All-rounder David Paynter played a key role to help Solly Central Yorkshire League Premier Division leaders Wrenthorpe to an 88-run win over New Farnley. David Markham reports.
The former Northamptonshire second teamer top scored with 91 while Greig Batty made 75 not out as Wrenthorpe posted a formidable 277-7. Paynter then took 4-33 and Joe Ellis 4-42 as Farnley were bowled out for 189, of which Tom Suggitt made 45.
Wrenthorpe remain one point ahead of Methley, who beat Hunslet Nelson by 46 runs. Sir Lankan Hemantha Alles helped Methley to recover from 116-7 to 186-8 as he finished unbeaten on 62. Hunslet were going well on 108-3 before they collapsed to 140 all out with Simon Purdy taking 4-32 and Nick Connolly 3-14.
Wakefield Thornes moved into third place with their sixth win in a row by beating Northowram Fields by nine wickets. Ben Grech top scored for Northowram with 62 not out while new captain Mark Gilliver made 48 as Matthew Varley took 4-54. That total, however, proved to be no test for Thornes, who knocked off the runs in 34 overs thanks to Nathan Glynn who made 88 after sharing an opening stand of 126 with Richard Foster 50 not out.
There was a close finish at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, where the home side beat Birstall by two runs. The Cavaliers made 241 all out, of which Sri Lankan Milan Gunarathne top scored with 61. Birstall were well placed on 230-7 with Paul Marlow 41 not out, but they lost their last three wickets for nine runs and were all out for 239.
All-rounder Khurram Chohan, who played for Canada in this year's World Cup turned in a match winning performance in only his second match since joining Townville as their overseas player. He scored 46 and took 4-43 as Townville won at Altofts by two wickets. Alan Burton top scored in Altofts' total of 189-9.
Bottom club Ossett are still without a win after losing by seven wickets in a high scoring match at Wakefield St Michael's. Joe Finnigan made 123 not out in Ossett's challenging 267-7, but his efforts were in vain as consistent batting by Ryan Hercules (91 not out), Richard Atkinson (58) and Simon Stirling (52) led St Michael's to victory.
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