Sam Frankland, above, produced a stylish display of batting as Champions Woodlands established a 13-point lead at the halfway stage of the Premier Division title race after a five-wicket win over fellow contenders New Farnley.
Opener Frankland continued his rich vein of form by making 82 and he was assisted by Scott Richardson (pictured right, 34no) as Woodlands eased past a disappointing New Farnley score of 173-9.
The visitors looked to have a foundation to build a much bigger total after skipper Lee Goddard (48) took his tally of league runs for the season to 622 and Steve Bullen made 41, but their colleagues found batting tricky. Wickets fell and the momentum slowed as Muhammad Bilal picked up
New Farnley’s defeat saw Townville – who play Woodlands at Albert Terrace next Saturday – return to second place after a narrow win over bottom team Batley by five runs.
All-rounder Conor Harvey again played a big part in his side’s success. After top scoring In Townville’s 241-5, which also included 48 from Jonny Booth and 45 by Harry Warwick, Harvey took 4-83 to prevent Batley pulling off their first win of the season.
Skipper Roheil Hussain (71) and Abdul Wahid (49) set the tone for the Batley innings at the top of the order. Adal Islam (44) and Kasir Maroof (32) carried on the good work but could not quite get their side home as they finished on 236-6.
Two players made centuries in the top flight. Methley’s young batsman Eitan Litvin made 100 not out – his maiden Bradford Premier League ton – to help his side to a 75-run win at Farsley, while Pudsey St Lawrence opener Mark Robertshaw made 112 in a 115-run win over struggling Bradford & Bingley.
Litvin, whose innings contained a six and 11 fours, shared in a fourth wicket stand of 177 with Jason Marshall (90), which helped Methley to a score of 282-7. Opener Alex Cree (34) was the next highest scorer while Ryan Cooper (3-77) was the pick of the home bowlers.
Cooper followed up with 58 and Adam Ahmed scored 43 not out but their efforts could not spare Farsley from defeat as they were bowled out for 207. Seamer Ben Waite impressed with 5-48 and Yasir Ali took 3-52 as Methley tightened their grip in fourth place.
Bradford & Bingley are hovering dangerously just above the relegation positions after losing to St Lawrence at Wagon Lane. The visitors got off to a great start with Robertshaw, who hit 16 fours and former Bradford & Bingley player Charlie Best (31) shared an opening stand of 101.
Young guns Harry Cullingford (47) and Archie Scott (33) helped swell their side’s score to a challenging 269-6. Bradford & Bingley were dismissed for 154 in their reply despite the efforts of opener Kyme Tahirkheli (63) and Yasir Abbas (38). Charlie Parker (4-40) and Scott (3-41) were the pick of the St Lawrence bowlers.
Cleckheaton continued their climb away from the relegation zone with a crushing 10-wicket win over second bottom Morley who are now 10 points adrift of safety.
Iain Wardlaw made the visitors regret their decision to bat first at Moorend by taking 6-50 as Morley were dismissed for 104. Skipper Matt Baxter was their top scorer with 36.
Cleckheaton had no trouble knocking off the runs. Openers Kris Ward (51no) and Nick Lindley (46no) took just 16.4 overs to seal a 20-point maximum for their side.
Off spinner Josh Wheatley (5-35) produced his best figures of the season as Hanging Heaton defeated Wrenthorpe by 32 runs.
Callum Geldart (67) and Nick Connolly (62) helped Hanging Heaton to post a total of 243 despite the effortsz of Matthew Race (5-63) and Mohammed Suleman (3-51). Wrenthorpe were restricted to 211-9 with Nikash Khan (48) and Mustafa Rafique (44no) making the main contributions
New Farnley's Lee Goddard made 48 to take his tally of league runs to 622 Picture: Ray Spencer
There was an amazing game at South View Road where East Bierley defeated Keighley by one run in a match that produced 659 runs.
Reece Clarke bowled Ben Hemsley with the final ball of the gripping contest with Keighley needing two to win.
Such a finish seemed unlikely when East Bierley made 330-8 thanks largely to an unbeaten 124 from Andy Duckworth. He hit four sixes and 17 fours and was supported by Sam Gatenby (66) and Ben Walter (40).
