Still all to play for after blank weekend

The Central Yorkshire League, like most competitions in the region, was badly hit by the rain last weekend.

But with so many issues at stake everyone will be hoping for better over the coming days.

In Division One, Buttershaw St Pauls’ game at promotion-chasing Oulton was one of the few to finish – but Scholes and Liversedge probably wish it had not.

Leeds-based Oulton ran out eight-wicket winners and moved into fourth place. Though there is little to play for themselves, Buttershaw entertain a Scholes side this weekend which is under increasing pressure to maintain their promotion push following Oulton’s triumph and title-favourites Hopton Mills’ nine-wicket at Wakefield Thornes A.

Michael Carroll (5-32) and Tahmudil Islam (35) proved key for Hopton last time out, with the ball and bat respectively, and the Mirfield club will be hoping to at least hold on to their five-point lead at the summit when they challenge bottom club Ossett A tomorrow (Saturday).

Liversedge, meanwhile, level on points with Oulton, suffered a setback when their game at home to relegation-threatened Mirfield was abandoned due to rain.

They require nothing short of a victory at East Leeds if they are to have any chance of catching the division’s leading pair.

Bradford outfit Westwood Park are the main challengers for promotion in Divisions Three and Four and they remain seven points clear of Rodley, going into their next game at Scholes A. Their second string sits six points clear of Thornhill A at the top of Division Four ahead of tomorrow's visit (Saturday) of Hopton Mills A.

In the Premier Division, Batley’s game at home to Northowram was the only one outside the Wakefield area to finish. But it did not end well for them as Northowram successfully defended a total of just 99.

In reply, Batley tumbled to a disappointing 88 all out. And, while Northowram remain strapped to the foot of the league ladder on 23 points, they are only eight points clear of second-bottom Altofts in the relegation zone.

Birstall’s game with Ossett and Methley’s visit to Mirfield Parish were both washed out last weekend.

White Lee side Birstall now face a trip to title-chasing Townville, while Mirfield Parish prepare to do battle with Northowram.

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