farnley (317).
Ironically, Methley will still have a big say in the destiny of the title as they visit New Farnley next week before hosting St Lawrence in their final games.
Bowlers were on top at Tofts Road where the New Farnley opening attack of Alex Lilley (3-36) and Andrew Brewster (3-46) made early inroad.
Only a battling 32 from skipper Chris Marsden pushed the Saints total up to 153, a score their bowlers managed to defend.
Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson took out three top order batsmen as he returned 3-36. The most significant of his victims was the New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard who top scored with 32.
St Lawrence’s win was secured when left-armer Charlie Parker produced a decisive spell of 4-26.
Hanging Heaton may have been without a number of regulars at Methley, but one thing that was certainly not missing was their fighting spirit.
For much of the afternoon, Methley looked the most likely winners. Their bowlers made Hanging Heaton work hard for their total of 202. Ishmail Dawood (56) and Nick Connolly (49) were forced to graft for their runs, and only Aqsad Ali with a breezy 32, batted with any freedom. Skipper Grant Soames was the most-successful bowler with 4-36.
Openers Marcus Walmsley (53) and Adil Islam (42) laid a great foundation for their side, but their colleagues were unable to build on it. Spinner Callum Geldart (6-39) and paceman David Stiff (3-51) sent them tumbling to 171 all out.
Big-hitting Yorkshire opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit his first Bradford Premier League century to power Cleckheaton to a five-wicket win over East Bierley.
He peppered the boundary with seven sixes and 18 fours as he made 127 from just 85 ball. Opener Toby Thorpe made a more sedate 54 during a third-wicket stand of 189 with Kohler-Cadmore as East Bierley’s score of 214 was overhauled.
The highlight of the East Bierley innings was provided by number nine batsman Taufeeq Ahmed. He top scored with 64 after Josh Thurwell picked up 3-53.
Woodlands and Farsley both warmed up for the Priestley Cup final with wins. Woodlands brushed aside bottom team Scholes by nine wickets while Farsley had to work much harder for their two-wicket win at Bradford & Bingley.
The Woodlands spin twins Kez Ahmed (5-21) and Chris Brice (5-42) bowled out their weakened opponents for 115.
Woodlands cruised to their target with skipper Tim Jackson (57no) and Sam Frankland (44no) sharing an unbroken second-wicket stand of 104.
Yorkshire’s James Logan was the match winner for Farsley. He made an unbeaten 94 which enabled his side to recover from an uncertain start to chase down Bradford & Bingley’s 212-8. Logan struck five sixes and eight fours to see his side home with eight balls to spare.
The highlight of the Bradford & Bingley innings was a fourth-wicket stand of 117 between Joe Halstead (67) and Kyme Tahirkeli (47). The tireless Chris Henry took 4-57 for Farsley.
Townville skipper Connor Harvey took his season’s tally of league wickets with a haul of 6-27 as Lightcliffe were bowled out for just 68. Richie Bresnan (4-37) took the remaining wickets.
Opener Jonathan Booth (31) ensured that his side got home with four wickets down. Suleman Khan picked up 3-45 with his left-arm spin.
Wrenthorpe had their prolific opening bowlers Jonathan Rudge and Awais Ejaz to thank as they secured a 52-run win at Batley.
Rudge took his tally of wickets for the season to 69 with an impressive 6-14, while Ejaz claimed 4-33 to take his total to 62.
The new-ball pair bowled out Batley for just 57 with only Roheil Hussain (30) offering any resistance as Wrenthorpe defended their score of 109.
Wicketkeeper Sam Storr (33) and Rudge (31) were the top scorers as Tariq Hussain (5-12) and Huzaifah Patel (3-34) posed problems.
Wrenthorpe were prevented from gaining any batting points do their lead is now 16 points over Undercliffe who didn’t have a fixture and have played a game less.
Spinners Sanga Cooray (5-44) and David Nebard (4-25) bowled third-place Morley to a 41-run win at Pudsey Congs.
