Woodlands stormed to the top of the Premier Division last week after a 33-run win at Hanging Heaton in an absorbing match with Tom Clee, pictured above, again catching the eye.
Like Hanging Heaton's James Byrne, he has been thrust into first team action this season, and has made telling contributions.
This was reflected in Saturday's encounter as Byrne took 3-42 from 15 overs of controlled medium pace bowling, and also hit an aggressive late order 40 runs, while Clee smashed three sixes in a priceless 41 not out, before taking the prized wicket of Gary Fellows.
It was debatable whether the Woodlands score of 182-7 would be enough, but when Hanging Heaton was 9-3 it seemed all over.
James Byrne has made valuable contributions for Hanging Heaton. Pictures: Tony Heaton
However, skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore restored some order to the innings with a determined knock of 50, and with Byrne’s late flurry the match never became a cakewalk.
Woodlands have a home fixture against Wrenthorpe who went down last week in a battling performance against Townville.
When Wrenthorpe were reduced to 89-6 in reply to Townville’s 220 it seemed to be game over, but Matthew Race hit eight sixes and five fours in his 90, while Sam Storr struck fours sixes and six fours while making 63. Their efforts enabled Wrenthorpe to finish on 208 and showed the character of the side.
Hanging Heaton need to get back on track, and this week they go to Moorend to take on Cleckheaton.
The Moorenders are back in the relegation places after their 48-run defeat against Farsley, despite the continued good form of Harvey Booth (43) and Ethan Lee (35).
New Farnley lost the leadership of the league when their early batting capitulated to 18-4 against Methley, and they ended 39 runs short.
It will be just as challenging this week as they battle it out with Pudsey St Lawrence in an attractive derby match at Lawns Lane.
St Lawrence was surprisingly beaten by Morley last week as they failed to combat the Sri Lankan all-rounder Kavindu Kulasekara.
He hit a crucial 62 runs as Morley made 216-6 after being put in to bat, and followed up with a spell of 4-48 as St Lawrence finished on 212-9.
St Lawrence looked to be heading for a heavy defeat when they were reduced to 83-6, but James Smith made 47, and along with Charlie Parker (46) gave his side hope of victory until both fell in quick succession.
Morley have made a solid start to the season, beating two of the `big-clubs’ and now nestling in the safe waters of mid-table.
They have a great chance to progress further when they visit Mount Pleasant to take on bottom side Batley.
Townville are still showing their credential as title chasers, despite their scare last week at Wrenthorpe.
No doubt their West Indian batsman Athelbert Braithwaite will be hoping for a hard, true wicket this week when Townville welcome old Central Yorkshire League rivals Methley to Poplar Avenue.
This match takes on a greater importance after Methley beat the previous leaders New Farnley. to get right in the mix at the top end of the table.
In Jordan Laban, Alex Cree, Yassir Ali and James Logan, Methley have three players bang in form and a danger to Townville.
Bradford & Bingley are back on the winning trail after beating bottom side Batley by 70-runs.
Left-arm spinner Bradley Reeve proved to be Bradford & Bingley’s match winner with 6-25, while Kyme Tahirkheli top scored with 43.
Farsley visit Wagon Lane this week buoyed by their win against Cleckheaton
Yorkshire opener Matthew Revis marked his seasonal debut for Farsley with a fine innings of 95 which, along with Adam Ahmed’s unbeaten 35, saw his side make 195-6.
Middlesex second teamer Max John (4-38) and skipper Matthew Lumb (4-39) did much of the damage as Cleckheaton were dismissed for 147.
Premier Division: Batley v Morley, New Farnley v Pudsey St Lawrence, Townville v Methley, Woodlands v Wrenthorpe, Cleckheaton v Hanging Heaton, Bradford & Bingley v Farsley
There are Bank Holiday Monday fixtures in the Premier division, and depending on the results on Saturday, the Methley v Woodlands match is probably the stand out.
Another interesting match is at Tofts Road. where the young Pudsey St Lawrence will be tested by a Townville side that have started the season in title-challenging form.
Morley will be keen to take their third `big scalp’ of the season when they take on New Farnley at Scatcherd Lane.
Farsley should be too strong for Batley, while Cleckheaton need to win at Wrenthorpe to keep away from the lower end of the table.
Hanging Heaton should have too much fire power in the batting for Bradford & Bingley, but they are showing more vulnerability this season and the Wagon Laners could cash in.
Monday, May 31
Premier Division: Farsley v Batley, Hanging Heaton v Bradford & Bingley, Wrenthorpe v Cleckheaton, Methley v Woodlands, Pudsey St Lawrence v Townville, Morley v New Farnl
Only the Bankfoot v Ossett and Keighley v Baildon games survived last week, and the winners of the first clash had a real opportunity to make ground up on the leaders Birstall.
In the end it was Ossett who boosted their challenge with a two-wicket win which earned them a maximum 20 points which saw them climb above Gomersal and East Bierley into second place.
Once again their match winner was big-hitting Sajith Warnakulasuriya who blasted an unbeaten 81 from just 34 balls. He struck 10 sixes and two fours as Bankfoot's 193 all out total was overhauled.
