Jer Lane's fast bowler Hazrat Shah took six wickets in their win over Spen Victoria. Picture: Ray Spencer
Woodlands and Wrenthorpe continue to set the pace in the Premier Division after recording wins on another rain-hit day.
It was an afternoon which saw no fewer than six Yorkshire county players in action and they experienced vastly contrasting fortunes.
Leg spinner Josh Poysden marked his debut for Farsley by taking 6-21, yet could not save his side from an 11-run defeat against Wrenthorpe.
After bowling out Wrenthorpe for 103 it looked as if Farsley could finally register their first win, but their fragile batting cracked again as they were dismissed for 92. Khalil Khan took 3-20 and Will Bates (3-2).
Another White Rose player making his Bradford Premier League bow was opening batsman Harry Brook who was in the Bradford & Bingley side that defeated Methley by three wickets in a close encounter at Wagon Lane.
Brook top scored with 32 as Bradford & Bingley edged past Methley’s 120 all out, Grant Soames top scoring with 34, to win by three wickets despite the efforts of his county colleague Jarred Warner (4-35). Yorkshire’s Matthew Waite was also in bottom-of-the-table Methley’s side.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore made his first appearance of the season for Cleckheaton, but in the week in which he captained the White Rose for the first time, he was dismissed first ball in his side’s four-run win over Lightcliffe.
Kohler-Cadmore was stumped by Josh Cooper and was one of the victims of left arm spinner Suleman Khan (5-53) as Cleckheaton scored 162-9. Former Durham and Lancashire player John Wood led the way with 40.
Despite a spirited 53 not out from former Cleckheaton player Mark Gill, Lightcliffe were bowled out for 158 with left-arm spinner Andrew Deegan taking 5-64.
It was quite a day for the left-arm spinners with the mercurial Chris Brice taking 5-47 as Woodlands inflicted a first defeat of the season on Hanging Heaton to cement their place as joint leaders with Wrenthorpe on 42 points.
Hanging Heaton’s innings was disrupted by rain as they posted a total of 140-7 in 38 overs. Their top scorer was James Keen on 31.
Woodlands were set a Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 152. Opener Tim Jackson set them on the way with 52 while Elliot Richardson got them over the line with a breezy 20 not out.
Pudsey St Lawrence, who had Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson in their line-up, were indebted to young leg spinner Archie Scott for setting up their six-wicket win at Undercliffe.
Scott took 5-44 as Undercliffe were bowled out for 122 when they batted first. The league champions eased to their target with wicketkeeper Charlie Best, promoted to opener, making an unbeaten 47. Fahid Rehman took 3-19 for second-bottom Undercliffe.
It continues to be a frustrating start to the league campaign for highly-fancied New Farnley. They were live streaming their game with Townville on YouTube but it was stream of water that won the day as play was abandoned with Townville 119-6. It means that New Farnley remain without a win.
Newly-promoted Keighley recorded their third win in a row to go seven points clear at the top of Chanmpionship One
Their latest victims were Gomersal who they defeated by six wickets. Overseas player Alex Antoine continued his impressive start to the season by taking 3-33 and following up with 60 runs as Keighley overhauled their opponents’ score of 146-9.
Skipper Paul Quinlan also did good work with the ball to take 3-39 as only Liam Fletcher (39) threatened the dominance of the bowlers.
Keighley have 61 points and are seven ahead of Morley who inflicted a first defeat of the season on Bankfoot at Wickets Close which is just a drop kick away from Odsal where Bradford Bulls were pulling of a shock Challenge Cup win over Leeds Rhinos.
Bankfoot had invited the rugby fans to stop and watch the action after the final whistle, but by then Morley were closing in on their second win of the season.
Opening bowlers Nathan Bromby (4-33) and Matthew Dowse (3-33) did the early damage before spinner Akash Serenathna (3-22) wrapped up the Bankfoot innings for 93.
Morley didn’t find it easy knocking off the runs as spinner Andrew Stothart (4-39) posed problems, but they eased home by four wickets.
Batley are third despite their match with Hartshead Moor being abandoned after rain prevented their visitors from having the same number of overs in their innings.
Hartshead Moor, still seeking their first win, were bowled out for 141 in 47,2 overs as Mohammad Shahnawaz took 4-34.
Batley tried to press for victory but despite the efforts of Sami Ullah (42no) they finished on 128-7 in 13 fewer overs than their rivals.
Baildon are fourth after defeating Scholes by five wickets. Again it was the spinners who found the conditions to their liking with Mushtaq Ahmed (3-19) and Simon Bailey (3-3) joining forces as winless Scholes were dismissed for 107. Said Tahir (32) offered the only real resistance. Australian Blair Oakley hit 46 as Baildon knocked off the runs.
