Methley at the double to boost chances

Matthew Waite, who hit 31 and took three wickets for Methley against Birstall.
Matthew Waite, who hit 31 and took three wickets for Methley against Birstall.
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Methley maintained their double hopes with a key Central Yorkshire League victory on Saturday followed by another win to progress to the semi-finals of the Jack Hampshire Trophy on Sunday.

In the first of the games they were away to a Birstall side that had been up with the front runners in the Premier Division in the early months of the season and came up with a 56-run win.

After being put in, they made steady early progress through Nick Connolly (15), Richard Foster (34) and Marcus Walmsley (48) to reach 111-1 in the 32nd over.

Wickets then fell as they looked to up the tempo and the innings ended on 189-9 at the end of 50 overs. Chris Holliday hit 23 and Matthew Waite 31.

Birstall’s reply saw them quickly reduced to 11-2 with Waite removing both openers cheaply. Nicholas Kaye (66) battled to keep the hosts in it, but found support wanting as they were all out for 133.

Waite was the most successful Methley bowler with 3-43 while John Rickers claimed 2-17, Connolly 2-15, Joshua Thurwell 1-12, Walmsley 1-29 and Jack Rich 1-15.

Foster top scored with 69 as Methley won by 39 runs away to Wakefield Thornes in the quarter-finals of the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Batting first, Methley made 236-7 from their 40 overs with support for Foster coming from Connolly (37), Ryan Meyer (37), Holliday (34) and Matthew Waite (27 not out).

Thornes were all out for 197 in reply as Mick Waite claimed 4-39 and Walmsley 3-17.

Townville kept their six-point lead at the top of the Premier with a convincing nine-wicket win at home to Hunslet Nelson.

A good effort in the field paved the way for the latest success as Nelson were dismissed for 153 with Richie Bresnan taking 4-30, Nick Bresnan 3-21, Kylinn Vardhan 1-19 and Conor Harvey 1-30.

Townville then had few problems knocking off the runs with Jonny Booth the only man out for one. Tim Walton (86 not out) and Vardhan (59 not out) saw the side home in 39.1 overs.

Methley A remain second from bottom in Division One after losing by eight wickets to East Leeds.

Defeat was tough on batsmen Richard Smart (50 and David Winter (52) after they put on 90 for the second wicket. David Willey also made 26.

Townville A were no match for Division Two leaders Azaad as they were bowled out for 67 in reply to 285-9. Robert Wood top scored with 17 while Matthew Hughes bowled well for Townville to take 6-74.

Premier Division (all played 11): Townville 57 points, Methley 51, Wakefield Thornes 43, Wrenthorpe 37, Carlton 36, Mirfield PC 34, Birstall 33, Batley 26, Ossett 24, Hunslet Nelson 21, Altofts 16, Northowram Fields 10.

Division One (all played 11): Scholes 49 points, Hopton Mills 45, Wakefield SM 44, Liversedge 40, Oulton 39, East Ardsley 35, East Leeds 34, Buttershaw SP 31, Wakefield Thornes A 25, Ossett A 13, Methley A 11, Mirfield 9.

Division Two (all played 11): Azaad 50 points, Altofts A 44, Birstall A 43, Batley A 42, Mirfield PC A 41, Carlton A 38, Thornhill 37, Caribbean 35, Wrenthorpe A 29, Buttershaw SP A 18, East Ardsley A 12, Townville A 2.