Sparkling Latif eyes 1,000-run milestone

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OSSETT opener Shoaib Latif, the Premiership’s leading scorer, took his tally to 834 league runs with his fourth century of the season at Hopton Mills.

Latif hammered eight sixes in a sparkling 136 off 131 balls and shared a 188-run stand with Michael Edwards (59) in Ossett’s five-wicket success.

Methley retained top spot with a nine-wicket win against Scholes, who were restricted to 
136-9 by Jonathan Gardiner (3-27) and Marcus Walmsley (3-38).

Richard Foster (85no) and Luke Patel (41no) shared an unbroken century stand as Methley knocked off the runs in 28.4 overs.

Methley are one point ahead of defending champions Townville, who comfortably beat Altofts after openers Matt Bremner (49) and Jonathan Booth (44) put on 103.

Wakefield Thornes maintained their title challenge with a five-wicket win at Wrenthorpe. David Toft hit 61 and Matthew Jordan 42 as Thornes overhauled Wrenthorpe’s 189-3 that featured an unbroken 133-run partnership between captain Joe Ellis (90no) and Jordan Sleightholme (71no).

Birstall eased their relegation worries when Joe Woodhouse (61) guided them to victory at Carlton, whose five-wicket defeat was hard on Daniel Wilbor (96).

Nazar Hussain claimed 5-22 and struck 46 as Mirfield Parish Cavaliers beat bottom side Hunslet Nelson by 86 runs.

Batley are poised to lift the Championship title. They increased their lead to 17 points when they beat East Ardsley and closest rivals Liversedge lost by seven wickets at Northowram Fields.

Naik Hussain (38no) and Tariq Hussain (29) put on 61 for the ninth wicket as Batley recovered from 94-8 to post 166 and Fawad Maqsood (4-31) and Hussain (3-31) routed Ardsley for 74.