Methley and Townville reach Council semis

Nick Bresnan
Nick Bresnan

Townville and Methley both progressed to the semi-finals of the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship with impressive victories on Sunday.

An unbeaten half century from Jack Hughes helped ease Townville through with a seven-wicket victory over Old Sharlston.

They were in command from early on with Old Sharlston batting first and made to struggle against Townville’s potent attack. They were eventually all out for 109 with skipper Nick Bresnan the pick of the bowlers as he claimed 4-12.

Townville then knocked off the runs comfortably as Hughes led the way with 54 not out.

Methley produced an outstanding batting display as they beat Ackworth by 202 runs.

Going in first, they piled up a massive 340-6 total with Ryan Meyer hitting 111 and Richard Foster 80. Ackworth were then all out for 138 as Jack Rich led the Methley attack well to take 5-25.

Townville now host holders Whitley Hall in the semi-finals this Sunday and can expect a much tougher test on the basis of Hall’s 334-1 in their 137-run win over Streethouse when Milburn and Siddall both hit centuries.

Methley are away to South Yorkshire side Elsecar in their semi-final on Sunday. They beat Wickersley in a tight game decided on fewer wickets.

The Central Yorkshire League was hit by rain again on Saturday with both Townville and Methley first teams having their games abandoned.

Townville were well placed when the rain came as they were on 33-0 in their reply after Birstall were all out for 119 with Richie Bresnan taking 4-26 and Kylinn Vardhan 3-27.

There was only time for one innings in Methley’s game against Carlton with Foster (71) top scoring and John Rickers hitting 37 as Methley made 206.

Townville remain 16 points clear at the top and will be crowned champions for the first time since 2007 if they win away to Carlton this Saturday, whatever the result achieved by second-placed Methley at home to Wrenthorpe.

Methley A were able to play their Division One match away to East Ardsley, but suffered a seven-wicket defeat.

After being put in, they responded with a battling innings that saw them bat through their 50 overs.

But after being reduced to 42-4 in 19 overs they were unable to score freely.

Richard Smart batted 140 minutes to make an unbeaten 39 and joined with skipper Andy Ward (33) in a fifth wicket stand of 52.

Greg Johnson then came in and put bat to ball as he hit nine boundaries in a knock of 45 not out from 43 balls to help Methley to a 155-5 total.

Methley needed a good start in the field if they were to win, but a 90-run opening stand between Ashley Battye (39) and Jake Alleston (52) put East Ardsley in charge.

Methley managed to dismiss both, but Matthew Dolan (35 not out) and Gary Kinder (20 not out) saw Ardsley home by the 22nd over.

Wicket takers for Methley were Ward (1-35), Adarsh Vani (1-27) and Johnson (1-35).

With only one batsman able to reach double figures Townville A were made to struggle against Birstall A in Division Two.

Steve Walton (14) top scored, but Townville were all out for only 40.

Birstall lost an early wicket to Ryan Kelsey in their reply, but had no further problems reaching their small target with nine wickets to spare in the sixth over.