Premier sides face final chance to stay up

All eyes are on the foot of the Premier Division table in the Central Yorkshire League’s final week of the season as Batley take on Wakefield Thornes, at Mount Pleasant, Altofts are at champions Wrenthorpe and Ossett entertain Birstall in games none of the three can afford to lose.
Relegation beckons for one of them, with Altofts looking unlikely to pick up anything at Wrenthorpe – a side unbeaten in 21 games.
If anyone doubted Wrenthorpe’s commitment, after winning the championship by a mile, they need look no further than their last game when former Bradford League stars Gary Fellows (ex Pudsey St Lawrence) and Bradley Parker (East Bierley, Gomersal, Undercliffe, Yorkshire Bank and Bingley) demolished Wakefield St Michaels.
The pair put on 130 for the first wicket, Parker making 54, and Fellows, needing only four to complete 1,000 runs for the season, hit a recordbreaking 230 in Wrenthorpe’s match winning 3676.
Such stats offer some encouragement for secondbottom Batley, but they remain three points adrift of Altofts and Ossett, after a 57run defeat at Townville, and cannot expect an easy ride at fourthplaced Thornes where anything less than four points will mean relegation.
Ossett have the best chance of survival against a Birstall side brimming with inconsistency.
Indian batting star Connor Williams has had a fine second half to the season but even an unbeaten 111 against his former club New Farnley could not avert another defeat in a disappointing season for the Leeds Road side.
That win keeps second place New Farnley, at home to Northowram Fields in their final game, just ahead of outgoing champions Methley who entertain old rivals Townville.
Liversedge skipper Simon Purdy had a 543 return in his side’s last game but they lost to Ossett and that meant a return to Division One for the Roberttown Lane men after an ultimately unsuccessful seasonlong struggle to pull clear of the relegation zone.
Mirfield Parish Cavaliers missed out on the First Division title, finishing runnersup to Hunslet Nelson, but they did carry off the Yorkshire Council Supplementary Play off title with a fivewicket win over Rockingham in last week’s final.
Fourthplaced Buttershaw’s defeat at the hands of lowly Woodkirk sees them needing a victory over visitors Moorlands to leapfrog them and claim third place in the division, but Moorlands are looking favourites.

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