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Buttershaw St Paul’s suffer untimely collapse
The Central Yorkshire League, like most cricket in the region, was badly hit by Saturday’s rain but, with so many issues at stake, everyone will be hoping for better this weekend.
In Division One, the Buttershaw St Paul’s game at promotion-chasing Oulton was one of the few to finish – but Saints probably wish it hadn’t.
James Robson (40) and skipper Paul Carroll (20) helped lift the Buttershaw score to 68-2 before they were parted and the side then collapsed to 88 all out on the way to an eight-wicket defeat.
Buttershaw have nothing now to play for themselves but next host a Scholes side who are under increasing pressure to maintain their promotion push following that Oulton result and the nine-wicket win for leaders Hopton Mills at Wakefield Thornes A.
Michael Carroll (5-32) and Tahmudil Islam (35) were the key men for Hopton and they will be hoping to at least hold on to their five-point lead as they prepare to take on bottom club Ossett A.
Liversedge, level on points with Oulton, suffered a setback when their game at home to relegation-threatened Mirfield was washed out and they will need a win at East Leeds to have any chance of catching the top two.
Division Three leaders Westwood Park were out of luck with the weather but all other games were washed out too, so they remain seven points clear of Rodley going into their next game at Scholes A.
Park’s seconds are also six points clear of Thornhill A at the top of Division Four as they prepare to face Hopton Mills A.
In the Premier Division, Batley’s game at home to Northowram was the only one outside the Wakefield area to finish – and it did not finish well for them as Northowram successfully defended a total of just 99.
In reply, Batley tumbled to 88 all out and, while Northowram remain at the basement on 23 points, they are only eight points clear of second-bottom Altofts in the relegation zone.
Birstall’s game with Ossett and Methley’s visit to Mirfield Parish were both abandoned.
Birstall now face a trip to championship favourites Townville, Parish should get the better of things at Northowram and Batley will hope for an improvement away to Hunslet Nelson.