FARSLEY are the new leaders of the All Rounder Cricket Bradford League Premier Division after a dramatic day saw them race to a ten-wicket win over Cleckheaton – and capitalise on Hanging Heaton's 68-run defeat at Lightcliffe.

Farsley have 210 points and are seven clear of Hanging Heaton, while Woodlands are a further two points back after a seven-wicket win over East Bierley.

Pudsey St Lawrence's fading hopes of a third-successive league title took another body blow as they suffered a six-wicket defeat against New Farnley, which leaves them on 184 points.

There was no doubting the result of the day – Lightcliffe's victory over the team that has set the pace in the title race for much of the season, Hanging Heaton.

Jonathan Whiteoak (6-39) and Rob Burton (4-27) tore through the league's most prolific batting line-up and bowled them out for just 93 in 28.3 overs.

Burton had earlier rescued his side with the bat, striking nine fours in his 42 after they had slumped to 29-3 when they batted first. Jonathan Wilson's 33 was also important in Lightcliffe posting a score of 161

Pacemen David Stiff (3-40) and Tom Chippendale (3-67) did the early damage before left-arm spinner Muhammad Rameez (3-24) got in on the act.

Title-chasing Farsley were a team in a hurry as they bowled out Cleckheaton for 75 and romped to a victory which earned them 20 points.

Their opening bowlers, James Wainman (4-27) and Chris Henry (3-13), exploited the fragile Cleckheaton batting.

The champions of 2013 and 2014 are going through a rocky spell and only opener Nick Lindley with 44 saved them from greater heartache.

Openers James Price (43no) and James Pickles (32no) saw Farsley to their target in just 10.5 overs.

The result sees Cleckheaton drop into the bottom two as Batley defeated Pudsey Congs by ten runs to climb out of the relegation places for the first time this season.

Woodlands were another of the sides battling for the championship to wrap up an early victory. Left-arm spinner Chris Brice returned stunning figures of 7-17 as East Bierley were bowled out for just 100.

Opener Adal Islam top scored with 40 of the first 64 runs on the board. His departure triggered a collapse which saw the last nine wickets fall for 36 runs.

Woodlands eased home for a seven-wicket success with openers Tim Jackson (42) and Sam Frankland (37) sharing a stand of 88 which took them to within sight of victory.

What a difference a week makes. Mark Robertshaw and Adam Waite – who shared an unbroken opening stand of 166 for Pudsey St Lawrence in their ten-wicket win over Lightcliffe – both fell cheaply as their side slumped to 8-3 against revitalised New Farnley.

Teenage all-rounder Charlie Scott (37) helped stem the fall of wickets with skipper James Smith (32), but their disappointing total of 159-7 was only achieved with an unbeaten 42 from Chris Marsden.

Young Cardiff MCCU fast bowler Andrew Brewster made his mark with 3-30, and half of his ten overs were maidens.

New Farnley paced their reply well, and all-rounder Richard Atkins (64no) ensured that they got home with 6.3 overs to spare.

Townville's teenage overseas player Shkym Haynes was another paceman among the wickets. The Barbadian took 4-43 as his side bowled out Bradford & Bingley for 171.

A number of batsmen got starts but Joe Greaves was top scorer with 28 and nobody went on to make a telling contribution.

Brayden Clark was one man who capitalised on a good start as he made 62 to ensure that Townville secured a four-wicket win with 13.4 overs to spare.

Muhammad Hafeez took 5-73 as Batley restricted Pudsey Congs to 159-9 to secure a priceless ten-run win.

Irfan Amjad (38) and Zahid Nissar (30) were the top scorers for Congs but were unable to create the impetus needed for a victory push.

Defeat was hard on Congs' left-armer Josh Holling who returned impressive figures of 6-47 in the Batley innings.

Shabir Rashid was the only batsman to make an impression for Batley with 59 – a knock that was to prove decisive in determining the outcome of the game.