Central Yorkshire League: Townville will be flying the flag for the county

Division One champions Batley.
Division One champions Batley.
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TOWNVILLE will aim to end South Yorkshire League’s four-year dominance of the Yorkshire Council Championship in Sunday’s final at Tickhill.

The Castleford club face holders Whitley Hall who trounced Townville by 144 runs in the semi-finals last season and are bidding to become the first team since Sheffield United in 1929 to lift the trophy for a third successive year.

Townville, the last CYL club to win the competition in 2009, reached the final by completing a hat-trick of wins over derby rivals Methley this season.

Conor Harvey (3-47), Ritchie Bresnan (3-37) and elder brother Nick (2-45) limited Methley to 169.

Townville’s reply was in trouble at 89-5 but they were rescued by Harvey and captain Nick Bresnan who shared a crucial 56-run partnership.

Harvey struck 52 off 35 balls and Bresnan finished unbeaten on 28 as Townville won by three wickets.

Defending champions Townville and Methley remain neck and neck in a nail-biting finish to the Premiership title race.

Jonathan Booth (81no) and Tim Walton (58no) shared an unbroken 135-run stand as Townville beat Ossett to stay just one point behind Methley who were indebted to all-rounder Ed Wamsley (42 and 3-16) for a 53-run victory against Wakefield Thornes.

Townville have won their last ten league games.

Their last defeat was against fourth-placed Mirfield Parish Cavaliers who they visit on Saturday.

Methley travel to Ossett whose opener Shoaib Latif needs 89 runs from the last two matches to reach the 1,000 milestone.

Hunslet Nelson kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation when Jean Strydom (43), Will Stiff (4-33) and Glen Thompson (3-29) led them to a three-wicket win at Hopton Mills who replaced them at the foot of the table.

Hunslet are seven points adrift of third bottom Carlton who ended a six-match losing run by beating Scholes.

Birstall eased their relegated worries when Craig Wood (5-55) and Saif Ur-Rehman (3-31) set up an eight-wicket win against Altofts.

Championship title winners Batley failed to win the Secondary Yorkshire Council Championship for the second time when they suffered a one-wicket defeat against Sheffield Collegiate in Sunday’s final at Wickersley.

Maqsood Hashmi (45), Muhammad Hafeez (41no) and Mohammed Tahir (41) led Batley to 208-8.

In reply, Thomas Eldred smashed a winning six off the final ball after Collegiate needed 12 runs for victory off the last over.

Batley are making a swift return to the top-flight after relegation last season and the second promotion place will be decided on Saturday when Liversedge visit Buttershaw St Paul’s and Northowram Fields host East Leeds in the final league matches.

Buttershaw are favourites to go up because they are three points clear of Liversedge and Northowram.

The Bradford outfit retained second place despite Saturday’s defeat at Wakefield St Michael’s, for whom Alex Leyshon hit 50 and claimed 3-31.

Liversedge missed a chance to leapfrog Buttershaw when they lost at bottom side East Leeds, with Kirti Tandel (5-40) skittling them for 112.

Ashley Pearson’s unbeaten 82 was in vain for East Ardsley who fell 28 runs short of Northowram’s 269-4 that featured a 151-run partnership between Christian Silkstone (87) and Stephen Elliott (75no).

Last year’s Division Two champions Azaad sealed the Division One title by beating Gildersome who were routed for 45 by Razah Hussain (6-17) and Tariq Hussain (3-9).

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