Patel steers Methley to first CYL victory of season

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An unbeaten 83 from recent recruit Luke Patel helped Methley to their first All Rounder Central Yorkshire Premiership victory of the season when they beat old rivals Wrenthorpe by six wickets.

Set 184 for victory, Methley got home comfortably to win with 7.1 overs to spare as former Castleford and Wrenthorpe player Patel led the chase, hitting five sixes and five fours in his 117-ball knock.

Methley set off with a 35-run opening stand between Marcus Walmsley (11) and Richard Foster, who hit 40 from 51 deliveries before falling with the score on 68.

Patel and Chris Holliday (16) put on 30 for the third wicket before the former combined with Ed Walmsley (29) for a stand of 82 in 16 overs to effectively clinch the match.

Earlier in Wrenthorpe’s innings of 183-7 Neil Bourke top scored with 58 while there were wickets for four Methley bowlers with Matthew Waite taking 2-34, Jonathan Gardiner 2-18, Sohail Raz 1-31 and Ed Walmsley 1-25.

Early pacesetters Townville made short work of beating Carlton in the Premiership.

Young all-rounder Conor Harvey produced a devastating spell of bowling and was well backed up by the rest of the Townville attack as they shot their opponents out for 36 in 20.5 overs to win by 138 runs.

Only Daniel Wilbor (10) reached double figures against some excellent bowling from Harvey, who took 5-12 from seven overs, Jack Hughes (3-4) and Dean Woolsey (1-18).

In Townville’s innings of 174-6 Tim Walton had been the key man as he hit 82, including eight fours and three sixes, while the rest of his side generally struggled.

Support came from Nick Bresnan (29 not out), Matthew Bremner (18) and Hughes (17).

Townville now have a big weekend ahead as they host local rivals Methley in the league on Saturday and travel to play Beckwithshaw in the first round of the Black Sheep Champions Trophy on Sunday – a prestigious competition involving all the county’s league winners that has never been won by a Central Yorkshire League side.

Methley A suffered their first defeat in the 2nd XI Premiership when they narrowly failed in a run chase at Carlton A.

They fell 10 runs short after Carlton had batted first and made 199-6 in a contest reduced to 41 overs a side.

Patrick Hinchliffe top scored with 74 while David Winter claimed 3-71, Robert Clegg 2-33 and Ben Waite 1-52.

Methley’s reply got off to a good start as Greg Johnson (45) and Amol Vani (42) put on 73 for the first wicket and the latter then combined to add a further 44 with Richard Smart.

At 179-2 they looked well placed, but still needed 21 runs from the last three overs.

The first of those overs proved disastrous as Winter fell for 31 then Ben Waite and Kieron Holliday were out cheaply to leave Methley still 19 runs short with just 12 balls left.

Clegg failed to score and when Smart was stumped to end his fine knock of 52 it was all over with Methley ending on 189-7.

Townville A suffered their first defeat in the 2nd XI Premiership as they produced a disappointing batting display at Wrenthorpe A.

After being put in to bat first, they struggled from the off with openers Steve Walton and Alec Boothroyd out cheaply.

Although Andy Ward hit 21 and Hughes 13 they were only able to muster 73 all out with Saqib Talib (5-11 from 8.4 overs) doing most of the damage.

Wrenthorpe lost opener Paul Burns retired for nine and lost two wickets to young bowler Charlie Sykes, but got home with eight wickets to spare, reaching their target in the 17th over with Bilal Abbas hitting 32 and Andrew Borthwick 26 not out.

This Saturday sees Townville A away to Altofts A while Methley A host unbeaten early leaders Wrenthorpe A.