Townville went 12 points clear at the top of the Central Yorkshire League’s Premier Division after a massive nine-wicket win over local rivals Methley on Saturday.
With nine games still to play there is a long way to go yet, but the decisive way Townville beat their closest challengers has enabled them to take a grip on the title race at this stage.
Opening batsman Tim Walton was their hero on this occasion, hitting an unbeaten century in a commanding batting display.
Methley could have drawn level on points with Townville with a victory and tried to make the running as they won the toss and elected to bat first.
They suffered a quick blow with opener Nick Connolly caught behind by Liam Booth off Richie Bresnan without score. Marcus Walmsley soon followed for eight, bowled by Dean Woolsey, but Richard Foster and Chris Holliday forged a third wicket stand that threatened to put the visitors in charge.
Methley reached 105-2 in the 22nd over before Nick Bresnan struck a big blow by having Holliday caught behind for 37. Ryan Meyer then became another Nick Bresnan victim in his next over without further addition to the score.
Opener Foster went past his half century mark and went on to reach 66 – hitting 12 fours and a six – before he was the fifth man out with the score on 128.
Methley recovered with a sixth wicket stand of 62 between Andy Ward (42) and David Winter (24) that took them to 190-5 in the 41st over.
But a late order collapse followed Ward’s dismissal by Jack Hughes and the last five wickets went down for just two runs to leave Methley all out for an ultimately disappointing 192.
All the Townville bowlers enjoyed wicket success with Nick Bresnan taking 4-24, Hughes 3-37, Richie Bresnan 1-59, Woolsey 1-36 and Kylinn Vardhan 1-30.
Townville turned their run chase into a walk as they lost just one wicket in their reply. Their only setback was when Jonny Booth was trapped lbw by Connolly for 20 with the score on 43 as Walton and Vardhan finished the job off with some superb batting.
Walton finished 102 not out from 126 balls, hitting 17 fours and two sixes, while Vardhan made 68 not out from 89 deliveries, with 11 boundaries, as Townville reached their target in the 41st over.
Methley A were made to struggle against promotion contenders Liversedge in CYL Division One.
After choosing to bat first they were soon in trouble at 9-2 and although Richard Smart battled away to make 34, including seven fours, they were all out for only 84 in 27.4 overs.
Liversedge had few problems knocking off the runs, getting home in just 14.4 overs and losing only one wicket when top scorer Alan Sumner was caught by David Willey off the bowling of Adarsh Vani for 47.
Townville A are still searching for their first Division Two win of the season after they lost by nine wickets to Caribbean.
Hopes of victory must have been high at the half-way point as they made a competitive 216-9 from their 50 overs.
Opener Steve Walton top scored with 38 and there were decent efforts from Robert Wood (33), Emily Bradbrook (24), Alec Boothroyd (20), Kieran Samuels (16) and Dale Jones (15). But Caribbean made surprisingly short work of reaching their target with nine wickets and 18 overs to spare.
Wesley Bell hit 106 not out while Luke Slater took the only wicket to fall.
Premier Division (all played 13): Townville 69 points, Methley 57, Wakefield Thornes 55, Wrenthorpe 49, Carlton 46, Mirfield PC 34, Birstall 34, Hunslet Nelson 27, Batley 27, Ossett 25, Altofts 23, Northowram Fields 16.
Division One (all played 13): Hopton Mills 57 points, Scholes 55, Oulton 51, Liversedge 50, Wakefield SM 49, East Leeds 40, Buttershaw SP 37, East Ardsley 36, Wakefield Thornes A 31, Methley A 17, Ossett A 13, Mirfield 10.
Division Two (all played 13): Azaad 62 points, Altofts A 51, Mirfield PC A 51, Carlton A 50, Thornhill 47, Caribbean 45, Batley A 43, Birstall A 43, Wrenthorpe A 36, Buttershaw SP A 18, East Ardsley A 13, Townville A 2.
l Methley emerged triumphant from the CYL’s Twenty20 finals day when they beat hosts Ossett by five runs in the final on Sunday. In the semis they defeated Batley.