Woodlands increased their lead at the top of the First Division to 16 points after beating Undercliffe by 69 runs – their eighth successive win – after posting the top score of the day –305-2. By David Markham.
Openers Scott Richardson with 59 and Sam Frankland 41 laid the foundations of their formidable total before Simon Mason with 96 not out and Chris Brice 95 not out put the game beyond Undercliffe with an unbroken third wicket stand of 172. Brice hit eight sixes and six fours while Mason struck five sixes and nine fours.
Although Undercliffe never threatened to overhaul Woodland’s score, they secure maximum batting points as they replied with 236-7 thanks to opener Matthew Bottomley 66, Zarak Khan 46 and Nawaz Sardar 45.
One time leaders Bradford & Bingley crashed to their third successive defeat after being bowled out for a mere 96 against East Bierley at Wagon Lane. Bierley’s overseas fast bowler Muhammad Azhar Ullah did most damage with 6-26 and he was well supported by Chris Elstub, who returned 3-34.
Bierley did not have things all their own way in pursuit of their modest target, James Davies leading the Bingley fightback with 3-17 while Thompson took 2-9 before Thomas Owens and Azah Ullah guided the visitors home to their four wicket win and end a run of three successive defeats with an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 25. It was a good day for wicket keepers, rival captains Matthew Duce and Lee Goddard each taking five victims.
Hanging Heaton moved into second place after beating bottom club Gomersal by eight wickets. Greg Pickles with 58 and Andy Gorrod 39 were the top scorers in Gomersal’s total of 194 with Hanging Heaton captain John Carruthers taking 4-34.
Hanging Heaton then raced to victory with 19.3 overs to spare with opener Rob McFarlane leading the way with 90 supported by Mark Lawson 46 and Joe Fraser 37 not out.
Farsley slipped to third place after going down by 82 runs at Cleckheaton. Skipper John Wood set the tempo of the Cleckheaton innings with an aggressive innings of 86 before James Lee with 62 not out and Marcus Walmsley 43 not out shared an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 107 to enable them to reach 238-4.
Pace bowler Iain Wardlaw then took 6-33, including the prized wicket of the prolific Lorenzo Ingram, bowled first ball as Farsley were dismissed for 156. Former Cleckheaton player Craig Thornton was top scorer with 58, but received little support.
Manningham Mills moved into fourth place with their third win a row after beating next to the bottom Baildon by 23 runs at Scotchman Road. Gulsheraz Ahmed top scored with 77 in Mills’ total of 224-8.
All rounder Richard Atkins, who had earlier taken 3-26, led Baildon’s challenge with 55 not out while Johnny Reynolds and Ahsan Butt each made 36, but they fell short of their victory target after being restricted to 201-8.
Pudsey St Lawrence eased past neighbours Pudsey Congs by one wicket with one over to spare in a tense finish to the Pudsey derby.
Chasing Congs' total of 203-7, St Lawrence looked set for a comfortable victory, but they lost five wickets for 24 runs following the return to the attack overseas fast bowler Muhammad Naved (4-48) until off spinning all-rounder Steve Watts scored the winning runs off the final ball of the penultimate over. St Lawrence were indebted to a fine innings of 83 by 19-year-old Adam Waite.
Earlier, Congs slipped to 75-5 before they were rescued with a stand of 86 between Andy Siddall (55) and Adam Patel (54 not out).