Walmsley boys put Methley back on top

Marcus Walmsley, who took five wickets and hit 42 not out for Methley against Ossett.
Marcus Walmsley, who took five wickets and hit 42 not out for Methley against Ossett.

The Central Yorkshire League title race took another twist last Saturday when Methley went back top after they were the only team in the top four to earn maximum points from a completed game.

While the rain intervened to prevent Wakefield Thornes, Townville and Wrenthorpe from winning, Methley were able to thrash Ossett by 10 wickets as they won in quick time to avoid the early evening wet weather.

Ossett were invited to bat first and started well with Will Simpson (46) and Gurman Randhawa (21) putting on 66 for the first wicket before Simpson became the first of five victims for Marcus Walmsley.

Gavin Goodlad (20) helped Ossett up to 99-2, but the last seven wickets went down for just 30 runs to leave the hosts all out for 129.

It became the Walmsley show as Eddie joined Marcus in the attack to pick up the other four wickets. Marcus finished with 5-46 while Eddie claimed 4-30.

In Methley’s reply Richard Foster and Marcus Walmsley were in no mood to hang around and they ensured there would be no rain issue as they took just 20 overs to knock off the runs required in an unbroken opening stand of 132.

Foster hammered 12 fours and three sixes as he finished unbeaten on 83 off 66 balls and Walmsley hit 42 not out, including five fours and a six.

The result put Methley back on top of the table, three points ahead of Thornes.

Townville remain in third and are now six behind the leaders after being frustrated by the weather against Altofts.

The visitors were all out for 214 in the last over as Josh Drummond scored 76 and Myles Robinson hit 59 after coming in at number nine.

Townville may have had enough time to get their innings in if it had not been for his stubborn knock that helped lift Altofts from 107-7. But they were only able to get in seven overs in their reply and had reached 36-1 with Kris Ward not out on 21 when the rain poured down.

Anurag Verma was the pick of the Townville bowlers with 4-74, while Jack Hughes took 3-25 and Conor Harvey 2-54.

A poor batting display against Crossbank Methodists ultimately helped rather than hindered Great Preston‘s title bid in Division One as they managed to get both innings in before the heavens opened.

Dan Ranasinghe (35) and David Illingworth (25) helped Preston creep to 91-8, but it took a ninth wicket stand of 44 between Andy Clark (26 not out) and Danny Harwood (17) to see them to 135 all out.

Crossbank also struggled in reply and were all out for 62 as Clark took 5-17 and Chris Baldwin 3-22. The predicted downpour arrived just 15 minutes after the finish and it turned out to be a great day for Great Preston as rivals East Leeds were unable to finish their game at Mirfield, enabling Preston to go seven points clear.

Great Preston A’s Second Team Division One game against Crossbank Methodists A succumbed to the weather after Crossbank were all out for 138 with Richard White taking 4-28. But they stay seven points ahead of East Leeds A who were also rained off.

Townville A beat Liversedge A by 45 runs in the Second Team Championship after making 144 with Ben Collinson (41) and Kevin Rich (28) top scoring.

Liversedge were all out for 99 as Luke Slater took 4-22, Ian Jones 3-11 and Charlie Sykes 2-25.

Premier Division (all played 19): Methley 84 points, Wakefield Thornes 81, Townville 78, Wrenthorpe 74, Ossett 63, Mirfield PC 48, Batley 46, Carlton 38, Birstall 36, Hunslet Nelson 35, Altofts 18, Buttershaw SP 16.

Division One: Great Preston played 16 - points 72, East Leeds 16-65, Gildersome 16-48, Adwalton 16-44, Mirfield 17-38, Rodley 17-31, Crossbank Methodists 16-21.

Second Team Premier (all played 19): Ossett A 89 points, Wakefield Thornes A 87, Batley A 83, Methley A 63, Wrenthorpe A 55, Wakefield SM A 52, Carlton A 44, Birstall A 39, Altofts A 38, Mirfield PC A 35, East Ardsley A 33, Buttershaw SP A 28.

Second Team Championship: Azaad A played 16 - points 72, Hopton Mills A 16-63, Oulton A 16-52, Liversedge A 17-38, Hunslet Nelson A 17-37, Townville A 16-35, Northowram Fields A 16-33.

Second Team Division One: Great Preston played 19 - points 81, East Leeds A 19-74, Gildersome A 18-63, Caribbean A 19-54, Adwalton A 19-54, Rodley A 18-48, Mirfield A 19-36, Crossbank Methodists 19-18.