Abbas inspires Scholes to Townville triumph

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PROMOTED Scholes maintained their unbeaten record by defeating champions Townville.

Pakistani all-rounder Zain Abbas hit 96 off 93 balls to steer Scholes to a six-wicket win after Mohammed Sharafat (3-44) and Abbas (3-47) kept Townville at 166-8. Matt Bremner (71) led the Castleford side’s scoring.

Premiership leaders Scholes are three points clear of Altofts who climbed to second when all-rounders James Logan (54 and 3-57) and Harry Clewett (47 and 3-44) led them to a five-wicket success at Wrenthorpe.

Methley stepped up their title challenge by coasting to an eight-wicket victory against Birstall who were toppled for 136 by Ed Walmsley (5-31), Oral Blackford (2-18) and John Rickers (2-6).

Chris Holliday (46no) and Luke Patel (45no) shared an unbroken 70-run stand and Richard Foster hit 45 in Methley’s reply.

Namibian international Zhivago Groenewald (58 and 4-46) was Hopton Mills’ match-winner as they continued a promising start to their first top-flight season by inflicting Wakefield Thornes’ first league defeat.

David Winn (65) and Mohammed Wadee (38) steered Mirfield Parish Cavaliers to their first league win this season at Carlton whose defeat was hard on Jaycob Curtling (59).

Jean Strydom’s 66 was in vain for strugglers Hunslet Nelson in a six-wicket loss against Ossett, for whom all-rounder John Sadler struck an unbeaten 66 and bagged 4-51.

Fawad Maqsood (73) and Imran Mayat (65) shared a 113-run partnership as unbeaten Division One pacesetters Batley defeated Liversedge by five wickets.

Bottom team Oulton achieved their first win of the season at Buttershaw St Paul’s, thanks to Michael Hodgkins (6-44) and David Flint (4-29).