Walmsley boys take Methley clear at top

Australian Matt King  runs in to bowl for Great Preston in a rain abandoned game against Adwalton.
Australian Matt King runs in to bowl for Great Preston in a rain abandoned game against Adwalton.

Reigning champions Methley beat the rain again to register another full points victory on Saturday while rivals in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership were left frustrated by the weather.

Methley are already eight points clear at the top after just three games – all of which they have won – and stand 10 in front of local rivals Townville ahead of their first meeting of the year at Townville’s ground this Saturday.

In their latest game Methley made short work of beating Altofts by nine wickets with the Walmsley twins in great form again.

The tone was quickly set as after being put in, Altofts lost a wicket to the third delivery of the match, bowled by Sohail Raz.

They did put on 51 for the second wicket, but then collapsed to lose nine wickets for just 32 runs to be all out for only 83 as Marcus Walmsley (5-18) and Edward Walmsley (4-12) ran through the batting order.

Methley needed just 9.1 overs to knock off the runs required. They did lose Fahid Rehman for 13, but Richard Foster blasted nine fours and two sixes in a knock of 54 not out and Edward Walmsley hit 14 not out off only five balls to ensure his team had the game quickly sewn up with the rainy weather around.

Townville have not lost yet this season, but had their second Premiership game abandoned when no play was possible in their scheduled match at Birstall.

Townville and Methley should be playing in the Heavy Woollen Cup this Sunday, but have had to postpone their second round ties.

Townville were due to visit Shelley and Methley host Kirkburton, but new dates will have to be found for both games with Kirkburton and Shelley down to play Huddersfield League Sykes Cup matches after they were washed out last weekend.

Townville are trying to arrange to play their ECB National Club Championship game against Treeton instead on Sunday.

Great Preston’s Australian opener Matthew King continued his great start for the club in CYL Division One when he was in the runs again as they took on Adwalton.

He has now scored 316 runs in the first three league matches without being out, but Great Preston were left frustrated for the second week running as the game was abandoned with them in a winning position.

Chasing Adwalton’s 209-9, Preston looked handily placed. Danusha Ranasinghe smashed 72 off 68 balls and King 68 off 58 deliveries as Preston reached 144-0 from 21 overs before the game was called off because of rain.

Townville A enjoyed their first win of the season in the Second Team Championship when they beat Hunslet Nelson A by 40 runs.

A century by Andy Ward paved the way for the victory as he hit 16 fours and three sixes in a knock of 114. Support came from Alec Boothroyd, with 52, as Townville made 232-8.

Hunslet were then all out for 192 in reply with Charlie Sykes taking 3-17, Hughes 3-36 and Ward 2-29.

Great Preston A put in another great team performance to beat Gildersome A by five wickets to go top of the Second Team Division One.

They initially did a decent job in the field to restrict their hosts to 157 all out with captain Richard White taking 4-37, Adrian Sharp 2-47 and David Illingworth 2-25.

Jordan Scott (56) and debutant Illingworth (42) then produced a solid fourth wicket partnership in Preston’s reply to all but end the game and despite both falling close to the finish the CYL newcomers chased down the Gildersome total to get home in the 31st over.