Hunslet Nelson opened up the 2015 CYCL Premier Divison season with an eight wicket defeat to Altofts with Arkam Asif smashing 111 not out in response to Hunslet’s 198-7.

Hunslet’s new opening partnership of Joe Smith and Jack Scanlon got off to a great start, as they compiled 58 runs before Scanlon was bowled by Ian Tennant for 21, Smith in particular playing some smart strokes. That brought debutant Alex Mitchell to the crease who departed for just 1, before Smith also fell for 35 an over later. Warren Ekstraal then decided attack was the best form of defence as he hit 75 off 77 balls to propel Hunslet to 198. Arkam Asif and Brent Law put on 155 for the first wicket in reply, Law hitting 56 before falling to new Nelly captain Will stiff, who also removed Steve Palmer for 0. Dom Richardson then joined Asif and they comfortably knocked off the remaining runs.

Next up for Nelly was a trip to Townville, who after being put into bat compiled 274 for 9. Hunslet struggled from the outset in response, and despite Ekstraal opening up with a huge six, they slumped from 39-2 to 39-7. A brief fightback led by Dan Mcternan, 16 not out, saw Hunslet reach 81-9 before the rain set in, cruelly denying Townville a thumping victory.

Back at home, Hunslet were set to face newly promoted Buttershaw St Pauls, however the rain started coming down shortly before the start, and the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled just before 4pm.

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