Before Saturday there were three, but one of those disappeared when Wakefield Thornes triumphed at Appleby Frodingham.
Buoyed by the early dismissal of overseas player Byron Boshoff, the hosts kept plugging away and reduced Thornes to 134-8 before a vital unbroken stand of 38 between Matthew Jordan (58no) and wicketkeeper and captain Tom Froggett (16no).
Kieron Lindley kept the shackles on by conceding just 41 runs in from 15 overs, as well as taking three wickets, and he was supported by Matthew Harris (2-20).
However, the home side could find no-one to play a key innings like Jordan’s and were dismissed for 142, succumbing to Brad Green (5-41) and Imran Mahboob (3-23).
That preserved Thornes’ perfect record, and the only other team to match them in that regard are Barnsley, who won by five wickets at Whitley Hall.
Captain Jason Booth played the key knock, hitting 54 in a match where the next best score was 32 by Hall’s Greig Batty.
The Yorkshire Premier League North began a week later and there are four teams on maximum points, including Castleford.
Former Yorkshire and Derbyshire left-arm spinner David Wainwright, so often the leading light for the Savile Park club, took that mantle again as they won a thriller at home to York by one run.
Partnerships helped Castleford to 215-5, with Wainwright finishing unbeaten on 62, fellow all-rounder Chesney Hughes (40) and Connor Hyde (32no) also giving the innings impetus.
Simon Lambert (40), who had been so miserly with the ball, and Duncan Snell (61) set York on their way with a stand of 84, and Finlay Bean (30), Guy Darwin (25) and Charlie Elliot (28no) chipped in, but Wainwright’s 5-43 off 13 overs tipped the scales.
Unbeaten Acomb sent Sheriff Hutton Bridge to the bottom of the table in a four-wicket defeat, and Luke Kilby (79), George Drury (50) and Jonathan Anderson (3-17) helped Dunnington defeat Clifton Alliance by four wickets.
Top scorers were Driffield, who made 314-8, with Sam Drury (112) and Owen Goldsworthy (77) adding 140 for the second wicket in the 57-run defeat of Harrogate.
Hanging Heaton are used to racking up such high scores in the Bradford League but they were humbled by Morley, whose overseas player Kavindu Kulasekara had an inspired debut.
The Sri Lankan spinner took 8-34 as Hanging Heaton were sent packing for just 99, which was not quite enough as Morley had earlier made 102, which seemed fanciful when they were 12-5.
It all added up to Morley’s first win and Hanging Heaton’s first defeat.
One team who were in the runs were Pudsey St Lawrence, with Mark Robertshaw leading from the front in their 360-5.
The opener made 156, including three sixes and 22 fours at Tofts Road as Wrenthorpe’s bowlers soaked up some punishment.
Archie Scott (46) helped Robertshaw add 100, and Chris Marsden (40) and Harry Cullingford (42) also played their part.
Wrenthorpe were then dismissed for 118 to complete a miserable afternoon, with spinner Scott taking 4-49.
Alex Cree again showed that he is a name to watch as the 16-year-old Methley opener scored 116 – a second successive century – in a 207-run pummelling of Batley.
Armitage Bridge are keeping pace with Thongsbridge at the summit of the Huddersfield League’s Premiership.
Captain Jaycob Curtling was the main man for Bridge, first scoring 110 off as many balls, including 19 fours, in their 236-4, and then taking 3-25 as Broad Oak were beaten by 83 runs.
Saltaire, five years after leaving the Bradford League, are top of Division One in the Airedale & Wharfedale League.
They made 315-5 at Roberts Park against Rawdon, with Sajad Ali smiting 88 not out off just 44 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes.
Rawdon were then dismissed for 218.
Hanging Heaton’s hopes of a double left in tatters
THERE will be no league and cup double this season for Hanging Heaton in the Bradford League as the perennial trophy winners were beaten by eight wickets in a first-round Priestley Cup game at Townville.
Hanging Heaton won the toss and batted, but could only make 184 after losing their top three of Gary Fellows, Nick Connolly and Joe Fraser for just 44.
Captain Ben Kohler-Cadmore (41) and wicket-keeper Shahban Raheem (22) added 55 for the fourth wicket before typically ferocious hitting by David Stiff helped the visitors towards 200, with the all-rounder making 47 off 26 balls, including two fours and five sixes.
Jack Hughes (3-41), Harry Clewett (3-34) and the economical Ritchie Bresnan (2-24) were the chief wicket-takers.
Once Townville were set on their way by Jonny Booth (36) and Harry Warwick (95, including 12 fours and three sixes) in a partnership of 103, the result never looked in doubt, and the hosts won by eight wickets.
That was a clash between two top-flight teams, but Division One side Ossett upset the apple cart by beating Premier Division Cleckheaton by 29 runs.
Ossett, in trouble at 75-6, were rescued by Joseph Finnigan (64) and Sajith Warnakulasuriya (76), who both scored at well over a run a ball in a seventh-wicket stand of 106.
Finnigan’s innings only lasted 47 balls (ten fours, two sixes) and Warnakulasuriya’s a mere 30, almost half of which went to the boundary in a flurry of five fours and eight sixes. Ossett finished on 214 but Cleckheaton fell from 159-2 to 186-8, chasing a revised target of 216 from 34 overs.
Ian Carradice made 25, Nick Lindley 58 and Harvey Booth 63 before the collapse, with Max Chappell claiming 3-25.
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