Stunning centuries from opener Nick Lindley (112no) and overseas player Tayyab Tahir (103) powered Cleckheaton to their first Premier Division in of the campaign.
Together they shared a third-wicket stand of 142 as their side powered past Methley’s score of 270-9 with 8.5 overs to spare and six wickets in hand.
Lindley made his runs from 96 balls with three sixes and 15 fours, while Tayub scored at an even quicker rate. His 103 from just 58 deliveries and hit six sixes and 11 fours.
Methley, who were without their skipper Grant Soames, the suspended Marcus Walmsley and young spinner Harry Sullivan, could not contain the Cleckheaton batsmen despite the efforts of Sohail Raz (3-61).
The Methley total had been built around the contributions of stand-in captain Dan Shuffe (70), Jordan Laban (67) and Dave Winter (45). Shuffe and Laban shared a third-wicket stand of 107.
The best of the Cleckheaton bowlers were opening bowler Jonathan Whiteoak (3-48) and spinner Andrew Deegan (3-60).
Like Methley, Pudsey St Lawrence, and Farsley also suffered their first defeats leaving champions Hanging Heaton as the only unbeaten team.
Pudsey St Lawrence’s winning run came to an end as Woodlands defeated them by five wickets in the first game played on the newly relayed squad are Tofts Road.
The home side’s batsmen found the going tough as they slumped to 48-8 after electing to bat first. Left-armer Muhammad Bilal (3-14), spinner Chris Brice (3-15) and paceman Elliot Richardson (3-41) enjoyed themselves as they made the Saints struggle.
Charlie Best was the only one of the first eight batsmen to make double figures and the eventual total of 93 was only achieved due to the efforts of tail-enders Charlie Parker (20) and Steve Watts (14).
Sam Frankland (30) gave Woodlands a bright start before spinners Chris Marsden (3-19) and Archie Scott (2-18) sparked a collapse which saw five wickets fall for seven runs.
Woodlands looked in trouble at 48-5, but young Jack McGahan soon steadied their nerves with an unbeaten 38 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 50 with wicketkeeper Greg Finn (14no).
Farsley suffered a 127-run defeat at newly-promoted Scholes. Opening bowler Yasir Ali impressed again with 6-38 while Haris Mohammad took 3-46 as Farsley were dismissed for 88 in reply to the Scholes total of 215-9.
The foundations for Scholes’ second win of the campaign were laid by their third-wicket pair of Kasir Maroof, who made a superb 96, and Sam Gatenby (50).
Together they added 126 after their side had lost two early wickets. Chris Henry (3-53) was the best of the Farsley bowlers.
Half-centuries from opener Nick Connolly (84) and Callum Geldart (54) enabled Hanging Heaton to build a match-winning total of 263 against Townville despite the efforts of Conor Harvey (5-46).
Harvey, winner of the Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer Award in the past two seasons, followed up by scoring 54 in Townville’s spirited reply of 227-9.
Richie Bresnan (51no) weighed in with late runs which at least earned his side maximum batting points.
The win enabled Hanging Heaton to establish a 12-point lead over New Farnley who left East Bierley still searching for their first win after beating them by 141 runs.
Steve Bullen, New Farnley’s new wicketkeeper, led the way with a fine 97 from 83 balls which included two sixes and 14 fours.
He was joined in a fourth-wicket stand of 111 by Aidan Langley who made 55, as New Farnley posted a score of 251-6.
Ibrar Younis (35no) and Ross Monaghan (23) were the only batsmen to make double figures as East Bierley were bowled out for 110. Opening bowlers Alex Lilley (3-20) and Martin Andersson (3-23) did the early damage while spinner Dave McCallum (3-9) wrapped up the innings.
East Bierley are now propping up the table and are 12 adrift of second-bottom Bradford & Bingley who are the only other team without a win.
Even a determined 74 from skipper Matthew Duce and 39 from new boy Ed Brown couldn’t save them from defeat by 45 runs against a Lightcliffe side tasting victory for the first time this season.
Spinners Suleman Khan (4-38) and Danyaal Ahmed (3-61) held the key to Lightcliffe’s success as Bradford & Bingley were bowled out for 203.
The Lightcliffe innings featured a telling contribution of 70 from Khan after the top three of Alex Stead (34), Josh Wheatley (33) and Niall Lockley (32) had all made useful contributions to a total of 248-7.
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Morley are the new leaders of Championship One after scoring a dramatic one-wicket win over Baildon with one ball to spare.