The home side were given a good start in their pursuit of Morley’s 178-6 by openers James Ford (68) and Mubtada Akhtar (39), but once they were parted the innings petered out as Congs were dismissed for 137.
The Morley innings was dominated by a third-wicket stand of 109 between in-form Henry Rush (68) and former Congs player Richard Jubb (40).
Hunslet Nelson seized their chance to climb out of the relegation positions with a 30-run win over Gomersal. Once again, the star turn was a spinner, this time left armer Danny Cross (6-21).
Cross was backed up by skipper Will Stiff (3-19) as Gomersal faded away to be bowled out for 132 once Jonathan Boynton (39) and skipper Graham Hilton (31) departed.
Patrick Hinchliffe (31) top scored in Hunslet Nelson’s 153, while three Gomersal bowlers took three wickets each, Joe Duffy (3-22), Chris Rhodes (3-39) and James Russell (3-46).
The win takes Nelson 12 points clear of Ossett who have a game in hand as their fixture at Undercliffe has been re-arranged.
Hartshead Moor continue to hover just above the danger zone following their 83-run defeat against Baildon.
Bowlers Iain Wardlaw (6-42) and Danny Squire (3-67) did their bit, but Baildon’s total of 220 proved too big a challenge for their batsmen.
Opener Craig Field (45) battled hard but lacked support as his side were bowled out for 137 with Mounam Ejaz taking 4-51.
Yeadon relegation was all but rubber stamped as they went down to a four-wicket defeat against Bankfoot.
Jawad Waheeed took 4-32 and Shanz Prangige (3-18) as Yeadon were dismissed for 128. Bankfoot lost six wickets reaching their target as spinner James Massheder picked up 3-28.
Keighley didn’t have to wait long to avenge their Jack Hampshire Cup final defeat by Bowling Old Lane.
Just six days after going down by six wickets at Carlton, the Championship Two leaders moved to within two points of promotion with victory by an identical margin at Birch Lane.
Hammy Shahzad, who missed last Sunday’s encounter, proved to be the star turn with 5-31 as Old Lane crumbled to 104 all out.
The experienced Richard Gould was determined to take advantage of Old Lane’s poor batting performance as he made 46 in the successful reply, Louis Horsfield was 32 not out when victory was achieved.
Keighley have 187 points, but Wakefield St Michael’s are just five behind with a game in hand. They continued their impressive push for a second-successive promotion with and eight-wicket win over Liversedge.
Opener Mark Atkinson continued his good form with 74 while Charith Cooray hit an unbeaten 48 and Alex Leyshon (35) as St Michael’s cruised past Liversedge’s 174.
Tail ender Wasim Khaliq (57) top scored for Liversedge with Graham Winn (39) and Samar Farooq (31no) chipping in with useful runs.
The best of the St Michael’s bowlers were Ismail Patel (4-24) and Junaid Delair (3-46).
Buttershaw St Paul’s kept alive their hopes of promotion with a five-wicket win over Northowram Fields. Jamie Robson hit 11 fours in an unbeaten 52 as they overhauled the home side’s total of 137. Josh Bennett-Kear (3-58) was the pick of the Northowram Fields bowlers while John Lister (32) top scored when they batted first. Spinner Ben Platt (4-16) and James Sawyer (3-40) were the best of the St Paul’s bowlers
Brighouse maintained their winning ways with a six-wicket victory at Spen Victoria. Quadratullah Azizi set up the victory with 5-27 as Spen were bowled out for 136, only Louis Grant (41) resisting for long.
Overseas player Deron Greaves (47) and skipper Sohail Hussain (35no) guided Brighouse to their target.
Altofts must be regretting the fact that their overseas player Farrouk Alam did not arrive earlier. He scored a stunning 139 not out in his side’s thrilling tie with East Ardsley, his fourth century in just nine matches.
Alam is already the division’s top runscorer with 778 with an average of 129.67. His latest ton included ten sixes and ten fours and saw him share an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 177 with Adam Perry (44no).
