A terrific century from Harry Anderson enabled Methley to stretch their lead by a point at the top of the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership on Saturday.
Methley won a run chase to be six wicket victors away to Buttershaw St Pauls and went five points clear with Wakefield Thornes in second place now following their success against Townville who started the day four points behind the leaders.
After their loss to Townville the previous week Methley knew they could not afford another slip-up, but were made to work hard by second from bottom Buttershaw and were denied a maximum point haul as they could not bowl the hosts out.
St Pauls batted their full 50 overs out to make 241-9 with number 11 Muhammad Saeed (17 not out) offering late resistance after Gary Wainwright (77) and Adam Wainwright (59) had earlier provided the backbone of a decent innings.
All five bowlers used by Methley took wickets with Mustafa Bashir taking 3-73, Sohail Raz 2-23, Eddie Walmsley 2-72, Ben Waite 1-36 and Luke Patel 1-27.
Methley were always up with the asking rate in their reply after Richard Foster (22) and Anderson put on 64 for the first wicket.
The latter then combined with Patel for a second wicket stand of 141 before Anderson fell to a return catch off the bowling of Kevin McDemott after reaching 111 from 105 balls, smashing 19 fours and three sixes.
Patel was caught out for 69, having hit 10 fours and three sixes, but Eddie Walmsley (20 not out) and Chavez Younes (11 not out) brought Methley home with five overs to spare.
Methley now have a big weekend ahead as they are at home to Wrenthorpe on both Saturday in the league and Sunday in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final.
They are aiming to win the Jack Hampshire Trophy for the third successive year and beat Wrenthorpe in the 2010 and 2013 finals.
Townville slipped down to third place in the Premiership when they suffered a six wicket loss to fellow contenders Wakefield Thornes.
They did make sure their rivals did not pick up full points, however, as they batted out their 50 overs to make 203-8.
After openers Kris Ward and Jonny Booth both went cheaply, Chris Holliday (50) and Jack Hughes (26) set about a recovery task. Skipper Nick Bresnan then hit 63, including seven fours and three sixes, but it was a bit of a struggle for the rest of the batsmen.
Thornes were reduced to 41-2 in their reply, but took charge with a 132-run stand for the third wicket between David Toft (84 not out) and Sam Storr (41) and reached their target with 3.3 overs to spare. Hughes, with 2-51, was the pick of the Townville bowlers.
Youngster Amol Vani top scored with the bat and took four wickets with the ball as Methley A beat East Ardsley A by seven wickets in the Second Team Premier.
Ardsley were shot out for 87 as Vani took 4-13, James Gahan 3-21 and Joshua Sullivan 2-10.
Methley then reached their target by the 15th over with opener Vani scoring 21 and Greg Johnson 17.
Great Preston A saw their lead cut to seven points in the Second Team Division One when they lost to closest challengers East Leeds A.
In a thrilling game they fell just short when all out for 213 in reply to 222-4.
Mark Mosby (65), Joe Thurlow (44) and James Conlon (29) all gave it a good go chasing a big target, but Preston lost out by nine runs with eight balls left when the last wicket fell.
Mosby had earlier also been Preston’s most successful bowler with 2-53.
Premiership (all played 17): Methley 78 points, Wakefield Thornes 73, Townville 70, Wrenthorpe 68, Ossett 59, Batley 40, Mirfield PC 40, Birstall 34, Hunslet Nelson 33, Carlton 30, Buttershaw SP 16, Altofts 15.
Division One: Great Preston played 14 - points 65, East Leeds 14-59, Gildersome 15-48, Adwalton 15-43, Mirfield 15-36, Rodley 15-19, Crossbank Methodists 14-15.
Second Team Premier (all played 17): Ossett A 81 points, Wakefield Thornes A 79, Batley A 75, Methley A 61, Wrenthorpe A 49, Wakefield SM A 46, Carlton A 42, Altofts A 36, Birstall A 32, East Ardsley A 30, Mirfield PC A 27, Buttershaw SP A 26.
Second Team Championship: Azaad A played 15 - points 70, Hopton Mills A 14-61, Oulton A 14-44, Liversedge A 15-38, Northowram Fields A 15-33, Hunslet Nelson A 15-29, Townville A 14-23.
Second Team Division One: Great Preston A played 17 - points 73, East Leeds A 17-66, Gildersome A 16-57, Caribbean A 16-47, Adwalton A 17-46, Rodley A 16-42, Mirfield A 16-35, Crossbank Methodists A 17-10.
l A Great Preston XI is hosting a Giles Foster Scholarship XI in a game on Sunday.
The match, which will start at 1pm, will see the return to Great Preston of two of their former overseas players in Stuart Giles and Jason Evans, who will line-up alongside current overseas star Matt King in what looks a strong GFS side.
Also included in the visiting team is David King – brother of Matt – who is a 25-year-old opening bat and medium fast bowler currently playing for Fleetwood in the Northern Premier League.