East Bierley’s new overseas player Ompal Boken continues to impress. He made 71 and helped them post a total of 219 on their way to a 47-run win over Ossett – their first of the season.
Boken built on the work of opener Raheel Ahmed and Arbaab Hussain who both made 33. Oliver Newton took the bowling honours with 5-46.
Ossett, who are second bottom, made 172 in their reply with Paul Malone (34) making their top score as Tawkal Zadran (4-63) posed problems.
Pudsey Congs were frustrated by the weather as their game against bottom team Wakefield St Michael’s was rained off with the visitors struggling on 93-7. Young spinner Sam Wisnewski picked up 4-28.
Yeadon are the new leaders of Championship Two after a Gareth Lee century helped them to a 125-run win over Hunslet Nelson - their second win of the weekend.
Lee struck three sixes and 11 fours in his unbeaten 108 which enabled his side to post a score of 214-6 before picking up 3-6 as Nelson crumbled to 89 all out. Richard Robinson took 3-20 on his Yeadon debut while Paul Machell claimed 3-27.
Yeadon had recorded a nail-biting two-wicket win over Birstall on Saturday. Nick Kaye’s 34 at least enabled Birstall to recover from 17-4 to post a total of 143-9 which proved challenging for Yeadon as Saif ur-Rehman took 4-34.
Sarmad Hameed’s unbeaten 62 proved to be decisive as he steered Yeadon home with eight wickets down. The result leaves Birstall still without a win.
Yeadaon are one point ahead of Jer Lane who have a game in hand. New overseas fast bowler Hazrat Shah produced an impressive performance to help Jer Lane secure their third successive win and his destructive bowling saw him scatter the stumps of Spen Victoria's Liam Grant, above,
Shah took 6-67 to help last season’s Conference champions defeat previously unbeaten Spen Victoria by six wickets.
Shah’s pace bowling scuppered Spen’s hopes of capitalising on the determined efforts of Bilal Ejaz (85) and Peter Jackson (37).
The home side’s eventual total of 180-8 looked far more challenging when Jer Lane slipped to 13-3, but crucially they kept their nerve.
Imra Mirza and Naeem Ashraf both finished 59 not out in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 125 which sealed a six-wicket win.
Spen are third, nine points behind Jer Lane, because unbeaten Hopton Mills and Carlton saw their game abandoned without a ball being bowled.
East Ardsley and Altofts both registered their first victories at the expense of Liversedge and Adwalton respectively.
Young Joshua Wild produced a crucial all-round contribution for East Ardsley. He took 4-27 to support the efforts of Scott Mullins (4-39) as Liversedge were bowled out for 158, Sohail top scoring with 58.
Wild followed up with a brisk unbeaten 47 as he and opener James Van der Merwe (47) led the successful run chase. Ben Ford took 3-45 for Liversedge.
Altofts skipper Kieran Holliday impressed with 6-45 as his side bowled out Adwalton for 125 to seal a 114-run win.
Sam Huitema (78) and Dominic Richardson (43) helped guide Altofts to 239-8 when they batted first. Ghulam Hussain (3-38) and Shoaib Rehman (3-76) were the best Adwalton bowlers.
Buttershaw St Paul’s saw their push for victory thwarted by Northowram Fields’ last-wicket pair of Joseph Hough(16no) and Josh Dodd (10no).
They added 21 runs and prevented St Paul’s from getting the wicket they needed to secure the win and ten points as they enabled their side to finish on 115-9. They also salvaged three points for their side as the match was incomplete.
Jonathan Crossland continued his good form with 74 in the St Paul’s total of 221 while Sam Gardner was the best of the Northowram bowlers with 4-52.
Bowling Old Lane were struggling at 107-7 in their match at Hunslet Nelson when rain washed out any further play.
Bilal Ejax top scored with 85 for Spen Victoria Picture: Ray Spencer
Brighouse were the day’s only winners as they defeated Crossbank Methodists by six runs. They scored 161-5 and restricted their opponets to 155-7 in a 37 overs per side contest.
The remaining three games were all abandoned after rain prevented sufficient play to determine a positive result.
Great Preston looked to be going well against unbeaten leaders Sandal as they reached 167-4 before the heavens opened. Openers Danusha Ranasinghe (64) and Kieren Thurston (63) shared a stand of 116 for the first wicket.
Gildersome & Farnley looked to be closing on victory when their weather-affected clash with Windhill & Daisy Hill came to an end.
Adam Campion’s 52 countered the challenge posed by Shoaib Iqbal (4-47) as a total of 197-7 was posted by Gildersome & Farnley Hill. In reply, Windhill & Daisy Hill were tottering at 101-8 with Roan Hoey taking 3-21.
Heckmondwike & Carlinghow were 90-3 when play was washed out at East Leeds. Zahid Bukhari dominated the scoring with 57.