Second bottom Keighley were undaunted by the challenge. Opener Henry Moore got them off to a good start with 56, while Nathan Storton made (40), but the real fireworks were produced by the in-form Paul Quinlan and skipper Max Davidson.
Quinlan blasted seven sixes and 11 fours in his unbeaten 131, while Davidson (42) shared in a sixth wicket stand of 146 with him as the target was reduced to eight from the final over.
Davidson departed to a run out from the second ball. Hemsley hit a two and a single before a three from Quinlan saw him lose strike for the fateful final ball. Clarke held his nerve and secured victory for East Bierley.
Ossett now lead the table by 19 points after their 37-run win over Baildon enabled them to capitalise on Birstall’s nine-wicket defeat against improving Undercliffe,
James Keen (86) and Ian Philliskirk (31) enabled Ossett to recover from a shaky start to make 195. Baildon skipper Dwayne Heke was his side’s best bowler with 4-10.
Spinner Matthew Varley (6-45) shattered any hopes Baildon had of continuing their climb up the table as they were dismissed for 158. Ben Howell (45) and Jonny Reynolds (32) were the top scorers.
Birstall’s decision to bat first backfired as they were reduced to 28-5 by Zeeshan Qasim (3-20) and Mohammed Nazim (3-58). Skipper Nick Kaye steadied the ship with 48 and Juned Delair added 34 not out but a score of 171-9 was below par.
That was illustrated as Oliver Hardaker (77no) and Bailey Worcester (70no) shared an unbroken stand to steer their side home for the loss of just one wicket.
Carlton stay bottom of the table but are now only one point behind Keighley after their first win of the season – a 68-run triumph at Lightcliffe.
A partnership of 111 for the second wicket between Daniel White (67) and Daniel Ford (66) gave Carlton a sound base which was built on by Jonathan Rudge’s quick-fire 49 not out as a total of 243-7 was posted. Alex Stead (3-54) was the most successful bowler.Lightcliffe were restricted to 175-7, despite an unbeaten 63 from their skipper Rob Burton, as Rudge claimed 4-25.
Jacob Slator, the talented teenage Pudsey Congs batsman, made a fine 112 which helped his side to make 272-4 on their way to a 169-run win over Gomersal. Slator struck 14 fours and was backed up by Rishi Chopra (58) and Pramud Hettiwatte (40).
The Gomersal score of 169 was dominated by Andy Gorrod (91) and Liam Fletcher (47). The remainder of their batting crumbled to the bowling of Ryan Heptinstall (4-47) and Chopra (3-35).
Hartshead Moor are just eight points above the relegation positions after losing by six wickets against third place Bankfoot. Overseas player Azeem Ghumman (67no) and Hisan Ahmed (50) helped Bankfoot to ease past their opponents’ score of 168. Muhammad Shahnawaz (37) and Chris Wynd (31) were the only batsmen to settle as spinner Andy Stothart picked up 4-53.
It remains tight at the top with Buttershaw St Paul’s leading the way by two points from Sandal with Northowram Fields now third a further two points back. Jer Lane, who have a game in hand, are ten points behind the leaders.
Buttershaw St Paul’s beat Yeadon by four wickets, Sandal defeated Spen Victoria by 88 runs and Jer Lane overcame Northowram Fields by 53 runs on Saturday while Northowram Fields picked up a maximum 20 points from beating Hunslet Nelson in their rearranged game on Sunday.
Opener Robert Smith (82) and Amer Ayoub (48) enabled Buttershaw St Paul’s to chase down Yeadon’s 224-7, a total boosted by knocks of 72 from both skipper Gareth Lee and Gulsheraz Ahmed. Ayoub took 3-49 for St Paul’s.
The form pair of Karl Hewitt and Brandon Hewlett both made 44 as Sandal scored 226 against bottom team Spen Victoria. Muhammad Ullah posed the main threat with 4-44. It seems 44 was a popular number because that was how many Spen skipper Bilal Ejaz scored as his team were dismissed for 138. Sam Noden (3-33) and Lee Geldard (3-28) were the best of the bowlers.
