Fourth-placed Farsley added another twist to the race for the Premier Division title with a hard-earned four-wicket win over leaders New Farnley.
The victory revived the Red Lane club’s own championship ambitions and enabled Pudsey St Lawrence, nine wicket winners at Townville to move into top spot with 257 points.
They lead New Farnley by three points with defending champions Hanging Heaton a further two points back after their nine-wicket win over Scholes.
Farsley are only 12 points off the lead and no doubt New Farnley will be itching for revenge when the sides meet again at Red Lane tomorrow in the semi-finals of the Priestley Cup.
New Farnley simply had no answer to Farsley’s opening bowler Chris Henry. The seamer took 5-47 as the visitors were bowled out for 118 after electing to bat first. South African Pat Kruger backed up Henry with 3-36.
Farsley didn’t have things all their own way and were reduced to 18-4 before Dan Hodgson (48) and James Logan (32no) ensured they secured the win. Paceman Andrew Brewster took 3-20.
Townville must have regretted their decision to bat first as they slipped to 26-5 against Pudsey St Lawrence and only a determined 40 from Connor Harvey saw them to a total of 123. Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson was the pick of the bowlers with 3-25.
An unbroken second-wicket stand of 104 between opener Mark Robertshaw (71no) and Charlie Best (33no) carried St Lawrence to victory.
Scholes were the third top flight side to be bowled out cheaply after winning the toss. They were dismissed for 112 at Hanging Heaton where spinner Callum Geldart took 5-34 and Tom Chippendale (4-27).
Opener Gary Fellows (61no) and Ben Kohler-Cadmore (44) took their side to within two runs of victory before being parted.
Yorkshire’s Matthew Waite (73) and Jordan Laban (52no) shared a third-wicket partnership of 119 as fifth-placed Methley overcame East Bierley by seven wickets.
East Bierley were dismissed for 174 with Danish Hussain and Raheel Ahmed both making 43. The most-successful Methley bowler was Adal Islam (4-28), while paceman Waqas Ahmed took 3-50.
Woodlands’ skipper Tim Jackson made a fine 102 and was joined in an opening stand of 185 by Sam Frankland (94) as his side made 251-6 on their way to a 150-run win over relegation-threatened Bradford & Bingley.
Jackson hit a six and 12 fours as he set the tone for a dominant performance which saw his side bowl their visitors for 101. Off spinner Kez Ahmed found conditions to his liking with 5-20.
Cleckheaton made it four wins in five games as they defeated Lightcliffe by 102 runs. Nick Walker was again in the thick of the action with 67 while Tayyab Tahir (50) and John Wood (43no) helped their side post a score of 254-8.
Yassir Abbas, whose 3-46 haul included the wicket of Yorkshire opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore for one, and Suleman Khan (3-60) were Lightcliffe’s best bowlers.
Left-arm spinner Andrew Deegan took 5-28 as Lightcliffe were bowled out for 152. Their top scorer was Jonathan Wilson with 31.
There were some impressive run chases in Championship One and none bettered Gomersal’s as they chased down a Baildon score of 324 to win by four wickets with two overs to spare.
The tone for a match which produced 652 runs was set by Baildon openers George Barker and Jack Hainsworth as they shared a stand of 171.
Barker struck four sixes and 16 fours in a splendid 138, while Hainsworth made 86. Gomersal’s two spinners Chris Rhodes (4-77) and Jonathan Boynton (4-57) profited after the first-wicket pair were parted.
Gomersal didn’t let the huge Baildon total trouble them. Skipper Graham Hilton led the way with 81 and was backed up by Boynton (62), Joe Duffy (51), Jack Seddon (35) and Micky Hutchins (33) as they reached their target despite the efforts of Mushtaq Ahmed (5-63).
Hartshead Moor were another side to overcome a challenging total. They passed Ossett’s 252-7 with eight overs to spare,
Mohammad Khan made a welcome return to form with 92no, while Ali Shan continued his good run with 59. Openers Craig Field (44) and Joe Bowman (33) also played their part.
