Austin hits century for Birstall in CYL

BRADFORD LEAGUE-bound Birstall had the better of a draw in a 40-over game against Buttershaw St Pauls at St Paul’s Road, leaving the home side still waiting for their first points in the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division for actually playing.

There was a fine performance with the ball from Buttershaw’s Muhammed Saeed (4-38) but Birstall’s Eric Austin (103) and Nick Kaye (60) blasted their way to a total of 235 for 7.

Pritesh Mistry claimed Kaye’s wicket but his eight overs cost 61 runs and one over from Matthew Barnes went for 18 as Austin’s innings produced 14 fours and five sixes.

In reply James Robson hit a quickfire 93, 76 in boundaries, before being run out and Buttershaw were on 199-9 at the close.

Birstall are now at home to Wrenthorpe while in-form Ossett go to Hunslet Nelson fresh from a resounding win over Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Having bowled out Parish for just 100, skipper John Sadler claiming 4-25.

Ossett overtook that total in the 22nd over for the loss of just one wicket as Sadler completed a fine all-round performance with a top-scoring 43 not out.

Premier Division leaders Methley have completed all four games so far, winning three, but elsewhere the repeated weekend rain is taking its toll of fixtures, with seven out of 12 Championship games abandoned in the last three weeks.

Particularly unlucky are Liversedge, who have not played since the opening day of the season. After three successive abandoned games cricket chairman Allan Trevitt, ever the optimist, quipped: “To be honest we’ve got more points than I thought we’d have after four games.”

Last week Bradford League club Gomersal were due to play host to the Liversedge fixture with East Ardsley, who are currently overhauling their facilities and having to play their home games anywhere they can find a ground. In the event, heavy overnight rain rendered the pitch unplayable and left the Roberttown Lane men once again without a game.

In Saturday’s Championship games Liversedge are at home to front-runners Azaad, Northowram Fields entertain East Ardsley and Hopton Mills face a visit from Oulton.

Mirfield have struggled since their return to the CYL but they collected a rare victory when they beat Crossbank Methodists by 41 runs, thanks largely to a superb 86 from number eight Andrew Young in a 122-run seventh wicket stand with Scott Young after their side slumped to 24-6 at the start of the innings.

Chasing 178-7, Crossbank were all out for 137 with 16 balls of the game remaining.

This week Crossbank are at home to Gildersome and Mirfield are at Rodley.

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