Bankfoot's total owed much to the efforts of Usman Shakir who made 81 against an attack in which five bowlers all took two wickets. The win puts Ossett nine points behind leaders Birstall.
Ossett could inch closer to Birstall when they take on a young Pudsey Congs side that have not yet ticked this season, while Bankfoot visit East Bierley who are inclined to score quick runs from the word go.
Baildon notched their first win after another impressive innings from Jonny Reynolds.
He hit five sixes and seven fours in his 100 not out and was joined in a second wicket stand of 115 by opener Kevin McDermott (59 runs) which helped the Jenny Lane side make 219-4. Paul Quinlan was Keighley's best bowler with 3-63.
Keighley were bowled out for 178 with McDermott taking 4-43, Muhammed Shakoor 3-56 and Dwayne Heke (3-32). Raees Hussain was top scorer for Keighley with 34.
Undercliffe, who were expected to challenge, have lost further ground after last week’s abandonment and Ossett’s win. They will need to beat Keighley to start climbing into the chasing pack.
Two teams who were frustrated by abandonments were Lightcliffe and Hartshead Moor who clash at Till Car Lane.
The undoubted match of the day in the division is at leaders Birstall, who take on third place Gomersal.
This has the potential to be a high scoring game, with Birstall parading batsmen Benedict Gundry. Eric Austin and Josh Haynes, while Gomersal have Jonathan Boynton, Graham Hilton and Andy Gorrod all in form.
Division One: Baildon v Carlton, Undercliffe v Keighley, Lightcliffe v Hartshead Moor, Birstall v Gomersal, Ossett v Pudsey Congs, East Bierley v Bankfoot.
Jer Lane lost the leadership of the division last week through no fault of their own.
Their match at Sandal was abandoned without a ball being bowled, while East Ardsley and Buttershaw St Paul’s climbed above them after managing to play and win.
Jer Lane will be looking to take their frustration out of Spen Victoria, who lost to East Ardsley, despite a fine performance from Amjad Tariq who top scored with 39 and also took 3-44.
East Ardsley took over the leadership after their five-wicket win at Spen Victoria, while Buttershaw St Paul’s went second with a nine-wicket victory against Hunslet Nelson.
This weekend, East Ardsley face Bowling Old Lane who found their form last week by beating second place Northowram Fields by two-runs.
Second place Buttershaw St Paul’s are looking a real threat this season, and could easily be involved in the promotion race at the business end of the season.
They made short work of Hunslet Nelson in a nine wicket win with Zafar Jadoon (5-25) and Michael Hatton (47no) the men in form.
The next opponents for St Paul’s are Wakefield St Michael’s who fell to lowly Scholes last week.
Scholes could be on the mend with Craig Wood (74) and their newly arrived overseas player Ali Rafiq (80) inspiring a 36-run win at Wakefield St Michael’s.
Hopton Mills, who couldn’t get started last week due to a waterlogged pitch, should prove to be a stiff test for Scholes this weekend.
Sandal lost ground with the leaders last week when their match fell victim to the weather.
They visit Yeadon who were similarly affected, and more desperate for points having had a poor start to the season.
Northowram Fields slipped from the leading positions when their unbeaten record came to an end at Bowling Old Lane in a narrow defeat.
There is a golden opportunity to get back on track when they play a Hunslet Nelson that have struggled badly with the bat.
Division Two: Buttershaw St Paul's v Wakefield St Michael's, Northowram Fields v Hunslet Nelson, East Ardsley v Bowling Old Lane, Jer Lane v Spen Victoria, Yeadon v Sandal, Scholes v Hopton Mills.
Brighouse took full advantage of East Leeds’ misfortune of having their match abandoned, by regaining the leadership of the division after a commanding 124-win over challengers Adwalton.
Parvaise Khan continued his remarkable form by striking six sixes and eight fours while making 102 and was joined in a stand of 141 for the third wicket with Shahzaib Khan (62) as Brighouse scored 216-7 in 35 overs, before dismissing Adwalton for 92.
Brighouse could extend their lead further by beating basement side Liversedge who are still awaiting their first win.
The Crossflatts charge up to second in the league was the result of a good team performance in beating Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by 69 runs.
They will be tested this weekend by former leaders East Leeds who will be itching to make up the lost ground.
Crossflatts should be wary of the wily James Watling who will be the main threat with the ball.
Rodley notched their second win of the season as they defeated Great Preston by 10 runs with the consistent Rob Young (70) and Bailey Wilson (4-46) the key performers.
They could well record their third victory this week as they take on a struggling Windhill & Daisy Hill side.
Adwalton’s charge was halted by a powerful Brighouse performance, and it won’t be easy against a Heckmondwike & Carlinghow side with overseas batter Usman Qureshi bang in form.
Altofts visit Crossbank Methodists this week after beating Liversedge by three wickets.
Australian Hayden Bagoly could well be the danger man for Altofts, who were expected to be promotion candidates this season.
The Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Great Preston could be a tight affair with the latter not living up to its potential as of yet.
Division Three: Liversedge v Brighouse, Crossbank Methodists v Altofts, Rodley v Windhill & Daisy Hill, Gildersome & Farnley Hill v Great Preston, Crossflatts v East Leeds, Adwalton v Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.