Leaders Woodlands overcame an early scare as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 133-run Premier Division win over bottom team Methley.
Such an outcome seemed unlikely when Woodlands were reduced to 39-4, but once again New Zealander Brad Schmulian came up with a crucial innings to transform his side’s fortunes.
Schmulian made 89 and his good work was built on by Mohammad Bilal as he blasted an unbeaten 57 from just 35 balls as Woodlands finished on 241-7.
Methley never looked likely to challenge the home side’s score and were bowled out for 108. Adam Patel (41) was the only batsman to challenge the domination of the Woodlands attack as Scott Richardson (4-25) helped his side to another win.
Methley’s disappointment at losing was heightened when news filtered through that the two teams that started the day immediately above them, Undercliffe and Wrenthorpe had both won to leave them 38 points from safety.
Undercliffe defeated Lightcliffe by 54 runs and climbed above their rivals in the table. Khalid Usman (68), Michael Kelsey (55), Farouk Alam (48) and Jack Holland (42) all showed good form with the bat as they powered their side to 250-6.
Despite the efforts of Suleman Khan (53) and Yasir Abbas (46), Lightcliffe were bowled out for 196 with Derbyshire Second Team player Mark Watt taking 3-61.
The result leaves Lightcliffe on 106 points and they are just four ahead of Wrenthorpe after the second-bottom side recorded a four-wicket win at Cleckheaton.
Overseas player Khalil Khan took 3-53 as Cleckheaton were restricted to 186-9 and followed up by making 79 as Wrenthorpe secured only their third win.
Inconsistent Cleckheaton once again showed their frailty with the bat as only skipper Mally Nicholson (51) and Toby Thorpe (37) made an impression. Their bowlers also struggled with Jonathan Whiteoak (3-62) the one exception as they suffered their second defeat at the hands of Wrenthorpe this season.
Opening batsman Callam Goldthorp showed no mercy for his former club Pudsey St Lawrence as he hit a century which helped Bradford & Bingley to a 114-run win at Wagon Lane.
Goldthorp struck one six and 15 fours and was joined in an opening stand of 175 by overseas player Mohammad Afridi (88) which provided the foundations for a total of 260-5.
St Lawrence stumbled to 146 all out in reply with Archie Scott (36) and Barrie Frankland (31) providing the only real resistance to Kyme Tahirkeli (4-10) and Jack Hartley (3-42) as Bradford & Bingley climbed above St Lawrence into second place – 27 points behind Woodlands.
New Farnley followed up their emphatic win over Woodlands with a six-wicket victory over Hanging Heaton in a match decided on Duckworth Lewis Stern after rain interrupted a compelling contest.
Hanging Heaton were forced to show great character as they battled their way to 203 when they batted first. They had to combat some impressive bowling from Alex Lilley (6-37) and were indebted to Callum Geldart (42), Aqsad Ali (40) and Ishmail Dawood (39) for earning them four batting points.
New Farnley were going along nicely when rain brought a premature end with their score on 137-4 after 36 overs. Skipper Lee Goddard (36), Adam Waite (34) and Dan Hodgson (36no) ensured their side scored quickly enough to secure the victory.
Townville produced a fine performance to secure a six-wicket win at Farsley. Connor Harvey took 5-56 as the Red Laners were restricted to 178-8. James Logan (58) and Ben Morley 931) were the only batsmen to make an impression.
Townville were powered towards their victory target by a second-wicket stand of 109 between opener Jonathan Booth (82) and Harry Warwick (44).
Pictures: Ray Spencer
Top: Connor Harvey took five wickets for Townville at Farsley
Centre: James Logan batting for Farsley
Bottom: Townville opener Jonathan Booth hits a six
Bankfoot were made to fight hard for their two-wicket win over Gomersal which keeps them at the top of Championship One.
Once again, their skipper James Lee (4-31) and spinner Andrew Stothart (4-38) impressed with the ball as Gomersal were bowled out for 126. Liam Fletcher (41) was top scorer.
Bankfoot didn’t find runs any easier to come by when they batted. Robert Warriner (3-30) and Chris Rhodes
(3-31) kept their side in the hunt, but Arsaam Malik (36no) ensured that Bankfoot edged home.
Second-placed Batley continued their run of good form with a six-wicket win over Ossett. Roheil Hussain made 53 as Batley overhauled their opponents’ disappointing score of 122.
Tariq Hussain (4-15) helped Batley dismiss Ossett cheaply with only Jack McGahan (31) making an impression with the bat.
Morley’s slow bowler David Nebard (6-34) sent East Bierley spinning to defeat at South View Road. The home side were bowled out for 97 as they went down to a 147-run defeat.
Morley, who had been soundly beaten by Batley in their previous game, never looked like losing after making 244-9.
Henry Rush (77no) and Reggie Thomas (67) led the way while skipper Matt Baxter (39) also made valuable runs. Muhammad Hafeez (4-60) and Umar Farooq (3-75) were the pick of the bowlers.
Hartshead Moor are now up to fourth in the table after their seven-wicket win over Baildon. Overseas player Ali Shan (73no) and Mohammad Khan (53no) shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 113 as they guided their side past Baildon’s score of 193-6. Opener Chris Wynd (51) was the third batsman to make a half-century for Hartshead Moor.
Baildon, who have seen their promotion hopes diminish in recent weeks, saw skipper Jonny Reynolds (71) and Mohammad Khuzaifa (52no) make half-centuries when they batted first. Josh Tingle (3-53) and Iain Wardlaw (3-28) were Moor’s best bowlers.
Keighley are another side dropping back after a bright start to the campaign, They suffered a 49-run defeat at the hand of Wakefield St Michael’s who have climbed out of the bottom two for the first time this season.
