Two wins over a double weekend kept defending champions Wrenthorpe on course to retain the Solly Central Yorkshire League Premier Division title.
Eric Austin thrashed 115 not out off 93 balls as he shared a 138-run partnership with Luke Patel (40), enabling Wrenthorpe to post 250-5 in a 34 over match at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers to set up a 93-run win. Cavaliers were all out for 157 with Bradley Drake top scoring with 57 while Michael Padgett made 40.
On the following day, the unbeaten leaders beat strugglers Birstall by 132 runs. David Paynter (107) and former Yorkshire all-rounder Gary Fellows (90) put on 175 in Wrenthorpe’s total of 297-4. Greig Batty then took 6-32 as Birstall were bowled out for 165.
Tim Walton (87) and Steve Secker (53 not out) in Townville’s eight wicket win against Hunslet Nelson after bowling out their opponents for 172.
Hunslet had enjoyed better fortunes the day before when they recovered from 60-6 chasing visitors Birstall’s total of 176-7 to win by three wickets thanks to a century stand from Joe Smith (59 not out) and Robert Barker (53). The result was bad luck on opener Connor Williams, who scored 101.
Methley cruised to a six wicket win against Northowram Fields, who were bowled out for 89 by John Rickers, who took 3-7 and Vele Dukoski 3-19.
Mustafa Bhatti made 56 as Batley recovered from 105-7 to reach 204 at Altofts. The home side were then bowled out for 110 to give Batley a 94-run win, Huzaifa Patel taking 6-53.
Carlton and Wakefield Thornes shared a thrilling tie. Chasing Carlton’s total of 255-4, Thornes were all out for 255 when Joe Cuthbertson was run out off the penultimate ball of the match as he attempted a winning single. It was bad luck on Cuthbertson and his partner Nadeera Naweal. Thornes were heading for defeat when Cutherbertson joined Naweal, but they put on 55 for the last wicket only to be denied victory at the end when Cuthbertson was run out, leaving Naweal unbeaten on 135.
Chris Blackburn took 5-18 as New Farnley beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers. It was the second defeat of the weekend for the Cavaliers.
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