METHLEY’S perfect start to their defence of the Premiership title will be tested in Saturday’s game at neighbours Townville.
They have been the CYL’s top two for the last two seasons, with Townville winning the championship in 2013 and then finishing just one point behind Methley last year.
Townville are unbeaten in all competitions this season but they are already 10 points adrift of Methley after their last two league matches were abandoned. Methley beat the rain for the second successive week to maintain their 100 per cent league record with a nine-wicket win against Altofts.
Altofts captain Brent Law was dismissed in the first over but Arkam Asif (39no) and Jonathan Donnelly (37) then put on 51 for the second wicket before Marcus Walmsley (5-18) and twin brother Ed (4-12) sent them reeling to 83 all out.
Last man Ian Tennant (7) was the only other Altofts player to score, with eight batsmen out for ducks. Richard Foster smashed an unbeaten 54 off 29 balls as Methley coasted to victory in less than 10 overs.
David Toft hit 14 boundaries in a century and put on 100 for the fifth wicket Faisal Irfan (36) to guide Wakefield Thornes to 242-8 against Batley in the only other top-flight match that started.
Batley’s reply fell 53 runs short but they collected a batting point thanks to Sardar Khan’s 77 and an unbroken last wicket stand of 24 between Tariq Hussain (22no) and Huzaifa Patel (16no).
Thornes visit Huddersfield League Scholes in the Heavy Woollen Cup second round on Sunday but Methley and Townville’s ties against Kirkburton and Shelley respectively have to be re-arranged because the Huddersfield League teams are playing postponed Sykes Cup fixtures.
Veteran bowler David Battye shone in East Ardsley’s win at Caribbean that lifted them to second in the Championship.
Battye took his tally to 13 wickets in two matches by claiming 8-29 from 13 overs as promoted Caribbean were bowled out for 135, despite Mohammed Bashir’s 49 and Anthony Williams’ unbeaten 32. Ardsley’s reply started badly when they quickly lost Scott Mullins and Dan Walker but Ashley Pearson (37no), Louie Hurley (31) and Simon Davies (30) saw them safely home.
Chris Scott (62no) and Adam Smith (48no) shared an unbroken 81-run partnership as Hopton Mills recovered from 57-4 to post 210-6 in a rain-ruined game at Northowram Fields.
Great Preston’s Australian opener Matthew King took his tally to 316 runs in three league games, without being out, in a rain-hit Division One fixture against Adwalton (209-9).
Preston were 144-0 from 21 overs before rain intervened.