Central Yorkshire League: Two wins, two cups is Methley’s target

Marcus Warmsley.
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METHLEY will aim to sign off in style by winning two crucial matches on the final weekend.

The Jack Hampshire Trophy holders will complete a league and cup double for the second successive season if they retain the Premiership title by avoiding defeat in Saturday’s home game against Birstall.

On Sunday, Methley will attempt to become the first CYL club to lift the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy in the competition’s 39-year history when they play Yorkshire Academy in the final at Elsecar.

Methley failed in their bid to win the Yorkshire Council Championship for the third time when they lost to Treeton in Sunday’s final at Liversedge.

Chasing South Yorkshire League Treeton’s 289-8, Methley fell 52 runs short, despite half centuries by Richard Foster and Chavez Younes.

They had better luck the previous day when they retained a three-point lead over Premiership title rivals Wakefield Thornes by beating Hunslet Nelson by 107 runs, thanks to Marcus Walmsley (44 and 5-42), twin Ed (46no and 2-4) and Luke Patel (53).

Thornes, who host Hunslet on Saturday, kept alive their hopes of being crowned champions for the first time by collecting maximum points at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

James Wolfenden (54no) and Joe Cook (47) put on 76 to guide Thornes to a seven-wicket victory after Sri Lankan Ravindra Palliyaguruge (5-23) toppled Cavaliers for 134.

Wrenthorpe’s Darryl Hendricks and Townville’s Chris Holliday are vying to finish the season as the Premiership’s leading scorer.

South African Hendricks hit an unbeaten 64 to take his tally to 1,055 in Wrenthorpe’s seven-wicket win against Altofts who were bowled out for 119 by Matthew Race (5-15).

Holliday is 21 runs behind Hendricks after hammering an unbeaten 71 off 27 balls in Townville’s easy win at bottom team Buttershaw St Paul’s.

All-rounder Fawad Maqsood (5-9 and 35no) shone in Batley’s nine-wicket victory at Ossett.

There is a nail-biting finish to the Championship title race with leaders Hopton Mills just one point ahead of Liversedge.

Both teams lost last weekend and both have home matches this Saturday when Hopton face Wakefield St Michael’s and Liversedge play winless bottom team Caribbean.

Former Wetherby League club Great Preston clinched the Division One title with a 10-wicket win against Gildersome.

Danusha Ranasinghe (90no) and Mathew King (68no) shared an unbroken 176-run stand in 25 overs as Preston overhauled Gildersome’s 175 that featured 86 by Haseeb Hashmi. Australian King needs just seven runs against Adwalton to reach 1,000 for the season.

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