Methley CC batsmen hit form

Methley opener Nick Connolly.
Methley opener Nick Connolly.
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Methley batsmen piled up the highest score in the CYL Premier Division when they hit 309-2 on their way to a commanding 171-run win over Northowram Fields.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first they soon got into their stride with Northowram bowlers made to struggle from the start.

Opening batsmen Nick Connolly and Richard Foster both sailed past their half century and set their team up perfectly for their big score.

Foster fell for 79 while Connolly looked set to reach his century only to fall two runs short on 98 when caught out off the bowling of Bennett Keer.

Marcus Walmsley (44 not out) and Chris Holliday (52 not out) continued the openers’ good work and Methley were able to set a daunting target with their 309-2 from 50 overs.

Northowram briefly threatened in their reply when reaching 71-1 in the 13th over, but once opener Jeremy Smith was dismissed – caught by Foster off the bowling of Walmsley for 54 – their innings subsided.

The last nine wickets tumbled for 67 runs and Northowram were all out for 138 in the 31st over with Walmsley taking 4-19, Jack Rich 3-22 and one wicket each for Matthew Waite, John Rickers and Ryan Meyer.

Townville suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost out by four runs in a thrilling finish to their Premier Division game at home to Wakefield Thornes.

Prospects of another victory to add to their superb start to the season were looking good at the half way stage as Thornes’ decision to bat first did not look to have paid off.

The Wakefield side failed to build on a solid start given them by openers Marsden (33) and Jordan (26) as they were all out for 172 in the 49th over.

Jack Hughes was the pick of the Townville attack with 4-35 from 14.4 overs while Dean Woolsey and Kylinn Vardhan claimed two wickets each.

Townville’s reply got off to a poor start, however, as their in-form batsmen were made to struggle. Openers Tim Walton (7) and Jonathan Booth (8) went cheaply then Vardhan (12), Kris Ward (3), Conor Harvey (4) and Hughes (19) soon followed, leaving the side on 58-6.

Nick Bresnan and Liam Booth (16) set about a rescue job with a stand of 52 for the seventh wicket and the latter then combined with Richie Bresnan (5) to add a further 42.

But with Alex Page failing to score it was down to last pair Nick Bresnan and Woolsey with 22 runs still needed for victory. They got close, but it was all over on 168 when Bresnan’s battling knock of 82 from 87 balls was finally brought to an end .

Townville were in better form on Sunday as they beat Streethouse by nine wickets to progress to the third round of the Heavy Woollen Cup.

Streethouse were all out for 104 with Vardhan taking 4-25, Richie Bresnan 2-17, Harvey 2-20 and Hughes 2-14.

Jonny Booth (48 not out) then top scored for Townville as they reached their target in just 12.2 overs. Vardhan hit 26 not out and Tim Walton 19.

They are in cup action again this Sunday when away to Treeton in the second round of the ECB National Cup (1pm).

Methley A won an exciting CYL Division One game when they beat Buttershaw St Paul’s by six runs.

The result was only decided in the final over as Buttershaw gave it a good go at chasing Methley’s 237-9 when James Gahan had top scored with 88 and Richard Smart hit 65.

Although wickets went down at regular intervals, Buttershaw looked set for victory when 228-7 at the start of the penultimate over.

But two wickets in four balls for Jason Baddeley turned the game back Methley’s way and their opponents ended on 231-9. Baddeley finished with 6-49.

Townville A were all out for 106 as they lost by 137 runs to Altofts A in Division Two.

Only Neil Norton (43) and Wood (32 not out) reached double figures for Townville, while it was also a struggle for their bowlers as Altofts made 243-6, but Wood did take 4-92 and Gary Mackareth 2-40.