Central Yorkshire: Double dream to end for one rival

Methley's Luke Patel.
Methley's Luke Patel.
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PREMIERSHIP title rivals Methley and Townville will both aim to stay in the chase for a league and double when they meet in Sunday’s Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-final at Little Church Lane.

Last season’s double winners Methley will be out to avenge their solitary league defeat this year at Townville last month.

Both teams are seeking to reach their second semi-final this season.

Methley visit Woodhouse Grange in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy and Townville host Hoylandswaine or Kirkburton in the Heavy Woollen Cup after beating New Farnley last Sunday.

Jack Hughes (80 and 3-35) and skipper Nick Bresnan (48) gave last season’s losing finalists Townville the edge as they won by three wickets.

Townville, still unbeaten in all competitions this year, ended Wrenthorpe’s Premiership title hopes the previous day when Anurag Verma (6-53) and Conor Harvey (3-30) routed them for 83.

It left Wrenthorpe 16 points adrift of leaders Methley but they have an excellent chance of reaching the Jack Hampshire Trophy semi-finals when they host Championship side Hopton Mills on Sunday.

Wakefield Thornes visit Carlton and Hunslet Nelson host Mirfield Parish Cavaliers in the other quarter-finals.

Luke Patel (107no) put on 123 with Richard Foster (76) and shared an unbroken 156-run partnership with Fahid Rehman (86no) in Methley’s 138-run win at Birstall on Saturday.

Carlton piled up the day’s highest score when Steve Cooper (108), Patrick Hinchliffe (73no) and Farrukh Alam (55) guided them to 368-6 at Buttershaw St Paul’s who were bowled out for 134 by Alam (3-4) and Josh Thurwell (4-43).

Wakefield Thornes climbed above Wrenthorpe to third place with a four-wicket victory at Hunslet Nelson who were dismissed for 82 by Sri Lankan Ravindra Paliyaruge (4-13), Mahmood Rasool (3-27) and Matt Varley (2-16).

Tom Chippendale hit an unbeaten 46 and snapped up 5-36 as Ossett halted their slump by beating bottom side Altofts.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers ended their losing run by defeating Batley who were routed for 48 by Nazar Hussain (5-22) and Daniel Hope (5-21).

Last season’s Division One title winners Azaad retained top spot in the Championship.

Chasing East Ardsley’s 243-6 that featured a 115-run partnership between Ashley Pearson (83no) and Louie Hurley (65), Azaad were in trouble at 25-3 but Imran Mahboob (111no) and Tanveer Hussain (59) rescued them by putting on 143 as they won by five wickets. Oulton and Hopton Mills are just one point behind Azaad after beating Caribbean and Liversedge respectively. Steve Bland (84no) was Hopton’s match-winner at Liversedge while Joe Sykes (4-32) and Jonathan Gardiner (3-47) set up Oulton’s victory at Caribbean.

Division One leaders East Leeds eased to a nine-wicket win against Rodley.

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