Townville close in on trophy double

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DERBY rivals Methley and Townville are locked in a nail-biting finish to the Premiership title race on the final day on Saturday.

Both have home matches but Jack Hampshire Trophy winners Methley, aiming for a league and cup double, look to have the harder task.

Leaders Methley, who are just one point ahead of defending champions Townville, face in-form Mirfield Parish Cavaliers at Little Church Lane.

Cavaliers, who have won four of their last five games, could snatch third place.

They are two points behind Wakefield Thornes who visit Scholes in the Cleckheaton side’s final CYL fixture before they switch to the Bradford League.

Townville should fancy their chances in their last match against Hunslet Nelson who were relegated with bottom side Hopton Mills when there was no play in the Premiership last Saturday. It was the fifth wash-out this season for most teams.

Hunslet paid dear for a dreadful start to the campaign while Hopton struggled in their first season in the top-flight after pulling off a shock win against Methley on the opening day.

Townville will hope to lift their second trophy in seven days after beating holders Whitley Hall by four wickets in last Sunday’s Yorkshire Council Championship final at Tickhill.

It gave Townville revenge for a 144-run defeat against the South Yorkshire League team in last year’s semi-finals and provided compensation for losing in this season’s Heavy Woollen Cup final and Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy and Jack Hampshire Trophy semi-finals.

All-rounder Conor Harvey was Townville’s match-winner, hitting three sixes in a vital 47 off 35 balls and claiming 3-44.

Harvey and Ritchie Bresnan (3-22) restricted Whitley to 167-9 in their 45 overs after they were 61-1. Townville’s reply was in trouble at 81-5 with only 17 overs remaining but Harvey gave them an important boost by sharing a 61-run partnership with captain Nick Bresnan (30no).

Nick and Ritchie Bresnan –brothers of Yorkshire and England player Tim – shared an unbroken 26-run stand as Townville sealed victory with one over to spare.

Townville won the competition in 2009 but South Yorkshire League clubs had since won four successive finals.

CYL Championship title winners Batley and runners up Buttershaw St Paul’s have been promoted to the top-flight.

Buttershaw finished three points clear of third-placed Liversedge when Saturday’s fixture between the two teams was abandoned.

Northowram Fields were cursing their luck when they were foiled by rain in the only CYL first-team match. Northowram needed to collect maximum points against bottom side East Leeds to pip Buttershaw for second spot. Zahid Tarvaz (2-24) reduced Northowram to 38-2 but they recovered excellently thanks to Christian Silkstone and Chris Metcalf.

Silkstone smashed seven sixes in an unbeaten 104 off 45 balls and shared an unbroken 185-run partnership with Metcalf (79no) as Northowam raced to 223-2 before declaring after 25 overs.

Points were shared when the match was abandoned before the East Leeds reply started.

Second-team Premiership title winners Wakefield Thornes completed a double by beating Wrenthorpe by 114 runs in Sunday’s re-arranged Wheatley Cup final at Bragg Lane End. Joe Cuthbertson hit 44 and Ollie Dennis (33) as Thornes posted 189. Wrenthorpe’ lost their top four batsmen with just 19 runs on the board. Nathan Ellis and Richard Smith, who each hit 16, tried to hold the innings together as Wrenthorpe were toppled for 75, with Narinder Reehal bagging 4-20 and Bradley Green snapping up 3-27.

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