East Ardsley weren’t daunted by the Altofts total of 253 and Hassen Bashir led the way with a knock of 96 which included six sixes and five fours.
Jake Alleston (38) and Adam Pearson (37) continued the good work, but with two balls remaining, veteran David Battye was run out with the scores level.
Tom Glover (3-49), Alam (3-59) and Kieran Holliday (3-65) shared the bowling honours for Altofts.
Carlton compiled the highest score kin the division as they made 308-7 in their 40-run win over Birstall.
Scott Douglas led the way with a sparkling knock of 128 which featured four sixes and 18 fours. He was joined in a decisive second-wicket stand of 189 by Daniel White who was dismissed three runs short of a deserved century on 97. Dylan Kotze’s unbeaten 41 pushed the total past 300.
Birstall, who were fighting to keep their promotion hopes alive, were bowled out for 268 in reply. Peter Gregersen led the way with a fine knock of 98, while Rishy Limbechaya (57) kept up the chase, but the task proved too great for their side.
Raqeeb Younis hit his fourth century of the season as Jer Lane took another giant stride towards securing promotion.
Younis struck four sixes and 14 fours as he made 106 not in his side’s nine-wicket win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.
Younis has now scored 805 runs and was joined in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 127 by Tom Watson (78no) as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow’s total of 199 was chased down. Watson is also enjoying a successful season and now has 732 runs to his name.
The Heckmondwike & Carlinghow innings was dominated by Usman Qureshi who made 74. The experienced Amjid Khan (5-66) and Gurdev Singh (4-32) proved to be the key bowlers.
Oulton dropped from second to fourth after their 85-run defeat by Sandal. Karl Hewitt top scored with 68 and Luke Adams chipped in with 33 as Sandal posted a score of 214.
Jonathan Henshaw (45) was the only Oulton batsman to make an impression as Sam Noden (4-45) and Ben Van der Nieuwenhof (3-28) got to work.
Adwalton and Azaad are now tied in second place on 273 points, 22 adrift of leaders Jer Lane. Adwalton stepped up their challenge with an 87-run over Crossbank Methodists, while Azaad had a comfortable seven-wicket win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill.
Opener Josh Bennett set the tone for Adwalton’s win by hitting seven sixes and 10 fours in an unbeaten 112 which helped his side to the day’s highest total of 329-4.
Bennett was joined in a fourth-wicket alliance of 118 by Tom Lindsay (73) before Vinit Patel hit a rapid 60 not out.
Opener James Lord led a spirited Crossbank reward as he made a fine 101. His innings contained a six and 19 fours and he was joined in a seventh-wicket partnership of 125 by James Abbott (68).
Lindsay capped a fine individual performance by following up his half-century with impressive bowling figures of 7-48.
Azaad set up their latest win with a good bowling display. They bowled out Gildersome & Farnley Hill for 105 with Imran Mahboob taking 4-11 and Zaeem Zulfqar (3-7).
Rodley showed no mercy for bottom team Windhill & Daisy Hill as they pile up a score of 312-6 on their way to an emphatic 222-run win.
The tone for the Rodley innings was set by an opening stand of 114 between Gary Sagar (57) and Joe Metcalfe (51).
Further half-centuries from Rob Young (53) and Louie Stranach (52no) were added to by Lachlan Roche (46).
Windhill were skittled out for 90 as Ryan Callis took 5-13 and David Myers Charles (3-44). Adam Swaine top scored with 32.
Banaras Hussain produced a fine spell of 7-63 to set up East Leeds’ two-wicket win over Great Preston.
Great Preston were dismissed for 162 with only Jacob Wright (38) making an impression. Saqib Mohammed (46no) and Bradley Cunningham (41) helped East Leeds to their target. The best of the Great Preston bowlers was David Illingworth (3-35).
Top Picture: Cleckheaton's Tom Kohler-Cadmore hits out during his innings of 127. Picture: Ray Spencer