Positions unaltered in race for CYL Premier crown

Townville's Chris Holliday, who hit a century against Carlton. Picture: Steve Riding
Townville's Chris Holliday, who hit a century against Carlton. Picture: Steve Riding

Methley held onto their three-point lead at the top of the Central Yorkshire League’s Premier Division when they beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers by seven wickets.

A good effort in the field paved the way for a comfortable victory as Mirfield went in first and lost their way after reaching 103-2.

The visitors looked set for a good score when opener Timothy Orrell (68) combined with Salman Sayed (31) and Nazar Hussain (24) in stands of 49 and 50. But once Hussain was out, trapped lbw by Eddie Walmsley it sparked a collapse that saw the last eight wickets go down for 47 to leave Mirfield all out for 150.

Mustafa Bashir (3-24) and Ben Waite (3-39) were the pick of the bowlers while Chavez Younes played a key part with the run out of top scorer Orrell.

Methley lost three wickets in their reply, but reached their target in 33.3 overs with Richard Foster hitting 37, Luke Patel 38, Dan Broadbent 29 not out and Eddie Walmsley 24 not out.

Townville are still in the title race after winning by 161 runs against Carlton to stay within six points of the leaders with two games to go.

A superb century from Chris Holliday set them on the way as he smashed 13 fours and two sixes in a knock of 103 from 81 balls. Nick Bresnan (29) and Jonny Booth (34) combined for a half century opening stand and there were further good contributions from Jack Hughes (25) and Anurag Verma (53 off 38 balls) as Townville declared eight overs early on 254-6.

They did not need the extra overs, however, as Carlton were all out for 93 in reply despite a 33-run opening stand between Jonathan Hughes (14) and Gary Close (22).

Only two further batsmen reached doubled figures as Verma took 3-22, Joseph Finnigan 3-25 and Hughes 3-0.

Methley A beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers A by six wickets in the Second Team Premier.

James Gahan (5-41) and Kieron Holliday (4-52) set up the win with some good bowling before Joshua Neal (52 not out off 53 balls) and Richard Smart (32) completed the job.

Great Preston did not have a game last weekend, but can clinch the Division One title if they take maximum points at home to Gildersome this Saturday or if rivals East Leeds lose to Rodley.

Great Preston A are in the same position in the Second Team Division One and will be celebrating their championship if they earn six points away to Gildersome A.

Positions:

Premier Division (all played 20): Methley 90 points, Wakefield Thornes 87, Townville 84, Wrenthorpe 76, Ossett 63, Batley 48,Mirfield PC 48, Hunslet Nelson 41, Carlton 38, Birstall 36, Altofts 24, Buttershaw SP 16.

Division One: Great Preston played 16 - points 72, East Leeds 16-65, Gildersome 16-48, Adwalton 16-44, Mirfield 17-38, Rodley 17-31, Crossbank Methodists 16-21.

Second Team Premier (all played 20): Ossett A 95 points, Batley A 89, Wakefield Thornes A 88, Methley A 69, Wrenthorpe A 55, Carlton A 50, Wakefield SM A 46, Birstall A 45, East Ardsley A 39, Altofts A 32, Mirfield PC A 29, Buttershaw SP A 28.

Second Team Championship: Azaad A played 16 - points 72, Hopton Mills A 16-63, Oulton A 16-52, Liversedge A 17-38, Hunslet Nelson A 17-37, Townville A 16-35, Northowram Fields A 16-33.

Second Team Division One: Great Preston played 19 - points 81, East Leeds A 19-74, Gildersome A 18-63, Caribbean A 19-54, Adwalton A 19-54, Rodley A 18-48, Mirfield A 19-36, Crossbank Methodists 19-18.

l Member clubs of the JCT Bradford League have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with the All Rounder Central Yorkshire Cricket League.

The merger will now go ahead, with the merging of the Championship Division in 2016 and the full merger for season 2017.