Central Yorkshire League: Dominant Methley have to settle for the double

Methley's players celebrate winning the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division.
Methley's players celebrate winning the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division.
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METHLEY completed a league and cup double for the second successive season but they failed to become the first and only CYL team to win the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy in the competition’s 39-year history.

They clinched the Premier Division title with Saturday’s 103-run win over Birstall but they lost by six wickets to Yorkshire Academy in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final at Elsecar in their final game as a CYL club before the merger with the Bradford League.

Openers Richard Foster (49) and Marcus Walmsley (30) put on 84 and Luke Bullingham and Chavez Younes each struck 34 as Methley posted 220-9, which Yorkshire Academy overhauled with just four balls remaining after a 112-run partnership between Mosun Hussain (85no) and Elliot Callis (55).

Marcus Walmsley (104no) and Foster (76) shared a 157-run stand as Methley made certain of retaining the league title by beating Birstall the previous day.

Mustafa Bashir (3-23), Marcus Walmsley (2-27) and Joshua Sullivan (2-27) bowled out Birstall for 128, replying to Methley’s 231-1.

Runners-up Wakefield Thornes narrowly missed out on being crowned league champions for the first time after finishing third in the previous two seasons.

Thornes’ Faisal Irfan (3-11), Matt Varley (3-42), Ravindra Palliyaguruge (2-25) and Mahmood Rasool (2-21) routed Hunslet Nelson for 107 to set up an eight-wicket victory on the final day.

Thornes are the only current CYL club who will be playing in the South Yorkshire ECB Premier League next season, while Mirfield Parish Cavaliers and Mirfield are both joining the Huddersfield League.

Wrenthorpe’s South African opener Darryl Hendricks finished the season as the Premier Division’s leading scorer with 1,063.

Hendricks was dismissed for eight in Saturday’s six-wicket defeat against Townville.

He finished 29 runs ahead of Townville’s Chris Holliday, who was out for a duck in the same match.

Nick Bresnan (51no) and Conor Harvey (36no) shared an unbroken 88-run stand as Townville overhauled Wrenthorpe’s 160-8.

Hopton Mills clinched the CYL’s Championship title and promotion to one of the merged league’s two Championship divisions by beating Wakefield St Michael’s by 10 wickets.

Ashley Mackereth (4-14), Andrew Grey (3-4) and Michael Carroll (2-13) routed St Michael’s for 51.

Division One champions Great Preston will be promoted to the new structure’s Conference Division One for next season, which will also include four current teams from the CYL Premier Division.

The CYL management committee have terminated Caribbean’s membership of the league following a series of administrative and disciplinary issues at the club in recent seasons.

Winless Caribbean finished bottom of the Championship on minus 15 points due to points deductions.