Central Yorkshire: Methley on track for Trophy treble

Mustafa Bashir, of Methley, gets the wicket of Jack Hughes by bowling him  fo a duck.

Mustafa Bashir, of Methley, gets the wicket of Jack Hughes by bowling him fo a duck.

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METHLEY aim to win the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship for the third time when they face South Yorkshire League Treeton in Sunday’s final at Liversedge.

Methley, who lifted the trophy in 1996 and 2001, defeated holders Townville by 120 runs when the sides met for the fourth time this season in Sunday’s all-CYL semi-final at Poplar Avenue.

Bragging rights finished even because Methley conceded a league double to Townville but beat them in the Jack Hampshire Trophy and Council Championship.

Openers Richard Foster (59) and Marcus Walmsley (43) put on 104 as Methley posted 233 which also included 41 by Luke Patel.

Ben Waite (5-33), Mustafa Bashir (2-24) and Marcus Walmsley (2-30) sent Townville’s reply collapsing from 90-5 to 113 all out.

Methley stayed on course to retain the Premiership title the previous day by beating Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, who were limited to 150 by Waite (3-39) and Bashir (3-24).

Methley, who visit Hunslet Nelson on Saturday and host Birstall on the final day, are three points clear of rivals Wakefield Thornes, who play Mirfield Parish Cavaliers this weekend followed by Hunslet.

Thornes kept alive their hopes of being crowned CYL champions for the first time by crushing Ossett, who were skittled for 89 by Ravindra Pallyguruge (4-28), Faisal Irfan (3-21) and Mahmood Rasool (2-17).

Third-placed Townville, six points adrift of Methley, were ewon at Carlton, who managed only 93, replying to 254-6 that featured a century off 81 balls by Chris Holliday.

Saif Tahir (125no) and Alex Mitchell (64) shared a 94-run partnership and South African Warren Ekstraal bagged 5-52 in Hunslet’s 68-run victory at Birstall while all-rounders Jonathon Donnelly (49no and 5-14) and Arkram Asif (33no and 5-62) were outstanding as Altofts beat St Paul’s by nine wickets.

Wrenthorpe were 117-7 from 32 overs, chasing Batley’s 158, when the game was abandoned because of bad light.

Wrenthorpe’s South African opener Darryl Hendricks, who hit 38, leads the race to be the first Premiership batsman to 1,000 runs with 991, followed by Townville’s Holliday (963) and Thornes’ David Toft (897).

Leaders Hopton Mills are one point ahead of Liversedge in a nail-biting finish to the Championship title race.

Hopton visit Oulton on Saturday and then host Wakefield St Michael’s while Liversedge travel to Northowram Fields before hosting Caribbean.

Former Wetherby League club Great Preston are seven points clear of second-placed East Leeds and could win Division One on Saturday.

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