Batley v Morley
Morley climbed out of the bottom two and boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a nail-biting one-wicket win at Batley.
Michael Darby set up the triumph by taking 7-48 as Batley were bowled out for 125, Haseeb Hashmi making 34.
Morley had to battle hard to secure victory as Tariq Hussain (4-31) and Hamzah Hafeez (3-18) put them under pressure but the efforts of Gavin Goodlad (38) and Aryan Singh (30) helped them bag a priceless victory.
Morley are now one point ahead of Gomersal and face crucial match on Saturday when they are at home to bottom team East Bierley.
East Bierley v Hanging Heaton
East Bierley remain bottom of the table but at least kept alive their hopes of a late escape from relegation with a five-wicket win. Dan Abbott smashed an unbeaten 81 from 42 balls to build on the efforts of Ross Monaghan (69) as Hanging Heaton’s score of 255-4 was chased down.
Craig Russell (94), Bobby McFarlane (36) and Rob McFarlane (34) were the main contributors for Hanging Heaton.
East Bierley are 13 points from safety but this win will give them heart for their remaining games away to fellow strugglers Morley and at home to second place Woodlands.
Gomersal v Jer Lane
Jer Lane took another step towards the Premier Division title and pushed Gomersal deeper into the relegation mire as they recorded a 211-run win
Adnan Mahmood led the way with an unbeaten 114, an innings containing 13 fours, and was backed up by Arslaan Mahmood (52) and Haseeb Rehman (50).
Gomersal were soon in trouble and descended to 87 all out as Bobby Khan (3-4) and Ijy Dar (3-36) got to work.
Bankfoot v Pudsey Congs
Bankfoot’s place in the top flight should be safe for another year despite their recent barren run. They went down to an 18-run defeat but crucially have a game in hand on the teams below them.
Mohammed Sudase took 7-44 as Congs were bowled out for 181, a total owing much to the efforts of Hassan Butt (42) and Ross Kettlewell (33).
Bankfoot made a disastrous start to their innings losing their first four wickets with just three runs on the board and declined further to 25-7, before Samad Rahman (67) and Asad Nasir (37) led a revival which was finally snuffed out by Adam Patrick (3-28). The best of the Congs bowlers was Bilal Butt (4-39).
New Farnley v Bowling Old Lane
New Farnley’s outside hopes of featuring in the title race were killed off as Old Lane inflicted a three-wicket defeat on them.
Zeeshan Haider (4-53) and Fahad Khan (3-31) helped restrict New Farnley to 183-9, their skipper Andy Langley top scoring with 40. Old Lane were guided towards their victory target by Faizan Haider (69) and Awais Khursid (36).
Pudsey St Lawrence v Woodlands
Woodlands kept up their pursuit of leaders Jer Lane with a 65-run win. Half centuries from Jack Bleazard (66), Kieran Collins (59) and Rob Medcalf (56) saw Woodlands make 262-7.
St Lawrence replied with 197-9, David Heslop making 53 and Curtis Hardaker (35), as Cieran Garner (3-43) and Josh Griffin (3-72) were among the wickets.
Premier Division Stats of the day
Top team total: 298-6 Jer Lane v Gomersal
Top individual score: 114no Adnan Mahmood (Jer Lane v Gomersal)
Best Bowling figures: 7-44 Mohammed Sudase (Bankfoot v Pudsey Congs)
Season’s top stats
Top team total: 345-7 Jer Lane v Morley
Top individual score: 174no Miraj Khan (Jer Lane v Batley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-32 Haroon Mahmood (Jer Lane v Morley)
Great Preston v Farsley
Farsley were confirmed as Division One champions after romping to a nine-wicket win over relegated Great Preston and seeing their closest challengers Bradford & Bingley suffer a seven-wicket defeat against Lightcliffe.
Andrew Sims took 6-46 and Kesar Arshad (3-27) as Great Preston were skittled out for just 45. Farsley lost one wicket knocking off the runs,
Lightcliffe v Bradford & Bingley
Michael Brooke hit an 97 and Evan Edwards (81no) as they shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 157 to take Lightcliffe to a seven-wicket win.
They are now 11 points behind their second place opponents with two games to play and have a realistic chance of making an immediate return to the top flight.
