Hughes and Harvey bring Townville home for big win over Methley

Townville's Conor Harvey bowling against Methley. Picture: Steve Riding
Townville's Conor Harvey bowling against Methley. Picture: Steve Riding

Townville put themselves right in the thick of the title race after claiming a four-point victory over leaders Methley in the big game of the day in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership.

Nick Bresnan’s men completed a league double over Methley with a seven-wicket success and are now just four behind the season long pacesetters with six games to go.

In the process they were gaining some revenge for a thrashing at the hands of Methley in the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals and keeping the race for what could be the last ever CYL championship very much alive.

It is not just a two-horse race either with third-placed Wakefield Thornes coming up on the rails and moving to within five points of the leaders following their five-wicket win over Altofts.

In the match at Methley’s Little Church Lane, the hosts went in first and made a decent start when openers Richard Foster and Marcus Walmsley put on 67 for the first wicket before the former was caught by Jonny Booth off the bowling of in-form Jack Hughes for 30.

Marcus was next to go after he had reached 52, hitting two sixes and five fours, when he went caught behind to Liam Booth off Peter Hepworth with the score on 93.

At 117-2 Methley were still looking set for a good score, but although a number of their remaining batsmen got starts they were unable to push on as wickets fell at regular intervals, Luke Patel going for 20, Fahid Rehman for 15, Dan Broadbent for 23 and Ed Walmsley for 20.

They were only able to reach 181-8 by the end of their allotted 50 overs as Hughes took 3-22 from 15 overs, Hepworth claimed 3-72 and Conor Harvey finished with 2-34.

Townville’s reply saw them lose openers Kris Ward for 14 and Jonny Booth for 24 as they were reduced to 42-2, but from that point on they took charge.

A 73-run stand for the third wicket followed between Chris Holliday (36) and Hughes and although the former was caught behind by Luke Bullingham off Marcus Walmsley they were well on the way.

Hughes and Harvey completed the job with an unbroken partnership of 70 made in good time, the former finishing not out on 56, with three sixes and five fours, and Harvey smashing four sixes and three fours in his unbeaten 42 made off just 19 balls.

Marcus Walmsley was the pick of the Methley bowlers with 2-34, but it was a tough day for the team and their only consolation was that they did not allow their rivals to collect maximum points.

Methley A had their Second Team Premier game at Altofts A abandoned after 35 overs.

Rain put an end to the game with Altofts standing on 141-1 and looking set for a big score. Both sides took two points.

Townville A are still at the bottom of the second Team Championship after a losing draw against leaders Azaad A.

Although Steve Walton took 3-69, Azaad were able to pile up 252-8 from 45 overs as they went in first.

Townville only had 36 overs in their reply and survived, just, to deny their opponents full points, finishing on 108-9. Tom Mellor (35) top scored.

Premiership (all played 16): Methley 74 points, Townville 70, Wakefield Thornes 69, Wrenthorpe 64, Ossett 53, Mirfield PC 36, Batley 34, Birstall 34, Hunslet Nelson 33, Carlton 29, Buttershaw SP 16, Altofts 15.

Second Team Premier (all played 16): Ossett A 75 points, Wakefield Thornes A 73, Batley A 69, Methley A 55, Wrenthorpe A 48, Wakefield SM A 40, Carlton A 38, Altofts A 36, Birstall A 32, East Ardsley A 30, Mirfield PC A 27, Buttershaw SP A 26.

Second Team Championship: Azaad A played 14 - points 64, Hopton Mills A 61, Oulton A 38, Liversedge A 37, Northowram Fields A 29, Hunslet Nelson A 28, Townville A 23.