Methley triumph in trophy final

Methley batsman Marcus Walmsley on his way to a century in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final against Wrenthorpe. Picture: ANDY MAY
Methley batsman Marcus Walmsley on his way to a century in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final against Wrenthorpe. Picture: ANDY MAY
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Outstanding performances by Marcus Walmsley and Nick Connolly helped Methley to victory in the final of the Jack Hampshire Trophy on Sunday.

Methley triumphed in the Central Yorkshire League’s senior cup competition for the fourth time in their history as they beat long standing rivals Wrenthorpe, who they had also defeated the last time they won the trophy in 2010.

This year’s final was played at Methley’s Little Church Lane ground and saw the hosts go in first to be met by an early setback with skipper Richard Foster out for five.

But they then took a grip on the game thanks to some superb batting from opener Connolly and Walmsley, who proceeded to flay the Wrenthorpe bowling to all parts of the ground.

Both looked set for centuries until Connolly was caught by Joe Ellis off the bowling of Tom Chester after he had made 85 and put on 160 with Walmsley for the second wicket.

Chris Holliday carried on the good work with a knock of 26 in a 41-run third wicket stand and although wickets then fell in the pursuit of fast runs Methley were able to reach 255-7 by the end of their 40 overs with Walmsley not out on 110.

Chester was the pick of Wrenthorpe’s bowlers with five wickets, but he was also expensive in going for 69 runs.

Wrenthorpe made a steady start to their reply through openers Harvey Anderson (31) and Jordan Sleightholme (17), who were both dismissed by John Rickers.

Ellis (53) and Luke Patel (65) then combined for a 114-run stand for the third wicket and they reached 172-2. But with the run rate having crept up to around 10 an over some big hitting was required in the closing overs.

Batty (25) had a go, but Methley bowlers held their nerve and Wrenthorpe finished 26 runs short on 229-8.

Connolly (2-35) and Walmsley (2-34) followed up their batting exploits.