Struggling Ossett fight to avoid the drop

Struggling Ossett fight to avoid the drop

RELEGATION-THREATENED Ossett claimed their second victory of the season, improving their chances of Central Yorkshire League Premier Division survival by the skin of their teeth.

Ossett had just a 15-run margin at the end as Batley were all out for 107, chasing 122, thanks to some fine bowling from Shoaib Latif (5-44) and Khalid Usman (4-30).

The result left them second bottom ahead of Northowram Fields, while at the other end of the table Birstall missed the chance to press home their credentials as title contenders when they were skittled out for just 90 on route to an eight-wicket defeat at Hunslet.

Scholes are leading the way in the Central Yorkshire League Division One title race after a seven-wicket success at East Leeds.

Aleem Ladak helped bowl out the home side for 77 in just under one-and-a-half hours with a five-wicket haul for just 35 runs.

Rob Smith hit an unbeaten 47 for Scholes after losing three wickets in quick succession to see them safely home, but there was no joy for Liversedge, at East Ardsley.

Veteran campaigner David Battye took six wickets for 43 runs to bowl the visitors out for 145 in their pursuit of 212 for 5 – a total boosted by 53 extras.

Nigel Doyle took all five for Liversedge with his seemingly lethal left-arm spin.

Second-tier strugglers Ossett A went down by 84 runs at Buttershaw St Pauls but there was better news for newly-promoted Mirfield, who beat third-bottom Methley A to record their first win.

They are now charged with the task of stopping Scholes when they visit the Memorial Ground for their next game.

Top-flight Ossett go to Northowram tomorrow (Saturday) while Batley hope to stop pacesetters Townville.

Birstall, currently lying fourth, will attempt to get back the winning habit at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

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