Central Yorkshire Cricket League: Methley looking a good bet for the Premier title

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TITLE favourites Methley are the team to beat after snatching top spot in the Premiership.

They look an excellent bet for honours after staying undefeated in all competitions since their surprise one-wicket defeat at Hopton Mills on the opening day of the season.

The Little Church Lane club continue their defence of the Jack Hampshire Trophy by visiting strugglers Hunslet Nelson in the quarter-finals on June 29 and they host neighbours Townville in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals the following Sunday.

They lead the Premiership by three points after they comfortably beat Ossett and title rivals Scholes, Wakefield Thornes and Townville all lost.

Sohail Raz (5-39), Marcus Walmsley (2-20) and twin brother Ed (2-23) routed Ossett for 127 and Chris Holliday smashed an unbeaten 60 off 46 balls as Methley knocked off the runs.

Altofts revived their title challenge by inflicting former leaders Scholes’ first defeat, thanks to all-rounder Harry Clewett (59 and 4-41), Lee Padgett (56) and Daniel Eden (3-31).

Wakefield Thornes’ hopes of improving on last-season’s best-ever third-placed finish suffered another blow with their third successive league defeat at Birstall, for whom Rob McFarlane hit 93 and Craig Wood claimed 6-54. David Toft (60) led Thornes’ scoring.

Defending champions Townville’s recent good run ended when they lost to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers at Poplar Avenue.

Ritchie Bresnan (4-29) and Jonathan Booth (2-30) restricted Cavaliers to 154 that included a half-century by Michael Padgett but Townville managed only 112 in reply as Muhammed Shahnawaz bagged 4-39 and Padgett 4-39.

Townville visit Aire-Wharfe League Beckwithshaw in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy first-round this Sunday. The winners travel to Elsecar in the semi-finals.

Townville, who lost to Woodlands in the 2006 final, aim to become the first CYL club to win the competition since its introduction in 1976.

The Premiership’s bottom side Hunslet Nelson slipped deeper into relegation trouble when they lost at Wrenthorpe.

Neil Bourke (73), Joe Ellis (51no) and Greig Batty (49) led Wrenthorpe to 213-6.

Hunslet’s reply started well when Jean Strydom (55) and Tommy Roy (53) guided them to 100-1 but Jack Rich (5-29) sent them collapsing to 186 all out.

Carlton improved their survival chances by beating Hopton Mills by nine wickets.

Andrew Grey (50) and Mark Ashton (31) put on 87 for the eighth wicket as Hopton recovered from 74-6 to post 172-9 but Carlton ran out comfortable winners, with Jaycob Curtling (61no) and Steve Cooper (60no) sharing an unbroken 117-run partnership.

Championship leaders Batley slipped to their first league defeat at closest rivals Northowram Fields who snatched a one-wicket win with an unbroken last wicket stand of 24 between Chris Thompson and Josh Norcliffe.

Batley and Northowram are level on points at the top, five points clear of third-placed Liversedge whose four-wicket victory at Wakefield St Michael’s was set up by Simon Kay (4-31), Will Atkin (3-15) and Graeme Winn (3-17).

Kirti Tandel (49), Zahid Tarvaz (4-49) and James Timmis (4-45) gave East Leeds the edge against Oulton whose 13-run defeat was tough on William Harrison (51).

Oulton will hope to move a step closer to reaching the National Village Trophy final at Lord’s on September 7 when they host four-time national finalists Woodhouse Grange on Sunday.

Oulton reached the last 32 by beating Houghton Main in the regional final.

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