Tonwville defeat rivals Methley to reach Heavy Woollen Cup final

Sohail Raz bowls for Methley against Townville in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi final. Picture: Steve Riding
Sohail Raz bowls for Methley against Townville in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi final. Picture: Steve Riding

Townville became the first side since Hopton Mills on the opening day of the season to inflict a defeat on Methley when they beat their local rivals by 80 runs to reach the final of the Heavy Woollen Cup.

Nick Bresnan’s side will now contest their second final in three years and will be looking to win the competition for the first time when they take on Bradford League side Pudsey Congs at Spen Victoria CC on Sunday, August 3.

In the semi they went in first and set a good target in reaching 237-9 in their allotted overs with young all-rounder Conor Harvey top scoring and providing some real impetus.

He smacked five sixes in a knock of 55 from just 30 balls while earlier in the innings Matt Bremner hit 36, Tim Walton 29 and Jonny Booth 29.

Pick of Methley’s bowlers were Marcus Walmsley, with 3-43, Matthew Waite, 2-38 off 10 overs, and Sohail Raz, 2-57.

Methley’s reply got off to a bad start when they lost both openers Marcus Walmsley and Richard Foster with just eight runs on board. Both were caught off the bowling of Dean Woolsey, who finished with figures of 4-46 off 10 overs.

Chris Holliday tried to keep Methley in the hunt with a fine knock of 91 off 107 balls, including 11 fours and two sixes. But he ran out of partners and was last man out with the score on 157. The only other batsman in double figures was Luke Patel (23) as Richie Bresnan took 2-23 off 5.3 overs, Nick Bresnan 2-33 off 10 and Jack Hughes 2-29 off 10.

Townville and Methley have been kept apart in the draw for the semi-finals of the Jack Hampshire Trophy with Townville at home to Birstall and Methley away to Wrenthorpe on Sunday, July 20.