Martin Atkinson (70) and Imran Mahboob (68no) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 131 for the fourth wicket which helped their side post a challenging 256-4.
Skipper Paul Quinlan took 3-53 for Keighley and followed up with top score of 46 as they were dismissed for 207 in reply. Alex Antoine (45) was the only other batsman to make an impression as Ollie Lightfoot (3-54) and Alex Mumford (3-25) secured victory for St Michael’s.
Chris Doey continued his good form with the ball by taking 6-40 as Pudsey Congs beat relegation-threatened Scholes by 20 runs. Even an unbeaten 57 from Shahid Rehman could not save Scholes as they were bowled out for 125
Two youngsters caught the eye during the Congs innings of 145. Vikram Sharma impressed for Vonmgs with 44 while spinner Jade Roberts took 5-35 for Scholes.
The top three teams all had emphatic wins as the battle for promotion continues to hot up in Championship Two.
Leaders Carlton defeated Hunslet Nelson by eight wickets, second-placed Yeadon crushed Hopton Mills by nine wickets and third-placed Birstall defeated Liversedge by 196 runs.
It means that Carlton have a 15-point lead over Yeadon with Birstall a further eight points back.
Overseas player Kershaski John Lewis was in the thick of the action in Carlton’s latest win. He took 4-13 as Hunslet Nelson were bowled out for 164 and made an unbeaten 63 as Carlton cruised to victory.
Carlton’s win wasn’t a one-man show. Spencer Hunt (3-3) backed up John Lewis’s efforts with the ball while Daniel White (76) impressed with the bat. Skipper Will Stiff (40) provided the one innings of any substance for Nelson.
Legh spinner James Massheder impressed with 6-22 as Yeadon bowled out Hopton Mills for 147 on their way to crushing win.
Opener Gareth Lee (69) and Rob Smith (46no) set the tone for the Yeadon reply with overseas player Sarmad Hameed (30no) providing the finishing touches.
Birstall’s batsmen were in good form as they helped their side to a total of 265-8 against Liversedge. Rishy Limbechaya (75) and Nick Kaye (61) shared 113 for the third wicket, while Ashley Burton (43) and Josh Haynes (41) added valuable runs.
Liversedge had no answer to the fine bowling of left arm seamer James Russell (7-30) as they were skittled out for 69.
Opener Ben Grech hit a century as Northowram Fields secured a 73-run win over lowly Adwalton. His innings contained four sixes and 13 fours and he was joined in a third-wicket stand of 145 by young Kyle Welsh (61) as they helped their side to a score of 217
Usman Shakir (5-42) and Ghulam Hussain (3-22) proved to be the best of the bowlers for Adwalton.
James Sheerin (43) and Shoaib Rehman (34) top scored as Adwalton were dismissed for 146 with Jacob Slator taking 4-6.
Bowling Old Lane eased their fears of relegation with a six-wicket win over Altofts who now find themselves in the bottom three.
Taseer Javed (61no) and Arsalan Ejaz (56) ensured that Old Lane were successful in their pursuit of the Altofts score of 213-8.
Ismail Patel (69no) was the cornerstone of the Altofts innings as Arslan Mahmood (4-39) spearheaded the Bowling Old Lane attack.
East Ardsley’s slide down the table continued as they suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Buttershaw St Paul’s.
Amer Ayoub (5-41) and James Sawyer (3-28) helped bowl out for East Ardsley for 145, while Kevin McDermott (75) and Jonathan Burston (35) led the successful run chase.
Rain prevented the match between Jer Lane and Spen Victoria from reaching a positive conclusion.
A seventh-wicket partnership of 135 between Raqeeb Younis (80) and Amjid Khan (69no) was the highlight of Jer Lane’s 273-9. Adil Ladak (4-49) and Abid Awain (3-57) were the best of the Spen bowlers.
Spen had won their previous two games by chasing down big totals at Buttershaw St :Paul’s and Adwalton, but were stuttering at 160-6 when play was halted. George Deegan was 48 not out while skipper Bilal Ejaz made 36.
Sandal took advantage of Great Preston being without a game to return to the top of the Conference table with a five-wicket win over Brighouse.
Karl Hewitt (55) and Kristian Shuttleworth (55no) enabled them to chase down their opponents’ score of 168 and establish a 15-point lead in the promotion race.
The victory was set up by the bowling of Phil Yeadon (6-54) as only Ahmed Hussain (41) and Tanvir Bashir (31) got going for Brighouse.
Usman Qureshi made a priceless 108 as bottom team Heckmondwike & Carlinghow secured a 93-run win over Rodley,
Qureshi struck four sixes and 15 fours as he countered the threat of Peter Phillips (5-75) and Max Bleasby (4-39) to guide his die to a total of 221.
Skipper Rob Young hit 53 for Rodley but lacked support as Syed Shah Bukhari (6-42) bowled Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to victory.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill continued their good run-scoring form by making 272-7 on their way to a 155=run win over lowly Crossbank Methodists.
Richard Bedford (49), Liam Pearson (46), Martin O’Halloran (41), Jack Irwin (40) and Josh Potter (37) led the way with the bat, while Jordan Edmondson (4-33) helped bowl out Crossbank Methodists for 117. Jotham Barnett top scored with a battling 55.
James Watling (5-27) and Will Storey (4-54) shone with the ball as East Leeds bowled out Oulton for 144 to complete a 54-run win. Will Harrison (52) made 52 but couldn’t save his side from defeat.
Zahid Tarvas (49) and Tom Chapman (37) were the top contributors to the East Leeds score of 198. Joe Sykes (5-40) and Jonathan Gardiner (3-47) were Oulton’s best bowlers.