Cup run continues for Premier Birstall

CENTRAL YORKSHIRE LEAGUE Premier Division side Birstall are through to the quarter-finals of the Jack Hampshire Trophy after a 208-run win at Championship strugglers Northowram.

The victory owed much to a superb unbeaten 125 from opener Craig Wood and a demoralising 7-31 return from Saif ur-Rehmann.

It was a welcome success after making 216-8 the previous day at home to leaders Scholes, Rob Mcfarlane hitting 97, and still slipping to a six-wicket defeat.

In Scholes’ reply overseas man Zain Abbas took 4-56 and then hit 51, before being run out, while one time Lightcliffe batsman Nick Whitehill finished unbeaten on 65 and skipper James Stansfield hit 49. Saif Ur-Rehmann took 3-56 for Birstall.

Hopton Mills (100) lost by two wickets to Mirfield Parish in the Premier Division derby game while Batley still lead the way in the Championship where Ayaz Seedat (102) and skipper Tariq Hussain (73 not out) were their only two players to make double figures in the 127-run win over Buttershaw St Pauls.

Batley’s cup game with Wrenthorpe at Mount Pleasant was less successful.

Having made 213-9 Batley were blown away by their Premier Division opponents as Tom Woolford (89 not out) and Neil Bourke (60) set them on their way to a seven wicket win.

In the same competition Liversedge made short work of it at Oulton, 42 all-out, as spinner Nigel Doyle (3-5) followed his remarkable 6-20 in the 24-run league win at East Leeds the previous day, but Hopton Mills lost by six wickets at Hunslet Nelson.

So, Birstall and Liversedge are joined in the last eight by Wrenthorpe, Townville, Hunslet Nelson, Methley, Buttershaw St Pauls and Carlton.

This week’s Premier Division games see third-placed Ossett, 93-run winners at Wrenthorpe in their last outing, take on reigning champions Townville, at Queens Terrace, in what should be the match of the day, while leaders Scholes should have the better of things at home to second-bottom Carlton.

Mirfield Parish are at home to Wrenthorpe and Birstall go to an Altofts side still smarting from last week’s cup defeat at the hands of Championship side Buttershaw who, in turn, will be hoping for a better outcome in the return league game with Batley.

Meanwhile, Liversedge will want more of the same in the return at home to East Leeds.

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