MUHAMMAD Bilal produced the season’s best bowling figures of 8-17 as Bradford League Premier Division leaders Woodlands extended their unbeaten start to the season on Monday with a 112-run win at Methley.

The left-arm opening bowler ran through the Methley batting as they were dismissed for just 72 in reply to the defending champions’ score of 184.

Tim Jackson (39) and skipper Cieran Garner (31) were Woodlands’ top scorers against a bowling attack in which left-arm spinner James Logan took 4-61 and Ben Waite 3-53.

Bradford & Bingley were the day’s quickest winners as they made Hanging Heaton regret their decision to bat first on a green Bennett Lane pitch by dismissing them for 122 on their way to a fine nine-wicket win.

Pacemen Riecko Parker-Cole (4-62) and Jack Hartley (3-31) exploited the conditions and made life tough for the home batsman, with Callum Geldart (32) the only one to make an impression.

Charlie Davy (49 not out) and Arjum Ramkumar (32no) ensured that Bradford & Bingley secured a win which lifts them to eighth in the table while Hanging Heaton, who did not take a single point from the game, have dropped to seventh.

The day’s batting honours belonged to New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard who made 130 in his side’s 125-run win at Morley.

It was Goddard’s third century of the season and he had to show great determination and patience as he countered the threat posed by the Morley attack – something none of his colleagues were able to do.

He mixed sound defence with measured aggression as he hit one six and 11 fours.

The only other batsman who looked set was Russ Aucott, who made 25 before suffering a serious knee injury which led to the game being held up until an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.

Goddard was on 98 at the time but the break did little to disturb his concentration as he returned to complete his century before being dismissed in the final over of the innings as New Farnley posted a score of 222-6.

Morley, who have had an encouraging start to the season, lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 97. The main wicket takers were spinner Grant Soames (5-25) and Gurman Randhawa (3-21).

Second-place Townville came out on top by seven runs in their clash with Pudsey St Lawrence at Tofts Road.

Farsley are up to fourth after their 51-run win over bottom team Batley at Red Lane.

Opener Ryan Cooper made 94 – his highest score of the season – and was joined in a second wicket stand of 129 by Jonathan Read (58).

With Dan Revis making an unbeaten 42 and Adam Ahmed (34), Farsley reached the day’s highest score of 263-5. Tariq Hussain (3-73) was the most successful Batley bowler.

The visitors, who are still looking for their first and are 26 points adrift at the foot of the table, made a spirited 212-7 in reply.

Abdul Wahid (36), Mohammad Bhoola (33) and Saqif Ridwan (31no) all hit notable scores, while Revis picked up 3-46 with his off spin.

Wrenthorpe climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Cleckheaton, who they defeated by seven wickets.

Overseas player Khalil Khan made an unbeaten 63 – his highest score of the campaign – and was well supported by Sam Wigglesworth (43) and Matthew Race (31no) as they overhauled Cleckheaton’s 182.

Skipper Mally Nicholson (74) and Nick Lindley (33) were their top scorers, while Mustafa Rafique (3-47) and Race (3-46) proved to be Wrenthorpe’s best bowlers.

Cleck came much closer to victory on Saturday, featuring in the Premier Division’s first tie of the season after a nail-biting finish at Moorend against Hanging Heaton.

The home side, who needed eight from the last over to pass Hanging Heaton’s score of 213, saw Amir Hussain (31no) take seven from James Byrne’s first five deliveries.

With just a single required from Byrne’s final ball, last man Andrew Deegan was run out trying to secure it.

Hussain and opener Kris Ward (36) were the top scorers for Cleckheaton, while Callum Geldart (69) and skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore (47) led the way for Hanging Heaton after they had slipped to 24-3.

Former Scotland and Yorkshire seamer Iain Wardlaw produced a fine performance as he returned figures of 6-78 for Cleckheaton.

Elsewhere, Woodlands registered a comfortable 144-run over Wrenthorpe.

Their success was built on a solid batting display which saw Brad Schmulian (63), Muhammad Bilal (48), Elliot Richardson (43no) and Sam Frankland (42) all contribute to a total of 275-9.

Matthew Race (3-88) was the most successful bowler for Wrenthorpe.

Overseas player Khalil Khan (41) was the only Wrenthorpe batsman to make an impression as they were dismissed for 131, with spinner Chris Brice taking 3-41.

Townville bowled out Methley for just 87 on their way to a nine-wicket win. Conor Harvey (4-27) and Ritchie Bresnan (3-15) did most of the damage.

Openers Athelbert Braithwaite (48) and Jonny Booth (30no) ensured that Townville eased to victory with no alarms.

New Farnley suffered defeat as they went down by 12 runs to Pudsey St Lawrence in a closely fought game.

Young bowler Josh Dracup (4-26) produced a decisive spell of bowling as New Farnley lost momentum and wickets as they were bowled out for 155 in pursuit of St Lawrence’s 167.

Opener Aidan Langley (44) top scored for New Farnley.

The St Lawrence innings had followed a similar pattern, with opener Charlie Best’s 69 proving crucial as their scoring rate slowed and wickets tumbled in the closing overs of their innings as Andrew Brewster picked up 3-15.

Morley defeated Batley by five wickets to record a victory off the back of a fine bowling performance.

Their Sri Lankan all-rounder Kavindu Kulasekara is proving to be one of the signings of the season and he made another important contribution.

He took 4-19 with his spin as he backed up the efforts of paceman Matthew Dowse as Batley were dismissed for 123, Mohammed Bhoola top scoring with an unbeaten 36.

Morley were guided to their modest victory target by a maiden half-century from opening batsman Jack Rowett (53no).

Farsley skipper Matthew Lumb impressed with 6-33 as his side bowled out Bradford & Bingley for 156 to complete a 47-run win at Wagon Lane.

The Red Laners made 203-7 after being asked to bat first.

Middlesex second team all-rounder Max John (52), while Yorkshire’s Matthew Revis (44) and former Bradford & Bingley player Ryan Cooper (41) also starred.

Charlie Davy (48) top scored in his first league game of the season for the home side after injury.

Down in Division One on Saturday, leaders Birstall inflicted a first defeat of the season on promotion rivals Gomersal as they cruised to an eight-wicket win, while East Bierley’s unbeaten start to the season came to a halt as they went down to a 139-run defeat against Bankfoot after being bowled out for just 79.

Pudsey Congs dropped into the bottom two after second place Ossett bowled them out for 88 on their way to a six-wicket win, and Scott Etherington (3-24) and Zeeshan Qasim (3-23) helped Undercliffe bowl out Keighley for 101 to seal a 10-run win.

Finally, Baildon secured their second successive win as they defeated rock-bottom Carlton by 39 runs.

In Division Two, Jer Lane strengthened their position at the top of the table with an eight-wicket win over Spen Victoria, while their two closest challengers both suffered defeats.

Buttershaw St Paul’s went down by 57 runs against Wakefield St Michael’s, and East Ardsley were bowled out for just 54 as they went down by 168 runs against Bowling Old Lane.

In Division Three, second-placed Crossflatts inflicted a first defeat of the season on visitors East Leeds to strengthen their push for promotion in their first season in the league, coming out on top by a massive 201-run margin.

Flatts are still five points behind leaders Brighouse, who picked up a maximum haul in their 76-run win over struggling Liversedge.