Walmsley’s a six hit but Methley lead is cut

Marcus Walmsley
Marcus Walmsley

Methley saw their advantage at the top of the Premiership whittled down to three points when they failed to pick up a maximum haul at Carlton in the Central Yorkshire League.

A seven-wicket victory was comfortable enough for the league leaders, but they narrowly failed to bowl Carlton out and had to settle for four points while main title rivals Townville picked up all six available from their win over Birstall.

Wakefield Thornes are still in the race as well as they collected six points at Hunslet Nelson, but Ossett and Scholes lost ground with defeats at Mirfield Parish and Wrenthorpe respectively.

Methley remain on top, however, after restricting Carlton to 161-9 from their 50 overs. Marcus Walmsley was the pick of their bowlers, taking 6-34 after coming on as fourth change.

Marcus then led Methley’s reply, hitting 39 and combining with Richard Foster (34) for a 53-run opening stand, Luke Patel (31) in a second wicket stand of 41 and Chris Holliday for a 30-run third wicket partnership.

Holliday then finished the job with Ed Walmsley (12 not out) as he smashed seven fours in an unbeaten knock of 38 that saw his side through to victory with more than 13 overs to spare.

A superb century from Jonny Booth helped Townville to pile up the runs against Birstall in their Premiership game.

Batting first, the title challengers made 278-3 from their allotted overs with Booth top scoring with 113, including 19 fours.

Good support came from Matt Bremner (42) in a 116-run opening stand and Tim Walton (31) with who Booth put on 73 for the second wicket.

Some big hitting finished the innings well, Conor Harvey smashing 49 not out off 19 balls and Jack Hughes hitting 29 not out from 20.

Birstall, who are battling to avoid relegation, had a good go at reaching the big target with opener Craig Wood hitting 97, but they fell 48 runs short when all out for 230 in the final over. Richie Bresnan was the most successful Townville bowler with 5-57 while Hughes and Nick Bresnan claimed two wickets each.

Methley A came out on top by four wickets in a low scoring local derby at home to Townville A in the Second XI Premier.

After being put in, Townville were shot out for only 68 with Martin Duck (15) top scoring. Kieron Holliday (4-27), Ben Waite (3-30), Joshua Sullivan (2-9) and Tom Mellor (1-1) did the damage.

Methley’s batsmen did not find it easy going either, but after being reduced to 37-4 they reached their target for the loss of six wickets in the 26th over.

Richard Smart (17) top scored while Matthew Hughes took 5-26 and Duck 1-41.