Walton and Harvey cut loose for Townville

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Outstanding late innings hitting proved crucial as Townville beat old rivals Wrenthorpe by 54 runs in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership.

After giving themselves a solid base at 135-4 in the 42nd over Townville knew they needed to up the run rate in the closing overs and did that to terrific effect.

Tim Walton, who had earlier batted with patience, cut loose and found a willing ally in Conor Harvey with the pair hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.

They smashed 99 runs from the last 50 balls to lift Townville up to a big 234-5 total with Walton caught out off the last ball of the innings, having hit 91, including eight fours and five sixes.

All-rounder Harvey continued his fine form this season by smacking seven fours and two sixes to finish not out on 51 from just 29 deliveries.

Earlier, opener Matt Bremner had made 39, Jonny Booth 21 and Jack Hughes 15 before the late onslaught.

Wrenthorpe’s reply started in positive fashion as opener Neil Bourke tucked into Townville’s opening bowling by hammering 31 off 13 balls.

But Dean Woolsey had revenge by bowling Bourke and Townville were in charge when four wickets fell for 29 runs to leave the visitors on 81-5.

Joe Ellis kept Wrenthorpe’s hopes alive with a knock of 56 from 59 balls and he found support from Harvey Anderson (17) and Jonathan Smith (24), but eventually ran out of partners.

Ellis was last man out with Wrenthorpe falling 54 runs short, all out for 180. Townville’s leading wicket taker this season, Hughes, led the way again with 3-35, while Richie Bresnan took 2-27 and Alex Page 2-40.

Premiership leaders Methley held on to their eight-point advantage when they were convincing winners by 167 runs at home to Hopton Mills.

Opener Marcus Walmsley and Luke Patel, who came in at number three, paved the way for the latest success with a commanding second-wicket partnership.,

Going in first after winning the toss, Methley piled up 291-6 as Walmsley made 130 and Patel was unlucky to fall just short of a deserved century, out for 96.

Chris Holliday weighed in with 18 late on and second from bottom Hopton Mills were left with a mountain to climb in their reply.

They were never really in the hunt once opener Paul Moorhouse was out for 22 and Geoff Hunt fell for 41.

There was a steady procession of wickets until Hopton Mills were all out for 124 in the 44th over.

John Rickers was the most successful Methley bowler with 3-6 while Patel took 2-16, Jonathan Gardiner 2-28 and Ed Walmsley 2-11.

Methley A pulled themselves off the bottom and climbed three places to ninth in the Second XI Premier by beating Batley A by five wickets.

Ben Waite was their star performer as he took 5-28 from 12 overs and with Kieron Holliday claiming 2-24 and fellow junior Robert Clegg taking 2-4 Batley were bowled out for 87 after deciding to bat first.

Methley were reduced to 20-2 then 54-4 in their reply, but were seen home by Amol Vani (31 not out) and Waite, who followed up his bowling exploits with a knock of 27.

Townville A went down by seven wickets in their Second XI Premier game at Carlton A.

After deciding to bat first, they collapsed from 53-1 to 111 all out, losing their way once Steve Walton (35), Adarsh Vani (19) and Martin Duck (27) were out. Carlton knocked the runs off in 24.4 overs despite two wickets for Duck.

POSITIONS – Premiership: Methley 55 points, Townville 47, Wakefield Thornes 42, Ossett 42, Scholes 41, Mirfield PC 37, Altofts 35, Carlton 34, Wrenthorpe 27, Birstall 24, Hopton Mills 22, Hunslet Nelson 14.

Second XI Premiership: Wakefield Thornes A 61 points, Mirfield PC A 48, Wrenthorpe A 44, East Ardsley A 43, Batley A 36, Carlton A 32, Birstall A 29, Ossett A 29, Townville A 24, Buttershaw SP A 22, Altofts A 22.