Townville and Meths ease into cup semis

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METHLEY and Townville reached the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals in impressive style on Sunday.

Townville, who lost to Wrenthorpe in the 2012 final, knocked Huddersfield League Shepley out of the competition for the second time in three seasons.

Methley, who lifted the trophy in 1994 in their only appearance in the final, won at Scholes in a clash of the CYL Premiership’s top two teams.

All-rounder Jack Hughes played a key role in Townville’s five wicket victory.

Hughes bagged 3-10 and skipper Nick Bresnan snapped up 4-38, both from 10 overs, as 2011 trophy winners Shepley were toppled for 134.

The defeat came despite Dan Wood’s half-century.

Hughes (66no) and former Essex and Northants batsman Tim Walton (24) led the way as Townville knocked off the runs.

It was a repeat of their victory at Shepley in the 2012 semi-finals.

Methley are unbeaten in all competitions since they suffered a shock league defeat at Hopton Mills on the opening day of the season.

They eased to a seven-wicket win at Scholes who were bowled out for 139 by Sohail Raz and Ed Walmsley.

Raz claimed 3-34 and off-spinner Walmsley had figures of 3-3 in a 10-over spell that included seven maidens.

Methley overhauled the target in 34.4 overs, with Chris Holliday finishing unbeaten on 53.

Holders Methley visit the Premiership’s bottom team Hunslet Nelson in the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals on June 29.

Hunslet, who beat Hopton Mills in the second round, are still looking for their first league win.

Birstall will be keen to avoid being giant-killing victims when they visit Championship side Buttershaw St Paul’s who defeated Scholes and Altofts in the first two rounds.

Last season’s losing finalists Wrenthorpe, who are aiming to win the competition for the fifth time in the last 10 years, have a home quarter-final tie against Championship side Liversedge.

Carlton will be out for revenge in their quarter-final clash at Townville after they were skittled for 36 – the Premiership’s lowest total this season – in a 138-run trouncing in a league fixture at Poplar Avenue in April.

Last Saturday’s league programme was ruined by rain for the third time in five weeks.

It leaves promoted Scholes as the Premership’s only unbeaten side in their final CYL campaign before they join the Bradford League next year.

They are three points clear of Methley, with Ossett a further one point adrift in third spot.

On Saturday, Ossett visit Methley and Scholes host Altofts who are level on points with Wakefield Thornes and Townville, just seven points behind pacesetters Scholes in a wide-open title race.

Wrenthorpe, who have slipped to third bottom in the Premiership, have an important league game this Saturday when they host fellow strugglers Hunslet.

There is a vital match at the top of the Championship when unbeaten leaders Batley visit second placed Northowram Fields on Saturday.

Both teams are aiming for a swift return to the top-flight after being relegated last season.

Northowram will aim to avenge their solitary league defeat this season which was at Batley on the opening day when they lost by 44 runs.

East Ardsley and Liversedge are two other teams that are also vying for promotion to the top flight.

On Saturday, Ardsley host Buttershaw St Paul’s and Livesedge visit Wakefield St Michael’s who have made a poor start with just one league win so far.

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Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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