Ward leads charge as Townville close gap on leaders Methley

Kris Ward.
Kris Ward.

Methley saw their lead cut to six points at the top of the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership after failing to pick up any points from their trip to title rivals Wakefield Thornes.

They still remain nine ahead of Thornes after denying them full points in Saturday’s contest, but were disappointed with their effort in the field.

Set a challenging 203 for victory, the Wakefield side got home with ease, reaching their target with five wickets to spare in the 44th over.

Stands of 61 and 56 for the first two wickets, involving James Wolfenden (32), Matthew Jordan (53) and David Toft (28) set them on the way and Matthew Varley (48 not out) completed the job. Methley bowlers struggled to make an impact with Eddie Walmsley (2-68) the most successful.

In Methley’s innings of 202-6 from their 50 overs, Eddie Walmsley had top scored with 62 not out made from 75 balls while Marcus Walmsley was patient in his 100-ball knock of 47 and Richard Foster made 30.

Second-placed Townville cut the gap on the table toppers when they had the better of their high scoring game with Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

They were denied full points after failing to bowl their opponents out, but timed their run chase well to reach their 232-run target with 12.3 overs and seven wickets to spare.

Opener Kris Ward led the charge with a superb knock of 101 not out from 108 balls, blasting 16 fours and two sixes along the way. Support came initially from Nick Bresnan (23) and Chris Holliday (31) before Jack Hughes joined in the fun to hit 55 at a run-a-ball, with eight fours and two sixes.

Mirfield batsmen also found conditions to their liking as they made 231-9 from their 50 overs.

The innings was based round a knock of 87 by Salman Sayed while Hughes took 5-41 from 15 overs and Anurag Verma claimed 4-67 off 12.

Methley A maintained their title challenge in the Second team Premier as they beat Buttershaw St Pauls A by five wickets.

An unbroken stand of 87 for the sixth wicket brought them home after they had been reduced to 38-5 with Kieron Holliday hitting 50 not out and Richard Smart 37 not out.

Buttershaw were all out for 124 as Stephen Preshaw and Robert Clegg claimed four wickets each.

The result moved Methley into third place and they are just six points behind leaders Wakefield Thornes A.

Townville A beat Northowram Fields A by 32 runs in the Second Team Championship.

Steve Walton hit 77 and Kieran Samuels 31 in a 90-run opening stand and Townville were able to make 190-6.

Northowram were then dismissed for 158 with two wickets each for Walton, Tom Mellor, Andy Ward and Charlie Sykes.

Second Team Division One leaders Great Preston A were in winning form again, beating Caribbean A by 171 runs.

Stars of a commanding win were batsmen Richard Young (109 not out, including 16 fours and two sixes), James Bickerdike (69) and Neil Carter (56) then with the ball Adrian Sharp, who took 7-30.

Premiership (all played 13): Methley 62 points, Townville 56, Wakefield Thornes 53, Wrenthorpe 50, Ossett 45, Batley 32, Birstall 32, Mirfield PC 27, Carlton 26, Hunslet Nelson 24, Buttershaw SP 13, Altofts 9.

Division One: East Leeds played 12 - points 49, Great Preston 11-47, Gildersome 11-34, Mirfield 11-30, Adwalton 11-28, Rodley 11-17, Crossbank Methodists 11-12.

Second Team Premier (all played 13): Wakefield Thornes A 61 points, Ossett A 61, Methley A 55, Batley A 55, Wrenthorpe A 39, Carlton A 32, Wakefield SM A 32, Birstall A 30, Mirfield PC A 27, Altofts A 26, Buttershaw SP A 20, East Ardsley A 12.

Second Team Championship: Hopton Mills A played 11- points 49, Azaad A 11-48, Liversedge A 12-34, Oulton A 11-30, Northowram Fields A 11-27, Townville A 11-22, Hunslet Nelson A 11-22.

Second Team Division One (all played 13): Great Preston A 60 points, East Leeds A 49, Gildersome A 45, Caribbean A 44, Rodley A 41, Mirfield A 28, Adwalton A 28, Crossbank Methodists A 2.

Townville will be bidding to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup final for the third time in four years when they host reigning Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine in the semis this Sunday.

Methley are looking to reach the Jack Hampshire Trophy final and looking for instant revenge when at home on Sunday to Wakefield Thornes, who beat them in the league last weekend.