Townville go into this Saturday’s showdown with Methley with a six-point lead following another victory in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League.
It was a mixed weekend overall for Townville as they were knocked out of the Heavy Woollen Cup at the semi-final stage on Sunday, but a day earlier their league march continued in fine style when they chased down a potentially tricky target to earn another six points.
Opponents Mirfield Parish Cavaliers were all out for 233 with Ibrar Latif hitting 67 and David Winn 58.
They were hauled back after reaching 98-1 at one stage with Nick Bresnan taking 4-38, Jack Hughes 3-47 and Kylinn Vardhan 2-51.
Townville’s reply got off to a decent start with stands of 63 and 52 for the first two wickets involving Tim Walton (19), Jonny Booth (63 from 65 balls) and Vardhan.
They kept up with the required rate and a further stand of 109 for the third wicket ensured it would be a victory celebration.
Vardhan went on to hit 16 fours and a six, but was unlucky when his 96-ball innings was ended with him one short of a deserved century as he was adjudged lbw to David Whitelock.
But Kris Ward (34 not out) and Hughes, who hit a six and a four from the only two deliveries he faced, saw the leaders through to a seven-wicket win in the 44th over.
Townville were unable to keep the winning run going on Sunday when they lost by seven wickets to Hanging Heaton in the semi-finals of the Heavy Woollen Cup.
A poor start was at the heart of the defeat as Townville’s decision to bat first backfired with openers Tim Walton and Jonny Booth out in the first over to Danny Busfield.
Vardhan followed cheaply soon after and although there was some resistance led by Hughes (31) it was a struggle for Townville to reach their eventual 133 all out.
Hanging Heaton’s reply saw three wickets fall to Richie Bresnan (two) and his brother, Nick, but former Yorkshire and Wrenthorpe batsman Gary Fellows (75 not out) and Joe Fraser (41 not out) steered the Bradford League side to victory.
An unbeaten century from Chris Holliday saw Methley through to a convincing eight-wicket win at home to Ossett in their CYL Premier Division game on Saturday.
After a good effort in the field they were set 167 for victory and initially looked to have problems with both openers, Nick Connolly and Richard Foster, out without score.
But Holliday and Marcus Walmsley came together for an excellent unbroken third wicket stand, putting on 164 runs to ensure Methley reached their target in the 26th over.
Holliday finished not out on 117 from just 79 balls, smashing 17 fours and five sixes, while Walmsley made 42 not out with seven fours.
In Ossett’s innings of 166 all out Walmsley had taken 4-41, Mick Waite 3-12, Jack Rich 2-49 and Connolly 1-17.
The visitors made a decent start when reaching 96-1 in the 26th over, but lost their last nine wickets for 70 runs.
Methley A climbed to third from bottom in Division One after they beat Ossett A by five wickets.
Ossett were all out for 176 with Solly Abbas hitting 90 and Vani taking 4-40 and Kieron Holliday 3-35. Methley’s reply was led by Richard Smart, who hit an unbeaten 87.
Townville A lost by eight wickets to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers A in Division Two after being bowled out for 182.
Defeat was tough on Dale Jones, who hit 10 fours and two sixes in a knock of 68 and Steve Walton, who made 45.
Premier Division (all played 12): Townville 63 points, Methley 57, Wakefield Thornes 49, Wrenthorpe 43, Carlton 42, Mirfield PC 34, Birstall 33, Batley 27, Ossett 24, Hunslet Nelson 21, Altofts 17, Northowram Fields 16.
Division One (all played 12): Hopton Mills 51 points, Scholes 49, Oulton 45, Wakefield SM 45, Liversedge 44, Buttershaw SP 37, East Ardsley 36, East Leeds 34, Wakefield Thornes A 31, Methley A 17, Ossett A 13, Mirfield 9.
Division Two (all played 12): Azaad 56 points, Mirfield PC A 47, Altofts A 45, Carlton A 44, Thornhill 43, Birstall A 43, Batley A 42, Caribbean 41, Wrenthorpe A 35, Buttershaw SP A 18, East Ardsley A 12, Townville A 2.
l As part of Methley Cricket Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations they are hosting an Australian touring team next Tuesday, starting at 12 noon.
All former players and supporters are invited to attend with Methley’s team of past and present players up against the Adelaide Legends – an over 40s Australian touring team.