Townville move closer to clinching championship

Townville's Ritchie Bresnan claimed 5-51 against Wrenthorpe.
Townville's Ritchie Bresnan claimed 5-51 against Wrenthorpe.
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Townville stayed firmly on course to lift the Central Yorkshire League’s Premier Division title for the first time for six years by beating Wrenthorpe by eight wickets on Saturday.

It was one of only two completed matches in the top division. The other four games were all abandoned because of rain including Methley’s clash at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Townville’s Ritchie Bresnan (5-51) and Dean Woolsey (3-24) limited last year’s champions Wrenthorpe to 108-9.

Kristian Ward (36no) and Jack Hughes (25no) shared an unbroken 41-run stand as Townville knocked off the runs in 21 overs to move 16 points clear of closest rivals Methley who were foiled by rain at Parish Cavaliers.

Chris Holliday hit a magnificent 114 as Methley raced to 359-7, the Premier Division’s highest total this season.

Holliday shared a third wicket stand of 117 with Marcus Walmsley (49) and put on 96 for the fourth wicket with Ryan Meyer (61).

Richard Foster (36) and Nick Connolly (31) were Methley’s other main scorers.

Joshua Thurlow (3-36) reduced Cavaliers’ reply to 92-4 from 17 overs before the rain came down.

Townville and Methley host Pontefract League opponents in the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship first round on Sunday.

Methley face Ackworth and Townville take on Old Sharlston. It is Townville’s first appearance in the competition since they won it for the first time by beating South Yorkshire League Treeton in the 2009 final.

Methley 2nds lost by 10 wickets to Division One promotion-chasers Wakefield St Michael’s at Little Church Lane. Dave Ellis (31) was the only batsman who made an impact as Methley were dismissed for 106 by Michael Halloran (4-36), Adrian Miller (3-2) and Chavez Younes (3-39).

In reply, openers John Bowett (56no) and Richard Atkinson (45no) shared an unbroken 108-run stand as St Michael’s coasted to victory.

In Division Two, Townville 2nds lost by eight wickets to Wrenthorpe 2nds after being bowled out for 122.

Chris Hughes (28no), Steve Walton (23) and Ryan Kelsey (3-31) were Townville’s best players.