Cosmond Walters (4-21) and Amjid Khan (4-40) helped Jer Lane bowl out Northowram Fields for 131 in reply to their score of 184. Kyle Welsh (54) was again the best of the Northowram Fields batsmen. For Jer Lane, Ibrar Younis (46) and Bobby Khan (41) provided useful runs down the order against an attack led by Sam Gardner (5-46).
Joe Hough bettered Gardner's figures by taking 7-30 in Sunday's 115-run win over Hunslet Nelson. Only Jack Scanlon (40) countered Hough's threat as Nelson were sunk for 127.
Farhan Hussain (47), Kyle Welsh (46) and Todd Reeday (32) helped Nothowram Fields make 242-8. AListair Finn took 4-32 for Nelson.
Twenty four hours earlier, Hunslet Nelson’s batting woes resurfaced as they were bowled out for 95 in their four-wicket defeat by Scholes. Sikander Mahmood (6-22) and Craig Wood (3-21) ran through the fragile Nelson line up. Andrew McIntosh (31) was their top scorer.
The Hopton Mills bowlers Umar Abbas (4-51) and Michael Carroll (3-50) were key as their side bowled out Bowling Old Lane for 137 to complete a 19-run win, Farhan Hussain top scoring with 41.
Defeat was hard on Mohammad Yasir who took 6-50 as Mills made 156 batting first. Their main contributors were Kashif Talib (36) and Chris Scott (31no).
There is just no keeping Brighouse all-rounder Quadratullah Azizi out of the headlines. Last week he hit a rapid century and followed up against Rodley by taking 7-52 to keep his team at the top of the table.
Azizi was backed up by Parvaise Khan (3-48) as Rodley were bowled out for 110 when replying to a Brighouse score of 202. Shahzaib Khan (53), Khurram Maqsood (43), Wajid Hussain (38) and Khan (33) all made their mark while Luke Cosford (4-56) was Rodley’s best bowler.
Crossflatts skipper Dominic Bennett, above, had a day to remember. He hit six sixes and 19 fours while making an unbeaten 144 not out in his side’s 12-run win over improving Liversedge.
Bennett was joined in an unbroken stand of 128 for the ninth wicket by Mohammad Shahnawaz (66no) which swelled the home side’s total to 303-8.
Liversedge made a brave attempt to chase down the big total. Will Atkin (81), and Alex Willis (61) shared 115 for the fourth wicket while Reuben Shuttleworth scored 75 in a total of 291-9. Mayank Singh (4-50) was the best Crossflatts bowler.
The Adwalton batsmen showed no mercy for bottom team Altofts. Matt Donohoe (42) got them off to a good start in pursuit of Altofts’ 271-9 and the good work continued as Matty Waller (68no) and Will Cutt (60) added 136 for the second wicket, before Mohammad Hamid (57no) helped apply the finishing touches to an eight-wicket victory.
Jordan Carter (57)m Elliot Carter (51) and Danny Eden (46) must have hoped they had given their side a chance to end their barren run of results, but Kabir Bashir (5-70) and the Adwalton batsmen shattered their hopes.
Great Preston’s Jacob Wright (5-25) and Lee Russell (5-24) shot out East Leeds for 54 to set up a10-wicket win.
Gildersome & Farnley Hill were dismissed for 126 with Arshad Dan (3-58) and Imran Patel (3-16) posing most of the problems as they tumbled to a four-wicket defeat against Crossbank Methodists. Christian Duncan scored 36 to help his side secure the victory.
Even 5-43 from Tabassum Bhatti and 56 from Adam Swaine were not enough to spare Windhill & Daisy Hill from a 39-run defeat against Heckmondwike & Carlinghow.
Matthew Crowther (61) and Chris Allen (33) helped Heckmondwike & Carlinghow to make 197-8 before dismissing their opponents for 158. Kanhu Pattnayak (3-29) and Waqas Ahmed (3-19) were the pick of the bowlers.
Review: Alan Birkinshaw
Pictures: Ray Spencer