Methley and Townville win again in exciting title race

Jonathan Gardiner hits four runs for Methley against Wakefield Thornes. Picture: Steve Riding
Jonathan Gardiner hits four runs for Methley against Wakefield Thornes. Picture: Steve Riding

The Central Yorkshire League Premiership title race is now down to two teams with Methley and Townville going head to head for the crown and separated by just one point with two games to go.

Methley ended the last lingering title hopes of Wakefield Thornes when they beat them by 53 runs on Saturday while Townville maintained their challenge as they also collected a maximum six points from their nine-wicket win over Ossett.

John Rickers stepped up to the plate to take four wickets as Methley came up with a great effort in the field to beat Thornes.

At the half-way point the Wakefield side were still in contention after Methley had been dismissed for 160 with Ed Walmsley (42), Richard Foster (21) and Luke Patel (21) top scoring.

But Thornes batsmen were also to find it difficult as they collapsed from 64-2 to 107 all out.

Rickers, who opened the bowling,led the way with 4-50 while Marcus Walmsley claimed 3-30 and Ed Walmsley 3-14.

Townville’s victory at home to Ossett was more straight forward as they sailed home to win in a game that was finished inside 80 overs.

Ossett did look set for a bigger score than they got when they reached 115-2 in 24 overs, but they lost their last eight wickets for 42 runs to be 157 all out.

John Sadler (54) top scored while Nick Bresnan took 4-25, Jack Hughes 3-39 and Conor Harvey 3-13.

Townville lost Matt Bremner (11) early in their reply, but then did not lose another wicket as Jonny Booth and Tim Walton put on 135 in an unbroken stand.

Booth ended not out on 81, having hit 12 fours and a six, while Walton was unbeaten on 58 with five boundaries and one six in his innings.

Townville A could not make it a double success for the club on Saturday as they lost by 125 runs to Ossett A in the Second XI Premier.

After being put in Ossett made 162-5 with Adarsh Vani the most successful bowler with 2-31. But in reply Townville never got going and were all out for just 37 with none of their batsmen able to reach double figures.

Methley A were also heavily beaten in the Second XI Premier as they lost by 163 runs at leaders Wakefield Thornes A.

Batting first, Thornes piled up 267-9 with Tharindu Perera hitting 113 and Faisal Yusuf 98. Joshua Sullivan was the pick of Methley’s bowlers with 6-58 from 11 overs while Robert Clegg claimed two wickets.

In reply, Methley were reduced to 18-3 and never looked likely to win as they were all out for 104 with Jason Baddeley (19) top scoring.

POSITIONS - Premiership: Methley 84 points, Townville 83, Wakefield Thornes 66, Mirfield PC 64, Ossett 57, Altofts 50, Scholes 50, Wrenthorpe 46, Birstall 42, Carlton 40, Hunslet Nelson 33, Hopton Mills 32.

Second XI Premier: Wakefield Thornes 87 points, Wrenthorpe A 74, Mirfield PC A 67, Ossett A 56, Methley A 53, Carlton A 53, East Ardsley A 52, Batley A 51, Birstall A 44, Buttershaw SP A 42, Altofts A 41, Townville A 36.

Townville got one over their title rivals on Sunday when they beat Methley by three wickets to reach the final of the Yorkshire Council Play-offs.

Townville, who have now beaten their local rivals three times in four matches this year, go on to face Whitley Hall in the final this Sunday at Tickhill CC.

They were forced to field first in the semi-final, but Methley’s decision to take the opening knock did not pay off as too many of their batsmen made starts without going to play a big innings. Marcus Walmsley (36), Chris Holliday (26), Ben Waite (21), Ed Walmsley (18) and Jonathan Gardiner (18) all contributed, but the final score of 169 always looked below par.

For Townville Conor Harvey took 3-47, Richie Bresnan 3-37, Nick Bresnan 2-45 and accurate spells came from Jack Hughes and Dean Woolsey.

In their reply Townville were reduced to 17-2 then 63-4, but Kris Ward (34) kept them in the contest and Harvey came in to play one of the aggressive innings for which he is becoming known, blasting 52 from just 35 balls with six fours and three sixes. He fell to Sohail Raz (2-34), but skipper Nick Bresnan guided his side home with 28 not out.