Central Yorkshire League: Captain’s knock fails to save Methley

Wrenthorpe bowler Chris Leaf is congratulated after taking his second Ossett wicket. PIC: Steve Riding

Wrenthorpe bowler Chris Leaf is congratulated after taking his second Ossett wicket. PIC: Steve Riding

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PREMIERSHIP champions Methley won the top-flight’s only completed match on Saturday but their unbeaten start to the season ended when they were knocked out of the National Club Championship the next day.

Their batting let them down in a four-wicket defeat against Chesterfield in Sunday’s first round tie at Little Church Lane.

They collapsed from 36-0 to 87-7 before captain Marcus Walmsley (37) helped them reach 157, a target Chesterfield overhauled, despite Luke Patel’s 3-29.

An unbroken century stand between Fahid Rehman (59no) and Patel (30no) saw Methley coast to a nine-wicket win on Saturday against promoted Batley that put them four points clear at the top of the Premiership.

Marcus Walmsley (6-62) and Sohail Raz (3-34) reduced Batley to 55-9 before Muhammad Hafeez (29no) and Huzaifah Patel (19) put on 50 for the last wicket.

Methley visit South Yorkshire League champions Elsecar in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy first round this Sunday.

Saturday’s rain denied Townville an almost certain victory.

Chris Holliday (79) and Jack Hughes (55) led them to 274-9 against Hunslet Nelson who were on the brink of defeat at 81-9 with 25 overs remaining when the weather rescued them.

Townville had better luck next day in the National Club Championship when an impressive eight-wicket win at Doncaster earned them a home second round tie against South Yorkshire League Treeton.

Hughes (4-27) restricted Doncaster to 206-6 and then hit an unbeaten 64, sharing an unbroken 106-run stand with Jonathan Booth (76no) as the Castleford team won with seven overs to spare.

Ossett, Wakefield Thornes and Buttershaw St Paul’s were all thwarted by rain after posting big totals in the Premiership.

Javid Umarji struck an unbeaten 104 off 93 deliveries and Tom Chippendale and Gurman Randhawa hit half-centuries in Ossett’s 265-7 at Wrenthorpe.

David Toft (71) and Matt Jordan (44) guided Wakefield Thornes to 236-8 against Carlton and Kevin McDermott’s second successive unbeaten century was the feature of Buttershaw’s 278-7 against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Myles Robinson (60) and Chamila Wijesinghe (3-19) shone for Altofts in a rain-hit match against Birstall.

Last season’s Division One champions Azaad maintained their 100 per cent record in the Championship when Imran Mahboob (3-10), Asad Bukhari (3-5) and Nazakat Hussain (35) led the Wakefield team to a 71-run win against East Ardsley, for whom veteran David Battye claimed 5-44.

Scott Hopkinson smashed eight sixes in an unbeaten 127 and Imran Mayat struck 52 as Oulton bounced back from being routed for 45 against Azaad on the opening day by piling up 279-9 against promoted Caribbean.

In reply, Dave Flint (5-36) and Jonathan Anson (3-32) toppled Caribbean for 99.

Great Preston’s Aussie opener Matthew King continued his impressive start by taking his tally to 301 runs in three matches with an unbeaten 153 against fellow Division One newcomers Crossbank Methodists.

James Marston and Danusha Ranasinghe chipped in with half-centuries in Preston’s 316-3.

Crossbank replied with 63-1 from 19 overs before rain intervened.

Gary Sagar (80) and Mark Simpson (40 and 6-62) gave Gildersome the edge against Adwalton in the division’s only completed game.

Woodlands captain Tim Jackson in action at Pudsey Congs in the Bradford League. PIC: Steve Riding

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