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Unstoppable Wesleyans Drive On - Championship Day 8 Review

Unstoppable Wesleyans Drive On - Championship Day 8 Review

10 Jun 2021

Almondbury Wesleyans put a nine point cushion between themselves and second place as their drive towards promotion gathered pace in a six wicket win at Clayton West. Will Binns’ men responded to the hosts’ 170-9 in ardent fashion with brother Tom at the heart of the action with a half-century. Earlier Danny Moorhouse (4-50) recorded his best return for the season so far.

Skelmanthorpe moved into second place at the expense of their opponents Holmfirth with Adam Rollin impressing once again. He notched his first half-century for his new side, six days after his eyebrow-raising cup exploits with the ball at Thongsbridge. Holmfirth were never in the hunt for Shat’s 212-9, no thanks to Skelmanthorpe’s new Sri-Lankan import Kesun Hewa who took 6-38 to make it ten wickets since his arrival three weeks ago. 

An bullish century from Meltham’s Asif Quayyum gave Rastrick a torrid time at Mean Lane as Alex Clegg’s side moved to third place with a resounding victory. Quayyum played hard and fast with the Rastrick bowlers hittim 100 runs off 66 balls as Meltham set a hefty 263-4. Rob Moulson took 3-31 to help bowl out the visitors for 159, who fell to the bottom of the table to add further insult to injury.

Thurstonland celebrated getting out of the relegation zone after they claimed their second win of the season by 51 runs at Marsden. Skipper Russell Mottram fell four runs short of his fifty in Thurstonland’s 149ao but it was enough to defend, especially after Jack England had uprooted the middle order by taking four wickets during Marsden’s capitulation to 98ao.

Sheheryar Hassan brushed off the ignominy of succumbing for a first ball duck by taking 3 wickets in Lascelles Hall's welcome win to lift them off the bottom.

Another side going through a turbulent spell are Lascelles Hall but they enjoyed their first success since April with a resounding victory over Elland at Hullen Edge. Jack Mullhall and Sheheryar Hassan shared six wickets as Elland were dismissed for 105 in reply to the visitors’ 175-9. Hardeep Singh’s 45 was crucial in Lascelles Hall’s first innings tally.

Shelley piled on more misery for Denby with their second victory over them following their Sykes Cup First Round win earlier in the season. The visitors once again asked plenty of questions with overseas Sanoj Wijetunge hitting a fluent 73 in Denby’s 182-8 total. Shelley’s Harvey Jones had most of the answers as he replied with an unbeaten 81 off 55 balls in their 186-3. 

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