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Westwood Park in pursuit of title double
Westwood Park are poised for a double triumph in the Central Yorkshire League, with only Adwalton standing in their way.
With the first and A teams having made sure of promotion from Divisions Three and Four respectively, they both go into their final games knowing a four-point win would be enough to give them the title.
In last weekend’s games, the first team held on to top spot ahead of Rodley when they won by one wicket at Gildersome, who had set a challenging total of 209 despite useful bowling from Jahad Waheed (4-60) and Jon Cherry (3-56).
Sajjid Khan set Westwood on the way with 89 out of 140 but the loss of two wickets with only four needed made for a tense finale before last two Safdar Khan and Michael Kidd saw them edge home.
They now entertain Adwalton with just a three-point lead over Rodley while the A team go to Adwalton with a four-point cushion over Liversedge A, who are at Azaad A after their comprehensive nine-wicket demolition of Adwalton A after bowling them out for 41.
In Division One, with one game still to go, Hopton Mills are promoted as champions and they will be joined by Scholes.
Four points at Methley A secured Mills the title and at the same time helped produce one of the strangest scorecards of the season.
Having made 172 in 43.2 overs and then restricted Methley to 135-7 in 52, it was remarkable to note that only three players logged double figures in the entire match.
Mills opener Chris Scott was last out with his score on 62 after Philip Bland hit 31. Richard Smart, with an unbeaten 93, was then Methley’s only man to make any headway.
If this wasn’t unusual enough, the 53 extras conceded by Methley was 12 more than Mills and those 41 runs effectively proved the difference between the two sides.
Scholes round off their season with a local derby at fifth-placed Liversedge and Hopton Mills are at home to Wakefield St Michael’s, who are third.
Methley’s defeat gives Mirfield one last chance to avoid a return to Division Two after just a single season.
Mirfield, four points adrift, need a win over Oulton and Methley to lose at East Leeds, while relegated Ossett A are at home to East Ardsley and Buttershaw St Paul’s go to Wakefield Thornes with nothing but pride to play for.
Who goes down is the only issue still undecided in the Premier Division.
Ossett, at Carlton on the final day, made their Premier status safe with a seven-wicket win over Northowram that confirmed the Calderdale side’s relegation.
This leaves Batley, beaten by 114 runs at champions Townville, to battle it out with Altofts to avoid the drop.
Batley will be at home to Wakefield Thornes trying to hold on to their tenuous one-point advantage as Altofts go to Mirfield Parish hoping to overturn it.