Liversedge CC see off Batley to keep pace

Liversedge CC made it four wins out of four with a dramatic onewicket win over a previously unbeaten Batley side, at Mount Pleasant, and are just one point adrift of Central Yorkshire League Division One leaders Carlton with a game in hand.
After a tense contest throughout it was skipper Tom Smith (6) and Will Atkin (14) who sealed the victory with a dogged 18run stand for the final wicket, off 29 balls, with the winning runs coming off the final ball of the additional over secured by the dismissal of the home side for 177 in 49 overs.
Mohammed Tahir (54) topscored for Batley and, having helped keep the home side’s score to 177, with a 342 return, South African allrounder David Winter’s top scoring 40 for Liversedge kept his side in the game. Smith’s contribution to the Liversedge win was immense with a 341 return to go with his lastwicket heroics with the bat.
With bottom club East Leeds next up at Roberttown Lane the winning run should continue but something has to give at fourthplaced Buttershaw St Paul’s where third place Moorlands are their next opponents.
Buttershaw moved into fourth spot when skipper Paul Carroll hit 59 not out, off 28 balls, to secure an eightwicket win at Ossett A.
Brad Greenwood’s sensational 715 return in 11 overs helped bowl out the home side for 137 to set up the win.
Moorlands were 95run winners at home to Methley A to hold on to third spot and will doubtless provided Buttershaw with a stiff task.
In the Premier Division Birstall completed their second successive win, to ease early season anxieties, when they overcame Wakefield St Michaels by three wickets at Leeds Road. Saif ur Rehman was the key man for Birstall taking 439 to bowl out St Michaels for 155 and then hitting an unbeaten 20 to steer them safely home.
That win will do wonders for confidence but Stewart Clifton’s men will have to pull out all the stops in their next game at champions Wrenthorpe who will doubtless be smarting from their first defeat in 27 games when they were surprisingly beaten by Wakefield Thornes.
Ossett were given a hammering by Hamid Khan who hit 125 not out, off 114 balls, for leaders Methley as they romped to a sevenwicket win with 13 overs to spare after bowling out the home side for 202 despite a determined unbeaten 95 from skipper Michael Edwards.
New Farnley are Ossett’s visitors tomorrow while Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, fivewicket winners at Northowram Fields in their last game, entertain an inconsistent Townville side.
Townville, Birstall and New Farnley were the CYL’s only representatives in the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup and all three failed to make progress. Townville went down by nine wickets at home to Hanging Heaton, New Farnley were beaten at Yeadon while Woodlands hit 1002 in only 13 overs to beat Birstall by eight wickets.

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