Walmsley is all-round star as Methley climb table

Methley's Sohail  Raz celebrates after catching Matthew Fuller, of Altofts, off the bowling of Matthew Waite. Picture: STEVE RIDING
Methley's Sohail Raz celebrates after catching Matthew Fuller, of Altofts, off the bowling of Matthew Waite. Picture: STEVE RIDING

Marcus Walmsley led the way with bat and ball as Methley comfortably saw off Altofts to win their Premiership game by eight wickets on Saturday.

After taking three wickets to help dismiss Altofts Walmsley followed up with a top scoring knock of 62 not out to bring his side home for an eight wicket victory which lifted them up to second place in the table.

After being put in, Altofts were always struggling after losing both openers cheaply to Sohail Raz. Although Matthew Fuller hit 37 and Akram Asif 27 they were all out for 120.

Opening bowlers Raz and Matthew Waite took two wickets each while Marcus Walmsley claimed 3-16 and twin brother Ed finished with 2-33.

Methley wasted little time in their reply with Marcus Walmsley following up his bowling exploits by hitting an unbeaten 62, including nine fours and a six. Support came from Richard Foster (40) in a 93-run opening stand and Chris Holliday (14 not out).

Townville moved up to fourth place in the Premiership with an impressive seven-wicket win over a Wakefield Thornes side that started the day in third.

Their decision to field first proved a good one as Thornes collapsed from 84-2 to 142 all out. Jack Hughes put the skids under the Wakefield side as he took 5-24 from 14.5 overs.

Richie Bresnan (2-40), Conor Harvey (2-30) and Nick Bresnan (1-17) were the other wicket takers.

Townville lost Jonny Booth early in their reply, but reached their target comfortably. Matthew Bremner hit 42 and they were then brought home by Tim Walton, who hit four sixes and five fours in his 61 not out, and Hughes, who hit 32 from 37 balls.

Four wicket hauls from youngsters Joshua Sullivan and Kieron Holliday helped Methley A to record a five-wicket victory over Altofts A in the Second XI Championship.

Altofts’ decision to bat first back fired as they were all out for 87 with Sullivan taking 4-23 and Holliday 4-19. The other wicket taker was Beatrice Firth with 1-14.

Methley were then carried to their victory by opener James Gahan, who hit 51, including eight fours and a six.

Townville A suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Wakefield Thornes A in the Second XI Championship.

Thornes piled up a massive 327-5 as Phil Callaghan led the way with 130. Townville were never at the races in their reply and only skipper Hughes (11) reached double figures as they were bowled over for just 30 to lose by 297 runs.

CYL positions:

Premiership: Scholes played 7 - points 28; Methley 7-25; Ossett 7-24; Townville 7-21; Wakefield Thornes 7-21; Altofts 7-21; Hopton Mills 7-19; Birstall 7-16; Mirfield PC 7-16; Wrenthorpe 7-11; Carlton 7-11; Hunslet Nelson 7-5.

Second XI Championship: Wakefield Thornes played 7 - points 34; East Ardsley A 7-30; Wrenthorpe A 7-27; Mirfield PC A 7-23; Methley A 7-19; Altofts A 7-17; Batley A 7-17, Birstall A 7-16; Townville A 7-14; Ossett A 7-11; Carlton A 7-9; Buttershaw SP A 7-8.

Townville and Methley completed successful weekends when they both made progress to the quarter-finals of the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Townville made it a quickfire double over Wakefield Thornes as they followed up their league win from a day earlier with a 53-run victory on Sunday.

It was a closer game, but Townville were excellent in the field again to dismiss their opponents for 115.

Thornes hit early trouble with four men back in the dressing room and only 44 on the board. A fifth wicket stand of 39 briefly raised their hopes, but Matthew Varley’s dismissal for 31 dashed them and it was a steady procession of wickets from then on.

As he had been on Saturday, Hughes was Thornes’ chief tormentor, taking 3-21 from seven overs, but all Townville’s bowlers enjoyed wicket success with Dean Woolsey taking 2-30, Richie Bresnan 1-18, Conor Harvey 2-15 and Nick Bresnan 2-29.

Earlier Townville were all out for 168 with Hughes again in good form, hitting 59. Kris Ward (38), Tim Walton (23) and Harvey (20) also contributed.

Methley had little trouble beating lower division Gildersome by 234 runs.

Going in first, they piled up a huge 314-8 score with Foster (81) top scoring and good efforts also from Luke Patel (57), Jonathan Gardiner (67) and Chris Holliday (35).

Gildersome were never in the hunt in their reply and were all out for 80. Raz led the attack with 4-15 while Matthew Waite took 2-29, Gardiner 2-5, Ben Waite 1-15 and Ed Walmsley 1-10.

Townville A won through to the quarter-finals of the Wheatley Cup with a 27-run success against Ossett A.

An unbeaten knock of 76 from Andy Ward proved crucial as Townville were able to make 152-7 when batting first.

Ossett were then all out for 125 with Martin Duck taking 3-31, Dale Jones 2-30, Ward 2-24, Hughes 1-14 and Gary Mackereth 1-23.