OPENER Shoaib Latif and former Yorkshire bowler Gurman Randhawa were outstanding as Ossett continued their excellent start with two victories last weekend.
Last season’s top Premiership batsman Latif hit an unbeaten 43 and left-arm spinner Randhawa claimed 5-25 as Ossett eased to an eight-wicket win against Caribbean in Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Trophy first round tie.
The previous day, brothers Gurman and Rohan Randhawa each bagged three wickets and Latif hammered 117 as Ossett maintained their Premiership title bid by beating Hunslet Nelson. Ossett are just two points behind leaders Methley who also enjoyed a successful weekend.
Richard Foster hit an unbeaten century off 102 balls as Methley beat Buttershaw St Paul’s on Saturday and Fahid Rehman (52) and Foster (37) shared a 91-run stand as they started their defence of the Jack Hampshire Trophy by beating Adwalton.
Townville, who visit Huddersfield League Shelley in the Heavy Woollen Cup second round on Sunday, retained their unbeaten record with a four-wicket win at Wakefield Thornes that lifted them to third in the Premiership.
Thornes quickly bounced back when Joe Cook (104no) and David Toft (79no) shared an unbroken 162-run stand to guide them victory in Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Trophy tie at Buttershaw.
Birstall slipped to their first league defeat of the season against Wrenthorpe on Saturday and they survived a scare against trophy opponents Crossbank Methodists the following day. Paul Blakeley (3-12) and Jaymish Patel (3-37) toppled Division One side Crossbank for 134 but Birstall’s reply was floundering at 10-3 before Craig Wood (59) and Nick Kaye (34no) rescued them.
Sardar Khan hit an unbeaten 65 in Batley’s first league win of the season against Altofts on Saturday and he struck another half-century as they knocked Azaad out of the Jack Hampshire competition the next day.
It was a disapppointing weekend for Championship leaders Azaad who suffered their first league defeat when they lost by 12 runs at Liversedge on Saturday. Liversedge won again when Alan Sumner (104no) and Paul Marlow (62no) put on 147 in Sunday’s trophy victory at Wakefield St Michael’s. Jonathan Henshaw (37) was the only batsman in double figures as Oulton were skittled for 71 by Neil Browne (4-18) and Ashley Mackereth (3-23) in Saturday’s Championship defeat at Hopton Mills.
Oulton batted far better the next day, with Imran Mayat hammering 129 as they piled up 350-8 in a Jack Hampshire Trophy tie against Mirfield, who managed only 95.
East Leeds have an eight-point lead in Division One after John Dyson (78) and James Watling (5-18) led them to a 111-run victory against Adwalton but Danny Thewlis’ unbeaten 76 was in vain in their trophy defeat against Northowram Fields on Sunday.
David Blakeley struck an unbeaten 63 off 52 balls as Mirfield Parish Cavaliers eased to a nine-wicket Jack Hampshire Trophy win against Rodley and Great Preston booked their second round place by beating Championship outfit East Ardsley with an unbroken third wicket partnership of 161 between Gary Newton (100no) and Stuart Ruddick (56no).