ONLY 18 points separate the top four cubs in the JCT600 Bradford League Division One title race as they all recorded victories.

Pudsey St Lawrence retained top spot with a welcome seven-wicket victory at local rivals Pudsey Congs.

Cricket chairman Paul Hutchison was pressed into action through the absence of opening bowlers Craig Wiseman and Josh Wilson and the former Yorkshire, Sussex and Middlesex left-arm pace bowler took 3-41 as Congs were restricted to 204-9.

Andrew Bairstow (49), Callum Geldart (45) and Luke Holroyd (31no) were Congs' top scorers.

St Lawrence reached their target with 8.1 overs to spare with opener Mark Robertshaw taking his season's tally to 784 runs with 86 not out while Chris Marsden made 67.

Second-placed Woodlands cut St Lawrence's lead to ten points after taking 20 points from their 69-run win at Farsley.

The visitors totalled 296-7 with Logan Weston top scoring with 120, including four sixes and 12 fours. He shared a fourth- wicket stand of 108 with Grant Soames (60) while skipper Pieter Swanepoel made 44 not out.

Farsley made sure of maximum batting points in defeat as they replied with 227 thanks to Jack Holland (65) and Greg PIckles (57). Woodlands' spinners Soames (5-58) and Chris Brice (4-89) shared nine wickets.

Cleckheaton and Hanging Heaton are level on 240 points, 18 behind St Lawrence. Cleckheaton beat East Bierley by eight wickets after bowling them out for 141 with young paceman Curtis Free taking 4-26 and leg-spinner Tanzeel Altaf (3-46). Mark Gill was Bierley's top scorer with an unbeaten 59.

The league's leading run scorer, left-handed opener Tim Jackson, then led the defending champions home with 77 not out.

Hanging Heaton maintained their challenge with a nine-run win at Bradford & Bingley. Skipper Gary Fellows (44) and tail ender James Keen (42) were their top scorers in a total of 225-9. Left-arm spinner Noman Ali (4-52) and Scott Etherington (4-66) were the best of the Bingley bowlers.

Spinner Ben Elvidge took 5-72 as the home side were bowled out for 216.

The day's highest individual scorer was Suleman Khan. He hit ten sixes and 19 fours in an outstanding innings of 184 to help Lightcliffe to post 269-9 and set up a 43-run home win against bottom club Saltaire.

Overseas player Landev Chauhan led Saltaire's reply with 84, enabling his side to gain maximum batting points on 227. Jonathan Whiteoak with 4-27 and Chris Greenwood (3-51) were Lightcliffe's best bowlers.

Lee Goddard hit a fine 105 and Yorkshire's James Middlebrook (88) as New Farnley made 269-5 on their way to a 68-run win at Undercliffe. Opener Hamid Khan scored 69 and Liam Brearley (37) as Undercliffe were bowled out for 201 as Nick Walker picked up 4-39 and Mohammed Bilal (4-40).