Central Yorkshire League: Cavaliers aiming to kick-start their campaign

Michael Padgett

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MIRFIELD Parish will hope to put their poor league form behind them in the Heavy Woollen Cup second round on Sunday.

The Cavaliers, without a win in the Premiership, have a difficult task at Pudsey Congs, who beat Wrenthorpe by 10 wickets in the opening round.

Scholes visit Ossett in an all-CYL clash and Methley host former CYL club New Farnley, who won by five runs when the teams last met in the Yorkshire Council Championship semi-finals in 2012.

Townville’s second round tie at Moorlands has been re-arranged for May 25.

Methley underlined why they are favourites to lift the Premiership title by inflicting defending champions Townville’s first defeat of the season at Poplar Avenue on Saturday.

Chris Holliday (69), Richard Foster (68) and Luke Patel (40) led Methley to 258-6 and Townville’s reply finished well short on 210-7, despite Tim Walton’s 74.

Methley are seven points adrift of pacesetters Wakefield Thornes and Scholes, the top-flight’s only unbeaten teams.

Thornes, aiming to improve on last season’s best-ever third place finish, won by 116 runs at lowly Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Matthew Varley (6-41) sent Cavaliers reeling from 71-3 to 108 all out, chasing Thornes’ 224-7 that included 62 by Joe Cook.

Scholes, who are switching to the Bradford League next season, continued their excellent start by beating fellow promoted side Hopton Mills.

Nick Whitehill (66) steered Scholes to 183 but they were denied maximum points when Hopton’s reply recovered from 28-7 to close on 147-9 thanks to a 121-run stand between Michael Carroll (75no) and Stephen Bland (33).

Altofts, who avoided relegation on the final day last year, achieved their second successive win by beating Hunslet Nelson by 33 runs.

Minor Counties all-rounder Harry Clewett struck a century off 109 balls and claimed 4-39 as Altofts climbed to third place and left Hunslet still seeking their first victory.

Greig Batty (5-19), Jack Rich (2-27) and Joe Ellis (72) guided former champions Wrenthorpe to their first win of the season against Birstall while Gurman Randhawa (4-17) and Richard Pyrah (3-40) set up Ossett’s three-wicket success at Carlton, who were limited to 136-8.

Steve Cooper (39) and Chris Kippax (4-40) were Carlton’s best performers.

Batley, relegated last season, head the Championship with a 100 per cent record.

Muhammed Hafeez snapped up 6-34 and Muhammad Tahir hit 56 in an eight-wicket win against Wakefield St Michael’s that put Batley six points clear of closest rivals Liversedge and East Ardsley. Liversedge lost by four wickets at Buttershaw St Paul’s but Ardsley stepped up their challenge by beating Oulton whose batting again let them down, with just a solitary batsman reaching double figures for the second successive game.

Jonathan Anson (4-31) and Dave Flint (4-12) routed Ardsley for 102 before Adam Pearson (5-4), David Battye (3-4) and Chris Towell (2-23) skittled Oulton for 65.

Matthew Senior (89), Gary Sagar (75) and Gary Walton (58no) were outstanding as Rodley piled up CYL’s highest score this season of 298-4 in Saturday’s Division One game against Mirfield, who were toppled for 112 by Jordan Slack (4-39), Andrew Ralph (3-14) and Gary Lewsley (2-13).

Gildersome lost a high-scoring match against leaders Azaad whose total of 291-4 featured an unbeaten 124 by Mohammed Badat. Mark Simpson (98), Neil Clay (77) and Jack Lawrence (49) led Gildersome’s spirited reply which fell narrowly short when they were all out for 277 after losing their last five wickets for just four runs.

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