Five alive Eddie stars as Methley win top of table clash

Eddie Walmsley.
Eddie Walmsley.

Methley opened up a six-point gap at the top of the Premiership when they beat second-placed Ossett by 62 runs in the Central Yorkshire League.

A relatively low scoring contest was dominated by the bowlers with Eddie Walmsley the pick for Methley with five wickets as Ossett never got close to reaching the target set.

At the half-way point Ossett must have fancied their chances as they restricted Methley to a 189-9 score.

At 78-2 Methley looked set for a bigger total, but it was tough going once opener Richard Foster was out for 40, made off 36 balls. Fahid Rehman hit 24, Eddie Walmsley 22, Chavez Younes 22, Luke Bellingham 16 not out and Mustafa Bashir 28 not out, but no-one could press on once they had made a start.

Ossett’s reply started solidly as they reached 43-1, but three quick wickets knocked them back after Gurman Randhawa was out for 21 and the innings never recovered. They were all out for 127 with Eddie Walmsley taking 5-29, Marcus Walmsley 2-32, Sohail Raz 2-38 and Bashir 1-14.

Townville are now level on points with Ossett in the Premiership after an unbeaten century from Jonny Booth helped them to a winning draw against Altofts.

They were unable to bowl their opponents out, but did restrict them to 187-6 from their 50 overs as Peter Hepworth proved the pick of the attack with 4-39 from 12 overs.

Opener Booth then led the Townville run chase with a well paced innings that saw him hit 100 not out from 106 balls, including 16 fours and a six. Support came from Chris Holliday (27) in a 42-run stand for the second wicket and Jack Hughes (19) in a 59-run third wicket partnership. Nick Bresnan then hit 11, Anurag Verma 15 and Conor Harvey 14 not out as Townville reached their target with five wickets in hand in the 41st over.

Great Preston missed a chance to go top of Division One when they could only manage a losing draw against leaders East Leeds.

In a high scoring contest, Preston looked well set at the half-way point as they made a big 254-9 total with Matt King back in form at the top of the order, hitting 12 fours and a six in a knock of 70, and James Bickerdike hitting a brisk 80 towards the end of the innings, smashing six sixes and six fours. Andy Clark also weighed in with 28 not out off 30 balls.

But East Leeds got home with two wickets and five balls to spare despite King’s three wickets and two for Lee Russell and Adrian Sharp.

Methley A went down by 45 runs to Second Team Premier leaders Ossett A.

Despite knocks of 21 by Ben Waite and 24 by Richard Smart, they were all out for 122 in reply to 167-6. Kieron Holliday took 4-31.

Townville A lost by nine wickets to Oulton A in the Second Team Division One after collapsing from 56-0 to 107 all out. Dale Jones top scored with 48 and Kieran Samuels hit 22.

Top of the table Great Preston A lost their first game in the second Team Division One when they went down by six wickets to nearest challengers East Leeds A. Batting first, they were all out for 119 despite 57 not out from Clinton Griffiths.

Premiership (all played 7): Methley 34 points, Ossett 28, Townville 28, Wrenthorpe 24, Birstall 21, Wakefield Thornes 19, Carlton 19, Batley 13, Hunslet Nelson 11, Mirfield PC 11, Altofts 7, Buttershaw SP 5.

Division One (all played 6): East Leeds 26 points, Great Preston 21, Mirfield 18, Gildersome 17, Adwalton 15, Rodley 11, Crossbank Methodists 5.

Second Team Premier (all played 7): Ossett A 33 points, Batley A 32, Wakefield SM A 30, Wakefield Thornes A 27, Methley A 24, Mirfield PC A 21, Carlton A 19, Birstall A 15, Wrenthorpe A 14, Altofts A 11, Buttershaw SP A 9, East Ardsley A 4.

Second Team Championship: Azaad A 27 points, Hopton Mills A 24, Oulton A 20, Townville A 14, Liversedge A 12, Northowram Fields A 12, Hunslet Nelson A 10.

Second Team Division One (all played 7): Great Preston A 32 points, East Leeds A 28, Rodley A 27, Gildersome A 26, Caribbean A 24, Adwalton A 17, Mirfield A 9, Crossbank Methodists A 2.