headline act Lorenzo Ingram turned in another virtuoso show, taking 4-43 and cracking an unbeaten 90 to help leaders Farsley (180-2) make it three wins out of three after a comfortable eight-wicket win over Hanging Heaton (178) in their top-of-the-table Division One clash in the BRADFORD LEAGUE.
The Jamaican took his runs tally in 2011 to an amazing 368 runs in three innings and he has yet to be dismissed.
Chris Henry (4-47) was also in the wickets, but the high fives went to Ingram, who shared an unbroken third-wicket stand worth 152 with Ian Philliskirk (37no) as the Red Laners won with over 14 overs remaining.
A point behind Farsley are Pudsey Saints (251-5), with ex-Guiseley man Adam Waite’s belligerent 111 not out helping them claim their third successive win at the expense of Baildon (249-7).
Waite put on 101 for the first wicket with Mark Robertshaw (64), with Steve Watts bagging 4-68 for Saints.
Highly-rated Andy Gorrod (111no) and Ben Platt (6-42) were on-song for Gomersal (196-8), who followed up their derby win over Cleckheaton with the prized scalp of Pudsey Congs (129), who slumped to their second straight loss despite overseas man Mohammad Naveed’s 6-52.
There was last-gasp woe for Cleckheaton (215-9), who looked on course for victory over Manningham Mills (216-8), only to lose two wickets with the final two deliveries, needing two to win.
Defeat was tough on Mark Cummins (60 and 3-52).
Woodlands (149-2) claimed their first seasonal victory, easing past East Bierley (145) by eight wickets, thanks to a fine unbeaten 95 from Sam Frankland and Chris Brice’s polished 4-23, with the Albert Terrace men – league winners from 2005 to 2008 – belatedly having lift-off to the relief of all and sundry.
Secretary Brian Pearson, who has revealed the club are hoping to have close-season recruit Grant Soames back before the end of the season with the former Yeadon man now not requiring a knee operation, said: “It’s been early season blues for us. In the first game, we didn’t play well; neither did Pudsey Congs particularly and it was a poor performance and game all around.
“But we were well beaten by Hanging Heaton and Saturday was a big one as we needed to get a win under our belt.
“But it’s going to be a good competition this year and on their day, anyone is capable of beating anyone else.”
Thackley (215-7) proudly lead the way in the top-flight of the AIRE-WHARFE LEAGUE with the only 100 per cent record, with their third seasonal victims being Collingham (214), largely thanks to Rashabh Jain’s unbeaten 75 while Mahir Ali took 5-75.
Matthew Cook’s 87 was in vain for Collingham.
Thackley’s next opponents Beckwithshaw (193-0) whitewashed rock-bottom Rawdon (192-8) in rapid fashion, with skipper John Inglis (108) in masterful form along with Phil Critchley (75).
Tim Grey took a hat-trick and then struck a quick-fire 34 not out to help Adel (161-3) sink Green Lane (159-9), while champions Burley (217-9) continue to wobble after being second-best to Guiseley (218-4), despite Nick Brook’s 100.
Dean Russ smashed a blistering 118 not out for the victors.
It was a double-header weekend in the ECB YORKSHIRE LEAGUE and it was a mixed one for Castleford.
On Saturday, Cas lost by six wickets to Cleethorpes, but followed up to beat Sheffield United by 40 runs on Bank Holiday Monday, with Chris Young (44no and 4-28) impressing.
York had back-to-back victories over Barnsley and Harrogate.
Tom Pringle (6-34) was the star turn as the champions turned over the Shaw Laners by 116 runs on Saturday, with Alex Collins (75no) top-scoring.
Then Pringle (49no) excelled with the bat as York (223-9) turned over Gate (195-9), despite a brilliant 101 from ex-Tykes man Vic Craven.
On Saturday, Gate (150-2) breezed past Hull (149), with Dan Craven taking a stingy 4-20, with Vic Craven top-scoring with 46 not out.
