Champions Townville off to winning start

Wrenthorpe's Joe Ellis is bowled by Townville's Conor Harvey during the opening game of the season.
Wrenthorpe's Joe Ellis is bowled by Townville's Conor Harvey during the opening game of the season.

Townville made a flying start in their defence of the All Rounder Central Yorkshire League Premiership title when they got home in an exciting run chase to beat old rivals Wrenthorpe.

The opening game of the new season threw up a cracker for starters as the 2013 champions had just one wicket to spare when they reached their target with two balls left, Alex Page hitting a six to clinch the narrowest of victories.

Townville were chasing 244 to win and made a solid start in reaching 76-1 from 18 overs and 102-2 in the 23rd over.

But after new man Matthew Bremner fell for 39 and Tim Walton was trapped lbw by Joe Ellis after making 51 from 64 balls they hit trouble at 125-5 after 29 overs.

A stand of 57 in 12 overs between Conor Harvey (44) and Nick Bresnan (29) put the champions back on course before more wickets fell to leave Townville on 219-9, still 25 runs short of their target with the last pair at the crease.

However, Page and Dean Woolsey saw the team through, with Page hitting three sixes in his 26 not out.

Earlier, Wrenthorpe’s innings of 243-9 had owed much to a knock of 98 off just 68 balls by Greig Batty.

Nick Bresnan claimed four wickets for Townville with Harvey taking three.

Methley suffered a shock opening day Premiership defeat at the hands of newly promoted Hopton Mills.

It was another close game with Hopton scraping home by one wicket, but they did the damage in the field, dismissing Methley for 164.

Ashley Mackereth took 4-35 and Michael Carroll 3-24 as Methley recovered from 8-3 to 129-5 only to slump again.

Opener Richard Foster top scored with 47 while new signing from Pudsey Congs Ed Walmsley hit 36 and Jonathan Gardiner made 31 on his debut after moving from Oulton.

Hopton’s reply was held together by Sufyan Patel, who hit 86 off 85 balls, but wickets went down at the other end to leave the result in the balance right until the 41st over when the winning run was scored to see the promoted team home in their first-ever game in the top flight.

Ed Walmsley claimed 4-35 to show that he could be a useful all-rounder recruit for Methley while new opening bowler Sohail Raz, who has arrived after spells with Baildon in the Bradford League and as a youngster with Hunslet Nelson, took 1-21 on his debut. Marcus Walmsley finished with 2-52.

Townville A made a promising start to the new 2nd XI Premiership when they beat Carlton A by four wickets.

Andy Ward (90 not out) led them home as they successfully chased down Carlton’s 167-7 when Townville wicket takers were Hughes (2-56), Ward (2-27), Martin Duck (1-44) and Neil Norton (1-37).

Methley A were convincing winners by 96 runs in their opening 2nd XI Premiership match against Batley A.

Batting first, they made 192-8 with 64 from Richard Smart, 40 by Jake McCaffery and 24 by Greg Johnson.

Batley were all out for 96 in reply as Robert Clegg claimed 5-26 and Joshua Sullivan 3-30.

l Methley and Townville both progressed to the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup with victories on Sunday.

Methley put their opening day league disappointment behind them as they beat Wakefield Thornes by 61 runs.

John Rickers was star with a bowling stint that brought him 5-21 as Thornes were all out for 136 in reply to Methley’s 197 when Chris Holliday (44) top scored.

Townville were eight wicket winners over Spen Victoria.

Jack Hughes took 3-16, Harvey 3-24 and Richie Bresnan 2-30 as Spen were shot out for 102. Tim Walton (36 not out) and Booth (22) then led the reply as Townville reached their target comfortably.

In the second round to be played on May 11 Townville are away to Moorlands with Methley at home to New Farnley.