Great Preston celebrate double CYL title success

Gildersome's Jotham Barnett is bowled by Andy Clark as Great Preston go on to clinch the CYL Division One title. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Gildersome's Jotham Barnett is bowled by Andy Clark as Great Preston go on to clinch the CYL Division One title. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Great Preston were celebrating double title success in their first year in the Central Yorkshire League with both their first and second teams clinching their respective divisions with a week to spare.

At the Neil’s Carpets Oval, the first XI knew that victory over Gildersome would mean the Division One title was theirs and they produced a dominating display to win by a massive 10-wicket margin.

There were no title nerves with Andy Clark again the chief destroyer as he took 5-57. With Lee Russell taking 3-30 the visitors were all out for 175.

Danusha Ranasinghe (90 not out) then hit 14 fours and two sixes and joined with Matty King (68 not out, including 14 fours) in an unbroken stand of 176 as the Preston openers made short work of reaching the target to seal the title in great style.

King is now just seven runs off the 1,000 run milestone after a great season with Great Preston.

The day did not start well for Great Preston A as news of East Leeds A winning an appeal from an earlier game in the season filtered through. It meant that they were now only two points in front at the top.

Away at Gildersome, the second XI made short work of the hosts as they dismissed them for 82 in just 20.4 overs. Skipper Richard White led the way taking 4-19 and was ably supported by Mark Mosby (2-37) and Michael Wade (2-11).

Callum Hepworth-Smith then hit a quickfire 56 not out as Preston knocked the runs off in 17.2 overs to record a nine-wicket victory.

It was not until around 9pm when the first XI celebrations were in full swing that news came through of a three-run Caribbean victory over East Leeds, meaning that the second XI were also crowned champions in the Second Team Division One.

The Premiership title race is going down to the final week after all the top three teams recorded maximum point victories .

Methley remain top, three points clear of Wakefield Thornes with Townville a further three points back in third.

A fine all-round display from Marcus Walmsley enabled Methley to stay ahead of the pack with victory over Hunslet Nelson as he followed up a knock of 44 by taking five wickets.

Methley went in first and produced a solid rather than spectacular effort in making 208-5 from their 50 overs.

Luke Patel top scored with a patient 53 while Eddie Walmsley contributed 46 not out from 37 balls to increase the tempo late in the innings.

Hunslet never looked like getting close and were all out for 101 with Marcus Walmsley taking 5-42, Eddie Walmsley 2-4 and Joshua Sullivan 2-23.

Townville look to have just missed out on the title, but maintained their good form with a six-wicket success at Buttershaw St Pauls.

Jack Hughes took 5-56 and there were two wickets each for Joseph Finnigan and Peter Hepworth as they dismissed their hosts for 131.

Chris Holliday then smashed eight sixes and five fours to bring Townville home with a knock of 71 not out from only 27 balls. Kris Ward also contributed 39 as the target was reached in only 14.5 overs.

Methley A lost by five wickets to Wakefield St Michaels A in the Second Team Premier after making 180-8 with Richard Smart (62 not out) top scoring.

Townville A climbed up to fourth in the Second Team Championship as they beat Oulton A by 27 runs. Steve Walton hit 108 not out and Kevin Rich 47 as they made 218-4 then Tom Mellor took 3-47 as Oulton were all out for 191.