Jack’s the lad for Townville - Marcus does trick for Methley

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Townville boosted their chances of retaining the Central Yorkshire League crown when they beat fellow contenders Wakefield Thornes.

All-rounder Jack Hughes led the way with bat and ball as Townville crushed third-placed Thornes by 113 runs to effectively end the Wakefield side’s chances of pipping them or Methley for the Premiership title.

After going in first Townville were given a sound start with a 60-run opening stand in 12 overs.

Matt Bremner (33) and Jonny Booth (32) both went and Tim Walton quickly followed to leave the score on 81-3, but a fourth-wicket stand of 113 in 19 overs involving Hughes and Kris Ward (37) put the champs back in control.

Hughes went on to make 84, including 14 fours, and skipper Nick Bresnan contributed 14 as Townville closed on 237-9.

In reply, Thornes were soon in trouble as Dean Woolsey removed three of the top four, Richie Bresnan snaring the other to have the hosts 49-4.

Spinner Hughes then got in on the act to take 3-28 from 13.4 overs and Wakefield were all out for 124.

Woolsey finished with 3-49, Nick Bresnan 2-11, Richie Bresnan 1-11 and Booth 1-18.

Methley remain top of the Premiership after they eased to a six-wicket success at Altofts.

A good effort in the field paved the way for the maximum six-point victory as Altofts were dismissed for 117.

Highlight was a hat-trick recorded by Marcus Walmsley – with all the victims bowled – in a return of 5-21.

Methley then got home for the loss of four wickets to stay one point ahead of Townville with three games to go. This Saturday they have a key game at home to Wakefield Thornes.

Methley A continued their winning run in the Second XI Premier when they easily beat a much weakened East Ardsley A side.

East Ardsley could only put out a seven-man team and were all out for just 10 to lose by 189 runs.

With one batsman retiring hurt, Robert Clegg took all the wickets to fall, finishing with 5-1 from 3.4 overs.

Methley batted first and declared on 199-4 from 35.2 overs with Amol Vani hitting 82, Joshua Neal 51 and Joshua Sullivan 24.

Townville A went down by seven wickets to Second XI Premier leaders Wakefield Thornes A.

After choosing to bat first they made 167 with the innings falling away somewhat after good efforts by Matthew Hughes (62) and Martin Duck (59).

Thornes then chased down their target successfully to get home in 35 overs despite the efforts of Adarsh Vani (2-35) and Alec Boothroyd (1-28).

Positions:

Premiership: Methley 78 points, Townville 77, Wakefield Thornes 66, Mirfield PC 58, Ossett 57, Altofts 50, Scholes 50, Wrenthorpe 46, Carlton 36, Birstall 36, Hopton Mills 31, Hunslet Nelson 27.

Second XI Premier: Wakefield Thornes A 81 points, Wrenthorpe A 68, Mirfield PC A 66, Methley A 53, Carlton A 53, East Ardsley A 52, Batley A 51, Ossett A 50, Birstall A 38, Buttershaw SP A 36, Townville A 36, Altofts A 35.

Methley and Townville both progressed in the Yorkshire Council play-offs and will now meet in the semi-finals this Sunday.

It will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season, with Townville currently leading 2-1 after last month’s two wins at Methley.

The winners will play holders Whitley Hall or Treeton in the final at Tickhill on September 7 .

Both have previously won the Yorkshire Council Championship, Methley in 1996 and 2001 and Townville in 2009. The latter are the last CYL club to win it.

Methley made it through to this year’s semi-finals when they beat Pontefract League side South Kirkby by 120 runs on Sunday, bowling them out for 153 after making a big 273-9 score with top efforts by openers Richard Foster, who hit 89, and Marcus Walmsley, 61.

Townville were equally comfortable winners by eight wickets against Pontefract League opposition. After bowling out Ackworth for 103, they sped to victory with young all-rounder Conor Harvey top scoring with 55 not out.