PREMIERSHIP leaders Methley will aim to square things in this season’s four-match series against Townville when the teams lock horns in Sunday’s Yorkshire Council Championship semi-final at Poplar Avenue.
The winners play holders Whitley Hall or Treeton in the final at Tickhill on September 7
Methley won at Townville in May but they lost twice at home to their derby rivals last month including an 80-run defeat in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals.
Both sides have lifted the Yorkshire Council trophy, Methley in 1996 and 2001 and Townville in 2009.
They both comfortably beat Pontefract League opponents in last Sunday’s quarter-finals.
Richard Foster (89) and Marcus Walmsley (61) led Methley to 273-9 against South Kirkby who managed only 153 in reply.
Conor Harvey hammered a rapid unbeaten half-century in Townville’s eight-wicket success at Ackworth, who were skittled for 103.
Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, CYL’s other representatives, lost by 91 runs at South Yorkshire League side Treeton.
Marcus Walmsley grabbed a hat-trick in a return of 5-21 as Methley retained top spot in the table with Saturday’s six-wicket victory at Altofts.
Methley stayed one point ahead of defending champions Townville who left Wakefield Thornes’ title hopes in tatters by beating them for the third time this season.
All-rounder Jack Hughes struck 84 as the Castleford side posted 237-9 and then snapped up 3-28 as Thornes were toppled for 124.
With three matches remaining, Thornes are 12 points adrift of Methley, who they visit on Saturday.
Greig Batty (7-14) was Wrenthorpe’s match-winner as they bounced back from successive defeats by beating Ossett.
Chasing Wrenthorpe’s 121-9, Ossett slumped from 55-2 to 84 all out, despite opener Shoaib Latif’s 43, which took his tally to 877 league runs this season.
The relegation battle heated up when the bottom two Hunslet Nelson and Hopton Mills defeated Carlton and Mirfield Parish respectively.
Steve Cooper (40) was the only Carlton batsman who reached double figures as Glen Thompson (4-19) and Derrick Hammill (3-16) limited them to 88-9 in a 39-over match.
Ashley Mackereth smashed five sixes in an unbeaten 89 off 85 balls and Richard Myers bagged 4-43 as Hopton ended a 10-match losing run.
Second-bottom Hopton, who host Hunslet on Saturday, are only five points adrift of Carlton and Birstall.
Birstall were foiled by rain after Eric Austin (59no) and Nick Kaye (51) put on 93 to steer them to 176-4 at Scholes.
Batley clinched the Championship title by collecting a batting point from a 51-run defeat at Buttershaw St Paul’s, who climbed to second with their eighth win in nine league matches.
Batley play Sheffield Collegiate in the Supplementary Yorkshire Council Championship final at Wickersley Old Village on Sunday after beating Conisbrough by 52 runs in last weekend’s semi-final.
Michael Simpson hammered 15 sixes and 11 fours in an unbeaten 145 off 56 balls as South Yorkshire League Collegiate defeated Buttershaw by 10 wickets in the other semi. Opener Ian Carradice’s 117 was in vain for the CYL club.
Wakefield-based Azaad need just one point from their last two matches to seal the Division One championship after winning a low-scoring game at Mirfield.
Carl Hemmingway (5-2) sent Azaad reeling from 53-0 to 93 all out but Nazaqat Hussain (5-7) and Imran Mahboob (5-15) rescued them by routing Mirfield for 40.
Gildersome and Caribbean are vying for the second promotion place.
Gildersome, whose final fixture is at Azaad on Saturday, are four points clear of Caribbean, who have a match in hand. Neil Clay (49), Jotham Barnett (44) and Martin Morley (5-47) gave Gildersome the edge against Westwood Park while Mackey Moven (3-6) and Harwood Williams (33no) led Caribbean to victory in a 28-over game at Rodley.