Central Yorkshire League: Ekstraal excels as Nelson find their form

Birstall batsman Craig Wood drives through the ball against Townville in the Jack Hamshire Trophy. PIC: Steve Riding
Birstall batsman Craig Wood drives through the ball against Townville in the Jack Hamshire Trophy. PIC: Steve Riding
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SOUTH African all-rounder Warren Ekstraal was oustanding as Hunslet Nelson ended their poor start to the season with a double success.

The 24-year-old hit 82 and claimed 4-15 in Hunslet’s first Premiership win at Carlton on Saturday and he excelled again the next day as they crushed Ossett in the Jack Hampshire Trophy second round.

Ekstraal (3-19), Aqash Aurangzeb (3-17) and Jack Hebden (2-23) routed Ossett for 75 to round off a miserable weekend for them.

Ossett’s batting also let them down the previous day as they slumped to their first league defeat when Methley’s Ed Walmsley (5-29), twin Marcus (2-32) and Sohail Raz (2-38) skittled them for 127.

All-rounder Ed Walmsley starred with the bat on Sunday, hammering 134 off 115 balls as Jack Hampshire Trophy holders Methley stayed on course to repeat last season’s league and cup double by winning at Batley.

Townville, still unbeaten in all competitions this season, are six points behind Premiership leaders Methley after Jonathan Booth’s unbeaten century off 106 balls guided them to a five-wicket victory at Altofts.

Captain Nick Bresnan (71no) and Jack Hughes (44no) shared an unbroken century stand as Townville completed a successful weekend by beating trophy opponents Birstall.

Birstall had better luck on Saturday when Eric Austin struck an undefeated 126 off 125 deliveries in a 131-run partnership with Nick Kaye (55no) as they beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Cavaliers quickly bounced back, Nazar Hussain (110) and Salman Sayed (108) putting on 178 as they trounced Northowram Fields on Sunday.

South African opener Darryl Hendricks hit half-centuries on successive days in Wrenthorpe’s two wins.

Hendricks shared a century stand with Neil Bourke (69) as Wrenthorpe beat Wakefield Thornes by 28 runs on Saturday and he then helped them overhaul Great Preston’s 212-6 in Sunday’s trophy game.

It was Preston’s second setback following Saturday’s defeat at Division One leaders East Leeds, for whom Daniel Lawrence struck a match-winning 116.

Steve Bland’s unbeaten century gave Championship pacesetters Hopton Mills the edge against Azaad on Saturday.

Liversedge and Oulton maintained their promotion challenges by collecting maximum points but they both bowed out of the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Alex Houghton’s battling 49 was in vain for Oulton in a 58-run defeat at Carlton and Liversedge lost to Wakefield Thornes. Matthew Gibson (4-35) and Connor Rowlands (4-32) limited Thornes to 182 but Liversedge fell 37 runs short.