Yorkshire Academy (98) had a glum Monday at Cleethorpes (101-2).
CENTRAL YORKSHIRE LEAGUE champions Wrenthorpe maintained their perfect league record by crushing Northowram Fields on Saturday.
Greig Batty claimed 7-19 and skipper Gary Fellows smashed 150 and shared a 167-run stand with David Paynter (105) as Wrenthorpe won by 245 runs.
The next day, Wrens coasted through to the Jack Hampshire Trophy second round with a seven-wicket win over Gildersome who were routed for 132, Batty taking 3-38.
Wakefield St Michael’s must be sick of the sight of Townville after losing to them for the third time in 15 days.
After trouncing St Michael’s by 190 runs in the Heavy Woollen Cup first round last month, Townville continued their impressive seasonal start by beating them twice last weekend.
Jack Hughes (94no) and captain Tim Walton (81) gave Townville the edge against St Michael’s in Saturday’s high-scoring Premier Division clash and the pair were again in top form when the teams met in the Jack Hampshire Trophy the next day.
Walton (149) and Jonathan Booth (99) put on 217 for the second wicket as the Castleford team piled up 381-5.
Hughes then snapped up 5-21 as St Michael’s were bowled out for 232 in reply.
Birstall’s dreadful start to the season continued with two weekend defeats.
They are still looking for their first Premier Division points after losing by 112 runs to New Farnley on Saturday and bowed out of the Jack Hampshire Trophy on Sunday when Altofts beat them for the second time this season.
Lachlan Curtis (100) and Jordan Sleightholme (62) shared a 150-run stand as Altofts overhauled Birstall’s 234-5 that included Craig Wood’s unbeaten 91.
On a day of high Jack Hampshire Trophy scores, Ian Fisher (156) and David Cummings (84) put on 250 as New Farnley trounced East Leeds.
Hamid Khan hit 150 as holders Methley beat Scholes and Nathan Glynn (173no) and Qasim Sheikh (142) shared a 318-run stand for Wakefield Thornes in a 225-run win against neighbouring East Ardsley.
It completed a successful weekend for Thornes who achieved their first Premier Division victory the previous day when Richard Foster (149) and Glynn (116) shared a 263-run partnership against Ossett.
Batley’s Asif Hussain hammered nine sixes and 27 fours in a magnificent unbeaten 215 in their Jack Hampshire Trophy victory against Westwood Park.
Division One sides Carlton and Buttershaw St Paul’s knocked Premier Division teams out of the Jack Hampshire competition.
James Crossland struck an unbeaten 142 in Buttershaw’s victory against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers and Carlton won by one wicket at Ossett, despite Joe Finnigan’s undefeated 121 for the hosts.
In the WETHERBY LEAGUE, Kirk Deighton have made a great start in their bid to lift the Division One championship for the first time.
They are the top-flight’s only remaining unbeaten side after skipper Richard Ward (3-11 and 33) and Jonathan Watkins (4-35) led them to a five-wicket win against Leeds Police.
Deighton are four points ahead of second-placed Barwick-in-Elmet who slipped to their first defeat against Great Preston.
James Bickerdike (56) guided Great Preston to 181 and Chris Wormstone (4-29) and Andy Clark (4-51) toppled Barwick for 162 in reply.
James Swales (40), Peter Causon (40) and Ian Jenkins (4-29) were Barwick’s best.
Scarcroft and Wetherby achieved their first victories.
Damien Aston (5-19) bowled out defending champions St Chad’s for 132, replying to Scarcroft’s 173-9.
St Chad’s defeat was tough on Matthew Stephens (52) and Ewan Brannan (5-59).
Warren Else (73) and Ian Twitchen (5-28) were Wetherby’s match winners as they beat promoted Church Fenton by 27 runs.
Garforth Parish Church, the other promoted side, suffered their third successive defeat at Old Modernians.
Stuart Borrill (4-27) and Scott Harrison (4-41) toppled Garforth for 172 after Richard Mollitt’s unbeaten 86 had guided Modernians to 206-8.
