Seven-up Hughes paves way for Townville victory

Jack Hughes.
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Jack Hughes was in superb form as Townville closed the gap to four points at the top of the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership.

Hughes took the starring role with the ball, taking seven wickets, then followed up with a knock of 46 when the Castleford-based side reached their target with six wickets in hand at home to Buttershaw St Pauls.

Buttershaw went in first and lost their way after a solid start saw them stand on 46-0 and 85-2.

Hughes spun them into trouble as he sliced through the middle order to take 7-23 from 14.3 overs. Ahmed Yar (42) and Luke Guest (30) offered some resistance, but Buttershaw were all out for 163 in the 49th over. Joseph Finnigan (2-24) and Conor Harvey (1-37) were Townville’s other wicket takers.

Townville lost Kris Ward for 11 and Jonny Booth for 23 early in their reply before Chris Holliday and Hughes came together to ensure there would be no shock result.

The pair added 111 for the third wicket before Hughes fell to a catch after hitting 46 from 51 balls with eight fours and a six.

Another wicket fell, but Townville got home in the 26th over with Holliday not out on 71, made from 62 balls, the knock including 11 fours and a six.

Methley remain on top, but they were given a scare before they got home by the narrowest of margins for a four-point success against Hunslet Nelson.

They looked set for a comfortable enough victory when Mustafa Bashir sent Joe Smith back to the pavilion early and Eddie Walmsley picked up the first of five victims.

But Nelson’s overseas man Warren Ekstraal proved more difficult to remove and with support from skipper Will Stiff (15) and Danny Calverley (14) he was able to put on 46 and 34 in stubborn stands.

Ekstraal eventually departed for 57 and Hunslet batted out their 50 overs to deny Methley full points, finishing on 161-9 with Eddie Walmsley taking 5-40 and Luke Patel 2-15.

Methley’s reply started disappointingly as in-form Richard Foster was out for seven, but Marcus Walmsley (38), Patel (17), Fahid Rehman (15) and Dan Broadbent (21) took the score up to 110-5 and Methley looked on course for a comfortable victory.

However, wickets continued to fall at steady intervals as Sohail Raz (12) and Ed Walmsley (12) both got in and got out and when Ekstraal bowled Luke Bullingham a score of 138-8 potentially had Nelson as unlikely favourites.

Bashir (10) and Chavez Younes (13 not out) swung the game back Methley’s way with a stand of 20 before the former was run out. But in a nervy finish Younes and Ben Waite saw the leaders over the line for a one-wicket winning draw.

Great Preston have joined East Leeds at the top of Division One after winning a tight contest by two wickets against an improving Gildersome.

Adrian Sharp was in good form with the ball for Great Preston, taking 4-50 as Gildersome were dismissed for 152.

Lee Russell (30) got the Great Preston reply off to a good start, but Anil Barot (4-57) and Martin Morley (3-20) pulled Gildersome right back into the game and at 99-7 Preston were looking in trouble.

But an unbeaten 39 from David Illingworth eased nerves and they got home with two wickets to spare.

Methley A climbed up to third place in the Second Team Premier after beating Wakefield St Michaels A by seven wickets.

Good bowling by Kieron Holliday (4-35) and Stephen Preshaw (3-42) paved the way as Wakefield were all out for only 82.

Jake McCaffery (48) and Greg Johnson (20) top scored when Methley reached their target in just 17.1 overs.

Townville A could not prevent second Team Championship leaders Azaad A winning a run chase.

In a reduced overs game, Townville made 172-5 off 39 overs with Andy Ward (83 not out) and Matthew Hughes (45 not out) combining for an unbroken 111-run stand. But Azaad reached their target with almost six overs to spare.

Second Teams Division One leaders Great Preston A beat Crossbank Methodists A by six wickets after bowling them out for 82 with Mark Mosby taking 3-24, Luke Kane 3-19, Richard White 2-10 and Kurtis Walker 2-21.

Michael Wade (43 not out) top scored in Preston’s reply.

Premiership (all played nine): Methley 44 points, Townville 40, Wrenthorpe 34, Wakefield Thornes 31, Ossett 27, Birstall 26, Batley 19, Carlton 19, Hunslet Nelson 16, Buttershaw SP 11, Mirfield PC 11, Altofts 8.

Division One: Great Preston played 8 - points 31, East Leeds 8-31, Adwalton 8-27, Gildersome 8-24, Mirfield 8-18, Rodley 7-11, Crossbank Methodists 7-5.

Second Teams Premier (all played nine): Wakefield Thornes A 39 points, Ossett A 39, Methley A 36, Batley A 36, Wakefield SM A 30, Carlton A 25, Mirfield PC A 21, Wrenthorpe A 21, Birstall A 20, Buttershaw SP A 19, Altofts A 17, East Ardsley A 6.

Second Teams Championship: Azaad played 8 - points 35, Oulton A 8-28, Hopton Mills A 7-25, Liversedge A 8-20, Townville A 8-15, Hunslet Nelson A 8-15, Northowram Fields A 7-13.

Second Teams Division One (all played nine): Great Preston A 42 points, East Leeds A 34, Gildersome A 34, Caribbean A 34, Rodley A 29, Adwalton A 23, Mirfield A 10, Crossbank Methodists 2.