Danny Busfield produced a superb opening day display to bowl Hanging Heaton to victory over Morley in JCT600 Bradford League Division One.
Heaton must have feared the worst at tea after they were restricted to 117-9 by newly promoted Morley, who had Chris Rodwell in fine form taking 3-7.
Heaton’s close signing from Wrenthorpe, Gary Fellows, top scored with 29 for the Bennett Lane men but it was Busfield who went on to steal the show.
The former Hanging Heaton junior, who has returned following spells at Birstall and New Farnley, returned excellent figures of 6-30 to help dismiss Morley for just 63.
Mark Lawson’s leg spin yielded 3-16 as Heaton picked up 15 points from their opening day win.
There were also victories for champions Woodlands and Cleckheaton but East Bierley slipped to a one-run defeat at home to Pudsey Congs.
Although Luke Jarvis picked up 4-31 for Bierley, Congs reached 183-9, thanks largely to a top score of 40 by Northamptonshire all-rounder James Middlebrook.
Andrew Rennison (48) and Mark Gill (38) hit useful runs in Bierley’s reply but Glenn Roberts kept them in check by claiming 7-38.
Bierley needed 12 to win from the last over with two wickets in hand and in a dramatic finale, needed a six off Eddie Walmsley’s final ball.
Neil Gill found the boundary but it was for a four as Congs had won.
Sam Frankland hit an opening day ton for Woodlands as they beat Saltaire by 98 runs.
The opener hit five sixes and 13 fours and with support from Scott Richardson (37) and new boy Farakh Hussain (34), Woodlands closed on 231-5.
Left-arm spinner Chris Brice claimed 4-21 in reply as Saltaire ended on 133-7.
Cleckheaton opened with a comfortable six-wicket win at newly-promoted Baildon.
Former Yorkshire fast bowler James Lee (5-21) and, ex-Durham and Lancashire bowler, captain John Wood (3-25) combined to dismiss Baildon for 126 before Richard Whitehurst’s unbeaten 38 steered Cleckheaton to victory.
Spen Victoria earned the derby bragging rights in Division Two with a 52-run victory over Hartshead Moor.
Tosh Baker (70), Michael Halmshaw (51) and captain Dan Shuffe(38no) helped the home side reach 212-7 despite the efforts of former Spen junior George Saville (4-71).
Craig Field made 67 in the Hartshead reply of 160 as Rob Burton took 3-26 and Craig Woodhead claimed 3-41 against his old club.
Gomersal slipped to a 118-run home loss to Keighley, who made 235-6 despite fine efforts from Greg Pickles (4-16).
Richard Gould hit 33 in reply but Gomersal were dismissed for 117.