Central Yorkshire: Clark and Marston key to Cup upset bid

Caribbean bowler Sylvester Frith who took two tickets in the defeat by Liversedge.
Caribbean bowler Sylvester Frith who took two tickets in the defeat by Liversedge.
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newcomers Great Preston will hope to pull off an upset when they host Wrenthorpe in the Jack Hampshire Trophy second round on Sunday.

Preston, who beat Championship side East Ardsley in the first round, aim to win promotion from Division One at the first attempt after switching from the Wetherby League where they enjoyed considerable success.

Their easy win at Mirfield put them just two points behind leaders East Leeds, whom they visit on Saturday.

Andy Clark (6-18) and Lee Russell (3-52) skittled Mirfield for 99, replying to Preston’s 246-9 that featured a century by James Marston, who put on 107 with Russell (47).

Wrenthorpe, who lifted the Jack Hampshire Trophy four times between 2005 and 2012, are 10 points adrift of the Premiership pacesetters after losing to champions Methley.

Jordan Sleightholme (82) and Sam Wigglesworth (40) shared a 95-run partnership and Chris Leaf hit an unbeaten 51 as Wrenthorpe posted 212-6, which Methley overhauled with four overs to spare thanks to ex-Wrenthorpe player Luke Patel’s unbeaten 86.

Holders Methley continue their defence of the Jack Hampshire Trophy by visiting Batley where they won by nine wickets in a league fixture last month.

Last season’s losing finalists Birstall have a difficult second round tie at Townville, who remain unbeaten in all competitions this season after two victories.

Townville are four points behind joint leaders Methley and Ossett, who meet at Little Church Lane on Saturday.

Jack Hughes (62no and 6-44) and Jonathan Booth 66) led Townville to victory against Batley and the Castleford team won at Shelley the next day to book a home tie against New Farnley or Skelmanthorpe in the Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-finals.

Hughes (3-42) and Peter Hepworth (3-45) limited the Huddersfield League side to 226 and Chris Holliday and Booth struck half-centuries as Townville knocked off the runs.

Townville were forced to concede their National Club Championship match against Treeton because of a fixture clash.

Former Yorkshire all-rounder Gurman Randhawa (50 and 4-18) was again outstanding as Ossett continued their excellent start by beating Birstall by 123 runs.

Ossett’s Jack Hampshire Trophy second round opponents Hunslet Nelson remain at the foot of the Premiership after being trounced by Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, for whom Nazar Hussain hammered a century and Adil Mustafa snapped up 5-22.

In Sunday’s other second round ties, Mirfield PC, Carlton and Wakefield Thornes meet Northowram Fields, Oulton and Liversedge, respectively.