Lowly Crossbank give Birstall cup scare

Craig Wood hit a crucial half century for Birstall against Crossbank
Craig Wood hit a crucial half century for Birstall against Crossbank

Crossbank Methodists gave their illustrious neighbours Birstall a huge scare in last Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Cup first round.

Paul James top scored with 48 as Crossbank were bowled out for 134, with Jaymish Patel and Paul Blakeley claiming three wickets each.

Birstall were reduced to 10-3 in reply as Joshua Mastin (3-20) struck early but they were guided to a nervy five-wicket win as Craig Wood made 59.

Batley are safely through after a 94-run victory over Azaad.

Sardar Hassan Khan hit 74 in Batley’s 241 all out before following up with 3-7 in 11 balls as Azaad were dismissed for 147.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers dismissed Rodley for 129 and eased to a nine-wicket win with David Blakeley finishing unbeaten on 63.

Mirfield suffered a crushing 245-run defeat to Oulton, who had Imran Mayat (129) in superb form as they posted 350-8 before dismissing their opponents for 95.

Liversedge capped an impressive weekend by reaching the second round thanks to an eight-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael’s.

Graeme Winn claimed 3-47 as St Michael’s were restricted to 194-7, with Alexander Leyshon top scoring with 77 not out, including 10 fours and three sixes.

Liversedge were reduced to 50-2 in reply before Alan Sumner and Paul Marlow shared an unbroken 147-run third-wicket partnership.

Marlow ended on 62 not out, while Sumner finished unbeaten on 104 having hit 16 fours to steer the Roberttown Lane side through.

Ossett dismissed Caribbean for just 87 as Gurma Randawa claimed 5-25 before Shoaib Latif made 44 not out to steer his side to an eight-wicket win.

Carlton, Wakefield Thornes, Townville, Great Preston, Methley and Northowram Fields are through and are joined in the second round by Hopton Mills, Wrenthorpe and Hunslet Nelson, who received byes.