Bradford & Bingley made 216-6 when they batted first with Warren Allitt scoring 59 and Jack Sharp (51)
Baildon v Townville
Like Lightcliffe, Baildon are 11 points adrift of the second promotion place after Josh Capper (7-12) helped them bowl out Priestley Shield finalists Townville for 80 as they cruised to an eight-wicket win. George Barker (40no) and Simon McDermott (33no) guided them to their target.
Yeadon v Cleckheaton
There was a close finish at the White Hart Ground with Yeadon edging a four-run win over a Cleckheaton who are still not mathematically safe of avoiding relegation
Babar Malik (69), Elliot Hallas (40) Hudson Rowan (35) led their pursuit of Yeadon’s total of 229, but they were dismissed for 225 with Kamran Khan taking 3-21 and Patrick Parker (3-35).
Parker (45) and Simeon Pickering (38) top scored for Yeadon as Sam Bailey (5-44) posed the main threat.
Methley v Carlton
Methley secured a 15-run win in a match which saw two players make centuries and a total of 619 runs scored.
Jake Smart was the first to three figures with 100 as Methley made 317-8, a total boosted by 95 from Jake McCaffrey and 47 from Richard Foster. Michael Hodgkins was the most successful Carlton bowler with 4-73.
The run chase was led by Daniel Wilbor (110), Hodgkins (48) and Simon Parker (38) as Carlton finished on 302-7. Milo Hill picked up 4-80 for Methley.
Hartshead Moor v East Ardsley
Hartshead Moor are on the brink of relegation back to Division Two after just one season after suffering a 191-run defeat at home to East Ardsley.
The visitors made 285 with Matt Redgwick scoring 102 not out, Tom Daniels (77no) and Harry Appleyard (51).
Hartshead Moor could only muster 94 in reply with Phil Gooder scoring 39 as Ben Smith (6-30) helped East Ardsley complete a comfortable victory.
Division One Stats of the day
Top team total: 317-8 Methley v Carlton
Top individual score: 110 Daniel Wilbor (Carlton v Methley)
Best Bowling figures: 7-12 Josh Capper (Baildon v Townville)
Season’s top stats
Top team total: 444 Bradford & Bingley v Great Preston
Top individual score: 221 Matthew Swallow (Bradford & Bingley v Great Preston)
Best Bowling figures: 8-23 Elliot Hallas (Cleckheaton v Baildon)
Ossett v Brighouse
Champions Brighouse continued on their winning ways with a seven-wicket success. Zafar Mahmood was again in fine form with the ball as he took 5-49 while Mohammed Imran picked up 3-37 as Ossett were dismissed for 133, Lee Stevenson making 65.
Jehan Jeb (59no) and Waqar Ilyas (37no) steered Brighouse to victory
Liversedge v Undercliffe
Amaan Ali (5-34) and Abdul Hamid (4-37) helped keep Undercliffe’s promotion challenge on track as they bowled out Liversedge for 133 to set up a seven-wicket win. Ashraf Karolia (40) and Frances Lonsdale (32) were the top scorers.
Gopal Makwana (41no) and Absar Hussain (34) helped Undercliffe ease to their victory target. They are now nine points ahead of Altofts with two games to play.
Altofts v Hopton Mills
Altofts showed that they are determined to chase Undercliffe all the way to the finish line with a 116-run win. Jaymes Hollingsworth (5-42) was again among the wickets as Hopton Mills were dismissed for 103, Gary Senior scoring 42.
Harry Wanton’s unbeaten 54 was responsible for getting Altofts to 219-9 as Ben Haigh (3-42) and Senior (3-60) kept plugging away.
Wakefield St Michael’s v Sandal
Relegated Wakefield St Michael’s recorded only their third win of the season as they overcame Sandal by 41 runs. Raul Raj (5-31) and Robert Taylor (3-18) helped Saints bowl out their visitors for 115 despite Ryan Link making 39.
Lawrence Morton made 31 for St Michael’s when they made 152-8 batting first.
Birstall v Buttershaw St Paul’s
It was a day to forget for already relegated Buttershaw St Paul’s as they were skittled out for just 37 with Connor Teale taking 6-10 and Lucas Osman (3-5), Daniel Marlow was unbeaten on 35 when Birstall wrapped up victory.
League photographer Ray Spencer called in at Lightcliffe this week to catch a glimpse of the...