Hughes stars as champs Townville kick on

Jack Hughes, who scored 30 and took four wickets for Townville against Batley.
Jack Hughes, who scored 30 and took four wickets for Townville against Batley.
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Although they had already clinched the title the week before there was no let up from Townville in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League on Saturday.

Nick Bresnan’s men were up against relegation threatened Batley and produced another committed display to make it 19 wins from their 21 league matches this year.

After deciding to bat first they recovered from the early loss of opener Kris Ward for four to take charge with a second wicket stand of 114 in 23 overs between Jonny Booth, who hit seven fours and a six in his 56, and overseas star Kylinn Vardhan, who cracked 10 fours in his knock of 58.

Both were dismissed, but the good work was carried on by Tim Walton (31) and Jack Hughes (30) in a 48-run partnership. Some heavy hitting followed to take the Townville total up to 285-6 with Nick Bresnan smashing three sixes and four fours in a 34-ball unbeaten 50 and Conor Harvey whacking four maximums in his 19-ball knock of 33.

Batley’s reply started well enough as they reached 56-1 in the ninth over, but four wickets went down for just one run at this point to destroy their hopes of a victory that would have ended their fears of relegation.

Kashif Talib did hit 57, but his side were eventually all out for 171 in the 39th over.

Hughes did much of the damage as he took 4-41 from 15 overs while Dean Woolsey claimed 3-13 off nine overs, Ward 2-4 and Harvey 1-32.

Methley suffered a surprise defeat away to Altofts in their penultimate Premier Division game.

Up against opponents who would have been down if they had lost, perhaps it was a case of Altofts needing it more as they won by 102 runs.

The hosts went in first and posted a 206-9 total without ever really getting on top of the bowling. Brent Law top scored with 43 while Nick Connolly claimed 4-52 and John Rickers 3-47. Marcus Walmsley and Josh Thurwell took a wicket each.

The target was within Methley’s capability, but their reply fell apart after they had reached 69-1 and they collapsed to 104 all out.

Richard Foster (32) and Connolly (18) top scored and young bowler James Logan did most of the damage with 7-29.

Despite the result Methley remain in second and will clinch runners-up spot if they can earn more than two points in their final match at home to Birstall this Saturday.

Methley A remain in danger of the drop from Division One, but are still third from bottom despite a 37-run defeat to a Hopton Mills side clinching the championship with this result.

A battling display saw Methley bowl the champions out for 172 with wickets for Mick Waite (3-46), Ben Waite (2-47), James Gahan (2-22), Jason Baddeley (2-17) and Luke Kane (1-5).

But Methley were then restricted to 135-7 in their reply despite 93 not out from Richard Smart.

Townville A lost by 10 wickets to Thornhill in Division Two after fielding only eight players. Steve Walton (49) top scored.

Premier Division (all played 21): Townville 109 points, Methley 85, Wakefield Thornes 81 , Carlton 75, Wrenthorpe 70, Birstall 59, Hunslet Nelson 53, Mirfield PC 49, Ossett 44, Batley 38, Altofts 37, Northowram Fields 30.

Division One (all played 21): Hopton Mills 95, Scholes 88, Wakefield SM 81, Oulton 76, Liversedge 74, East Ardsley 64, East Leeds 61, Buttershaw SP 58, Wakefield Thornes A 51, Methley A 24, Mirfield 20, Ossett A 13.

Division Two (all played 21): Azaad 100, Carlton A 81, Mirfield PC A 77, Thornhill 76, Altofts A 71, Birstall A 68, Caribbean 67, Wrenthorpe A 61, Batley A 52, Buttershaw SP A 42, East Ardsley A 39, Townville A 3.