Jack Hughes was an all-round star again as Townville proved too good for Hopton Mills in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership,
Hughes is enjoying his finest season to date and performed well with bat and ball once more as Townville picked up maximum points to stay on the heels of the top three.
Hopton Mills never got on top of the Townville attack, although they did reach 67-1 into the 27th over before Hughes’ first major contribution came when he had Sufyan Patel caught by Kris Ward for 21.
Opener Chris Scott soon followed to the bowling of Conor Harvey for 30 and it was downhill from there as Hopton were all out for 119.
Hughes finished with 4-24 while Richie Bresnan claimed 2-34, Alex Page 2-17, Woolsey 1-14 and Harvey 1-28.
Townville were reduced to 27-2 in their reply, but got home in the 21st over as Hughes hit 48 from 38 balls, Tim Walton 16 and Ward 20 not out.
Leaders Methley maintained their title challenge with six more points from a six-wicket win over bottom of the table Hunslet Nelson.
Only three Nelson batsmen were able to reach double figures as they were all out for just 70 with their former bowler, Sohail Raz, doing most of the damage with a devastating spell of 7-37 from 15 overs. Ed Walmsley lent good support with 1-24 from 15 accurate overs while there was one wicket each for Marcus Walmsley and John Rickers.
Methley did lose four wickets in their reply, but took just 14.4 overs to race to their victory with Luke Patel (32 not out) and Chris Holliday (17) top scoring.
Methley A continued their slide down the Second XI Premier table as they lost by 77 runs to Buttershaw St Paul’s A.
They did a decent job in the field as they kept Buttershaw to 138-8 from 40 overs with Kieron Holliday taking 3-35, Joshua Sullivan 2-38, Ben Waite 2-23 and Tom Mellor 1-28.
But the batsmen could not back it up with Methley all out for 61, only Jake McCaffery (14), Joshua Neal (14) and Sullivan (10 not out) reaching double figures.
Townville A went down by seven wickets to Batley A in the Second XI Premier after being bowled out for 88.
Ben Collinson (20) and skipper Mathew Hughes (20) top scored for a 10-man Townville team. Mathew Hughes then claimed two wickets, but could not stop Batley from getting home in 16.3 overs.
Premiership: Methley 45 points, Wakefield Thornes 36, Ossett 36, Townville 35, Mirfield PC 31, Scholes 31, Carlton 29, Altofts 29, Wrenthorpe 26, Birstall 23, Hopton Mills 21, Hunslet Nelson 8.
Second XI Premier: Wakefield Thornes A 54, Wrenthorpe A 38, East Ardsley A 37, Mirfield PC A 36, Batley A 35, Birstall A 24, Ossett A 23, Altofts A 22, Methley A 21, Townville A 20, Carlton A 20, Buttershaw SP A 16.
Holders Methley coasted into the semi-finals of the Jack Hampshire Trophy with a second win in two days against Hunslet Nelson.
A fine all-round effort from Marcus Walmsley was at the heart of Sunday’s eight-wicket success.
First, he took 4-21 with the ball then followed up with a knock of 52, including eight fours, as Methley easily overhauled Nelson’s 121-9 total.
Richard Foster also smashed three sixes and six fours in making 55 with Methley getting over the line in just 22.2 overs. In Hunslet’s innings, Jonathan Gardiner had taken 3-27.
Townville are also through to the semi-finals after beating Carlton by eight wickets.
Carlton never really recovered from a disastrous start when they lost their first four wickets without a run on the board. They eventually made 113 with Dean Woolsey taking 3-24, Jack Hughes 3-9 and one wicket each for Conor Harvey, Richie Bresnan and Alex Page.
Townville reached their target in 24.5 overs as Matt Bremner hit 25, Jonny Booth 12, Tim Walton 35 not out and Hughes 38 not out.
Townville A reached the Wheatley Cup semi-finals with an eight-wicket win over Gildersome A.
Kieron Samuels (26 not out) and Andy Ward (25) brought them home after a good effort in the field led by Martin Duck, Hughes, Gary Mackereth and Ward who all took two wickets.