Townville’s unbeaten start ended by local rivals

Townville's Jack Hughes is congratulated on getting a wicket on his way to taking 5-66 against Methley. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE

Townville's Jack Hughes is congratulated on getting a wicket on his way to taking 5-66 against Methley. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE

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Half centuries from Richard Foster and Chris Holliday helped Methley to become the first team to beat Townville this season in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership.

Townville’s 100 per cent start to the campaign was ended in a 48-run defeat to their local rivals, although they did deny Methley full points by batting out their 50 overs.

Methley went in first and started solidly with an 81-run opening stand in 22 overs between Foster and Marcus Walmsley (32).

Foster reached his half century and went on to make 68 from 85 balls before Luke Patel (40) and Holliday increased the tempo in a 77-run third wicket stand in 12 overs.

Holliday hit 69 off 51 balls, including 11 fours and two sixes, as Methley went on to make 258-6 from their allotted overs. Jack Hughes was the pick of the Townville bowlers, taking 5-66 from 14 overs.

Townville’s reply saw opener Jonny Booth out without scoring, but an 80-run stand between Matthew Bremner (30) and Tim Walton put them on course and the latter then combined with Hughes (36) to take the score up to 147-2.

Walton fell for 74, after hitting seven fours and two sixes, but after his dismissal the required run rate proved too high and Townville had to settle for batting out their overs to finish on 210-7. Marcus Walmsley (2-51) was the most successful Methley bowler.

Townville A won a low scoring contest by two wickets against Altofts A in the 2nd XI Premiership.

A great effort in the field set up the victory as Altofts were dismissed for only 86 with Ryan Kelsey taking 5-44 and Hughes 2-13. But Townville’s batsmen also found it a struggle as they stuttered to 38-7 before Neil Norton (19) and Kelsey (27 not out) carried them to a narrow success.

Methley A went down by four wickets to leaders Wrenthorpe A in the 2nd XI Premiership after batting first and making 143 with Richard Smart (49) top scoring.

Ben Waite then took 5-82, but Wrenthorpe got home in the 31st over.