Ossett victory sets up intriguing return

Ossett CC enjoyed a six-wicket win at second-placed Townville last week to set up an interesting return tomorrow at Queens Terrace.

That win lifted Ossett to fifth in the table and only seven points adrift of Townville, but another setback for the reigning champions would provide a welcome boost for current leaders Methley.

At Townville the Ossett skipper John Sadler turned in a match-winning performance with a 3-53 bowling stint, followed by an unbeaten 65 in an unbroken 91-run unbroken stand for the fifth wicket with Javed Umarji (51 not out).

Methley extended their lead with a three-wicket win over Carlton but they had a late scare, losing five wickets for 44 after the dismissals of Marcus Walmsley (61) and Luke Patel (51), and will hope to put that right in the return game this week at Carlton.

Birstall continued their slide with a nine-wicket defeat at Wakefield Thornes after mustering only 92 in 34 overs. Eric Austin’s unbeaten 22 and a late flurry from Saif ur Rehman (28) provided the only resistance, and they’ll surely not relish the possibility of more of the same at Leeds Road tomorrow.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers posted a respectable 228-3 in their game at Altofts.

David Blakeley (88) and Nazar Hussain (59 not out) scored half-centuries, but a tight finish ensued with Altoft left needing 22 for victory and Parish needing just one more wicket for maximum points.

The return looks like being another keen contest.

Buttershaw St Paul’s are facing a tough ask to pull clear of the relegation places on current form.

They put up a good fight before going down by 30 runs at Wrenthorpe and it is hard to imagine them having any more luck in tomorrow’s game at Wrenthorpe.

There was another good performance from Paul Carroll with a top-scoring 72 for Buttershaw, and teenager Kevin McDermott took 5-58, but a century from Wrenthorpe skipper Neil Bourke was their undoing.

Hopton Mills lead the way in the Championship after a 113-run win over Northowram Fields gave them a five-point lead over Azaad, who head a group of four separated by only four points.

Ashley Mackereth (72) got Hopton off to a good start and though Glenn Morrison top-scored for Northowram his 33 scarcely made a dent in the target of 278 to win.

Skipper Richard Myers is sure to be wanting more of the same at promotion rivals Wakefield St Michaels tomorrow, but a win over Azaad in their last game will have given St Michaels a boost.

Liversedge are still hovering around the promotion zone after a six-wicket win at Oulton and they now entertain second-bottom East Ardsley.

In Division One bottom club Crossbank Methodists will be hoping to finally get a first win under their belts when they entertain third-bottom Mirfield.

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