Methley beat rivals to reach Council final

Methley's Mustafa Bashir celebrates after getting the wicket of Townville's Jack Hughes in the Yorkshire Council Championship play-off semi-final. Picture: Steve Riding
Methley's Mustafa Bashir celebrates after getting the wicket of Townville's Jack Hughes in the Yorkshire Council Championship play-off semi-final. Picture: Steve Riding

Methley and South Yorkshire League Treeton meet in the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship final at Liversedge next Sunday.

Methley, who won the competition in 1996 and 2001, beat holders Townville by 120 runs when the sides met for the fourth time this season in last Sunday’s all-CYL semi-final at Poplar Avenue.

Bragging rights finished even because Methley conceded a league double to Townville, but beat them in the Jack Hampshire Trophy and Council Championship.

Captain Richard Foster (59) shared an opening stand of 104 with Marcus Walmsley (43) and put on 57 for the second wicket with Luke Patel (41) as Methley were bowled out for 233.

For Townville, Alex Page claimed 3-23 and former Leicestershire county player Peter Hepworth took 3-35.

Townville’s reply was soon in trouble at 37-3 and although ex-Methley player Chris Holliday (34) led a fightback they were routed for 113 after losing their last five wickets for just 23 runs.

Ben Waite (5-33), Mustafa Bashir (2-24), Marcus Walmsley (2-30) and his twin Eddie (1-24) were Methley’s wicket-takers as they booked their place in the Council Championship final for the first time since 2011 when they lost to South Yorkshire League Elsecar.