Five star Ed sets up Methley victory charge

Methley's Chris Holliday hits out.
Methley's Chris Holliday hits out.

A five-wicket haul from Ed Walmsley paved the way for a convincing win for Methley at home to Birstall in the Premiership.

Birstall’s decision to bat first backfired as they were soon in trouble and after they were all out for only 136 Methley had few worries completing an eight-wicket win.

Oral Blackford did the early damage with the ball for Methley as he dismissed openers Craig Wood and Rob McFarlane cheaply.

Nicholas Kaye (23), James Keen (14) and Eric Austin (28) briefly revived the Birstall cause, but first change bowler Ed Walmsley ripped the heart out of the innings, taking 5-31 in 15 well delivered overs.

With John Rickers taking 2-6 and Marcus Walmsley 1-17 the visitors were all out in the 49th over.

Methley lost opener Marcus Walmsley without score at the start of their reply, but a stand of 69 in 14 overs between Richard Foster (45) and Luke Patel (45 not out) put them well on the way to victory.

They did not lose another wicket as Chris Holliday smashed 46 not out from 25 balls, including four sixes and four fours, to bring an early close to proceedings in the 21st over.

Townville became the latest team to lose to unbeaten early season pacesetters Scholes when they went down by six wickets in the Premiership.

After opting to bat first, Townville looked on course for a decent score when 73-1, but it was slow going and as they looked to increase the tempo wickets fell.

Although opener Matt Bremner hit 71 and Jonny Booth 23, Townville could only make 166-8 from their allotted 50 overs. Mohammed Sharafat (3-44) and Zain Abbas (3-47) were the chief wicket takers.

Pakistani all-rounder Abbas followed up with a top scoring knock, hitting 96 not out from 93 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes, as Scholes reached their target for the loss of four wickets.

Joseph Duffy (30 not out) finished the job while Jack Hughes was the pick of the Townville bowlers with 3-40.

Four wicket hauls from youngsters Joshua Sullivan and Kieron Holliday helped Methley A to a comfortable 2nd XI Premiership win at Altofts A.

After choosing to bat first, Altofts started well enough with 44 on the board for the first wicket, but collapsed to 87 all out as Sullivan claimed 4-23, Holliday 4-19 and Beatrice Firth 1-14.

Methley lost three early wickets in their reply, but James Gahan’s 51 eased any nerves. Ben Waite (13 not out) and Jake McCaffery (10) supported and they got home with five wickets to spare in the 24th over.

Townville A were well beaten by 175 runs at Birstall A.

Although Martin Duck claimed 6-75, including three wickets in four balls at one stage, Birstall amassed 305-9 with David Fozard hitting 115 not out. Townville were then all out for 130 in reply, Steve Walton (56) top scoring.

Positions:

Premiership: Scholes played 5 - points 22; Altofts 5-19; Wakefield Thornes 5-19; Methley 5-17; Hopton Mills 5-16; Ossett 5-16; Birstall 5-14; Townville 5-13; Wrenthorpe 5-9; Mirfield PC 5-8; Carlton 5-3; Hunslet Nelson 5-3.

2nd XI Premiership: Wakefield Thornes played 5 - points 26; East Ardsley 5-26; Wrenthorpe 5-21; Methley 5-15; Mirfield PC 5-15; Birstall 5-14; Townville 5-12; Altofts 5-9; Batley 5-9; Ossett 5-8; Carlton 5-7; Buttershaw SP 5-6.