Central Yorkshire League: Strugglers bounce back from poor start

Neil Clay
Neil Clay
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CHAMPIONSHIP strugglers Oulton bounced back from a dreadful start to the season with two victories last weekend.

They bagged their first league win on Saturday by beating Buttershaw St Paul’s and then caused a major upset by knocking out Premiership Ossett in the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Ryan Healey’s unbeaten 60 steered Oulton to a seven-wicket success after Michael Hodgkins (3-20) Jonathan Anson (2-25), Dave Flint (2-5) and Alan Winn (2-16) toppled Ossett for 112.

Hodgkins (6-44) and Flint (4-29) were the match-winners the previous day as they sent Buttershaw collapsing from 40-1 to 75 all out, replying to Oulton’s 130.

Buttershaw found their batting form on Sunday to pull a cup shock by inflicting Premiership leaders Scholes’ first defeat in any competition this year.

Pakistani all-rounder Zain Abbas’ 91 was in vain as Scholes fell for 189, chasing Buttershaw’s 211-3 that featured an unbeaten century by Kevin McDermott.

Abbas smashed 96 off 93 balls on Saturday as Scholes took a three-point lead in the Premiership with a six-wicket win at defending champions Townville, for whom Matthew Bremner (71) top scored.

Bremner took his tally to 194 runs in two days with an unbeaten 123 as the Castleford team trounced Westwood Park in Sunday’s cup tie.

He shared an unbroken 236-run stand with Jack Hughes who smashed an undefeated 145 off just 83 deliveries.

Methley made a successful start to their defence of Jack Hampshire Trophy by beating Mirfield Parish Cavaliers in Sunday’s only all-Premiership tie.

Chris Holliday and Luke Patel hit half-centuries in Methley’s total of 299-6 and Mirfield’s reply fell 72 runs short.

It completed an excellent weekend for Methley who maintained their title challenge by comfortably beating Birstall, who were limited to 136 by Ed Walmsley (5-31), John Rickers (2-6) and Oral Blackford.

There was also double joy for resurgent Altofts who climbed to second in the Premiership and then reached the Jack Hampshire Trophy second round.

Clive Jackson (5-12), Bradley Barber (4-32), Matthew Fuller (59) and Harry Clewett (47no) led Altofts to a cup win against East Ardsley.

James Logan (54 and 3-57) and Clewett (47 and 3-44) were key contributors to Saturday’s league victory at Wrenthorpe who recovered next day to beat Division One leaders Azaad by two wickets in the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Wakefield Thornes’ championship bid was dented by Saturday’s defeat at promoted Hopton Mills whose Namibian international all-rounder Zhivago Groenewald (58 and 4-46) was in outstanding form. Thornes were Sunday’s top scorers in the Jack Hampshire Trophy when David Toft (149) and Matthew Jordan (115) put on 246 as they raced to 347-7 at Wakefield St Michael’s.

Alex Leyshon (77) and Jalil Akbar (38) were the best performers for St Michael’s who replied with 226-6.

St Michael’s were also out of luck in the the previous day’s Championship game at East Leeds who overhauled a 216-run target thanks to Dean Atkinson (60no), Zahid Tarvaz (37) and Kirti Tandel (34).

Rodley had mixed fortunes last weekend.

They reached the Jack Hampshire Trophy second round by trouncing strugglers Mirfield for the second time this month.

Simon Dickens (5-3) routed Mirfield for 57 after Darren Holmes (71) and Gary Lewsley (53) had guided Rodley to 209-8.

But Rodley lost Saturday’s game against Division One promotion rivals Gildersome who were indebted to Jerome Austin (52no) and Mohamed Mansoor (7-30) for a 43-run win that lifted them to third in the table.

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