Central Yorkshire League: Impressive trio aim for Cup success

Action from Methley v Altofts (100495p). PIC: Steve Riding

Action from Methley v Altofts (100495p). PIC: Steve Riding

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TOWNVILLE, Methley and Scholes fly the flag for CYL in Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-finals.

There is certain to be at least one CYL club in the last four because Scholes host Methley, while Townville will aim to repeat their semi-final win at Shepley in 2012 when they again visit the Huddersfield League club.

Townville, Methley and Scholes were all in impressive form last weekend.

Nick Whitehill (65no) and James Stansfield (49) put on 95 and Zain Abbas struck a half-century as unbeaten Scholes retained top spot in the Premiership with Saturday’s six-wicket victory at Birstall, for whom Rob McFarlane hit 97.

Scholes are three points clear of Methley, who climbed to second place by beating Altofts.

All-rounder Marcus Walmsley claimed 3-16 and struck an unbeaten 62 in an opening 93-run stand with Richard Foster (40) as Methley eased to an eight-wicket win.

Holders Methley cruised through to the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals by trouncing Gildersome the next day after Foster (81), Jonathan Gardiner (67no) and Luke Patel (57) guided them to 314-8.

Townville defeated Wakefield Thornes twice on successive days at Poplar Avenue.

Jack Hughes (5-24), Tim Walton (61no) and Matt Bremner (42) shone in Townville’s league win on Saturday and Hughes (59 and 3-21) again played a key role as the Castleford side came out on top in the Jack Hampshire.

Carlton enjoyed a successful weekend by achieving their first league win and reaching the Jack Hampshire quarter-finals.

Patrick Hinchcliffe (5-37) and Phil Page (71no) were outstanding in Sunday’s cup win at Rodley.

James Glynn hit 51 as Carlton recovered from 56-6 to post 149 in the previous day’s 66-run victory against fellow Premiership strugglers Hunslet Nelson.

All-rounder Will Stiff’s 5-29 and 42 were in vain for bottom side Hunslet who are still without a league victory.

Hunslet put their poor league form behind them the next day when Jean Strydom (5-29) and Jack Scanlon (42no) led them to a six-wicket success against Hopton Mills in the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Former champions Wrenthorpe slippped to third bottom in the Premiership when Ossett beat them by 97 runs on Saturday.

Shoaib Latif (67) and Michael Edwards (43) steered Ossett to 232-8 and John Sadler (5-36) and Charles Orme (3-45) toppled Wrenthorpe for 139, despite Joe Ellis’s unbeaten 59.

Wrenthorpe found their batting form on Sunday when they won at Batley in the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Openers Tom Woolford (89no) and Neil Bourke (60) shared a 92-run stand as Wrenthorpe overhauled Batley’s 213-9 that featured half-centuries by Imran Mayat and Fawad Maqsood.

Championship leaders Batley beat Buttershaw St Paul’s. Batley were struggling at 65-7 before Ayaz Seedat (102) and Tariq Hussain (73no) put on 127 to take them to 207-8.

In reply, Buttershaw were skittled for 80, but they quickly bounced back the next day by pulling off an upset in the Jack Hampshire Trophy for the second successive round.

They followed a first round win over Scholes by beating Altofts by 17 runs, despite Arkam Asif’s unbeaten 76.

In other second round ties, Craig Wood hammered an unbeaten 125 and Saif Ur-Rehman snapped up 7-31 as Birstall trounced Northowram Fields and Liversedge easily beat Oulton, who fell for just 41.

Veteran David Battye (8-26) produced Saturday’s outstanding bowling display as East Ardsley beat Championship rivals Wakefield St Michael’s by five runs.

A big appeal from James Massheder of Yeadon is in vain against Jordan Sleightholme of Wrenthorpe, who went on to score 119. PIC: Steve Riding

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