Central Yorkshire Cricket League: Thornes aiming to hold form in cup

Match action from Hunslet Nelson v Wrenthorpe.
Match action from Hunslet Nelson v Wrenthorpe.
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Last season’s beaten finalists Wakefield Thornes will hope to continue their excellent form in knock-out competitions when they host Methley in Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-final.

Thornes, who visit Bradford League New Farnley in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals the following Sunday, will be out to avenge a six-wicket home league defeat against Methley earlier this season.

Holders Wrenthorpe, aiming to lift the trophy for the fifth time in nine years, host Carlton.

Hunslet Nelson visit Mirfield Parish Cavaliers and Northowram Fields travel to Altofts in Sunday’s other all-Premier Division ties.

Townville, who were knocked out of the Jack Hampshire Trophy by Thornes in the first round, increased their lead in the Premier Division to six points on Saturday.

The Castleford side coasted to their seventh straight league win at Batley after Kyllin Vardhan (60), Jonny Booth (42), skipper Nick Bresnan (37) and Conor Harvey (35) led them to 236-6.

Kashif Talib’s battling 65 was in vain for Batley, who were routed for 115 by Jack Hughes (6-38) and Vardhan (3-21).

Second-placed Methley failed to collect maximum points for the second week running.

Richard Foster (92) top-scored in Methley’s total of 180-9 against Altofts whose reply fell just short on 172-8, despite Ismail Patel’s unbeaten half-century.

Thornes’ hopes of being crowned league champions for the first time since they joined the CYL in 1970 suffered a big setback with a 66-run defeat at Carlton that left them 14 points adrift of Townville.

Simon Stirling struck a half-century as Carlton recovered from 11-3 to post 161 and Chris Leaf (6-49) and Jonathan Rudge (3-30) sent Thornes’ reply collapsing from 62-3 to 95 all out.

Champions Wrenthorpe halted their slide with their first win in four league games at Hunslet Nelson.

Chasing Wrenthorpe’s 161-9 that included 62 from Luke Patel, Hunslet were skittled for 100 by Joe Ellis who snapped up 7-19 from 15 overs.

Hunslet’s defeat was tough on Will Stiff who claimed 3-39 and hit 37 in a last wicket stand of 51 with Derrick Hammill.

Birstall’s title bid ended with their third successive league defeat at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, for whom David Winn smashed seven sixes in a rapid 122 as they piled up 301. Youngster Chris Rodwell bagged 6-55 as Birstall were bowled out for 274 after losing their last seven wickets for just 85 runs. Eric Austin (95), Nick Kaye (46) and Saif Ur-Rehman (6-68) were Birstall’s best performers.

Syed Hashmi (73) and Khalid Bilal (50) shared a seventh wicket stand of 127 and Khalid Usman claimed 4-28 as Ossett climbed out of the bottom two with their second successive win by beating bottom side Northowram Fields by 60 runs.

Division One’s top four teams meet on Saturday when Scholes host Liversedge and Hopton Mills visit Wakefield St Michael’s.

Scholes retained a six-point lead by defeating bottom side Mirfield, who were routed for 122 by Aleem Ladak (4-32) and Mohammed Sharafat (3-31). Adam Fox (111) and John Bowett (71) put on 139 as St Michael’s trounced Ossett A by 288 runs.

Hopton Mills’ Ashley Mackereth (6-23) and Richard Myers (3-7) routed Methley A for 35 after Mackereth (62) had earlier shared a century stand with Chris Scott (74) in Hopton’s total of 225-6. Sean Wilson hammered 102 off 96 balls and Nigel Doyle claimed 5-39 in Liversedge’s 106-run victory against former pacesetters Oulton, who have slipped to fifth place.

Kirti Tandel (5-34) and James Watling (4-17) skittled Buttershaw St Paul’s for 109, replying to East Leeds’ 159-8.

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