Previously unbeaten Baildon looked set to stay top when they reduced their visitors to 88-8 in reply to their score of 181, but Morley’s experienced duo of Nathan Bromby and David Nebard had other ideas.
The ninth-wicket pair turned the game around with a stand of 83. Bromby led the way with an unbeaten 56 while Nebard made 37 before being dismissed with 11 still needed.
Bromby sealed victory by hitting off spinner Simon Bailey for a huge six. Australian Blair Oakley took 4-29 for the Jenny Laners.
Baildon may well reflect on the face they didn’t capitalise on the work of Simon Bailey (39) and captain Jack Hainsworth (32). From 97-2 at the halfway stage in their innings, Baildon faltered against the bowling of Henry Rush (4-25) and Nebard (4-41).
Morley are now the only unbeaten team in the division and have an eight-point lead over Gomersal who made the day’s highest score of 326-7 on their way to 220-run win over Yeadon.
Such a total seemed unlikely when Gomersal slipped to 42-4, but the fifth-wicket pair of Joe Duffy and Richard Wear soon changed the direction of the game.
Duffy smashed two sixes and 15 fours as he raced to 102 from just 85 balls while Wear hit 11 fours in his 82 as 169 were added by the pair.
There was no respite for the Yeadon bowlers when the partnership was broken. Jack Seddon hammered three sixes and seven fours as he hit 52 from 21 balls as the game ran away from Yeadon.
The most-successful Yeadon bowlers were Saif Ur-Rehman 3-74 and Paul Machell (3-69)
Apart from 39 from Damon Gormley, the Yeadon innings of 106 was disappointing. Joel Pollard (3-24) proved to be the pick of the Gomersal bowlers.
Undercliffe’s opening bowlers Craig Wiseman (4-22), Zeeshan Qasim (3-38) and Khalid Usman (3-16) showed no mercy for Hunslet Nelson as they bowled out the newly-promoted side for 90
Spinner Danny Cross took 3-28 for Hunslet Nelson but could not stop Undercliffe storming to a seven-wicket win.
Wrenthorpe’s new-ball pair of Awais Ejaz (5-36) and Jonathan Rudge (5-42) skittled our Ossett for 78 to secure a 138-run win. Paul Malone (39) provided the only resistance.
Opener Jordan Sleightholme was the cornerstone of Wrenthorpe’s 216 all out. He made 53 while Matthew Race chipped in with 39 down the order. Spinner Matthew Varley (6-66) returned his best figures for Ossett.
Bankfoot and Batley both recorded their first wins, Bankfoot defeated Hartshead Moor by 66 runs, while Batley beat Pudsey Congs by 69 runs in the battle between the two sides relegated from the Premier Division last season.
Hartshead Moor, who like Ossett have not won this season, must have fancied their chances when Iain Wardlaw took 5-36 as Bankfoot were dismissed for 138. Arssaam Malik (46) was the top scorer.
Hartshead Moor’s fragile batting was exposed when Bankfoot skipper James Lee (3-24) took out the top order before left-arm spinner Andrew Stothart (5-22) sent them tumbling to 72 all out. Opener Craig Field carried his bat through the innings for 27 not out.
Half-centuries by Musa Ahmed (52no) and Naveed Zamurad (51) helped Batley to a total of 219 against Pudsey Congs, whose best bowler was Max Chappell (4-56).
Mushy Rafique (37) and James Ford (31) were the top scorers as Congs were bowled out for 150 to lose by 69 runs. Muhammad Shahnawaz (3-22) and Naveed Zamurad (3-50) were the pick of the Batley bowlers.
Last season’s Conference champions East Ardsley are making the early running in Championship Two after defeating Hopton Mills by 65 runs to record their second win.
Spinner Mark Heald was in devastating form taking 7-23 as Hopton Mills were bowled out for 166 in reply to East Ardsley’s 231. Only Mark Ashton (44) made an impression.
New signing James Marston continued his good form with the top score of 62 for East Ardsley Haseen Bashir (43), Jake Alleston (42) and Ashley Pearson (34) all kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Opening bowlers Umar Abbas (4-49) and Michael Carroll (4-52) shared the bowling honours for Hopton Mills.
Keighley and Buttershaw St Paul’s are just a point behind East Ardsley.
Keighley beat Brighouse by 97 runs and they were indebted to tail-enders Nathan Storton (42) and Abe Kenny (32no) for reviving their innings after they slumped to 150-8. The ninth-wicket pair added 69 and helped their side to 220-9. Only Louis Horsfield (40) of the earlier batsmen made an impression.
