Celebrations as Townville clinch championship

The Townville team that clinched the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division title.
The Townville team that clinched the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division title.

Townville clinched the 2013 Central Yorkshire League championship with two games to go when they beat Carlton on Saturday.

Nick Bresnan’s men capped their excellent season in which they have only suffered one league defeat all year as they triumphed by six wickets to ensure they would be celebrating their first Premier Division title since 2007.

After putting Carlton in they saw their hosts start well with a 51-run opening stand in nine overs between Philip Page (15) and James Cooper (35).

Kylinn Vardhan saw off both players to hit back for the champs, but Stephen Cooper came in to make 34 and Carlton looked well placed at 106-3 at the half-way stage of their innings.

However, from that point it was all downhill for the home team as Conor Harvey trapped Stephen Cooper lbw and Jack Hughes had Simon Stirling caught by Richie Bresnan for 18 and the lower order collapsed.

The last seven wickets went down for just 25 runs with Carlton all out for 131. Vardhan finished with 3-6, Harvey 2-0, Hughes 2-24 and Nick Bresnan 2-34.

Townville did not have it all their own way in their reply as they lost openers Jonny Booth without score and Tim Walton for five. With Kris Ward also out for four they were reduced to 30-3.

But Vardhan, with 37, calmed any nerves and the job was completed by Hughes, who hit 57 not out from 71 balls, including 10 fours, and Harvey, who finished unbeaten on 24 off 32 balls. Townville reached their target with six wickets to spare in the 33rd over and were home and dry for a title celebration.

Methley remain in second place in the Premier Division following their four-point victory over previous champions Wrenthorpe.

In a close high scoring game Richard Foster’s men were unable to bowl their opponents out, but won by 14 runs.

Going in first, Methley recovered from a shaky start with openers Nick Connolly (12) and Foster (0) out cheaply to pile up a big score.

Marcus Walmsley and Chris Holliday came together for a superb third wicket stand of 128 in 24 overs before the former fell for 81, having hit 15 boundaries in his 99-ball innings.

Holliday went on to reach his century and continued to take the attack to Wrenthorpe, remaining not out at the close of the innings on 131 made from 116 balls. He smashed 14 fours and three sixes, hitting the visitors’ bowling to all parts of the Methley ground.

With Ryan Meyer (33) lending support the hosts were able to set a stiff target in making 284-8 from their 50 overs.

Wrenthorpe’s reply saw them stay in touch as they reached 80-1 then 145-3 in the 33rd over. Greig Batty and Joe Ellis were their danger men and they upped the tempo in a fifth wicket stand of 82 that took the score to 227 at the start of the 45th over.

Batty was dismissed by Walmsley for 74, but Ellis remained and it was only when he was out for 53 off the bowling of Connolly with the score on 265 at the start of the last over that Methley could finally breathe easy.

Wrenthorpe finished on 270-8 with Connolly taking 3-50 and Walmsley 2-90.

Methley and Townville both crashed out of the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship following heavy defeats to South Yorkshire sides on Sunday.

Methley went down by nine wickets to Elsecar after being dismissed for only 97 on being put in. Foster (35) and Jack Rich (15) top scored, but they never got going.

Townville lost by 144 runs to Whitley Hall after they were all out for 124 in reply to their opponents’ 268-6.

Vardhan (43) and Ward (34) gave them hopes with a 67-run stand for the third wicket, but Alex Page (13) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

An outstanding effort in the field boosted Methley A hopes of avoiding the drop from CYL Division One when they beat relegation rivals Mirfield by 135 runs.

After making 189-8, Methley bowled their opponents out for only 54 and climbed above them to third from bottom as a result.

The wickets were shared round with Matthew Waite taking 4-10, Ben Waite 3-14, Jason Baddeley 2-3 and Beatrice Firth 1-13.

Earlier in Methley’s innings Andy Ward had top scored with 69 while Richard Smart hit 40 and Matthew Waite 22 not out.

The season cannot end soon enough for already relegated Townville A in CYL Division Two.

They remain winless for the season after losing by eight wickets to Carlton A after going in first and being dismissed for 102 despite 70 of the runs coming from opener Steve Walton.

Premier Division (all played 20): Townville 103 points, Methley 85, Wakefield Thornes 80, Carlton 69, Wrenthorpe 64, Hunslet Nelson 53, Birstall 53, Mirfield PC 49, Batley 38, Ossett 38, Altofts 31, Northowram Fields 30.

Division One (all played 20): Hopton Mills 91 points, Scholes 82, Wakefield SM 75, Liversedge 74, Oulton 70, East Leeds 61, East Ardsley 58, Buttershaw SP 52, Wakefield Thornes A 51, Methley A 23, Mirfield 20, Ossett A 13.

Division Two (all played 20): Azaad 94 points, Carlton A 75, Mirfield PC A 71, Thornhill 70, Caribbean 67, Altofts A 65, Birstall A 62, Wrenthorpe A 61, Batley A 52, Buttershaw SP A 42, East Ardsley A 39, Townville A 3.