Batley’s hopes boosted by victory

THEY may be bottom of the Premier Division with only two games of the Central Yorkshire League season remaining but Batley refuse to give up hopes of avoiding relegation.

A four-point haul from a thrilling two-wicket success at Northowram Fields last Saturday leaves Batley only four points adrift of safety.

Naweed Ghany (3-39) helped to restrict Fields to 185-9 before he hit 50 to guide Batley to 188-8 with only four balls to spare.

Birstall are back in the bottom two after an eight-wicket loss to New Farnley.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers lost out by two wickets in a close-fought meeting with Carlton.

Tharaka Gunarathne’s 113 not out inspired Cavaliers to 243-7 and, despite the efforts of Michael Padgett (4-37), Carlton reached 244-8 with two balls remaining.

Moorlands closed in on the Division One title with a 71-run win over Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Stephen Lane (50 not out) top-scored in Moorlands’ 209-5 while Andrew Walker (4-42) led the attack to dispatch Saints for 138.

Hopton Mills are up to fourth after beating Oulton by 63 runs.

Mills limped to 128-9 but Philip Scott (4-7) and Michael Carroll (3-9) sent Oulton packing for 65.

Scholes hit 310-7 to win by 22 runs at Wakefield Thornes A. Andrew Spencer (89) starred in the visitors’ innings and Richard West (5-58) made his mark as Thornes were dismissed for 288.

Liversedge’s total of 113 was not enough as visitors Ossett triumphed with 114-1.

Mirfield’s promotion hopes in Division 2 remain alive after edging out Gildersome by one wicket. The hosts hit 136 and Mirfield did just enough with a reply of 137-9.

Batley A are in big trouble at the bottom of the table after a 46-run loss to Wrenthorpe A, Birstall A suffered a 128-run defeat at Ossett A and Mirfield Parish Cavaliers A went down by three wickets at Buttershaw St Paul’s A.

In Division 3, Scholes A came up 21 runs short in their clash with Adwalton, Moorlands A lost by 98 runs at Carlton A and bottom side Hopton Mills went down by 110 runs to Gildersome A.

Liversedge A moved into the top two of Division 4 after cruising to a nine-wicket win at Westwood Park A while Mirfield A dropped to third with a three-wicket loss at home to East Leeds A.