Foster leads from front for Methley

Richard Foster.
Richard Foster.

Methley maintained their winning run in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League, but lost ground on leaders Townville after being denied maximum points by Altofts on Saturday.

They were frustrated for the second week running by not quite being able to polish off their opposition, but remain very much in contention for the title, in second place just six points behind their local rivals approaching the half-way stage of the season.

Methley’s latest win owed much to opener Richard Foster as he held their innings together after a promising start turned into a struggle.

After opening partner Nick Connolly fell for 42, Foster found himself running out of partners as none of the next five batsmen could reach double figures.

Mick Waite gave some support with 14 not out, but more than half of Methley’s total of 180-9 came from Foster, who reached 92 and was unlucky not to hit a century when bowled by Daniel Eden.

Altofts set themselves up for a good run at reaching the target as opener James Logan (44) and Rashid Yousaf (25) gave them a solid start.

Ismail Patel (51 not out) then continued the good work, but with wickets going down at the other end the visitors fell behind the asking rate and ended eight runs short with two wickets still to fall.

Mick Waite was the most successful Methley bowler, taking 3-41 while Jack Rich claimed 2-22, Oral Blackford 1-5, Matthew Waite 1-45 and John Rickers 1-23.

Leaders Townville were in good form again as they proved too strong for Batley with an 121-run victory.

After being put in, they quickly took charge with a 60-run opening stand in 12 overs between Tim Walton (16) and Jonny Booth (42).

More good batting followed from Kylinn Vardhan (60), Kris Ward (14) and Nick Bresnan (37) to set up a late run charge when Conor Harvey hit 35 from 17 balls and Richie Bresnan 18 not out off 11 deliveries.

Townville’s total of 236-6 was far too good for their opponents, who only had three batsmen reaching double figures. Although Kashif Talib hit a battling 65 Batley were never in the hunt and all out for 115 with their last six wickets going down for 44 runs.

Jack Hughes was the pick of Townville’s attack as he took 6-38 while Vardhan claimed 3-21 and Richie Bresnan 1-15.

Methley A could only bat for 52 minutes as they suffered a heavy defeat in their CYL Division One game at promotion chasing Hopton Mills.

Their innings lasted only 15.3 overs as they were all out for 35 to lose by 190 runs with none of their batsmen reaching double figures.

Hopton Mills had batted first and declared on 225-6 from 40 overs with Chris Scott (74) and Ashley Mackereth (62) top scoring and two wickets each for Joshua Thurwell, Tom Mellor and James Gahan.

Townville A continued to struggle in CYL Division Two when they were bowled out for 87 on their way to a five-wicket defeat by Thornhill.

After choosing to bat first Townville started well enough with Steve Walton (18) and Alec Boothroyd (14) putting on 30 for the first wicket, but only Ricky Harvey (19) of the remaining batsmen could back up the openers’ efforts.

Thornhill did not find it easy to knock off the runs, but got home in the 39th over despite a four-wicket haul for Ricky Harvey, who bowled 11 maidens and took 4-10 from his 15 overs.

Positions:

Premier Division (all played 10): Townville 51 points; Methley 45; Wakefield Thornes 37; Wrenthorpe 37; Carlton 37; Birstall 33; Mirfield PC 28; Batley 25; Hunslet Nelson 21; Ossett 18; Altofts 15; Northowram Fields 6.

Division One (all played 10): Scholes 49 points; Wakefield SM 43; Hopton Mills 39; Liversedge 36; Oulton 33; East Ardsley 32; East Leeds 28; Buttershaw SP 25; Wakefield Thornes A 24; Methley A 11; Ossett A 10; Mirfield 9.

Division Two: Azaad played 10-points 44; Birstall A 10-42; Altofts A 10-38; Batley A 10-38; Carlton A 10-37; Mirfield PC A 9-34; Thornhill A 10-31; Caribbean 10-29; Wrenthorpe A 10-29; Buttershaw SP A 9-13; East Ardsley A 10-12; Townville A 10-2.

This weekend’s games:

Saturday:

Premier Division: Birstall v Methley; Townville v Hunslet Nelson.

Division One: Methley A v East Leeds.

Division Two: Azaad v Townville A.

Sunday:

Jack Hampshire Trophy, quarter-finals: Wakefield Thornes v Methley; Altofts v Northowram Fields; Mirfield PC v Hunslet Nelson; Wrenthorpe v Carlton.