Ossett, fighting to avoid relegation, had built their score around the contributions of John Sadler (74), Harvey Anderson (46), Joe Finnigan (36) and Chris Hosley (36).
Leaders Undercliffe certainly cut things fine as they edged a one-wicket win over Pudsey Congs. Robert Williams (37) helped them to pass the home side’s 194-9.
Defeat was tough on Congs all-rounder Jonathan Donnelly. After scoring 52 and backing up the efforts of opener Mubtada Akhtar (73), he posed all sort of problems for Undercliffe with the ball as he took 6-47.
Bottom-team Yeadon made a brave effort to chase down second-placed Wrenthorpe’s score of 293-8. Muhammad Naveed made a stunning 130 from71 balls, with six sixes and 15 fours, while Dave Machell (55) and Sam Johnson (37no) showed that Yeadon have plenty of fighting spirit.
They were eventually all out for 264 as Mehran Ibrahim (4-72) and Awais Ejaz (3-59) ensured there wasn’t going to be a surprise result.
Overseas player Ibrahim had earlier made a fine 108 in a Wrenthorpe innings which also saw Luke Patel make 76 and Jonathan Rudge (33). Alex Robinson was the most-successful Yeadon bowler with 4-68.
Sri Lankan Sanga Cooray took 5-50 as Morley bowled out Batley for 200 to complete a 37-run win. Naveed Zamurad made 49 for Batley after earlier taking 4-26 in Morley’s innings of 237.
Morley’s eventual score owed much to the efforts of Henry Rush (57), Luke Heinemann (48) and Oliver Halliday (33).
Fourth-placed Bankfoot won again. This time they defeated Hunslet Nelson by 74 runs. Half-centuries from Hisan Ahmad (68), Arsaam Malik (56) and Adam Wainwright (52no) helped Bankfoot to make 250-5, despite Nelson skipper Will Stiff taking 4-48.
Hunslet Nelson were never in the hunt after being reduced to 84-6. Sam Haigh (37) top scored in their eventual total of 176-7. Bankfoot skipper James Lee took 4-43 to boost his wicket tally to 48 for the season.
Leaders Keighley maintained their hold on top spot with a hard-fought five-wicket victory over Birstall.
Louis Horsfield led the way with an unbeaten 73 and was supported by Nathan Storton (40) and Richard Gould (38) as Keighley overhauled Birstall’s score of 225.
Experienced opener Eric Austin (89) and Peter Gregorsen (30) top scored for Birstall against a bowling attack in which Paul Quinlan (4-43) and Adam Greenwood (3-63) enjoyed the most success.
Second-placed Wakefield St Michael’s held their nerve to pull off a one-wicket win over Brighouse, who were left to rue giving their opponents four extra overs when they were bowled out for 186.
Last-wicket pair Ollie Lightfoot (28no) and Tom Robinson (6no) edged their side home in the third of the bonus overs.
Charith Cooray (31) was Wakefield St Michael’s top scorer before they ran into trouble against Deron Greaves (4-35).
Quadratullah Azizi (44), Greaves (41) and Quaisar Hameed (40) contributed the bulk of Brighouse’s runs, as Lightfoot (3-30) and Alex Mumford (3-30) shared the bowling honours for St Michael’s.
Half-centuries from Amer Ayoub (68), Kevin McDermott (60) and Gary Wainwright (59) powered Buttershaw St Paul’s to a four-wicket win over Spen Victoria.
Joe Wood (3-64) was the one Spen bowler to emerge with credit as they failed to defend a total of 263-7. Ollie Davison (58), Wood (46), Adam Brown (37) and Evan Edwards (37) were Spen’s top scorers, while Adil Mehmood (4-48) was the best St Paul’s bowler.
Carlton made the division’s highest score of 330-6 as they defeated Bowling Old Lane by 74 runs. Arman Hussain led the way with an impressive 123 not out which contained six sixes and 14 fours.
