Liversedge losing ground on Central Yorkshire League leaders

LIVERSEDGE lost ground in their Premier Division promotion push, the Roberttown Lane side suffering a four-wicket defeat at Wakefield Thornes A despite a fine 86 from Paul Marlow in their 214-9.

Second tier leaders Hopton Mills managed 308-8 at home to East Leeds, Ashley Mackereth (105) completing a well-earned century while youngster Tahmidul Islam (4-37) helped dismiss the visitors for 135.

Hopton boast a one-point lead over Scholes, 34-run winners at Wakefield St Michaels last weekend, leaving Liversedge seven short of the summit.

Batting first, Scholes made 198-8 as Adam Patel top-scored with 58, Aleem Ladak’s 4-38 helping restrict the visitors to 164 during their reply.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, newly-promoted Mirfield pulled off their second win of the season when, defending a modest total of 137, they bowled out Ossett A for just 85 at the Memorial Ground to maintain hopes of avoiding an early return to Division Two.

In the Premier Division, Birstall overcame reigning champions Wrenthorpe, a shadow of the side that took the title in 2012, when they secured a superb win at Leeds Road.

It was Wrenthorpe old boy Eric Austin who proved the thorn in their side with a doggedly yet unbeaten 76, in just over two hours, as the home side chased down 220-5 to win with two wickets to spare.

That win lifted mid-table Birstall above Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, who went down by three wickets at Carlton after being bowled out for 186.

Ossett batted well at home to Wakefield Thornes, Shoiab Latif (77) and former Hanging Heaton all-rounder Javed Umarji (52)

top-scoring, but they fell four runs short of Thornes’ 242-5 meaning they were forced to settle for just one point.

Batley find themselves battling relegation following a disappointing six-wicket defeat at Methley, which leaves them just three points above the dreaded drop zone.

The individual performance of the day was at Division Two, though, where second the promotion-chasing hosts completed a 109-run victory over Caribbean.

Their triumph came in part thanks to a sensational 185 from Sufyan Patel – which included 160 in boundaries.

By Mike Popplewell

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