Central Yorkshire: Methley on course for tilt at the treble

Match action from Wrenthorpe v Carlton.
Match action from Wrenthorpe v Carlton.
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DERBY rivals Methley and Townville will be aiming to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup final for the second time in Sunday’s all-CYL semi-final at Little Church Lane.

Methley lifted the trophy in 1994 by beating Gomersal in their only previous final appearance and Townville lost to Wrenthorpe in the 2012 decider.

Methley, unbeaten in all competitions since they surprisingly lost at Hopton Mills on the opening day, won by 48 runs at Townville in this season’s previous meeting.

Townville and Methley were both in impressive form in league and cup victories last weekend.

Methley increased their lead in the Premiership to nine points and reached the Jack Hampshire Trophy semi-finals by comfortably defeating strugglers Hunslet Nelson twice on successive days.

Sohail Raz (7-37) routed Hunslet for 70 on Saturday and Marcus Walmsley (4-21) and Jonathan Gardiner (3-27) restricted them to 121-9 in Sunday’s cup game, which Methley won by eight wickets.

Worrying news for Hunslet is that the teams meet again on Saturday for the third successive match.

All-rounder Jack Hughes (4-24 and 48) shone as Townville kept alive their hopes of retaining the CYL championship with Saturday’s six-wicket win over Hopton Mills, who slumped from 67-1 to 119 all out.

Townville’s bowlers again excelled the next day in an eight-wicket victory over Carlton in the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Carlton were skittled for 36 in a league match at Townville in April and it looked as though they might struggle to beat that score last Sunday when they lost their first four batsmen without a run on the board.

Jaycob Curtling (41) led a recovery but Townville easily overhauled a 113-run target, with Hughes (38no) and Tim Walton (35no) sharing an unbroken 75-run stand.

Carlton had better luck the previous day when they eased their relegation worries by beating Wrenthorpe in a 40-over game.

Chris Leaf, Jon Rudge and James Glynn each claimed three wickets as Wrenthorpe were toppled for 128, replying to Carlton’s 170-6 that included 57 by Simon Danby.

Wrenthorpe bounced back by reaching the Jack Hampshire Trophy semi-finals.

An unbroken 133-run stand between openers Neil Bourke (65no) and Tom Woolford (57no) steered them to a 10-wicket win over Liversedge.

Craig Wood (77) and Saif Ur-Rehman (68no) put on 102 as Birstall reached the semi-finals with a nine-wicket victory at Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Birstall remain in relegation trouble after Saturday’s home defeat against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers when Muhammed Shahnawaz (6-36) and Nazar Hussain (4-26) routed them for 68.

Shoaib Latif (121no) and Gurman Randhawa (76) shared an 186-run partnership as Ossett climbed to third in the Premiership by piling up 245-3 in an 111-run victory at former leaders Scholes, who have now lost their last three games.

Ossett are level on points with Wakefield Thornes, who beat Altofts by 55 runs in a 33-over contest.

Dewsbury Rams RL head coach Glenn Morrison helped Northowram Fields step up their Championship title bid by smashing 62 off 47 balls in a 97-run win at East Leeds whose defeat was hard on Kirti Tandel (40 and 4-64).

Northowram are three points behind leaders Batley who beat bottom team Wakefield St Michael’s by four wickets.

Third-placed Liversedge are eight points adrift of Northowram after losing to Buttershaw St Paul’s, for whom James Robson (81no) and Paul Carroll (64no) shared an unbroken 144-run partnership.

Yorkshire face an anxious wait on Friday evening

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