Townville CC took full advantage of defeats for rival teams Wrenthorpe and Methley as they ran out convincing nine-wicket winners at
Altofts in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premier Division on Saturday.
In a game reduced to a 26 overs-a-side contest because of rain Townville were in charge pretty much from the off to move up to within a point of leaders Wrenthorpe, who suffered a first defeat of the season against Birstall.
After being put in, Altofts were soon reduced to 11-3 as Dean Woolsey claimed two quick wickets and Alex Page came up with a run out.
A stand of 37 for the fourth wicket between Rashid Yousaf (19) and Brent Law (15) steadied things, but as the hosts tried to up the run rate they lost wickets to finish on 71-8.
Woolsey finished with 2-16 while Kylinn Vardhan took 3-12 and Jack Hughes 2-21.
Townville took little time knocking off the runs and reached their target in the 14th over with Jonny Booth (12) the only batsman to be dismissed. Tim Walton finished not out on 27, hitting five boundaries, with Vardhan also unbeaten on 27, after cracking six fours.
Methley were surprisingly beaten by four wickets in their Premier Division match at Batley.
A 40-over contest saw Methley go in first and set a decent target as they reached 182-4. Opener Marcus Walmsley led the way with an unbeaten 70 as he hit a six and four fours and took part in stands of 49 for the third wicket with Chris Holliday (29) and 99 in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership with Matthew Waite, whose 55 not out from just 44 balls included three sixes and two fours.
But Batley had the advantage of knowing what they needed and paced their reply well to get home with 11 balls to spare.
John Rickers took 3-57, Walmsley 2-32 and Waite 1-49, but their efforts proved in vain as opening batsman Fawad Maqsood top scored with 84 and the hosts were always ahead of the required rate.
Methley A suffered another defeat in Division One when they went down by four wickets to Oulton A.
After choosing to bat first, Methley were restricted to 130-8 from 40 overs with Greg Johnson (49) top scoring and useful contributions from David Winter (21) and James Gahan (15).
Oulton reached their target with 11 balls to spare despite two wickets each for Joshua Thurwell and Jason Baddeley.
Despite a battling 53 from Dale Jones Townville A went down by one wicket in a close contest with East Ardsley A in Division Two.
Townville lost their last five wickets for 14 runs to be all out for 123, but came close to their first league win of the season as East Ardsley lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply.
With the visitors on 111-9 Townville were favourites, but an unbroken last wicket stand of 14 saw Ardsley through to their target. Defeat was particularly hard on M Hughes, who took 6-31.
Methley marched into the second round of the Jack Hampshire Trophy with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Caribbean on Sunday.
Young all-rounder Jack Rich was the star performer as his four-wicket haul ensured Caribbean were unable to set a big target after they had opted to bat first.
Matthew Waite was the first bowler to enjoy success as he bowled opener Wesley Bell for five. Mackey Moven soon followed for 15 when trapped lbw by Oral Blackford and the visitors were reduced to 21-2.
At 68-3 in the 21st over second division Caribbean appeared to be making a good fist of it against their Premier opponents, but once Garfield Yearwood was out for 39, bowled by Ryan Meyer, their innings subsided and they were all out for 120.
Rich was the pick of the Methley bowlers with 4-38, while Waite took 2-7, Blackford 2-25 and Meyer 2-40.
Methley’s reply was given a solid start through openers Richard Foster (29) and Marcus Walmsley (17) and although they lost four wickets they were able to reach their target in 23.2 overs with Chris Holliday (39 not out) seeing them home.
Townville crashed out of the Jack Hampshire Cup at the first round stage when they lost by 10 runs in a close contest at home to Wakefield Thornes.
Set 161 for victory, their chase got off to a poor start as key batsmen Tim Walton and Kylinn Vardhan both went cheaply. When Jonny Booth (15) and Jack Hughes (10) also followed they were in trouble at 38-4.
Nick Bresnan (14), Conor Harvey (15) and Richie Bresnan (19) kept hopes alive, but at 97-9 it looked all over.
Last pair Alex Page and Dean Woolsey continued the fight, however, and put on 53 for the last wicket before in the first ball of the final over Page’s battling 37-ball innings of 36 was ended when he was caught out. Woolsey was left not out on 12 with Townville all out for 150.
Thornes had made 160-8 with Matthew Jordan (59) top scoring and wickets for Vardhan (4-46), Woolsey (2-31) and Hughes (2-29).
Townville A completed a miserable day for the club as they produced a horror batting performance to lose to Wakefield Thornes A in the first round of the Wheatley Cup.
With no batsman able to score more than three runs, Townville relied on an extras total of 21 to reach a paltry 40 all out after they had decided to bat first.
Thornes had little trouble reaching their target with nine wickets to spare in the 10th over.
Methley A also went out of the Wheatley Cup as they lost by eight runs to Caribbean A.
They did a decent job in the field, keeping their hosts to 128-9 with two wickets each for Joshua Thurwell, Jason Baddeley and James Gahan.
But it was a struggle with the bat as they fell behind the asking rate and ended on 120-9. Andy Ward top scored with 25 while Richard Smart hit 23, Kieron Holliday 18 and Gahan 15.