Two of Jer Lane’s recent imports did the damage as they helped their side to a nine run victory over Triangle to maintain their place at the top of the Foster’s Halifax Cricket League Premier Division.
Raqueeb Younas maintained his excellent form with the bat, crashing five fours and nine sixes in a top of the order 90 - collected from 44 balls in a little under an hour - as the visitors totalled a healthy 208.
Gary Rodger was determined not to let Lane have things all their own way and he returned smart figures of five for 55 in his 12 overs.
Lane’s overseas player, Junior Williams, then proceeded to make his presence felt with final figures of seven for 60 to rip the heart out of the Grassy Bottom’ side’s card.
Blackley stay second following their eight wicket success over Warley.
Warley were reduced to 147 courtesy of Paul Dowle’s five for 69 with John Rawson’s 44 the best with the bat.
Reece Jennison took up the mantle in the reply and cracked out an unbeaten 76 to earn his side maximum points.
Copley maintained their decent early season form by cruising to a 136 run victory over SBCI.
James Clarke proved unbeatable as he peppered the boundary with 14 fours and eight sixes on the way to an impressive 137 not out.
Mark Baldwin also chipped in with 51 in a daunting total of 246 for four.
SBCI were always going to struggle and so it proved as they lurched from 76 for six to 110 all out, Ian Hartley claiming five for 16.
Sowerby Bridge collected a valuable maximum from their 26 run victory at Mytholmroyd, Paul Smith’s 92 the bedrock of their 235 total. Adie Gawthrope limited the damage with six for 70.
Barry Hawksworth scored 50 in ‘Royd’s reply but Sam Mellor and Steve Shannon picked up four wickets each to hasten their departure on 209.
Bottom club Clayton fell victim to Booth’s Rick Laycock who took for for 49 and was unbeaten on 69 in his side’s nine wicket success.
Clayton survived long enough to make 153, but their seven bowlers were punished as Laycock and Patrick Thomas (65no) proceeded to make mincemeat of the target,
The mid-table tussle between Thornton and Bradshaw went in Thornton’s favour as they claimed a 55 run success.
Queensbury emerged victorious in a low scoring Division One thriller at Oxenhope, mainly due to a man of the match performance from Amjad Ali, with bowling figures of five for 19, and a precious 24 with the bat.
Oxenhope’s innings started well enough with Bartlett scoring 35 at the top of the order, but excellent slow bowling from Girdev Singh, (four for 48), and Ali was matched by some poor stroke play from the home side with only Stuart Jackson and extras making double figures.
What appeared a hopeless task soon turned into a possibility as the Queensbury batters failed to establish any meaningful partnerships.
Osbourne (18) and Malik (14) made some progress and Ali’s 24 looked to have won the game for the visitors. However, Liam Dyson (three for 36) and Adam Bailey (six for 70) had other ideas as Queensbury were reduced to 74 for nine.
A thrilling game had a final twist as Jon Bruce (22no) and the injured Jack Richardson (9no) put together a match winning unbroken stand of 32 to snatch victory.
Leaders Southowram continued their march with a four wicket success over Outlane.
Gavin Moody took seven for 31 in his 15 overs as the visitors were sent back for just 96, Ian Mellor top scoring with 33.
Alex Blagborough struck twice with 24 on the board, but Southowram eased home despite Simon Ainley claiming three for 32, S. Griffiths’ mid-order 29 keeping the reply on track.
Division two leaders Luddenden Foot left it late before securing 12 points from a tense one wicket success over Shelf.
With the last two batsmen at the cease, Foot still needed 22 to win.
Nat Hyde proceeded to step up to the plate and blazed four fours and a six to earn his side the victory.
Earlier Shelf had got off to a slow start with only opener Jack Hartley (20) scoring runs at the top of the order.
Steve Priestley tried to rebuild the innings with 22 while Nick Patefield produced some lusty blows before falling two runs short of his half century.
Late runs from Chris Coates (15), David Rawnsley (13) and Jack Wilson (10no) saw Shelf reach 157.