Openers Steve Cooper (57), Daniel White (34) and Usman Shakir (33no) added to the suffering for the Old Lane bowlers. Haroon Tariq proved to be the most successful with 4-99.
Zeeshan Haider smashed five sixes and 13 fours as he made 98 in Old Lane’s 256, while Ahsan Butt (68) and Ayyaz Akram (44) also tried to force the pace against a bowling attack in which William Hayton took 6-34.
Another team to post a big total were Hopton Mills. They made 328-6 in their 100-run win over East Ardsley.
Mark Ashton was in sparkling form with 115. Two sixes and 18 fours flowed from his bat, while Ashley Mackereth chipped in with 58.
Dan McTiernan (47) and Gary Jennings (40) shared a first-wicket stand of 106 for East Ardsley, but only James Marston (48) of the remaining batsmen made an impact as Michael Carroll (5-36) and Mackereth (3-52) wrapped up victory.
Josh Bennett-Kear returned the day’s best bowling figures of 7-38) as Northowram-Fields bowled out Liversedge for 97 on their way to a six-wicket win. Dru Patel was unbeaten on 59 when victory was achieved.
Oulton maintained their position at the head of the table with a three-wicket win over battling Rodley.
They were indebted to Jonathan Henshaw for their latest success. He made an unbeaten 107 which enabled his side to chase down Rodley’s score of 238-6.
Henshaw’s innings contained 16 fours and he was backed up by Matthew Boucher (34) as Oulton defied the efforts of Dave Myers-Charles (4-50) and Rob Young (3-51).
Rodley’s innings featured a fine 106 from Lachlan Roache. He hit three sixes and 13 fours and was joined in a first-wicket alliance of 102 by Rob Young (46). Jonathan Gardiner was the pick of the Oulton bowlers with 3-44).
An unbeaten 68 from Tom Watson steered second-placed Jer Lane to a seven-wicket win over Crossbank Methodists.
Raqeeb Younis (34) gave support as Jer Lane eased past their opponents’ modest score of 131. Only Razeeb Raja (37) made an impression for Crossbank as Gurdev Singh (3-34) and Saeed Mirza (3-10) got to work.
Adwalton’s faltering promotion challenge suffered another blow as they went down by 35 runs against Great Preston.
Vinit Patel took 6-37 as Adwalton dismissed Great Preston for 167, a total that owed much to the efforts of Jack Morrison (81).
Adwalton’s reply faltered with Chris Priestley (38) top scoring as they were bowled out for 132. Jacob Wright (4-38) and Lee Russell (3-25) did the damage.
Another bowler to take six wickets and end up on the losing side was Sandal’s Sam Noden. He took 6-64 as East Leeds made 206 on their way to a 31-run win over his side.
Zahid Tarvas (52) and Ben Wilkinson (35no) helped East Leeds to 206, while Kieran Dransfield (60) top scored in Sandal’s 175. Alan Olbison was the best East Leeds bowlers with 3-25.
Third-placed Azaad were six wicket winners overs over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow after chasing down a total of 185.
Tanvir Hussain (41), Umar Mirza (38) and Zaeem Zulfqar (30) guided Azaad to victory after Javed Iqbal (45) and Ahmed Butt (37) top scored for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Zulfqar (4-21) and Bilal Akram (3-47) took the bowling honours for Azaad.
Liam Pearson took 5-47 to set up Gildersome & Farnley Hill’s three-wicket win over Windhill & Daisy Hill.
Shoaib Iqbal (43no) continued his good form for Windhill but lacked support as Pearson and Stefan James (4-35) got to work.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill had a few edgy moments before Jack Irwin (40) and Richard Bedford (30) pushed their side towards their target. Danny Halstead took 3-25 for bottom team Windhill.
Top Picture: Jonathan Donnelly took 6-47 and scored 52 and ended up on the losing side as Pudsey Congs went down by one wicket to Undercliffe Picture: Ray Spencer