Top two Methley and Townville set for crucial clash

Jack Hughes, in great form as he took eight wickets for Townville against Birstall.
Jack Hughes, in great form as he took eight wickets for Townville against Birstall.

It could be make or break for Townville when they make the short journey to take on Methley in the game of the day on Saturday in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership.

With both teams winning and taking maximum hauls from their games last weekend Methley head the table by eight points from their local rivals, who will be desperate to claw back some of the ground when the teams meet at Little Church Lane this Saturday.

Townville can ill afford to lose the game with just six more matches to play after the local derby.

They go into it off the back of a tremendous batting display against Birstall, however, when they piled up a huge 299-3 score on the way to a highly convincing 216-run success.

It did not start too well with Kris Ward bowled by Craig Wood off the first ball of the match, but a 246-run partnership for the second wicket established control.

Jonny Booth and Chris Holliday hit the ball to all parts of the ground before Booth fell just 11 runs short of a deserved century, hitting 13 fours and a six in his 89 made off 112 balls.

Holliday did complete his century and batted throughout to end on 168 not out, including 26 fours and three sixes in a superb 142-ball knock that was only ended when Townville gave themselves extra time to bowl, declaring five overs early.

As it turned out they did not need the extra overs as Birstall were never at the races in their reply and were all out for 83.

Jack Hughes was their main tormentor as he opened the bowling for Townville and justified the decision by taking 8-14 from 13.5 overs in a high class spell that tied the visitors in knots.

Conor Harvey (1-28) and Anurag Verma (1-28) were the other wicket takers.

Methley held onto their advantage at the top with a well paced run chase that brought them a four-wicket win at Altofts.

Set 246 for victory, they needed to bat well and made a good start with an 81-run opening stand between Richard Foster (36) and Marcus Walmsley.

The latter then joined Daniel Broadbent (19) for a 57-run stand for the third wicket before becoming the fourth man out when caught after reaching 71, his knock including 11 boundaries.

Eddie Walmsley (46 not out) saw the side home, however, with support from Sohail Raz (22), Mustafa Bashir (18) and Luke Bellingham (6 not out) with the target reached with just two balls to spare.

Earlier, Bashir had led the attack well with 5-45 while Ben Waite took 2-51 as Altofts were all out for 245.

Methley A denied Batley A full points in their Second Team Premier game, but came off second best.

That was despite scoring 249-5 from their 50 overs with Richard Smart scoring 66 not out, David Winter 60, Kieron Holliday 42 and Greg Johnson 31.

With Imran Patel hitting an unbeaten 155, Batley made 250-3 in reply to win with five-and-a-half overs to spare.

Despite 65 from Kieran Samuels, Townville A could not stave off defeat to Hunslet Nelson A in the Second Team Championship.

Samuels hit 11 fours while Steve Walton (41) joined with him for a 128-run opening stand. But Townville’s 198-7 was overhauled by Hunslet as they got home with eight wickets to spare.

Matt King hit a superb century as Great Preston held onto top spot in Division One of the Central Yorkshire League with a convincing win away at Rodley.

After going in first the floodgates opened as King and Lee Russell came together for a second wicket stand of 145.

King hit 134 off 107 balls, smashing 21 fours and a six, while Russell hit 76 from 79 deliveries and struck 16 boundaries.

With late blows from Jim Bickerdike (26 not out) and Mark Mosby (23 not out) Preston were able to declare on 277-4 after 40 overs.

The Rodley reply started well, but petered out as Andy Clark (4-37) and Russell (4-42) got in among them to dismiss them for 133 to secure a 144-run victory.

Great Preston A came out on top in a cracking Second Team Division One game at home to Caribbean.

The visitors amassed 223 all out in 37.4 overs with Adrian Sharp taking 3-65 and James Marston 3-27.

A couple of early wickets saw Preston start slowly, but Michael Wade (77) and James Conlon (44) put on 70 for the third wicket. Brett Hardacre (32) joined Wade to add 75 for the fifth wicket, but both were dismissed in quick succession to make it 198-6.

It was left to the experienced Sharp (13 not out) to see Preston over the line for a two-wicket victory.

Premiership (all played 15): Methley 74 points, Townville 66, Wakefield Thornes 63, Wrenthorpe 62, Ossett 51, Mirfield PC 34, Batley 32, Birstall 32, Hunslet Nelson 31, Carlton 27, Altofts 15, Buttershaw SP 14.

Division One: Great Preston played 13 - points 59, East Leeds 13-55, Adwalton 13-40, Gildersome 13-40, Mirfield 13-30, Rodley 13-17, Crossbank Methodists 12-13.

Second Team Premier (all played 15): Wakefield Thornes A 73 points, Ossett A 73, Batley A 63, Methley A 55, Wrenthorpe A 46, Carlton A 38, Wakefield SM A 38, Altofts A 32, Birstall A 30, Mirfield PC A 27, East Ardsley A 24, Buttershaw SP A 20.

Second Team Championship: Hopton Mills played 13 - points 61, Azaad A 13-60, Oulton A 12-36, Liversedge A 13-35, Northowram Fields A 13-27, Hunslet Nelson A 13-26, Townville A 13-23.

Second Teams Division One: Great Preston A played 15 - points 66, East Leeds A 15-56, Gildersome A 14-49, Caribbean A 15-45, Rodley A 14-41, Adwalton A 15-40, Mirfield A 15-35, Crossbank Methodists A 15-8.

l Methley’s Matthew Waite has made his senior competitive debut for Yorkshire, playing in two of their NatWest T20 Blast fixtures.

The 19-year-old all-rounder hit 14 not out from seven balls and bowled four overs for 28 runs on his debut against Northamptonshire at Northampton. He then bowled one over for 17 and was not required to bat as Yorkshire beat Birmingham last Friday.