Taylor’s efforts in vain as Wakefield Thornes lose close game

Wakefield Thornes’ slide down the Yorkshire Southern Premier League table continued as they were beaten in a close, low-scoring encounter with Elsecar.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 8:00 am
Wakefield Thornes v Barnsley Woolley Miners
Matthew Jordan of Wakefield Thornes
Wakefield Thornes v Barnsley Woolley Miners Matthew Jordan of Wakefield Thornes

A two-wicket defeat sent Thornes down to fifth place after they were table toppers less than a month ago.

There was no lack of spirit, however, as they almost defended a low 144 total, making Elsecar work hard for their victory after it had looked plain sailing when they stood on 94-2.

Matthew Taylor led the Thornes attack with 4-53 while Imran Mahboob took 2-28 and Daanyaal Ahmed bowled 15 overs for 1-31, but Elsecar reached their target in the 43rd over. Taylor also top-scored in the Wakefield side’s innings, hitting an unbeaten 47. Greg Wadsworth contributed 28.

Despite a four-wicket haul from Arsh Gupta there was also a defeat for Wakefield Thornes’ second team in their Yorkshire Southern League Division One game against Darfield.

With Gupta taking 4-42 and Edward Fowles 2-87, Darfield were all out for 244.

Thornes could only manage 124 in their reply, Kieran Donnachie top scoring with 19.