Birstall CC put poor form behind them

In the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division there was a welcome win for Birstall, albeit a surprise one, when they shook off poor early season form to overcome wellplaced Wakefield Thornes by 83 runs at Leeds Road.

Ironically, leading runmaker Connor Williams was the only top eight batsman not to reach double figures as Birstall closed on 1858.

But Richard Sidle, with 437 in 15 overs, proved a decisive factor in the Birstall attack.

Although bottom club Ossett failed again, beaten by two wickets at home to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, there are only five points between the next four clubs as Altofts, Northowram Fields and Wakefield St Michael’s join Birstall in the battle for topflight survival.

Batting first Ossett made a respectable 182, Darren Lockwood (47) topscoring, with Daniel Hope (442) and Michael Padgett (332) the chief wickettakers.

Padgett’s role was to prove invaluable in this contest as he then hit 29 vital runs late in the innings to help steer his side home.

Buttershaw St Paul’s stepped up their promotion push with a key victory at Division One leaders Liversedge. But, with only seven points separating the top five clubs there is a very long way to go.

Liversedge batted first in that clash at Roberttown Lane but mustered only 124 against the Buttershaw attack, with opening bowlers Brad Greenwood (326) and Paul Robinson (339) conceding only 65 runs in 29 overs.

Chris Kellet (335) was also amongst the wickets while skipper Paul Carroll took 119 in a miserly 10over stint.

If the home side thought the Bradford side would equally struggle it was wishful thinking.

There were early wickets, Simon Kay taking 345, but Gavin Walker saw Buttershaw home with 44 not out off 41 balls.

Liversedge stay joint top with Carlton on 49 points with Buttershaw two points behind and both Batley in fourth after a 63 run win over fifthplaced Moorlands. 

Mohammed Tahir (438) and Huzaifah Patel (335) doing the damage for Batley as Moorlands fell for 162 chasing 225.

In tomorrow’s First Division games there is another topfive clash as Liversedge go to Moorlands while Batley are at East Ardsley.

In the Premier Division Birstall entertain Methley, looking for another upset, while Ossett are at Townville and Mirfield Parish welcome leaders Wrenthorpe to Wellhouse Lane.

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