Leaders Woodlands showed their JCT600 Bradford League First Division title credentials in their crushing 146-run win at Bradford & Bingley, shooting out the home side for a mere 47.
On a pitch helpful to seam bowlers, Woodlands were struggling at 104 for seven against Bingley’s pace bowlers, Jack Hartley (4-47) and Matthew Simpson while Harry Smallwood took three for 26 with his spinners.
Opener Duncan Snell held the early part of the innings together with a top score of 56 before late contributions from wicket keeper Usman Salim (34) and skipper Pieter Swanepoel (31) enabled Woodlands to reach 189. Opening bowlers Sarfraz Ahmed (5-9) and Swanepoel (3-26) then did the damage when it was Bingley’s turn to bat.
Woodlands are three points clear of defending champions Cleckheaton, who were indebted to a fine all-round performance by their overseas player Tanzeel Altaf for their 103-run win at Yeadon.
Altaf (61) and Mally Nicholson (74) were top scorers as Cleckheaton made 203 as Yeadon’s New Zealander Elliot took six for 71. Altaf then took four for 43 with his leg-spin while skipper John Wood claimed three for 14 as Yeadon were bowled out for 100, Oliver Halliday (47) and Jake Wright (46) scoring all but seven of their runs.
Pudsey St Lawrence maintained third place, 11 points behind Cleckheaton after a seven-wicket home win against New Farnley, who, like Yeadon, are finding life tough in the top division - both teams have won only one of their first eight matches.
Nick Walker (55), Matt Good (36) and Lee Goddard (35) all made valuable contributions as New Farnley totalled 215 for nine, but St Lawrence reached their target with 21 balls to spare thanks to openers Mark Robertshaw (77 not out) and Adam Waite (31) along with Chris Marsden (42).
Farsley dropped to fourth place after their second successive defeat - by six wickets at home to Hanging Heaton.
Former Yorkshire opener Joe Sayers (69) and Andrew Duckworth (69) top scored as Farsley made 190 for four, but Hanging Heaton reached their target with 37 balls to spare thanks to another former Yorkshire player, Gary Fellows (66), Joe Fraser (44) and Ben Eldvidge (36 not out).
East Bierley, who began the day next to the bottom climbed two places after a 45-run home win against Morley.
Skipper Gavin Hamilton gave them a positive start with 58 out of 79, but wickets tumbled at the other end and Bierley were in trouble at 88 for six before Kez Ahmed led their revival with 33 to enable them to reach 143.
Off-spinner David Nebard (5-34) and paceman Matthew Dowse (4-27) were Morley’s best bowlers.
The visitors made a fine start with an opening stand of 55 between Matthew West (34) and Gary Wainwright, but the introduction of spinners Ahmed (5-20) and Luke Jarvis (3-20) turned the game dramatically Bierley’s way as Morley crashed to 98 all out.
Pudsey Congs remain bottom of the table without a win after their 11-run defeat at Lightcliffe. The match was a personal triumph for Lightcliffe’s overseas player Suleman Khan, who top scored with 58 in Lightcliffe’s total of 183 and then took five for 32 with his left-arm spinners as Congs were dismissed for 172.
The top two clubs in the Second Division, Keighley and Undercliffe returned to winning form after their first defeats of the season.
Keighley raced to a 10-wicket home win over Baildon after bowling them out for 109 with Richard Wear taking five for 28. while Richard Robinson scored 54 not out against his old club.
Undercliffe drew level on points with Keighley after 108 from Hamid Khan enabled them to chase down Great Horton’s score of 210 for nine.
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