Last year’s Championship winners Batley secured four points from a winning draw against Buttershaw St Pauls, writes Mike Popplewell.
The result means seven games into the season and Buttershaw still await their first Premier Division win in the Central Yorkshire League.
Batting first, Buttershaw lost their first five wickets for 41 and though former East Bierley and Pudsey Congs batsman Paul Carroll (15) provided some stability in a 31-run stand with Abubakar Dawood (29) and Ian Carradice hit a top scoring 41 in a 55-run stand with Matthew Barnes (27 not out), the final score of 157-8 was not enough to stop Batley.
Huzaifa Patel took 5-41 for Batley then a half-century from Sardar Hassan Khan (52 not out) saw them home by four wickets with six overs to spare, despite a 3-57 return from former East Bierley and Gomersal man Barnes.
Bradford League-bound Methley stay top after a 62-run win over Ossett.
Former Cleckheaton twins Ed and Marcus Walmsley took seven wickets between them for Methley, after they posted a relatively modest 189-9 in the first innings.
Birstall will certainly need the kind of performance produced by Eric Austin in the Bradford League next year.
The New Zealand-born batsman hit 126 not out off 125 balls, as they beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers by 126 runs to send their opponents down to third-bottom spot. Former Woodlands captain Tim Orrell top-scored for Parish with 80.
Bottom club Buttershaw are at home to second bottom Altofts this week while Birstall go to Hunslet Nelson, Batley to Wrenthorpe, Mirfield Parish entertain Methley and second-placed Ossett are at home to Wakefield Thornes.
In the Jack Hampshire Trophy there were exits for Liversedge, Birstall, Ossett and Batley but Hopton Mills made the draw for the next round by virtue of a bye.
First Division Crossbank Methodists have signed the veteran Mel Wood, brother of former Lancashire and England opener Barry, to add some much-needed experience to their ranks.