Connolly century helps keep Methley double hopes alive

Methley's Marcus Warmsley scrambles home to keep the run rate going against Wakefield Thornes.
Methley's Marcus Warmsley scrambles home to keep the run rate going against Wakefield Thornes.
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Methley still harbour dreams of a double success in the Central Yorkshire League following big victories in two games at the weekend.

An 11-run win over third-placed Wakefield Thornes on Saturday allowed Methley to maintain the pressure on Premier Division leaders Townville and they followed up with another victory over Altofts on Sunday to reach the Jack Hampshire Trophy final.

Methley will now face old rivals Wrenthorpe in a final set to be played at Methley’s Little Church Lane ground on Sunday, August 11.

In the league Richard Foster’s men needed to bounce back from defeat to Townville the previous week and were up against a Thornes team in decent form.

Methley chose to bat first and got off to a solid start with a 77-run opening stand between Foster (27) and Nick Connolly. The latter then combined with Marcus Walmsley in a 139-run stand for the second wicket.

With Connolly reaching his century and hitting 13 fours and four sixes as he went on to make 123 and Walmsley cracking six fours and a six in his knock of 60 Methley were able to reach 253-4 from their 50 overs.

Thornes were reduced to 78-6 in their reply, but did not give up as Matt Varley (65) and Joe Cook (71 not out) came together for a partnership of 109 from 17 overs that put the result back in the balance.

Cook and Tom Froggett then added a further 47 in seven overs before the latter was run out by Ryan Meyer for 21, leaving his side wanting 20 runs from the last eight balls.

Thornes only scored eight more to finish on 242-8 with Methley taking four points for their win. All six of their bowlers used took wickets with Joshua Thurwell taking 2-21 and one victim each for Matthew Waite, Walmsley, Jack Rich, Mick Waite and John Rickers.

Sunday’s Hampshire Trophy semi-final saw Methley take control with a good effort in the field as they dismissed hosts Altofts for 145 with wickets for Rich (3-22), Mick Waite (3-33), Matthew Waite (2-12) and Walmsley (2-32).

Methley’s reply saw them lose three early wickets, but Meyer (33) and Matthew Waite (46) pulled them round and the job was completed by David Winter (21 not out) and Rickers (11 not out) with the target reached in the 31st over.

Townville were denied full points by Northowram Fields, but remain 12 points clear at the top of the Premier following their nine-wicket win when Kylinn Vardhan was in superb form with bat and ball.

Northowram managed to bat their full 50 overs to make 185-9. Left arm seamer Vardhan did most to restrict them as he took 6-68 while Jack Hughes claimed 2-39 off 15 overs and Richie Bresnan 1-34.

Townville had usual openers Tim Walton and Jonny Booth missing, but still made light work of reaching their target.

Although Liam Booth was adjudged lbw first ball there were no further losses as Kris Ward enjoyed his promotion to the top of the order to score an unbeaten 79, including 16 fours and a six, and Vardhan followed his bowling exploits with a commanding knock of 98 not out from 104 balls, hitting 20 boundaries and one six in the unbroken second-wicket stand of 182.

South African Vardhan has now scored 736 runs this season, averaging almost 82, while he has taken 45 wickets .

Despite a battling knock of 75 from Richard Smart Methley A lost out on their visit to Wakefield Thornes A in CYL Division One.

Smart hit 10 fours and a six in his 139-ball innings and support came from Andy Ward (34), Amol Vani (17) and Ben Waite (15), but Methley’s 178-7 total did not prove enough with their opponents knocking off the runs for the loss of three wickets in just 26 overs. Ben Waite took 2-42 and Luke Kane 1-29.

Townville A lost again in CYL Division Two when they went down by eight wickets after being bowled out for 83.

Steve Walton (18) was their only batsman to reach double figures with Mark Hughes and Robert Wood taking a wicket each.

Premier Division (all played 14): Townville 73 points, Methley 61, Wakefield Thornes 56, Wrenthorpe 55, Carlton 47, Mirfield PC 40, Birstall 40, Hunslet Nelson 33, Batley 27, Ossett 26, Altofts 24, Northowram 16.

Division One (all played 14): Hopton Mills 63 points, Scholes 56, Liversedge 56, Oulton 55, Wakefield SM 53, East Ardsley 42, East Leeds 40, Buttershaw SP 37, Wakefield Thornes A 35, Methley A 17, Ossett A 13, Mirfield 10.

Division Two (all played 14): Azaad 68 points, Mirfield PC A 57, Carlton A 53, Altofts A 51, Batley A 49, Caribbean 49, Thornhill 47, Birstall A 43, Wrenthorpe A 39, Buttershaw SP A 18, East Ardsley A 14, Townville A 2.