New Farnley returned to the top of the Premier Division after a commanding eight-wicket win over previous leaders Pudsey St Lawrence.
Their Middlesex second team opener Martin Andersson made an unbeaten 115 as they passed the Saints score of 228-9.
Andersson struck two sixes and 13 fours as New Farnley completed their victory with 8.4 overs to spare.
He was joined in and opening stand of 107 by Simon Lambert (51) before being joined in an unbroken third-wicket alliance of 116 by Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd, who finished 48 not out.
Like Andersson, fellow opener Lambert had a big influence on his side’s win. His under-rated spin bowling came up trumps as he took 6-49 to prevent St Lawrence from building on a fast start.
From 148-1, their innings faded away when a bigger score than the 228 they posted seemed possible. Mark Robertshaw (78) and Charlie Best (43) were their top scorers.
The result mean New Farnley now lead by a point with Hanging Heaton a further 18 points back after they suffered their second-successive defeat, by three wickets against Methley.
Adam Patel is proving to be a great addition to Methley’s batting line up. He made 79 and shared a decisive fourth-wicket partnership of 140 with skipper Grant Soames as the Premier Division new boys chased down Hanging Heaton’s 246 with 17 balls to spare.
As well as Patel giving the batting a lift, Methley look to have found a fine overseas fast bowler in Waqas Ahmed. He continued his good form with 6-64 and was backed up by Soames (4-50) as Hanging Heaton were prevented from capitalising as much as they would have hoped on the fourth-wicket stand of 102 between Callum Geldart (85) and Ben Kohler-Cadmore (35).
Methley picked up a maximum 20 points for their win and are now seventh, just five points behind third-placed Hanging Heaton.
While there was drama at the top of the table there was also something for bottom-team East Bierley to celebrate as they defeated Cleckheaton to record their first win of the campaign.
Ibrar Younis was the man who delivered with the ball taking 5-29 as Cleckheaton were skittled out for just 84 in reply to East Bierley’s modest 133.
Tail-ender Taufeeq Ahmed’s late 21 proved crucial for East Bierley after left-armer Josh Thurwell impressed again for Cleckheaton with 5-38. Former Bierley all-rounder Nick Walker backed him up with 4-43.
Despite the win and a welcome 16 points, East Bierley are still 19 points adrift of Scholes who suffered a 50-run defeat at Woodlands.
Left-arm spinner Chris Brice (6-54) weaved his magic again as Scholes were bowled out for 181 in response to Woodlands’ 231-7. Opener Shoukat Ali (44) and overseas Aditya Waghmode (41) were the best of the Scholes batsmen.
Woodlands built their total around the contributions of skipper Tim Jackson (78) and Cieran Garner (66no), who looks to be finding his feet at first-team level. Waghmode took 4-73 for Scholes.
Farsley skipper Ryan Cooper hit his first century of the season to help his side to a 128-run win over Bradford & Bingley which takes them to within two points of Hanging Heaton in the table.
Cooper, who hit a six and 16 fours, shared in two century partnerships. Dan Hodgson (55) added 110 with him for the fourth wicket while Pat Kruger (56) helped add 102 for the fifth wicket in a total of 258-8.
Bradford & Bingley’s best bowler was Jack Hartley (4-66) while Ed Brown (36) top scored in their disappointing reply of 130. Chris Henry (3-27) and James Logan (3-21) were the pick of the bowlers.
Lightcliffe’s charge up the table stalled as improving Townville defeated them by five wickets.
Their hopes of continuing their winning streak were undone when Richie Bresnan took four wickets in two overs to reduce Lightcliffe from 83-2 to 83-6. Suleman Khan’s 38 was the top score in their total of 176. Bresnan finished with 4-17 while Conor Harvey took 4-57.
Brayden Clark (70) and Kevin Ward (35) ensured that Townville didn’t have too much trouble securing another win.
Wrenthorpe are the new leaders after they collected a maximum 20 points for a resounding 226-run win over Batley.
Opener Jordan Sleightholme set them on the road to victory with fine innings of 119 which contained 17 fours. Michael Donnelly (36) joined him in an opening stand of 99 as Wrenthorpe built a total of 272-7.
Batley had no answer to in-form Awais Ejaz (7-25) and Jonathan Rudge (3-20) as they were dismissed for just 46.
Undercliffe are a point behind Wrenthorpe after harvesting 19 points from their four-wicket win over bottom-team Ossett.
Michael Kelsey, promoted to opener, seized his opportunity with 58 as Undercliffe passed the Osset score of 160. Paul Malone (47) and Ian Philliskirk (40) battled hard but their side’s score proved insufficient. Left-armer Craig Wiseman did good work again as he returned figures of 4-36.
Third-placed Morley were made to work hard for their four-run win by a spirited Pudsey Congs side at Scatcherd Lane.
Reggie Thomas made his highest score for Morley of 76 and overseas Sanga Cooray made 47 in a total of 230-9. The best of the Congs bowlers were Jacques Allen (3-31) and Mustafa Rafique (3-59).
Th e Congs reply was dominated by opener James Ford. The left-handed batsman made a fine 94 while Ashley Slater made 37. Congs made a bold attempt to force victory but off spinner Dave Nebard (4-57) ensured that Morley clung on for the win.
The day’s best bowling performance came from Bankfoot skipper James Lee. The former Yorkshire paceman took 8-26 as his side bowled out Yeadon for 93 to complete a 102-run win. Only Sam Massheder (51) offered resistance.
Jawad Waheed (53) continued his good form for Bankfoot while Shanz Prangige made 34 in a total of 195-8. The best of the Yeadon bowlers were Damon Gormley (3-39) and James Massheder (3-55).
