Foster leads way in Methley cup final triumph

Richard Foster goes on the attack for Methley in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final. Picture: Steve Riding
Richard Foster goes on the attack for Methley in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final. Picture: Steve Riding
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Methley completed the first half of what they hope will be a Central Yorkshire League double triumph when they beat Birstall by eight wickets to lift the Jack Hampshire Trophy at Ossett on Sunday.

The holders retained the trophy with a terrific all-round performance against a side that had stunned Townville in the semi-finals.

Birstall were up against it from the early stages as Methley’s opening bowlers, Sohail Raz and Oral Blackford, combined to reduce them to 18-3.

A mini recovery was ended by two wickets for John Rickers and at 76-5 Birstall were still not out of the woods.

Eric Austin (69) and Joshua Twohig (28 not out) did fight back with a sixth-wicket stand of 89, but Birstall’s total of 169-6 always looked below par.

For Methley, Rickers finished with 2-27, Raz 2-44, Blackford 1-11 and Ed Walmsley 1-19.

Methley suffered several rain interruptions in their reply, but victory was never in doubt as Richard Foster and Marcus Walmsley combined for a dominating opening stand.

Foster took the lead as he smashed 16 fours and two sixes in a knock of 94 from just 93 deliveries.

Walmsley gave him good support in a stand that amassed 152 before he was out for 44. Both had done more than enough to ensure Methley reached their target with eight wickets and 7.3 overs to spare to win the trophy for the second year running.

They will now be looking for more success in the Yorkshire Council play-offs when they host South Kirkby in the first round this Sunday. Local rivals Townville are away to Ackworth.