Central Yorkshire League Premier Division

Who goes down from the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division is a question that will probably not be answered until the final day of the season after the latest round of fixtures.
 While Ossett, beaten by 112 runs at Altofts, already have only the faintest of mathematical chances of Premier Division survival, Birstall had a very timely boost with a 21 run win at Hunslet Nelson that gave them a six point advantage over second bottom Wakefield St Michaels.
 That win will give the Leeds Road men the perfect fillip ahead of tomorrow's game at home to an inconsistent Mirfield Parish Cavaliers side who are only just outside the relegation scrap themselves.
But, with St Michaels favourites to win at Ossett another defeat for Birstall would put them right back in trouble.
Connor Williams (61) was once again a key man for Birstall at Hunslet while Saif Rehman (536) did the damage with the ball.
Whilst Buttershaw were left clicking their heels as the odd one out in the 11 team First Division, inform Batley stole a march to go eight points clear of the fourth placed club courtesy of a 56 run win at Wakefield Thornes seconds.
Mohammed Tahir was the Batley match winner with a top scoring 52, helping his side to 180, before taking 525, in 7.3 overs, to bowl out the home side for 124.
That win puts Batley just one point behind longtime leaders Carlton, who beat Liversedge by four wickets with nine balls to spare, and the Mount Pleasant men have a game in hand.
The defeat was a huge blow for Liversedge, who are now 11 points adrift of Batley having played the same number of games, and while they should get the better of Oulton at Roberttown Lane in their next game it would be a surprise if Batley didn't do likewise at home to Methley A.
 Third placed Moorlands, at home to Carlton tomorrow, are the other side still in promotion contention thanks to six points from their cancelled game at Ossett A after the home side failed to raise a team.

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