Methley and Townville to meet in cup semi

Townville's Tim Walton plays an attacking shot during his innings against Shepley in the Heavy Woollen Cup. Picture Steve Riding
Townville's Tim Walton plays an attacking shot during his innings against Shepley in the Heavy Woollen Cup. Picture Steve Riding
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Methley will host Townville in a local derby in the semi-finals of the Heavy Woollen Cup on Sunday, July 6 after both teams put themselves within one more win of a showpiece appearance with impressive victories on Sunday.

Central Yorkshire League champions Townville beat Shepley by five wickets following another superb all-round effort from in-form Jack Hughes while Methley overcame CYL leaders Scholes by seven wickets thanks to a terrific effort in the field.

For Townville it was a repeat of the 2012 semi-final when they also defeated Shepley before going on to lose to Wrenthorpe in the final.

They always looked on course for another success against the Huddersfield League side after Shepley went in first and saw wickets tumble. They were all out for 134 as Nick Bresnan claimed 4-38 from 10 overs and Hughes took 3-18 in his 10 overs.

Townville’s reply saw them lose five wickets, but after Tim Walton hit 24 they were brought home by Hughes, who struck an unbeaten 66.

Methley also did the damage in the field after their opponents, Scholes, were bowled out for 139.

James Stansfield hit 41, but Scholes were always struggling against an attack led by the pace of Sohail Raz, who took 3-34, and the spin of Ed Walmsley, who achieved the remarkable figures of 3-3 from 10 overs, with seven maidens.

Methley then reached their target comfortably with seven wickets and more than 15 overs to spare, Chris Holliday bringing them home with a knock of 53 not out.

They will now have to beat Townville to reach the final with the other semi between Pudsey Congs or Delph & Dobcross and Kirkburton.

In the Jack Hampshire Trophy, meanwhile, Townville have been drawn at home to Carlton and Methley are away to Hunslet Nelson in the quarter-finals to be played on Sunday, June 29. Townville A have been drawn away to Gildersome A in the quarter-finals of the Wheatley Cup, also to be played on June 29.

For the second time in three weeks the Central Yorkshire League programme was wiped out by rain on Saturday.

Current positions are:

Premiership: Scholes 30 points, Methley 27, Ossett 26, Townville 23, Wakefield Thornes 23, Altofts 23, Hopton Mills 21, Birstall 18, Mirfield PC 18, Wrenthorpe 13, Carlton 13, Hunslet Nelson 7.

Second XI Championship: Wakefield Thornes A 36 points, East Ardsley A 30, Wrenthorpe A 29, Mirfield PC A 25, Methley A 21, Altofts A 19, Batley A 19, Birstall A 16, Townville A 16, Ossett A 13, Carlton A 11, Buttershaw SP A 10.

l Great Preston were left without a game as the Wetherby League also suffered a weather wipe out on Saturday and they were given a walkover on Sunday with opponents East Keswick conceding their second round Fred Fleetwood Cup tie.