CENTRAL YORKSHIRE LEAGUE side Ossett fielded two players at Carlton with first class careers that boast 100 appearances, almost 4,200 runs and 50 wickets between them.
You would back that sort of experience to win a Central Yorkshire League game – and it did.
Under the guidance of player-coach John Sadler, formerly Yorkshire, Leicester and Derby, and boosted by the presence of current Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah, Ossett finished three-wicket winners with seven overs to spare in their Premier Division game.
Former Woodlands and Spen Victoria player Pyrah was back at Albert Terrace to see his two old clubs in Priestley Cup action on Sunday but the day before he had made an outstanding contribution to Ossett’s success.
Having taken 3-40 in 13 overs Pyrah then held his side together in the face of a middle order collapse to steer them home with 33 not out off 60 balls.
Scholes remain joint top with Wakefield Thornes after dropping their first points at Hopton Mills.
The home side batted out their overs on 147-9, despite being 28-7 at one stage.
But even the remarkable exploits of Michael Carroll (4-44 and 75 not out) could not help his side overcome Scholes’ Nick Whitehill (66)-inspired 183 all out.
Birstall lost their first game, going down to a six-wicket defeat at Wrenthorpe, and Mirfield Parish crashed to a 116-run defeat at home to Wakefield Thornes.
In the Championship Buttershaw St Paul’s beat Liversedge by four wickets.
Chris Kellett’s 4-29 helped bowl out the visitors for 161, Abubakar Dawood top scoring with 56, while Batley were eight-wicket winners at home to Wakefield St Michaels.
Westwood Park, without a game, entertain Gildersome next as they look to extend their 100 per cent start in this division.
While in the Premier Division Birstall are at home to Townville, joint-leaders Scholes play host to Wrenthorpe, Hopton Mills are at third-placed Altofts, and Ossett are at home to Mirfield Parish.
Championship leaders Batley go to third-placed East Ardsley and Liversedge hope to regain the winning habit at home to Oulton.