Patel leads way as Methley stay out in front

Luke Patel on the attack on his way to a century for Methley against Birstall. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Luke Patel on the attack on his way to a century for Methley against Birstall. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Luke Patel was in outstanding form as Methley maintained their four-point advantage at the top of the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership with a convincing 138-run win at Birstall.

Patel followed up a century with the bat by taking three wickets with the ball as Birstall were dismissed for 160 in reply to Methley’s commanding 298-2 total.

After losing Marcus Walmsley early for three, Methley took charge with a 123-run stand for the second wicket between Patel and opener Richard Foster, who hit 76, including 11 fours and a six.

Fahid Rehman then joined Patel for an unbroken stand of 156 to give Methley’s bowlers a big total to defend.

Patel finished not out on 107, smashing 13 fours and three sixes, while Rehman’s unbeaten knock of 86 came from just 54 balls and he hit 10 fours and four sixes.

Any hopes Birstall had of chasing the big score were soon ended as they found themselves five down with only 11 on the board in their reply.

Marcus Walmsley (3-26) and Sohail Raz (2-14) did the early damage and although veterans Eric Austin (59) and Paul Blakeley (63 not out) offered some resistance Patel, with 3-29 from 12 overs, ensured Birstall got nowhere near the target, all out for 160.

Townville kept the pressure on at the top of the Premiership when they made short work of beating a Wrenthorpe side that started the day in third place.

Anurag Verma took 6-53 and was backed up by Conor Harvey (3-30) and Jack Hughes (1-0) as Wrenthorpe were skittled out for 83 in just 16.4 overs.

Townville then lost only one wicket in completing their victory in 8.4 overs, Kris Ward falling for 25. Jonny Booth hit 47 not out, including seven fours and two sixes.

Great Preston lost top spot in Division One after having to surprisingly settle for a winning draw against bottom of the table Crossbank Methodists.

They were untroubled in overhauling the target set by their opponents, but failed to bowl them out, Crossbank batting their 50 overs for 170-7 with Andy Clark taking 3-53 and Adrian Sharp 3-12.

Danusha Ranasinghe was out for 19 in Preston’s reply, but an unbroken second wicket stand of 127 between Matt King (81 not out) and James Marston (59 not out) saw them home.

Despite 62, including 10 fours, from Richard Smart, Methley A fell 15 runs short in a close finish against Birstall A in the Second Team Premier.

They were all out for 176 after Birstall had made 191-7 with Robert Clegg taking 4-56 and Kieron Holliday 2-38.

Openers Neil Carter (42 not out) and Daniel Ogden (52 not out) brought Great Preston A home for a 10-wicket thrashing of Rodley A to increase their advantage at the top of Second Team Division One.

Rodley were dismissed for just 96 as Mark Mosby took 3-25, Kurtis Walker 2-18 and James Bickerdike 2-13.

Premiership (all played 10): Methley 50 points, Townville 46, Wakefield Thornes 37, Wrenthorpe 34, Ossett 33, Birstall 26, Carlton 25, Batley 19, Mirfield PC 17, Hunslet Nelson 16, Buttershaw SP 11, Altofts 8.

Division One: East Leeds played 9 - points 37, Great Preston 9-35, Adwalton 9-28, Gildersome 9-28, Mirfield 8-18, Rodley 8-11, Crossbank Methodists 8-5.

Second Team Premier (all played 10): Wakefield Thornes A 45 points, Ossett A 43, Batley A 42, Methley A 37, Carlton A 31, Wakefield SM A 30, Wrenthorpe A 27, Birstall A 26, Mirfield PC A 21, Buttershaw SP A 19, Altofts A 18, East Ardsley A 6.

Second Team Championship: Azaad A played 9 - points 41, Hopton Mills A 8-31, Oulton A 9-28, Liversedge A 9-21, Northowram Fields A 8-19, Hunslet Nelson A 9-16, Townville A 8-15.

Second Team Division One (all played 10): Great Preston A 48 points, East Leeds A 38, Caribbean A 38, Gildersome A 35, Rodley A 29, Adwalton A 23, Mirfield A 16, Crossbank Methodists 2.

l Townville remain unbeaten in all competitions and will host Hoylandswaine or Kirkburton in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals after beating New Farnley by three wickets last Sunday.

Jack Hughes hit 80 and Nick Bresnan 48 as last season’s losing finalists overhauled Farnley’s 230 that included half centuries by Alex Baldwin (50) and Rishi Limbechaya (56). Hughes, with 3-35, was the most successful Townville bowler.

Townville visit Methley in the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals this Sunday.