Wrenthorpe Take The Title Again
Wrenthorpe are the Solly Central Yorkshire League champions again. They made sure of retaining the title with a six wicket win against Wakefield St Michael's. Defeat for St Michael's confirmed their relegation. By David Markham
Greig Batty took five wickets for five runs, Joe Ellis 2-18 and Tom Glover 2-23 to bowl out St Michael's for a mere 49 - the lowest score in the Premier Division this season.
With one match left, Wrenthorpe have an unassailable seven point lead over nearest rivals Methley, who beat Northowram Fields by 96 runs. Methley amassed 296-2 thanks to Chris Holliday (122) and Nick Connolly (117 not out), who put on 187. Hemantha Alles took 4-53 and spinner Simon Purdy 3-66 as Northowram Fields were bowled for 200 in reply.
Top scorers in the Premier Division were New Farnley who totalled 326-6 against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers. Joe Suggitt with 105 and David Cummings 70 shared a 177-run stand for Methoey, who then bowled out the Cavaliers for 154 to complete.a 172-run win.
Birstall went down by 113 runs against Townville after a dramatic collapse. They made a good start at 67-1 before collapsing to 123 all out in reply to Townville's total of 236. Connor Williams did his best to hold the Birstall innings together, contributing more than half his side's total with 67, but he received little support. Saifur Rehman also turned in a fine bowling performance, taking 6-43, but his efforts were in vain. Jonathan Booth was Townville's top scorer with 84.
Hunslet gained an easy nine wicket win against relegated Ossett after bowling out their opponents for 97, Masaud Mohmend taking 5-35 and Sohail Raz 4-37. Tommy Ray was unbeaten on 59 as Hunslet reached their modest target in 11.1 overs.
Altofts lost a high scoring game at Wakefield Thornes. Phil Callaghan (62), Richard Foster (52) and Matthew Varley (50) scored half centuries as Thornes posted 295-5. Altofts made a brave effort to reach their formidable target with three half century makers of their own - Jordan Sleightholme (59), Alan Burton (57) and Akram Asif (54) - but finished 31 runs short after being bowled out for 264.
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