Central Yorkshire: Unbeaten Townville remain in trophy hunt

Kirti Tandel hits four runs for East Leeds in the top of the table clash at Great Preston. PIC: Steve Riding
Kirti Tandel hits four runs for East Leeds in the top of the table clash at Great Preston. PIC: Steve Riding
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LAST season’s losing finalists Townville are CYL’s sole survivors in the Heavy Woollen Cup after Methley and Wakefield Thornes were knocked out last weekend.

Townville, still unbeaten in all competitions this season, host Bradford League New Farnley in the quarter-finals.

Matt Jordan’s 57 was in vain for Wakefield Thornes in a 66-run quarter-final defeat at Woodlands while Methley lost at home to Kirkburton in a delayed second round tie.

Chasing 276-6, Methley fell 83 runs short, despite skipper Marcus Walmsley’s 66 and Richard Foster’s 42.

Methley still have plenty to play for because they host Townville in the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals and visit Woodhouse Grange in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-finals.

The other Jack Hampshire Trophy ties are Hunslet Nelson v Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, Wrenthorpe v Hopton Mills and Carlton v Wakefield Thornes.

Defending Premiership champions Methley retained a six-point lead over Townville when skipper Marcus Walmsley (47 and 3-59) and his twin Ed (4-28) led them to a five-wicket victory at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Openers Jonathan Booth (54) and Kristian Ward (52no) shared a century stand in Townville’s easy win against Carlton who were routed for 127 by Jack Hughes (3-31), Nick Bresnan (2-10) and Joe Finnigan (2-12).

Jordan Sleigholme struck 77 and South African Darryl Hendricks hit a third successive half-century as Wrenthorpe maintained their challenge by beating Batley but Ossett slipped to fourth place when they were trounced by Wakefield Thornes.

Sri Lankan Ravindra Paliyaguruge (5-62) and Matthew Varley (3-30) toppled Ossett for 136, replying to Thornes’ 300-5 that included Matt Varley’s 62 off 47 balls. Hunslet Nelson’s revival continued when Joe Smith (62) and Alex Mitchell (46) gave them the edge against Birstall whose three-wicket defeat was tough on Eric Austin (95).

Altofts are at the foot of the Premiership after promoted Buttershaw St Paul’s got off the mark by beating them by 54 runs, despite Steve Palmer’s 66.

Oulton and Liversedge are the Championship’s new joint leaders after repeating the previous week’s victories against East Ardsley and Wakefield St Michael’s respectively.

Imran Mayat (77no) and David Flint (6-18) shone for Oulton and Sukrit Raman (76), Graeme Winn (4-39) and Suleman Mohammed (3-13) were Liversedge’s key contributors.

Azaad were indebted to Hanif Mahboob (84no) as they avenged their defeat at Hopton Mills the previous Saturday by beating them by four wickets.

Great Preston gained swift revenge for a defeat at Division One leaders East Leeds when David Illingworth (59), Gary Newton (52) and Lee Russell (40) guided them to victory in the return fixture.

All-rounder Kirti Tandel (96 and 3-49) was East Leeds’ top performer.

Gildersome revived their promotion bid when Gary Sagar (56), Haseeb Hashmi (41no) and Khalil Liaquat (5-40) led them to them to an eight-wicket win against Mirfield.

Going home: ICC Trophy-winning captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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