NEW signing Mansoor Hussain boosted Wetherby’s hopes of being crowned league champions for the second time in three seasons.
All-rounder Hussain, pictured, led Wetherby to a 109-run win against former club Walton that put them only four points behind Division One leaders Great Preston, who lost to Scarcroft.
Mansoor (105) and captain Richard Grogan (81no) shared an opening 198-run stand as Wetherby posted 220-1 and Mansoor then bagged 5-9 from eight overs to rout winless bottom side Walton for 111.
Charles Silverton (5-54) limited Great Preston to 206-9, chasing Scarcroft’s 212-9 that included half-centuries by Richard Stephens and Amjad Hussain.
Matt Davie (4-36) and Chris Baldwin (69) were the pick for Preston, who needed 14 runs for victory off the last over but managed only seven.
Preston face Barwick in Elmet in the Fred Fleetwood Cup final at Saxton on Sunday (1.30pm) after last weekend’s game was postponed because of heavy rain.
Former leaders Kirk Deighton’s title bid ended when they lost at St Chad’s.
Howard Johnson (75no) and Callum Oliver (73) put on 119 as Chad’s piled up 243-4 and Richard Kerr bagged 4-47 and Sultan Mehmood 2-27 as Deighton were bowled out for 192. Australian all-rounders Matt Prosser and Tom Reece were outstanding for Barwick in Elmet and Bilton in Ainsty, respectively.Reece (41no and 3-30) shone in Bilton’s victory at Old Leodiensians and Prosser struck an unbeaten 115 and claimed 5-39 as Barwick beat Sicklinghall, whose 32-run defeat was tough on Tom Ryszkowski (63).
Old Modernians scraped a three-wicket success at Shadwell. Brad Taylor (4-16) and Ben Turner (3-30) made Modernians work hard for victory after Scott Harrison (5-13) had routed Shadwell for 46.