METHLEY and Townville – the CYL’s top two for the last two seasons – both bagged two victories on the opening weekend.
All-rounder Ed Walmsley was outstanding for champions Methley, who again look formidable, despite Chris Holliday’s switch to neighbours Townville.
Ed (4-24) and twin brother Marcus (3-24) toppled Wakefield Thornes for 112 to set up Methley’s five-wicket Premiership victory on Saturday and Richard Foster (84), Dan Broadbent (76) and Ed Walmsley (53no) shone in a 120-run win at Hartshead Moor in the Heavy Woollen Cup first round the next day.
Last season’s beaten Heavy Woollen Cup finalists Townville were indebted to overseas signing Anurag Verma (35 and 3-23) and Peter Hepworth (4-22) as they reached the second round by beating Birstall by seven runs.
Birstall had better luck the previous day, with Eric Austin hitting a half-century as they defeated promoted Batley by just two runs.
Arkam Asif (111) struck the top-flight’s first century of the campaign and put on 155 with Brent Law (56) as Altofts won by eight wickets at Hunslet Nelson, for whom Warren Ekstraal (75) top-scored.
Mirfield Parish Cavaliers scored 526 runs in two matches but lost both.
Yasir Ali (88no) and Abdul Rehman (58) steered Cavaliers to 245-8 against Townville who knocked off the runs with six overs to spare, thanks to a 156-run stand between Jack Hughes (89no) and Holliday (80).
Chasing Woodlands’ 415 in Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup tie, Parish were floundering at 81-6 but finished on a respectable 281, with Daniel Hope unbeaten on 84.
Wrenthorpe’s South African opener Darryl Hendricks quickly made his mark, hitting 82 in Saturday’s 62-run win at Carlton. Chris Leaf, who has joined Wrenthorpe from Carlton, claimed 5-34 to restrict his old club to 165-9, which included 63 by Steve Cooper.
Hendricks and Jonathan Smith each struck 48 in Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup clash at Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine who won a rain-hit game on a faster scoring rate.
Shoaib Latif hammered 84 and Will Simpson 83 as Ossett beat promoted Buttershaw St Paul’s on Saturday but both teams bowed out of the Heavy Woollen Cup.
Ossett lost at Shepley and Kevin McDermott’s unbeaten century was in vain for Buttershaw at Skelmanthorpe whose superior scoring rate gave them the edge when rain intervened.
Half centuries by Matt Jordan and Joe Cook helped Wakefield Thornes to a comfortable first-round win against Morley.
Great Preston will be encouraged by Australian opener Matthew King’s form last weekend.
The Heavy Woollen Cup second round draw is: Methley v Kirkburton, Barkisland v Woodlands, Shelley v Townville, Shepley v Hoylandswaine, New Farnley v Skelmanthorpe, Scholes (Huddersfield League) v Wakefield Thornes, Hanging Heaton v Pudsey Congs, Gomersal v Delph and Dobcross.
Ties to be played on May 10.
King struck an unbeaten 95 off 108 balls as former Wetherby League champions Preston made a winning debut in Division One by beating Gildersome by seven wickets and he hit another half-century the next day in a Heavy Woollen Cup defeat at Hanging Heaton.
Preston’s fellow CYL newcomers Crossbank Methodists, who have switched from the Huddersfield Central League, lost by nine wickets at East Leeds on Saturday after Kirti Tandel (3-13), Allan Olbison (3-29), Zahid Tarvaz (2-13) and James Watling (2-14) routed them for 78.
Last season’s Division One title winners Azaad made a promising start in the Championship when Razwan Subhani (51), Nazakat Hussain (4-14) and Imran Mahboob (4-2) led them to a 92-run win against Oulton.