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Batley boost hopes of final place

Batley boost hopes of final place

Batley boosted their chances of reaching the Gordon Rigg Second Teams Premier League Cup final with a six-wicket win over Pudsey St Lawrence.

It means they now have 63 points and are 14 ahead of Gomersal ahead of next Saturday’s clash at Oxford Road which will determine who will top the East Section and host Bradford & Bingley in the final on September 19.

Umar Mirza impressed with bat and ball for Batley, taking 4-26 as St Lawrence perished for 77 and hitting 46 to ensure his side reached their victory target.

Baildon need 17 points from their final home game against Cleckheaton if they are to pip Northowram Fields for top spot in Division One’s West Section.

After the experienced duo of Steve Reape (89) and Allan Birkett (30) had helped Keighley to 157-5, Baildon eased to victory thanks to the efforts of George Barker (35), Daniel Hunt (33) and Ross Todd (31no).

East Ardsley had little trouble securing a nine-wicket win over Methley in Division One East. Jamie Redgwick took 3-22 as Methley were all out for 112. Scott Mullins made 52 not out and Ashley Chapman (34no) as east Ardsley cruised to their target.

Ossett secured top spot in Division Two’s West Section and will be away to Sandal in the final on September 19.

Luke Watson impressed with 5-11 as Ossett bowled out Hopton Mills for 49 to complete a 153-run victory. Joe Hitch top scored with 35 in Ossett’s 202-7.

Hartshead Moor, who led the table going into their final game, suffered a 26-run defeat in a low-scoring clash with Birstall.

They looked to have bowled themselves into a winning position when Adil Ladak took 5-7 as Birstall, despite a determined and ultimately crucial 50 from James Mistry were dismissed for 85.

Just how important Mistry’s innings was became abundantly clear as Hartshead Moor subsided to 59 all out. Alex Drake was the chief destroyer with 4-25.

Crossbank Methodists, already guaranteed to finish top of Division Three’s West section, suffered a 26-run defeat against Buttershaw St Paul’s. Even a rousing 94 from Shazad Riaz in their reply of 190, could not save them from defeat.

Half-centuries from Patrick McGrath (86) and Dilon Patel (51) helped St Paul’s to 216-9 when they batted first. Crossbank skipper Simon Copland picked up 4-38.

Scholes boosted their hopes of winning the East Section with a 10-wicket win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill which closed the gap on the leaders Adwalton to six points.

Neil Kellett made 86no and Andrew Spencer (43no) in an undefeated opening stand of 139 as Gildersome & Farnley Hill’s 136-6 was overhauled. Jonny Walker made 40 for Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

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