Mark Wood (49no) led Garforth’s scoring. CROFTON continued their excellent start in Division One of the PONTEFRACT LEAGUE with a last-ball win against Upper Haugh.
Openers Richard Cooper (70) and Greg Walton (37) put on 126 to steer Crofton to 182-9.
In reply, Upper Haugh needed two runs for victory off the final delivery but were all out for 181 when last man Tom Arnold was caught by Steve Elliott off Tracy Shepherd’s bowling.
Shepherd finished with figures of 4-58 and Lombo Sivarajah bagged 4-32.
Crofton and Streethouse are one point behind leaders Rothwell who won by 10 runs at Fishlake.
Mark Bentley claimed 5-49 as Fishlake were toppled for 222, replying to Rothwell’s 232-4 that featured a century by Simon Danby and 58 from Simon Booth.
Ismail Patel (49no), Jonathan Hughes (41) and Richard Vigars (3-38) gave Streethouse the edge against neighbours Old Sharlston, whose two-wicket defeat was hard on all-rounder Jason Ball (52 and 3-41).
James Dunn (76no) and Adam Perry (41no) shared a match-winning unbroken 128-run stand as Featherstone achieved their first win by overhauling Nostell’s 141.
Mark Abdy’s unbeaten 88 was not enough for Fairburn in a 14-run defeat against Frickley Colliery, for whom Callum Honeyman and Matthew Charlton each hit half centuries.
Champions Ackworth achieved their first victory by beating Hooton Pagnell.
Chris O’Grady (43), David Harris (38) and Peter Hepworth (35) led Ackworth to 184-9 and Dean Matthews (3-29) helped limit Hooton’s reply to 129-8.
In the NIDDERDALE LEAGUE, Ollie Uffindall (124no) shared in two bumper top-order stands worth 110 and 122 with Tom Parker (66) and Sam Dale (54) as Ouseburn (280-4) continue to blaze a trail at the top of Division One after overpowering Helperby (141).
Chris Morrison took 6-58 for Ouseburn.
Dacre Banks (132) were handed a reality check by Killinghall (152-8), for whom Richard Danby (44), Chris Base (4-41) and Luke Clark (3-14) caught the eye. Steve Lawrence (51 and 3-25) was the top man for Dacre.
Chris Beaumont’s unbeaten 104 was in vain for Alne (225-6) against Goldsborough (234-6), while ton-up Dwayne Heke (115) was the hero for Masham (226-8) against Blubberhouses (199-8).
John Strover (65), Graham Fish (65), James Rawlings (3-19) and Andrew Ellis (3-25) delivered for Pannal (251-6) against Hampsthwaite (142).
Activity in the DALES COUNCIL LEAGUE saw Rodley (245-6) maintain their unblemished record in style in Division A against Hepworth and Idle (103).
The trusty bat of Gary Walton (91) again did its job, alongside Gary Sagar (50).
The only other side with a 100 per cent record are Halifax Direct (229-3), who breezed past Farnley Hill (228) by seven wickets, despite Michael Watson’s 58.
Sterling stuff from Masood Akhtar (78) couldn’t stop Cookridge (205-9) losing out to Crompark (206-7), for whom Zohea Ali Khan (95) fell just short of a ton.
by Leon wobschall
OFF THE MIDDLE: James Stockton of Garforth PC, above, scores two runs against Old Mods in the Wetherby League clash which Mods won by 34 runs.
PACE ACE: Facing page from top left: Stuart Borrill of Old Mods bowling; James Allinson of Garforth clips a single past Old Mods fielder Jay Atkinson; New Farnley opener Matthew Good starts his walk as bowler Michael Shelton celebrates after the opener was caught by wicket-keeper Rhys Olbison; Shelton fires down another delivery in his side’s Jack Hampshire defeat; Ishtiakhar Hussain bowling for Green Lane in the loss against Adel in the Aire-Wharfe League PICTURES: STEVE RIDING