Top trio again look ready to challenge

WRENTHORPE, Methley and New Farnley – last season’s top three – are the only Premier Division teams with 100 per cent records after two matches.

Champions Wrenthorpe recovered from 58-4 to post 276-9 at Northowram Fields when Oliver Whittaker (71) and Greig Batty (63) put on 126 and Bradley Parker hammered 50 off 33 balls. In reply, David Paynter (4-30) and Batty (3-3) skittled Northowram for 63.

An unbroken 113-run opening stand between Nick Connolly (54no) and Hamid Khan (51no) steered Methley to a 10-wicket win at Carlton who were toppled for 111 by Michael Waite (4-30) and John Rickers (3-30).

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New Farnley’s Dan Busfield (6-46) and David McCallum (3-21) bowled out Batley for 141.

Montcin Hodge (74no) and Sam Burge (39no) shared an unbroken 131-run partnership as Farnley recovered from 14-2 to knock off the runs.

Tommy Roy (63) and Michael Lambert (3-35) led Hunslet Nelson to a four-wicket success against Altofts.

Indian opener Connor Williams continued his excellent start to the season by hitting 96 off 117 balls as Birstall overhauled Mirfield Parish Cavaliers’ 200 that included 49 by David Bolt.

An opening partnership of 146 between Townville’s Tim Walton (90) and Jonathan Booth (65) was in vain in a two-wicket defeat at Wakefield Thornes, for whom Tharindu Perera struck 72.

Richard Pyrah smashed eight sixes in a rapid 109 and claimed 3-12 as Ossett recorded their first win by beating Hopton Mills by 91 runs. Muhammed Bhatti (74) and James Sawyer (4-35) guided leaders Buttershaw St Paul’s to a 29-run success against East Ardsley.

Wakefield St Michael’s continued their winning start by crushing Scholes who were routed for 108 by Michael Halloran (5-24) and Thomas Robinson (3-33).

James Watling (42no) and Zahid Tarvaz (4-24) were East Leeds’s match-winners in a low-scoring game at Methley, whose 29-run defeat was hard on Thomas Mellor (5-18).

David Flint (5-18) and Ian Barber (5-27) skittled Wakefield Thornes for 63, replying to Oulton’s 141-9.