Adam Frost sent a cold shiver down the spine of defending champions Woodlands as lowly Pudsey St Lawrence pulled off surprise win that has thrown open the Second Teams Premier Division title race.
Frost produced a chilling spell of 7-55 as St Lawrence bowled out Woodlands for 96 to complete a25-run win which has also heated up the battle to avoid relegation.
Jordan Moore 3-37 gave Fsrost strong support as Woodlands, despite 42 from veteran Nick Rushworth, melted under the pressure exerted by the Saint as they defended a total of 121. Joshua Smith (47) top scored while Kieran Rodger 3-31 was the best on the home bowlers.
Hanging Heaton seized on Woodlands’ slip up by scoring a 152-run win over Lightcliffe which has taken them 14 points ahead in the title race.
The Hanging Heaton batsmen were in good form with Craig Russell (94), James Keen (46), James Byrne (43) and Rob McFarlane (39) powering their side to 271-8.
Ben Cliff (5-91) was the most-successful Lightcliffe bowler while David Knight (35) top scored as they were dismissed for 119 in reply. Chris Goodair led the way with 5-37.
New Farnley are very much in the title hunt after a five-wicket win over struggling Pudsey Congs took them to within a point of Woodlands.
Mark Lawson (4-39) and Chris Blackburn (3-35) joined forces to dismiss Congs for 110. Lawson followed up with 34 in the successful run chase.
Yeadon remain in the bottom two despite a crushing nine-wicket win over Batley. Alex Robinson ran through the Batley batting with 6-16 as they were dismissed for 40.
Baildon were another side fighting to avoid relegation who secured a win. They beat Priestley Shield finalists East Bierley by six runs after dismissing them for 123 when they replied to a modest score of 129-9. Shahid Bhatti’s 50 was vital for Baildon as was Jamie Abbott’s return of 5-26.
Skipper Ross Monaghan dominated the East Bierley innings with 67 while Dan Abbott (4-40) proved to be their best bowler.
Muhammed Yasir took 5-29 as Bowling Old Lane dismissed Morley for 84 to complete a 67-run win. Adeel Nazir (50) and Saad Khan (33no) helped Old Lane to 151 despite the efforts of Jack Hepworth 4-20, Andrew Kirkwood (3-34) and Gavin Goodlad (3-54).
The battle for promotion places is hotting up following defeats for the top two, Gomersal and Bradford & Bingley.
Gomersal went down by 91 runs against fourth-placed East Ardsley, while Bradford & Bingley lost a nail-biting game with fifth-placed Bankfoot by two runs.
With third-placed Northowram Fields defeating Ossett by six wickets thee are now just 17 points separating the top five clubs.
Steady batting from Dan Walker (36), Will Kinder (35no) and Scott Mullins (31) helped East Ardsley to post 174-8 before bowling out Gomersal for 83. Chris Gorrod (35) offered the only resistance to Scott Mullins (4-23) and Mark Heald (3-10).
Amir Afsar carried his bat for an unbeaten 53 as he played the leading role in Bankfoot’s thrilling win over Bradford & Bingley.
Afsar defied the efforts of Matthew Keeton (4-17) as he helped his side to a modest 113. Bradford & Bingley were unable to overhaul the modest score as Atta-ur-Rehman (4-20) and Haroon Iqbal (3-25) restricted them to 11-9.
Northowram Fields had Todd Reeday (3-9) and Sam Walker (3-12) to thank as they bowled out Ossett for 110 on their way to a four-wicket win. Michael Billington (36) top scored for Ossett while Robert Gledhill (4-18) was their best bowler.
Bottom team Undercliffe are only two points behind Ossett after Steve Adams led them to a 98-run win over Farsley. After top scoring with 52 in his team’s 167, Adams took 3-19 as Farsley perished for 69.
Keighley are just 10 points above the relegation positions after suffering a 19-run defeat against Carlton. Half-centuries from Will Hayton (64) and Matt Rowett (55) helped Carlton to 175-9 as Dillon Birkett took 3-41 and Ben Jagger (3-37). Owen Narey (40) and Adam Qurban (36) top scored in Keighley’s 159.
Methley were indebted to Jake Smartt and Mohammed Usman for their four-wicket win over Cleckheaton. After taking 5-24 and 3-36 with the ball as the home side made 144-9, Smartt hit 54no and Usman 50 in the successful reply. Elliot Lee (46) and Alex Midgley (38) were the top scorers for Cleckheaton.
Jer Lane maintained their push towards a second-successive championship after a comfortable seven-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s.
Umar Dawood hit 81 and Haris Butt (49) as the Wakefield St Michael’s score of 180-6 was chased down.
Hanif Mahboob (70) and Sikander Khan (46) led the way in the St Michael’s innings against some good bowling from Mohammed Jamal (4-43).
Great Preston are keeping the pressure on the leaders and are just six points adrift after bagging maximum points for their nine-wicket win over Altofts.
David Illingworth (5-37) and Luke Kane (3-34) helped restrict Altofts for 146, Bradley Barber top scoring with 59.
Richard White (68no) and Andy Clark (51no) ensured there were no alarms as Great Preston stormed to their latest victory.
An unbroken opening stand of 120 between Zulfkar Mohammed (64no) and Noha Chapman (54no) powered Birstall to a 10-wicket win over nine-man Wrenthorpe. Mustafa Bashir’s 66 in Wrenthorpe’s 115 was their one high spot.
Spen Victoria climbed off the bottom of the table with a 70-run win over Oulton. Their success was set up by the batting of Chris Allen (62), Peter Jackson (59) and Alex Leadbeater (39) which powered them to a total of 238-5.
Mark Elliott made 55 and Rob Henshaw (41) as Oulton were dismissed for 168 with Sam Wilby taking 4-23 and Jonathan Elstub (3-17).
Scholes are now propping up the table after suffering a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Hopton Mills. Phil Scott 5-13 and Andrew Moorhouse (3-38) were responsible for restricting Scholes to 115 before Scott (34no) and Richard Myers (31no) led the successful run chase.
Sameer Yaqoob made 44 as Brighouse overhauled a Townville score of 108 to record a five-wicket win. Lee Dobson (36) top scored for the losers as Adam Siddique picked up 3-14.
Sandal continued their charge towards promotion with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Gildersome & Farnley Hill.
Tom Shann scored 38no and Leighton Shuttleworth (38) as eased past their opponents’ total of 122. Josh Sturgess made 39 for Gildersome & Farnley Hill before Jamie Pease (3-0) wrapped up the innings.
Second-placed Buttershaw St Paul’s are 41 points adrift but have a game in hand after recording a seven-wicket win over Hunslet Nelson. Jack Wilson steered them home with an unbeaten 63 after earlier taking 3-21, Liam Parker’s 37 was the main contribution to Nelson’s 142-8.
Saad Hashmi took 5-19 as Heckmondwike & Carlinghow bowled out Crossbank Methodists for 38 on their way to an eight-wicket win.
Bottom team Rodley made third-placed Adwalton fight hard for their three-wicket win. It all looked straight forward when Tom Davidson took 3-26 as Rodley were bowled out for 94, but Adwalton also found run scoring difficult. James Pearce claimed 3-22 before they edged home on 98-7.