Batley in relegation fight

BATLEY'S Championship success in the Central Yorkshire League last season is already a distant memory, as they find themselves in a Premier Division relegation fight.

They take on fourth-placed Ossett at Mount Pleasant tomorrow (Sat) with just two points between them and the drop zone and they desperately need to avoid a repeat of last week’s 134-run defeat at Wrenthorpe.

Jordan Sleightholme (77) and Darryl Hendricks (65) top scored for Wrenthorpe, as the Batley attack struggled to restrict the home side to 270-7, despite a useful 4-72 return from Muhammed Hafeez in his 15 overs, and just 40 from Ayaz Seedat was the best the visitors could manage in reply.

Ossett cannot match the consistency of the leading clubs at the moment and they will go into the game at Batley feeling they have something to prove after being bowled out for 136, chasing a Wakefield Thornes total of 300-5 in last week’s game.

Shoaib Latif hit a top scoring 48 for Ossett before falling to Ravinda Palliyaguruge who took 5-62.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers are next to go to Thornes, and they won’t relish that trip on the back of a five-wicket defeat at the hands of leaders Methley that leaves them in second-bottom spot.

Ed Walmsley (4-28) and twin brother Marcus (3-59) once again did the early damage for Methley in that game, bowling out Parish for 192, before Marcus hit a match-best 47 to finish it off.

Eric Austin (95) was in superb form for Birstall against Hunslet Nelson but the Leeds side still overcame Birstall’s 192-6 with three wickets in hand.

A trip to Carlton is next for Birstall.

In the Championship, the top game this week is at Northowram where the third-placed side take on joint-leaders Liversedge.

In their last game Liversedge won by 28 runs at Wakefield St Michaels thanks largely to a fine 76, out of the first 104 runs, that helped them to 152 all out.

Skipper Graeme Winn (4-39) and young Suleman Mohammed (3-13) then bowled out St Michaels for just 124.

Veteran Mel Wood, who once captained Soothill to the CYL title, is set to make his debut for winless Crossbank Methodists in Division One, when they entertain leaders East Leeds, while Adwalton go to Mirfield fresh from a 142-run win over Rodley.

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