Great Preston and East Leeds continue to move away from the rest of the field with each recording 6 point wins on Saturday.
Great Preston beat Rodley by 144 runs.
Matt King continued his rich vein of form with an excellent 134, which, supported by Lee Russells 76 enabled Great Preston to post 277-4. Rodley made a bright start to their innings though, with Simon Raistrick (38) and Gary Lewsley (37) putting on 73 for the first wicket. It was downhill after that however, as Lee Russell (4-42) and Andrew Clark (4-37) got to work and dismissed Rodley for 133.
East Leeds beat Gildersome by 5 wickets.
No real big scorers in this game as Haseeb Hashmi (41) top scored for Gildersome in their total of 180. James Watling was the leading wicket taker for East Leeds with 4-54. Daniel Thewlis then top scored for East Leeds with 39 as they passed the Gildersome total with 5 wickets to spare. Razeb Raja took 2-24 for Gildersome.
Great Preston keep a 4 point lead over East Leeds, with Adwalton and Gildersome an increasingly distant 15 points further back.
Adwalton beat Mirfield by 7 wickets.
Vinit Patel put the skids under Mirfield with figures of 4-28 as they were all out for 125, despite a spirited 48 from Mathew Haigh. Josh Bennett raced to 53* as Adwalton chased down the total for the loss of just 3 wickets.
East Leeds have next week off which gives Great Preston a chance to stretch their lead with a home game against Mirfield. Adwalton and Gildersome clash and the winners will go clear in third place, and bottom two Crossbank Methodists and Rodley meet at the Rumbolds.
With momentous events taking place off the field over the weekend, there was plenty of on field action on Saturday.
Hopton Mills winning draw with Liversedge.
The top two clashed and Hopton Mills posted a formidable total of 295-4, with Neil Browne again in the runs, scoring 109, supported by Chris Scott with 91*. Liversedge struggled in reply, with Mathew Butler top scoring with 47 as Brad Drake led the bowling with 4-13. However, last pair Nick Richardson and James Ives held out to close the innings on 145-9, denying Mills full points and keeping Liversedge on top of the table by one point.
Azaad beat Caribbean by 80 runs.
Azaad remain in third position after this win, just 2 points behind Hopton Mills. No further details due to no scorecard at the time of writing.
Oulton beat Northowram Fields by 68 runs.
An excellent all round performance from Jonny Gardiner was the key to this win for Oulton. Gardiner scored 44 and took 6-22 as Oulton set a target of 221-10, with Ryan Healey contributing 37. James Norcliffe was Northowram Fields leading bowler with 4-49. Despite 56 from Robert Larner, Gardiners heroics proved too much for Northowram in reply, and they finished on 153 all out.
East Ardsley beat Wakefield St Michaels by 5 runs.
A close finish here, but when East Ardsley were 64-7 it was looking like being a one sided affair. as St Michaels bowlers Michael Halloran (4-31) and Richard Atkinson (4-46) wreaked havoc amongst the top order. A defiant 38* from Tom Daniels led the revival though and enabled Ardsley to close on 156 all out. Richard Atkinson then got the reply off to a great start with 79, but wickets were falling regularly at the other end. David Battye with 4-26 was again in top form as St Michaels were dismissed for 151.
All clubs are reminded of the above rule which states that "any player who has played more 1st X1 than 2nd X1 matches will be ineligible for any of the last six 2nd X1 fixtures unless special permission is granted by the Emergency Committee".
Message from Mark Heald (Chairman All Rounder Central Yorkshire Cricket League)
As you are all aware cricket in Yorkshire is going through major changes with the introduction of 4 Premier Leagues. I am delighted that the Central Yorkshire League will form part of that structure.
As part of this process we have been engaging with other leagues on how they may feed into this new premier league.
Since discussions have begun many of us involved in the process have been concerned about the strength of the remaining CYCL divisions and for the future of the CYCL itself.
After months working closely with my colleague David Young, Chairman of the Bradford Cricket League we have put together this proposal which I can now circulate for your attention. It has the unanimous backing of the league management board of both leagues.
My belief is that this proposal presents a way forward for cricket in West Yorkshire; it answers many of the concerns that people have raised both within my committee and from those I have spoken to who represent CYCL clubs and indeed those playing within our league.
We are now entering a period of consultation and intend to implement this structure for season 2016. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns that your club may have.
Chairman Central Yorkshire Cricket League
Its getting tighter at the top as Wrens join the race