The wickets were shared around and they were backed up by some excellent fielding from Chris Roy and T. Hosker who took a superb over the head catch.
Foot’s reply started sluggishly and at 42 for four they looked to be in trouble.
However, a stand of 78 between Hosker and Jacob Hyde moved the score along. They were pegged back again by two catches and a wicket for Patefield, but the final pair were able to steady the ship and see the game to a successful conclusion.
Low Moor also picked up maximum points in a six wicket success over Stainland.
The hosts were reduced to 111 after losing their last six batsman for the addition of just 26 runs.
As a result Moor were able to pace their reply and cantered home with something to spare.
Wibsey Park Chapel remain third after a crushing 108-run success over hosts Old Town.
Richard Hassall (75) and Matthew Jordan (64no) did the bulk of the damage in a closing total of 239 with Z. Mahmood spearheading a late collapse on the way to figures of four for 69.
However, his efforts were in vain as Jordan used the ball to great effect, picking up five for 31 to end Old Towns hopes at 131.
S Khan’s 101 was also in vain as his Augustinians side suffered a six wicket defeat at Stones.
Khan’s knock was easily the highlight of his side’s 206 all out, Tim Halliwell picking up seven for 59 in his 14 overs.
Opener Tom Whiteley matched Khan’s score exactly as he remained unbeaten and he was well supported by Kevin O’Rourke as they target was passed at 210 for four.
Illingworth stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a comfortable eight wicket win at Silsden in Division Three of the Airedale and Wharfedale League.
Skipper Luke Brooksby put Silsden into bat and immediately the decision paid off with Australian Matthew Battle removing Barrett in his first over.
Dangerman Inayat went shortly after thanks to a catch from Andy Dixon, and by the time Battle picked up his third wicket Silsden were in trouble at 49 for three.
Illingworth didn’t relent, and a quick three wicket burst from Jamie Moorhouse, followed by three from spinner Stuart Thompson, left Illingworth with a relatively small target of 116 on a decent wicket.
Battle tried to get the innings off to a quick start but fell for 14 thanks to a great slip catch from Silsden skipper Simon Cox.
Robertshaw soon followed for 16 which brought Veryan Brooksby to the crease. The third ball he faced went for six, which was a sign of things to come as Brooksby hit five more maximums, along with five fours, in an unbeaten score of 63 off only 39 balls.
He was ably supported by the returning Richard Farrell-Smith, who finished on 18 not out in an unbroken partnership of 81.
New overseas player Khuram Shahzad proved a thorn in Lightcliffe’s side as he steered Saltaire to their first Bradford League Division One win of the season
Shahzad made an unbeaten 64, including six fours and two sixes, as Saltaire overhauled Lightcliffe’s total of 221 with five wickets and three overs to spare.
Shahzad capitalised on the good start from Irfan Amjad who made 56 on an afternoon when Saltaire gained some consolation for being pipped to the Division Two title by a single point by Lightcliffe in 2011.
Earlier, disciplined bowling from Tuseif Arshad (four for 33) had kept Lightcliffe on their toes and although Suleman Khan (66) and Oliver Robinson (62) sparked a revival, the rest were unable to build on their good work.
Brighouse were swept aside by Division Two leaders Farsley who claimed a 101 run success to record their seventh-successive win.
Ian Philliskirk (61), Andrew Duckworth (49), Mark Harrison (35) and Matthew Green (33no) helped Farsley to put the Brighouse bowling to the sword and post a match-winning score of 256 for eight.
Sohail Hussain (four for 66) and Zafar Jadoon (three for 32) toiled in the sun and were the pick of the Brighouse bowlers.
Brighouse were restricted to 155 for seven in reply, Joe Greaves doing most of the damage taking three for 31. Sadaqat Zaman top scored for Brighouse with an unbeaten 58.
There was no joy either for the two local Huddersfield League Premier sides, Elland and Barkisland.
Elland were unlucky to come up against a Hoylandswaine side who showed some top form to record a 24 run success while Barkisland posted a disappointing 132 all out in their game against Skelmanthorpe with the opposition knocking them off for the loss of just one wicket.