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Tahmidul Islam a star man while still a junior
Division One leaders Hopton Mills secured promotion with a 38-run Central Yorkshire League win over Oulton thanks to a superb 63 from opener Tahmidul Islam.
The innings fell apart after the demise of Islam, still a junior, and Hopton were 147 all out.
But conditions seemed to favour the bowlers and Oulton were dismissed for just 107 as Richard Myers (5-37) and Islam (3-18) did the damage.
Hopton now head the table by nine points and can take the title with just four points from their trip to relegation-threatened Methley A on Saturday.
Waiting in the wings in the event of an improbable slip-up are Scholes, who maintained their own push for promotion with four points from a three-wicket win over East Leeds.
Scholes will finally see off the challenge of Wakefield St Michaels and Liversedge if they take six points from bottom club Mirfield at New Popplewell Lane.
Liversedge are left needing two big wins while Scholes suffer two surprise defeats – but they are set to see the season out with a bang regardless of league position.
They go to Oulton fresh from an eight-wicket win over East Ardsley in a high-scoring contest.
East Ardsley posted a challenging 214-4, Julian Smith hitting 100 not out. But undaunted, Liversedge – despite losing two early wickets – replied with 215-2 as Sean Wilson (132) and Paul Marlow (80) staged a decisive unbeaten third-wicket stand.
Bottom side Ossett A look doomed after youngster Kevin McDermott (84) and Chris Kellett (57) helped visitors Buttershaw St Paul’s to 209-5, before making only 114 all out in the face of Paul Robinson’s 5-30 return.
In the Premier Division, Townville are already champions but who goes down remains an issue.
With bottom club Northowram beating second-bottom Altofts and the next two, Batley and Ossett, battling out a 500-plus run fest that ended in a one-run win for Batley, only eight points now separate the basement quartet going into the penultimate games of the season.
Batley, at champions Townville, and Altofts, who go to Methley, will struggle to come away with points, while Ossett will be hoping for better luck at home to Northowram after their excellent 263-9 run chase at Batley earned them just one point – a poor reward for Shoaib Latif’s 116.
Birstall and Mirfield Parish will be battling it out to finish top of the bottom half of the table.
In Divisions Three and Four, Westwood Park remain on course for a superb club double as the first team go to Gildersome holding a three-point lead over Rodley and the A side take on Thornhill A with a four-point advantage over nearest rivals Liversedge A.