Wilson in fine form for Liversedge

LIVERSEDGE’S Sean Wilson produced the innings of the day during the final round of Central Yorkshire League fixtures – but their Division One clash with Scholes was lees than competitive.

In fact it had the air of a charity match about it at times.

No fewer than nine Scholes players had a bowl and drastic alterations were being made to their batting order.

Wilson, however, was prepared to take full advantage of any gifts coming his way.

Going in with the scoreboard reading 2-1 – the first wicket falling inside the opening over – Wilson stayed at the crease for over two hours.

In that time he managed 14 fours and eight sixes, in an 89-ball innings yielding a massive 134 runs.

And, after chalking up a final score of 262-6, Liversedge bowled out the opposition for 181 to ensure victory and a fifth-placed finish in the league’s second tier.

In contrast, Liversedge A finished as runners-up to Westwood Park in Division Three despite taking only one point from their final game at Azaad A after batting 47 overs for just 142-2.

Skipper Russell Clarke finished unbeaten on 68 after opening the innings and batting for more than three hours.

And youngster James Swift took four wickets in the Azaad reply as the home side won by two wickets.

Batley will not feature in the Premier Division next season, having fallen at the final hurdle when Altofts beat Mirfield Parish to overtake them on the final day, condemning the Mount Pleasant outfit to relegation along with Northowram.

At 55-8 it already looked all over for Batley against visiting Wakefield Thornes, but they did rally to 119 and had Thornes at 87-7 before eventually losing by two wickets.

As well as Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, whose defeat at the hands of Altofts sent Batley down, Ossett and Birstall rounded off the season with disappointing defeats.

And, in addition to runners-up Scholes, the same fate befell promoted Division One champions Hopton Mills.

At second-tier level there was no joy either for Mirfield or Ossett A who lost, at home to Oulton and East Ardsley respectively, and are both relegated as a result.

By Mike Popplewell

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