Liversedge CC on the promotion charge

LIVERSEDGE edged closer towards promotion to the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division with a 55-run triumph over Buttershaw St Pauls.

Batting first the Roberttown Lane outfit chalked up 211 for nine wickets, with Mark Hydes (50) top-scoring in terms of runs and wickets.

Paul Robinson, Chris Kellett and skipper Paul Carroll took two apiece.

In reply, the Bradford-based visitors lost early wickets and, though Carroll helped steady the innings, it was only a late 49 from Ian Carradice which provided any hope against the Liversedge attack.

The result leaves Liversedge in third place and level on points with second-placed Scholes, who lost ground after going down by two wickets in a top-of-the-table clash at leaders Hopton Mills.

In what proved a tight contest the hosts edged to victory in overs gained from their dismissal of Scholes in the 41st.

Ashley Mackereth’s four-wicket haul, for only 27 runs, put Scholes on the back foot despite an impressive 51 courtesy of Joe Duffy.

Though Tahmidul Islam’s 39 was Hopton’s highest it was Mackereth, with and unbeaten 35 off 39 balls, which helped them home.

At the other end of the table, Mirfield slipped to defeat at the hands of East Ardsley.

Ossett A, against fourth-placed Oulton at Queen’s Terrace, lost heavily to compound relegation fears.

In the Premier Division, there was a good win for Birstall in their derby game with Batley at Mount Pleasant.

Chasing Batley’s 170, Craig Wood (2-20) and Rob Macfarlane (3-30) doing the damage, Birstall eased to victory by five wickets with Wood (67) and MacFarlane (42) again leading the way.

Mirfield Parish are level with Birstall but only beat Ossett by one run.

After reducing the visitors to 74-7 in 15 overs Parish, having made 233-8, looked home and dry.

That was without Khalid Bilal (81) and Charles Orme (51) adding 158 for the eighth wicket.

Bilal was out to the bowling of Michael Padgett with just two runs needed for victory but, in the tightest-possible finish, Muhammed Shahnawaz bowled the next over and cleaned up Ossett’s tail end without addition to the score.

As Townville continue to surge clear at the Premier Division summit, it is the second tier which promises to provide the bulk of excitement this weekend.

Leaders Hopton Mills, having disposed of Scholes last week, tackle chasing Liversedge.

Scholes, relegated to second after last Saturday’s defeat, entertain fourth-placed Oulton.

By Mike Popplewell

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