Fourth-placed Gomersal had a comfortable four-wicket win over lowly Hunslet Nelson.
Leaders Keighley had Paul Quinlan to thank for their 53-run win over Carlton.
Quinlan made an unbeaten 31 to rescue his side from 84-7 and followed up by taking 5-21 as Carlton were dismissed for 101 in reply to Keighley’s 154.
Richard Gould (43) was the only batsman before Quinlan to make an impression against the bowling of Scott Douglas (4-27) and Arman Hassan (3-34).
There’s no keeping Birstall’s talented all-rounder Josh Haynes out of the limelight. He made a magnificent 168, his second-successive century, and followed up with 5-21 as his third-placed side thrashed Altofts by 255 runs.
Three sixes and 28 fours flowed from Haynes’ bat as he took his tally of runs for the season to 394. He also has 30 wickets for good measure with his left-arm spin.
Matthew Dyson (64) helped Haynes add 162 for the third wicket as Birstall piled up the day’s biggest score of 322-7. Kieron Holliday was the pick of the Altofts bowlers with 5-67.
Wakefield St Michael’s opener Mark Atkinson was another century maker. He made 105, an innings containing 13 fours, as he helped his side to 227-6 in their 126-run win over Liversedge.
Samar Farooq made a battling 55 for Liversedge but couldn’t save his side from defeat as Ollie Lightfoot took 4-21.
Brighouse’s batsmen helped them pull off a two-wicket win at Bowling Old Lane. Azad Mahmood (63), Chris Wynd (50) and Deron Greaves (47) enabled them to chase down the home side’s 255-5.
Old Lane’s Ahsan Butt was the division’s third century maker. He hit an unbeaten 104, an innings containing 14 fours. Butt shared in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 188 with Zeeshan Haider (73no) after Old Lane had slipped to 67-5.
Northowram Fields climbed from 13th to 10th after defeating East Ardsley by six wickets to register their first win. Dru Patel (61) and Kyle Welsh (56no) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 123 to help their side overhaul East Ardsley’s 171. James Marston made an unbeaten 88 for East Ardsley while Josh Bennett-Kear (4-53) and Jason Smith (3-28) returned the best bowling figures for the winners.
Little is going right for lowly Spen Victoria. After an opening stand of 52 appeared to be the launchpad for a challenging total, they collapsed to 125 all out and ultimately suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Hopton Mills.
Evan Edwards (38) was the only batsman to make an impression as Michael Carroll (4-45) and Ashley Mackereth (3-35) got to work. Mills had no trouble knocking off the runs with Mark Ashton making 50 not out and Chris Scott (48).
East Leeds batsman Jacob Naylor had the distinction of making the day’s highest individual score in his side’s 94-run win over Great Preston.
Naylor struck eight sixes and 21 fours as he made a stunning 172 which propelled his side to a total of 301. Dean Atkinson was the next highest scorer with 37.
Great Preston made a spirited 207-9 with one of the highlights being an unbroken last-wicket stand of 62 between Danny Harwood (42no) and Joe Schofield (22no) which denied East Leeds a bowling point. Jack Morrison (40) was the only early-order batsman to make an impression as Banaras Hussain took 6-40.
There was an even bigger tenth wicket stand in the game between leaders Jer Lane and Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.
Javed Iqbal (61no) and Andrew Crowther (38) put on 83 for Heckmondwike & Carlinghow but could not prevent their side from suffering a 61-run defeat. The efforts of the last pair enabled their side to make 203 and gain four batting points in response to Jer Lane’s 264-8.
Tom Watson (60), Raqeeb Younis (38) and Jonny Lister (34no) were the main contributors for the league new boys.
Oulton are just five points behind in second place after their 72-run win over Sandal. Half centuries from Will Harrison (68) and Matthew Boucher (53) were backed up by Ben Child (38) in a total of 203. The best of the bowlers were Ben Van De Nieuwenhoff (4-35) and Kieran Dransfield (3-66).
Kieran Shuttleworth (74) dominated Sandal’s reply of 131, his colleagues having no answer to John Andrews (6-57) and Jonathan Gardiner (3-26).
Third-placed Adwalton skittled out Crossbank Methodists for 72, but they didn’t have things all their own way.
It looked plain sailing when Gareth Lee (6-10) had Crossbank in a spin, but Adwalton hit problems too and lost seven wickets reaching their target as James Abbott took 4-27.
There was a thrilling finish at Gildersome & Farnley Hill where the home side beat Azaad by three-runs in a nail-biting finish.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill were indebted to Liam Pearson (5-65) and Ghulam Hussain (3-54) for their success after Hanif Mahboob 79 threatened to take the game away from them. Azaad finished on 228-9, tantalisingly close to Gildersome & Farnley Hill’s 231-8, a score owing much to the efforts of Chris Harris (48) and Shoaib Rehman (39). Azaad’s best bowler was Zaeem Zulfqar (4-54).
Windhill & Daisy Hill climbed off the bottom of the table with their first win of the season, a six-wicket victory over Rodley.
Dave Shaw made an unbeaten 44 and Matthew Marshall (34) as Windhill overhauled Rodley total of 151. Joe Metcalfe (44) and Ryan Callis (33) were the top scorers for Rodley who have slipped back after a bright start to the season. Shoaib Iqbal (3-25) and Ian Clayton (3-31) were Windhill’s most-successful bowlers.
Top Picture: Ibrar Younis took 5-29 as East Bierley registered their first win. Picture: Ray Spencer