Quadratullah Azizi (3-46) and Sohail Hussain (3-17) were the pick of the Brighouse bowlers, while Qaisar Hameed top scored with 41 in their disappointing reply of 123. Paul Quinlan was Keighley’s best bowler with 5-44.
Buttershaw St Paul’s had a narrow four run win over Spen Victoria. Former Spen player Ben Platt played a big part in the defeat of his old club. He top-scored with 40 in the modest St Paul’s total of 148 and followed up by taking 3-35 as Spen were dismissed for 144. Amer Ayoub was the best of the bowlers with 5-31. Former St Paul’s player Tosh Baker top scored with 50 for Spen but lacked support
Alex Mumford’s 5-31 helped Wakefield St Michael’s to bowl out Birstall for 122 and secure a 76-run win despite opener Matt Dyson carrying his bat through the innings for an unbeaten 71.
Ayaz Seedat (71) and James Cooper (61) hit half-centuries in St Michael’s score of 198. Josh Haynes (4-44) and Charlie Orme (4-50) shared the bowling honours.
Overseas player Saideep Yarapureddy top scored with 79 as Bowling Old Lane made 220 on their way to an 86-run win over Carlton. Abid Alishan (39) provided the main support as opening bowler Liam Morris took 5-66.
Carlton struggled against the pace bowling of Zeeshan Haider 6-39 and were dismissed for 134,
Hard-hitting Will Atkin hit five sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 73 which was key to Liversedge’s 30-run win over Northowram Fields.
Atkins runs boosted Liversedge’s total to 215-9 which was far better than seemed likely when Ashton Richardson (4-32) and Jason Smith (3-57) posed problems for the early order.
Ajantha Weerappuli (41), John Lister (36) and Dru Patel (30) made useful contributions but nobody was able to go on and make a telling contribution as Northowram Fields were all out for 185. Experienced spinner Steve Lane took 3-58.
New boys Jer Lane have taken over at the top of the Conference after recording a resounding 190-run win over Gildersome & Daisy Hill.
But Adwalton and Oulton are both just a point behind them with Rodley another point back and Great Preston a further three back.
Veteran spinner Gurdev Singh played a big part in Jer Lane’s win by taking 6-20 as they bowled out Gildersome & Farnley Hill for 109.
Jer Lane had earlier made their biggest Bradford Premier League score to date of 299-6, with Tom Watson making 67not out, Nahim Ashraf (66) and Imran Mirza (52).
Adwalton overhauled an East Leeds total of 277-7 with 14 balls to spare as they recorded a three-wicket win.
Matt Donohoe (54) and Gareth Lee (46) set the tempo for the Adwalton reply before Chris Priestley carried them home with an unbeaten 68 from 48 balls.
Defeat was hard on East Leeds batsman James Naylor. He dominated his side’s innings with a superb 101 which included five sixes and 13 fours. Jehan Rana (45) was his main support as Gareth Lee (3-59) and Tom Lindsey (3-55) shared the bowling honours.
Bowlers Benjamin Child (5-50) and Jack Andrews (4-54) bowled out Crossbank Methodists for 153 to set up Oulton’s six-wicket win. Ebrahim Laher battled hard for an unbeaten 53.
Ryan Healey (65no) and Will Harrison (48) ensured that Oulton knocked off the runs and bagged a maximum 20 points.
Rodley’s bright start continued as they defeated Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by four wickets.
Gary Sagar took 5-25 as Heckmondwike were bowled out for 120 and Lachlan Roche made 31 in the successful reply.
Opening bowlers Lee Russell (5-41) and Luke Kane (3-13) helped Great Preston bowl out Windhill & Daisy Hill for 86 to complete a 126-run win.
Great Preston made 212 in their innings with Clive Newton hitting 55 and David Illingworth (54). The persevering Byron Greenwood took 4-71 for Windhill & Daisy Hill.
Azaad’s batsmen were in good form as they defeated Sandal by 92 runs. Hanif Mahboob (81no), Razwan Subhani (54no) and Syed Shah Bukhari (44) helped their side to post a score of 270-4.
Sandal slid to 83-7 before Ben Van Den Nieuwenhof boosted their score to 178-8 at the end of their 50 overs with an unbeaten 66.
Top picture: Iain Wardlaw took 5-36 for Hartshead Moor but could not save his side from a 66-run defeat by Bankfoot.
Picture: Ray Spencer Words: Alan Birkinshaw