Twin stars as Methley beat final opponents

Methley's Ed Walmsley in bowling action.
Methley's Ed Walmsley in bowling action.

Methley were impressive winners of a dress rehearsal for this Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Trophy final when they beat Birstall by 117 runs to stay on top of the All Rounder Central Yorkshire League.

Twin brothers Ed and Marcus Walmsley led the way with bat and ball as victory maintained Methley’s three-point advantage over local rivals Townville at the head of affairs.

Marcus initially impressed as he opened the batting and hit nine fours as he made 47. After losing initial partners Richard Foster without scoring and Luke Patel for 17 he put on 82 for the third wicket with Chris Holliday.

The dismissal of Holliday after he had made 46 from 48 balls, with five fours and two sixes in his knock, triggered a mini collapse to 131-5 before Ed Walmsley took centre stage.

He went on to hit an unbeaten 54 from just 62 balls, smashing eight fours and a six. Support came from Sohail Raz, with 23, and Methley were able to reach 211-9 by the end of their 50 overs.

Birstall’s reply never really got going and they went from 21-0 to 41-7 against some good bowling from Ed Walmsley and Oral Blackford in particular.

They managed to bat out 37 overs, but inevitably were all out for 94 with Lee Peters (18) top scoring.

Ed Walmsley was the chief wicket taker with 4-24 from 11 overs while Blackford took 2-17 off 11 overs, Jonathan Gardiner 2-22 and Marcus Walmsley 1-14.

Townville kept the pressure up at the top of the Premiership as they beat Scholes by 62 runs.

Conor Harvey added to his growing reputation as an all-rounder of quality with another terrific effort with bat and ball to prove the difference between the teams.

First he smashed a superb 65 not out from only 36 deliveries, hitting four sixes and seven fours, then he followed up by taking four wickets after coming on as first change bowler.

Townville batted first and built a solid platform through openers Matt Bremner (41) and Jonny Booth (45) before Harvey’s later order blast and 23 not out from 28 balls by skipper Nick Bresnan lifted the score to 201-5 by the end of the 50th over.

Scholes had the benefit of 52 from James Stansfield, but he struggled to find partners and they were all out for 139.

Harvey led the attack well with 4-23 from 12 overs while Jack Hughes claimed 2-43, Dean Woolsey 2-16, Richie Bresnan 1-12 and Nick Bresnan 1-30.

Townville A climbed out of the bottom two in the Second XI Premier when they defeated Birstall A by eight wickets.

Birstall collapsed from 45-1 to 100 all out in the face of some good bowling from Martin Duck (5-29 from 15 overs), Matthew Hughes (3-28) and Andy Ward (2-27 from 15 overs).

Townville then lost two early wickets in their reply with Steve Walton out for 15 and Kieran Samuels for five, but suffered no other setbacks as Ward (64 not out) and Adarsh Vani (13 not out) brought them home with an unbroken stand of 70.

Ward cut loose to hit eight fours and a six in his 71-ball match clinching knock.

A terrific all-round display by Kieron Holliday helped Methley A to a 95-run victory over Altofts A in the Second XI Premier.

Holliday top scored with the bat then took four wickets with the ball as his side moved further clear of the relegation places.

Methley looked to be in trouble as they went in first and found themselves 64-5, but Holliday’s 79 from 81 balls, when he smashed seven fours and three sixes, pulled them round with support coming from James Gahan (28) and Tom Mellor (26).

Their eventual 226-9 total proved too good for Altofts, who were all out for 131 with Holliday taking 4-35, Robert Clegg 4-22, Mellor 1-30 and Joshua Sullivan 1-26.

Positions: Premiership: Methley 68 points, Townville 65, Wakefield Thornes 62, Ossett 53, Mirfield PC 52, Altofts 50, Scholes 48, Wrenthorpe 40, Carlton 36, Birstall 28, Hopton Mills 25, Hunslet Nelson 23.

Second XI Premier: Wakefield Thornes A 75 points, Wrenthorpe A 62, Mirfield PC A 60, Carlton A 52, East Ardsley A 51, Methley A 41, Batley A 38, Altofts A 34, Birstall A 32, Townville A 32, Ossett A 32, Buttershaw SP A 30.