BIRSTALL and Wrenthorpe will hope to put their poor league form behind them in Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Trophy semi-finals.
They are both in the Premiership’s bottom four and have difficult tasks against the top two teams.
Wrenthorpe host holders Methley in a repeat of last year’s final and the sides also meet in a Premiership fixture at Bragg Lane End the previous day.
Birstall visit Heavy Woollen Cup finalists Townville, who have an impressive record in knockout competitions this season.
Marcus Walmsley hit 130 and Luke Patel 96 as leaders Methley trounced lowly Hopton Mills by 167 runs on Saturday to avenge a shock defeat on the opening day of the season.
Methley stayed eight points clear of closest rivals Townville, who completed a league double over Wrenthorpe thanks to Tim Walton’s 91 and Conor Harvey’s unbeaten 56 off 29 balls.
Third-placed Wakefield Thornes visit fourth-placed Ossett on Saturday in a game neither can afford to lose if they are to stay in title contention.
Openers Shoaib Latif and Gurman Randhawa were again in outstanding form for Ossett. After sharing a 186-run stand at Scholes two weeks earlier, they put on 217 and claimed four wickets each as Ossett won by 92 runs at Altofts. Latif’s unbeaten 159 off 168 balls featured two sixes and 25 fours.
Tom Marsden (38), James Wolfenden (34) and Johanes Bothma (3-36) were key contributors as Thornes maintained their challenge by beating Carlton by 19 runs to end their five-match unbeaten run.
An eighth-wicket stand of 54 between Chris leaf (47) and James Glynn (22) was in vain for Carlton.
Nick Whitehill (64no) and James Stansfield (53no) shared an unbroken century stand as former leaders Scholes comfortably beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, who were limited to 125-9 by Zain Abbas (5-36) and Joe Duffy (3-30).
Bottom team Hunslet Nelson, without a win in their first 12 matches, finally got off the mark at Birstall.
Derrick Hammill (5-50) bowled out Birstall for 208 after captain Tommy Roy (102) and South African Jean Strydom (91) had shared a 190-run opening stand to guide Hunslet to 276-8.
Eric Austin (67) and Craig Wood (49) top-scored for Birstall who are just two points clear of second bottom Hopton Mills who they visit on Saturday.
Simon Kay (6-55) and Matthew Gibson (80no) were Liversedge’s match-winnners as they threw the Championship promotion race wide open by climbing to second place with a 34-run win over leaders Batley.
Liversedge have another vital game this Saturday at third-placed Northowram Fields, who slipped to a third defeat in four games at East Ardsley.
Gary Jennings hit 44 and Tom Daniels 34 as Ardsley recovered from 29-6 to post 120.
David Battye (4-36), Adam Pearson (3-25) and Ashley Pearson (2-5) reduced Northowram’s reply to 14-6 and although Chris Metcalfe (54no) led a fightback, they were all out for 107.
Michael Halloran (69), recent signing James Cooper (54) and Nick Downward (51no) struck half-centuries as Wakefield St Michael’s continued their revival by defeating East Leeds by 88 runs. Rhys Olbison (50) led East Leeds’ scoring.
All-rounder Imran Mahboob (58 and 4-44) kept Lupset-based Azaad firmly on course for the Division One championship by leading them to a 55-run victory against Caribbean.
Gildersome climbed above Caribbean to second place when Martin Morley (6-31) and Khalil Liaquat (4-25) routed Rodley for 81 to set up a seven-wicket success.