Hanging Heaton were crowned as the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League Premier Division champions after securing a 219-run win over East Bierley.

They went into yesterday's game needing 15 points to be sure of winning the title for the first time in 18 years, and picked up a maximum 20.

For skipper Gary Fellows it was a proud moment.

He said: "I have played 15 years in the Bradford League in two spells and this is the first time I have been in a league-winning side.

"In fact, there isn't one member of our side who has been in a championship-winning team. It is a proud moment for us and for the club.

"We have been close in recent years but now we have gone on and won the title. It is a reward for all the hard work that has been done on and off the field."

One of the key figures in the Hanging Heaton success has been opening batsman Nick Connolly.

He took his aggregate for the season to 1,165 with his fifth century of the season.

The left-hander struck a six and 20 fours as he made 134, and shared in yet another century opening stand with Fellows.

This time he put on 183 with Fellows, who had scored centuries in his two previous knocks and made 90 this time after hitting 15 fours.

Hanging Heaton went on to post 298-7, with Amar Rashid - the former Hanging Heaton player - taking 4-84.

There was a scare at the end of the Hanging Heaton innings when Umar Yaqoob was hit on the head while fielding a ball and had to be taken to hospital, but he was later released with just bruising.

East Bierley, in need of points to stave off relegation, were bowled out for 79.

Left-arm spinner Muhammed Rameez worked his magic again with 5-20 and he is the Premier Division's top wicket-taker with 57.

Paceman Tom Chippendale took 3-29 as only Shaaiq Choudhary (31) looked at ease.

Farsley, who have been the long-time challengers to Hanging Heaton, suffered a five-wicket defeat at Woodlands, who could still pip them for second place.

An unbeaten 110 from Alex Atkinson - his first century of the season - enabled Woodlands to chase down Farsley's 241-9 with 11.2 overs to spare.

Atkinson made 110 not out off 78 balls - an innings containing eight sixes and 11 fours - as he powered Woodlands to a win that takes them on to 286 points, 12 behind Farsley, whose best bowler was James Wainman (4-66).

Wainman had earlier opened the batting for Farsley and made 45 before skipper Ryan Cooper (77) stepped up the tempo as the Red Lane club picked up maximum batting points.

Paceman Elliot Richardson impressed for Woodlands with 6-53, while spinner Chris Brice took 3-52.

Pudsey St Lawrence beat Townville by 57 runs in a match that may well go a long way to deciding who takes fourth place.

The champions of 2015 and 2016 made 192 when they batted first, with openers Mark Robertshaw (41) and Adam Waite (34) leading the way.

Richie Bresnan, the younger brother of Yorkshire's Tim, returned a season's best 6-47 for Townville.

Opener Jonathan Booth battled hard for a top score of 68 as Townville were bowled out for 135. Off-spinner Chris Marsden impressed again with 4-8.

Cleckheaton were the day's big winners in the battle to avoid relegation.

They defeated Bradford & Bingley by seven wickets, while East Bierley, Batley and Pudsey Congs were all losing.

Skipper John Wood produced another crucial contribution to haul his side out of the bottom two.

The former Durham and Lancashire paceman took 4-41 as he and spinner Qaisar Ashraf (3-30) combined to send Bradford & Bingley sliding to 129 all out. Hamzah Iqbal was the top scorer with 45.

Cleckheaton lost three early wickets before Andy Gorrod (57no) and Mally Nicholson (48no) combined in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 95.

Cleckheaton, who are at home to Lightcliffe in their final game next Saturday, have 176 points, with Batley on 162, East Bierley 160 and Pudsey Congs 159.

Batley, who host Woodlands in their last fixture, suffered a 183-run defeat at the hands of Priestley Cup winners New Farnley.

Skipper Lee Goddard promoted himself to open in the absence of Mitch O'Connor and made a superb 123.

His innings contained a six and 17 fours and he was joined in a fourth-wicket partnership of 102 by Richard Atkins (53).

Dave Cummings (33) was the other main contributor to a total of 280-8, while Muhammad Shahnawaz(3-67) and Tariq Hussain (3-101) were the main wicket-takers.

Pace bowlers Andrew Brewster (5-32) and Richard Atkins (3-33) did the damage as Batley were bowled out for97.

New Farnley will have a big say in the relegation battle as they visit Congs next week.

The latter suffered a 22-run defeat at Lightcliffe but they did secure eight bonus points.

Lightcliffe made 251-7, with skipper Matt Baxter (69) and overseas player Kashif Naveed (46) sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 107.

With Jonathan Wilson making 33, Lightcliffe posted a challenging total. The best of the Congs bowlers was Josh Holling (3-51).

Congs lost two quick wickets but Mubtada Akhtar (68) and Irfan Amjad (54) revived their side with half-centuries.

Zahid Nissar chipped in with 44 but spinner Naveed (6-45) ensured that Congs were unable to force the victory they wanted as they finished on 229-9.