Methley showed their title credentials in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership when they dug themselves out of trouble to beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers in a low scoring contest.
A straight forward win could have been expected as the league leaders dismissed Mirfield for just 136, but their batsmen also struggled and when last man Marcus Leyshon came out to bat they still needed 21 to overhaul the Cavaliers’ low total.
However, they still had Luke Patel out in the middle and he and Leyshon were able to finally guide Methley over the line in the 40th over for a one-wicket victory and maximum points that allowed them to stretch their lead at the top to eight points.
Leyshon only had to see out eight balls with Patel taking the bulk of the strike in a winning last-wicket stand of 24.
Patel, who came in at number three, was far and away the top scorer in the match with an unbeaten 84 from 129 deliveries, hitting 11 fours and three sixes along the way.
Chris Holliday (17), John Rickers (14) and Sohail Raz (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
Mirfield were indebted to Nazar Hussain, who hit 69, for having any sort of target to defend. Methley’s attack proved potent with Ed Walmsley taking 3-26, Raz 2-29, Jonathan Gardiner 2-29 and Marcus Walmsley 2-34.
Young all-rounder Conor Harvey led the way as Townville beat bottom of the table Hunslet Nelson by six wickets in the Premiership.
Harvey took six wickets with the ball and followed up with an unbeaten half century with the bat to lift his team up to fifth place in the table, just two points behind second-placed Scholes.
Hunslet had looked set for a decent score when they batted first and reached 97-1 with Tommy Roy hitting 32 and Jack Scanlon 49.
But the dismissal of both by Jack Hughes triggered a massive collapse in which the last nine wickets went down for just 19 runs to leave Nelson all out on 116.
Harvey (6-10 from seven overs) and Hughes (4-23 from 9.2 overs) did all the damage.
Townville’s reply saw early setbacks, but they were brought home by an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 71 between Harvey, who hit nine fours and a six in a 42-ball knock of 50 not out, and Kris Ward, who played more carefully to make 27 not out off 76 balls.
Townville A were also in winning form in the Second XI Premier as they beat Buttershaw St Pauls A by four wickets.
After putting their opponents in they kept them to 158-9 from their 50 overs with Steve Walton taking 3-34, Martin Duck 2-32, Hughes 2-28 and Andy Ward 2-35.
Townville then lost three early wickets in their reply before a stand of 65 between Ward and Duck (26) put them on track.
Ward continued to hold the innings together and was unlucky to miss out on a century when bowled out for 98, having hit 12 boundaries.
But with Kieron Samuels hitting 16 not out Townville were home and hosed in the 49th over for a four-point victory.
Despite a fine knock from Richard Smart Methley A went down by seven wickets to Mirfield PC A in the Second XI Premier.
Smart hit 13 fours and a six as he made 88 while support came from Beatrice Firth (22), but Methley’s 152-7 total proved below par with Mirfield reaching the target set in just 25.4 overs.
Premiership: Methley 39 points, Scholes 31, Wakefield Thornes 30, Ossett 30, Townville 29, Altofts 29, Wrenthorpe 25, Mirfield PC 25, Carlton 23, Birstall 23, Hopton Mills 21, Hunslet Nelson 8.
Second XI Premiership: Wakefield Thornes A 48 points, Wrenthorpe A 36, Mirfield PC A 35, East Ardsley A 35, Batley A 29, Altofts A 22, Methley A 21, Ossett A 21, Townville A 20, Birstall A 18, Carlton A 18, Carlton A 18, Buttershaw SP A 10.
Townville won through to the semi-finals of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy when they beat Beckwithshaw by seven runs on Sunday.
They now visit Elsecar (South Yorks) in the semi-finals on a date to be arranged.
Batting first, Townville made 275-7 with Matt Bremner hitting 60, Jack Hughes 58 and Conor Harvey 86 not out off 29 balls, including seven sixes. Beckwithshaw had a good go in their reply but came up short, ending on 268-9.