Cleckheaton produced the surprise result of the day on Saturday as a century from their overseas player Yousaf Baber – one of eight in the Bradford Premier League Premier Division – enabled them to defeat visiting Townville by seven wickets and register their first win of the season.

Baber’s 127 not out came from 104 balls and featured eight sixes and eight fours, with that stunning innings ensuring Cleck overcame Townville’s 278-8 with nine balls to spare.

Opening bowlers Brad Sylvester (3-64) and Sam Peter (3-57) led the bowling effort for the hosts to ensure Townville’s total did not pass the 300-mark.

Cleckheaton remain in the bottom two but are just five points behind Bradford & Bingley, who suffered their fifth successive defeat as they went down by 42 runs in a match with Farsley that produced 669 runs at Red Lane.

The tone was set for the afternoon when Farsley produced a sensational opening stand of 247, both of their openers striking centuries.

Farsley eventually posted a mammoth total of 356 and when Bradford & Bingley were reduced to 58-3 in reply, a big defeat looked on the cards.

But skipper Ed Brown had other ideas, as he took the fight to the home bowling attack and made a superb 169, featuring 10 sixes and 16 fours.

Matthew Duce (35) gave him support but despite Brown’s heroics, Bradford & Bingley were bowled out for 313 to lose by 43 runs.

The runs also flowed at Little Church Lane, where three more players made centuries as Methley overcame bottom side Pudsey Congs by 56 runs.

Methley romped to a score of 340-3, while Congs made a spirited 284-8 in reply, largely thanks to an unbeaten 107 from Sri Lankan Yohan Mendis.

Jer Lane maintained their position at the top of the table after securing a 109-run win at Ossett.

They were given a couple of early scares as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the board after opting to bat first.

They had a further wobble as they were reduced to 54-4, but Hamza Iqbal (64) and overseas player Bhushan Talawadekar (52) led a recovery which enabled them to post a score of 216-8.

Surprisingly, they were the only team batting first in the Premier Division to fail to secure maximum batting points.

Ossett were never able to get on top of the Jer Lane bowling and were dismissed for 107.

Off spinner Amir Hussain took his tally of wickets for the season to 23 with 5-19.

Even a magnificent innings of 143 not out from Undercliffe’s overseas player Sharoon Siraj could not prevent New Farnley from securing a maximum 20 points from their 42-run win.

Siraj struck eight sixes and 17 fours in his 104-ball knock, which dominated the Undercliffe reply of 258 all out to New Farnley’s 300-6.

Opening bowler Elliot Richardson produced season’s best figures of 5-49 as Woodlands bowled out Pudsey St Lawrence to complete a 54-run win.

Australian Campbell Kellaway continued his fine form for Saints with 94, but he lacked effective support as his side were bowled out for 173 in reply to Woodlands’ 227.

Tom Clee (66) and Scott Richardson (33no) were the mainstays of the Woodlands innings, as St Lawrence made the champions work hard for their runs.

Carlton are back on top of Division One after they powered to a 152-run win over Sandal.

They are now level on points with Baildon but sit ahead them at the summit on net run rate.

Baildon’s second successive defeat was by the slender margin of two runs against Bankfoot at Jenny Lane.

Skipper James Lee held the key to Bankfoot’s success, as he so often does.

After top scoring with 72 in his team’s total of 186, he followed up by taking 4-46 as Baildon were dismissed for 184.

Mohammed Abbas (53) gave good support to Lee as the former Bankfoot player Seif Hussain (3-27), and fellow spinner Cameron Sharp (3-72) posed the main threat when Baildon bowled.

Hussain (49) and Will Kelly (31) led the Baildon response but Lee and Amer Ayoub (3-31) ensured that Bankfoot narrowly prevailed.

Hartshead Moor are up to third after their five-wicket victory over bottom side Hanging Heaton.

East Bierley climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Bowling Old Lane, who they defeated by 67 runs.

Abdullah Khan (5-17) and Rylea Jones (3-29) combined to bowl out Old Lane for 110 when they replied to an East Bierley total of 177, which owed much to an innings of 66 from Hamza Saeed.

An unbroken second wicket stand of 144 powered Birstall to a nine-wicket win at Batley, who could only make 151-7 batting first.

Yeadon inflicted a fifth straight defeat on Morley as they triumphed by nine runs in a gripping encounter.

Crossflatts are the new Division Two leaders after they scored a nail-biting one-run win in their derby clash with Keighley.

When the final over started, Keighley needed five runs to overhaul score of 223-6, but they lost two wickets and could only manage three as Azhar Mehmood – who had earlier scored 97 – held his nerve and enabled his side to snatch victory.

Defeat was tough on opener Noah Thirkhill (73) and Johandre Barnard (70), who had put their side in a strong position.

Lightcliffe dropped from first to third after going down to a 13-run defeat to Gomersal who are now second, two points behind Crossflatts.

Gomersal were indebted to their bowlers Chris Rhodes (4-40), Ibrar Younis (3-35) and Andrew Robertson (3-56) as they successfully defended a modest total of 155 by bowling out Lightcliffe for 142.

Opener Niall Lockley continued his good form for Lightcliffe with 88, but he lacked support and that proved crucial.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Poor Niall Lockley was badly let down by his Lightcliffe team-mates as they lost narrowly to Gomersal.Poor Niall Lockley was badly let down by his Lightcliffe team-mates as they lost narrowly to Gomersal. (Image: Ray Spencer.)

Skipper Richard Wear (45) top scored in the Gomersal innings as Leo Flanagan (4-32) and Andy Walker (3-37) impressed with the ball.

Spectators at Hopton Mills v Buttershaw St Paul’s game were treated to a real run feast, with 747 runs being scored.

St Paul’s compiled the season’s highest total of 465-7 with their recent recruit Amjid Hussain making this year’s biggest individual score of 196.

Hussain made his runs from just 86 balls, hitting an extraordinary 23 sixes after coming to the crease with his side on 115-3.

Face by such a daunting total, Mills made a spirited response, but were eventually dismissed for 282.

Mohammad Shahnawaz (4-49) and Harry Dibb (4-62) sealed victory for St Paul’s.

East Ardsley lost by six wickets to Hunslet Nelson, while Scholes beat struggling Northowram Fields by 39 runs.

Altofts appeared to be on the brink of victory when their game at Heckmondwike & Carlinghow was abandoned by the umpires.

Great Preston made it seven wins out of seven in Division Three as they defeated Crossbank Methodists, who started the day in second place, by 86 runs.

Wrenthorpe are into the top two now instead, after chasing down an Adwalton score of 273 to win by three wickets.

Windhill & Daisy Hill pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s with one ball to spare.

Ahsan Tanveer (44), Shoaib Iqbal (36) and Zaib Ali (36) led the successful pursuit of St Michael’s score of 188.

Shahzad Iqbal (4-60) and Shoaib Iqbal (3-40) took the bowling honours for the Bradford side when Wakefield batted first.

An unbeaten 56 from Adam Hussain enabled Brighouse to overhaul Spen Victoria’s 205 to win by four wickets.

Muhammad Maan picked up figures of 4-42 as Brig kept the Spen batsmen in check earlier in the day.

Streethouse won a low-scoring contest at Gildersome & Farnley Hill by three wickets.

East Leeds defeated visiting Liversedge by 84 runs, leaving the latter rooted to the foot of the table.

The hosts made 291 batting first, as Juned Delair plugged away to take 4-79.

Joe Shuttleworth (51) and Khurram Maqsood (46) gave Sedge early hope in their reply, but they lost their last five wickets for just 25 runs on their way to a heavy defeat.