METHLEY maintained their challenge for honours in the Premier Division of the Central Yorkshire League when they comfortably beat Altofts.
Victory by seven wickets moved John Rickers’ men up a place to second, but they remain seven points behind leaders Wrenthorpe.
They were in control for much of the contest with mid-table Altofts, whose decision to bat first did not work out.
Matthew Waite soon reduced the visitors to 10-2 then Marcus Walmsley and Rickers got in on the action to make it 47-4.
A brief recovery followed with a 45-run stand between Akram Asif (65) and Stephen Palmer (16), but once the partnership was broken when the latter was trapped lbw by Nick Connolly the rest of the innings fell away.
The last six wickets went down for 27 runs, leaving Altofts all out on 119. Connolly (3-29) and Mick Waite (3-20) proved the most successful Methley bowlers.
Methley’s reply was given a solid start with stands of 24 and 59 for the first two wickets. Hamid Khan was first to go for 15 and Walmsley was out after 32 after hitting six fours, but Connolly went on to reach a half century before being bowled by Simon Steel for 52 with the target in sight and after cracking nine boundaries.
Chris Holliday (22 not out) remained to steer the side home for a maximum point win in the 31st over.
Methley A produced a good effort in the field, but could not beat CYL Division One leaders Moorlands.
After choosing to bat first the table toppers were made to battle as they were reduced to 55-6. However, Muhammad Hafeez came to the rescue with a knock of 57 from 76 balls and Moorlands were able to post a 151 score.
Beatrice Firth was the pick of the Methley attack with 4-26 while Chris Kippax claimed two wickets.
Methley’s reply started well enough with an opening partnership of 39 between Andy Ward (10) and Alex Kippax (20), but none of the other batsmen could join them in double figures as they collapsed to 73 all out. Nadeem Hussain, with 4-27, did the main damage.
Central Yorkshire League positions:
Premier Division (all played 15): Wrenthorpe 68 points, Methley 61, New Farnley 56, Hunslet Nelson 52, Townville 51, Mirfield PC 32, Altofts 31, Wakefield Thornes 29, Birstall 28, Carlton 27, Northowram Fields 26, Batley 23.
Division One (all played 15): Moorlands 65 points, Oulton 58, Ossett 57, Wakefield SM 54, Hopton Mills 47, East Leeds 44, Liversedge 38, Scholes 36, Buttershaw SP 34, East Ardsley 28, Methley A 17, Wakefield Thornes A 16.
Division Two: East Ardsley A played 15 - points 62, Caribbean 15-54, Wrenthorpe A 15-53, Ossett A 15-50, Mirfield 15-48, Birstall A 15-43, Buttershaw SP A 15-41, Gildersome 15-37, Mirfield PC A 15-30, Batley A 14-29, Altofts A 14-25, Townville A 15-25.