Batley seal fine victory — Liversedge hopes suffer setback

BATLEY boosted their promotion hopes on a dramatic day of cricket in Central Yorkshire League Division One.

The Mount Pleasant side earned a fine win over Wakefield Thornes A but Carlton remain top of the table following a four-wicket victory over promotion rivals Liversedge.

Ossett A failed to raise a side for the second successive week, so their opponents Moorlands were awarded the six points, which leaves them level on 78 points with Batley.

Carlton and Moorlands have both played a game more than Batley, who are due to meet bottom side Ossett A on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Mohammed Tahir led Batley to victory over Thornes A with a fine all-round display.

Tahir top scored with 52 and with support from Amjad Hussain (36) and Jabir Patel (32), Batley were bowled out for 180.

Tahir then claimed 5-26 from 7.3 overs and with Huzaifah Patel (3-33) chipping in, Thornes were dismissed for 124.

Victory also guaranteed Batley a place in the Yorkshire Council Play-offs supplementary competition and they will entertain Pontefract Section side Stainborough on Sunday.

The Central Yorkshire League have been granted three places in the play-offs this season, so Moorlands also qualify.

They will travel to South Yorkshire side Shiregreen, while Carlton have been paired away to Coal Aston.

Liversedge posted a very useful total of 256-6 in their crunch clash at Carlton with Max Power (64), David Winter (51), David Bolt (36) and Tanvir Bashir (33) leading the way.

However, Phil Page (44) and Steve Cooper (71) shared an 87-run opening wicket stand in Carlton’s reply before Steve Cooper and James Cooper (40) added a further 91 runs for the second wicket.

Chris Kippax struck 34 not out late on to steer Carlton home with nine balls to spare.

Defeat leaves Liversedge fifth in the table, 11 points behind Batley with four games remaining.

East Ardsley are guaranteed to be playing first division cricket next season after Ossett A were deducted 12 points for failing to fulfill their last two games.

Ardsley recorded a crushing 142-run success over Methley A last week.

Matthew Redgwick struck 69 not out, with support coming from Ashley Pearson (44no) and Jake Alleston (27) as Ards;ey posted 208-5 before dismissing Methley for 76 as Alan Fulton (5-41), David Battye (3-19) and Ashley Pearson (2-7) did the damage.

Birstall captain

Stewart Clifton

in action during his side’s crunch

Central Yorkshire

League

Premier Division

game at

Hunslet Nelson

last Saturday.

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Pictures:

Paul Butterfield