SCHOLES’ chances of moving into the Bradford League next season with the Central Yorkshire League title under their belt are fast fading, but they could still make the end-of-season Yorkshire Council play-offs.
They collected four points from a must win game at home to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers but some dogged batting from Parish, despite a 5-36 return from Zain Abbas, denied them maximum points as Parish closed on 125-9 in their 50 overs.
In reply Scholes made short work of their task as Nick Whitehill (64) and skipper James Stansfield (53) put on an unbeaten 115-run stand for the third wicket to move within six points of second-placed Townville.
Methley still lead the table by with 55 points after they beat Hopton Mills by 167 runs, while Townville are eight points behind in second after beating Wrenthorpe and Ossett lie in third after Shoaib Latif’s 159 not out ensured a 92-run win at Altofts.
There seems no respite for Birstall, lying one place above relegation, after crashing to a 68-run defeat at home to bottom club Hunslet Nelson.
The visitors posted a testing total when Tommy Roy’s 102, his first century in four years, helped them to 276-8 and Birstall were never up to the target despite a good knock from Eric Austin (67) in their 208 all out.
If Birstall do go down there is every chance that Batley and Liversedge could replace them, although Buttershaw St Paul’s are still in with a chance of promotion from the Championship.
In the top game of the day in the Championship, Liversedge moved just four points behind leaders Batley after they beat them by 34 runs at Roberttown Lane. Matthew Gibson (80 not out) top-scored in the Liversedge total of 204-6 then Simon Kay wrapped it up with a 6-55 return to help bowl out Batley.
Liversedge leap-frogged Northowram Fields, who lost by 13 runs at East Ardsley, while an 81-run win for Buttershaw at Oulton lifted them into fourth place – but still 12 adrift of a promotion spot.
Every one of tomorrow’s games in the CYL Premier Division is a ‘must win’ scenario.
At the foot of the table third-bottom Birstall go to second-bottom Hopton Mills with only two points separating them, play-off chasing Scholes go to relegation threatened Hunslet Nelson, while Ossett and Wakefield Thornes are both pushing for the play-offs in joint-third place.
Methley, at Wrenthorpe, and Townville, at Carlton, are still chasing the title while their opponents, along with Mirfield Parish at home to Altofts, sees even the mid-table clubs in danger of losing their comparative safety net.
Having seen off leaders Batley in their last game, Liversedge face another daunting task in the Championship with a ‘12-pointer’ at third-placed Northowram.
Meanwhile, Batley should have the better of things at Oulton and Buttershaw, at home to Wakefield St Michaels, are waiting in the wings for the front three to slip up.