PAKISTAN batsman Zain Abbas amassed 218 runs in two victories as Scholes made a cracking start to their final CYL season before they switch to the Bradford League next year.
Abbas (96) and Joe Duffy (56) shared a 113-run stand as promoted Scholes beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers in Saturday’s Premiership game.
Abbas then struck 122 to steer Scholes to a five-wicket win at Skelmanthorpe in the Heavy Woollen Cup first round the next day.
Parish Cavaliers quickly bounced back by trouncing Buttershaw St Paul’s by 223 runs in the Heavy Woollen Cup.
Michael Padgett (4-12) toppled Buttershaw for 124, replying to Parish’s 347-8 that included 82 by Terence James and 51 from Tim Orrell.
Townville, Methley and Ossett also reached the next round but Wrenthorpe, Birstall, Wakefield Thornes and Liversedge fell at the first hurdle.
Townville repeated their eight-wicket victory over Bradford League Spen Victoria at the same stage of last season’s competition.
It completed a successful weekend for the Castleford team who began their defence of the CYL championship by grabbing a thrilling one-wicket win at Wrenthorpe.
Greig Batty hammered 98 off 68 balls as Wrenthorpe posted 243-9 which Townville overhauled with just two balls remaining after Tim Walton (51) and Connor Harvey (44) led the run chase.
Batty was again out of luck as Wrenthorpe’s hopes of lifting the Heavy Woollen Cup for the sixth time in eight years ended with a 10-wicket defeat at Pudsey Congs.
Batty (45) guided Wrenthorpe to 192 but Congs openers Callum Geldart (109no) and Nick Lindley (71no) knocked off the runs in just 24.1 overs.
Shoaib Latif hammered a magnificent 142 as Ossett followed Saturday’s two-wicket Premiership win against Altofts by knocking Shelley out of the Heavy Woollen Cup.
John Rickers bagged 5-21 and Chris Holliday hit 44 in Methley’s 61-run victory at Wakefield Thornes in Sunday’s all-CYL cup clash.
Thornes had better luck the previous day when a sixth-wicket stand of 79 between Jordan Anderson (47no) and Matthew Varley (44) steered them to a Premiership victory at Carlton, whose total of 178-6 featured an unbroken 77-run partnership between Chris Leaf (42no) and Jonathan Rudge (29no).
Methley suffered a one-wicket defeat at promoted Hopton Mills, despite a fine debut by former Pudsey Congs all-rounder Ed Walmsley (4-35 and 36).
Sufyan Patel smashed six sixes in a rapid 86 and Ashley Mackereth claimed 4-35 as Hopton got off to a flyer in their first season in the top-flight.
Nick Kaye (55no) and Craig Wood (44) led Birstall to seven-wicket league win at Hunslet Nelson but Birstall’s batting let them down the next day when they were routed for 128 in a Heavy Woollen Cup defeat at Shepley.
Liversedge lost by 64 runs at Golcar in Sunday’s cup tie but they made a promising start to their Championship campaign by beating promotion rivals Wakefield St Michael’s by 93 runs, thanks to Paul Marlow (42 and 3-4) and Simon Kay (4-40).
Allan Olbison produced the opening day’s top bowling performance by claiming 9-45 in East Leeds’s nine-wicket win at Oulton, who were skittled for 77.
Openers Julian Smith (63) and Dan Walker (36) put on 108 and Adam Pearson snapped up 5-40 in East Ardsley’s six-wicket success at Buttershaw St Paul’s.
Muhammad Tahir (50), Fawad Maqsood (37), Ayaz Seedat (32) and Muhammad Hafeez (3-43) were Batley’s match-winners against fellow relegated side Northowram Fields.