Central Yorkshire: Premier big guns face off at Methley

Ashley Mackereth of Hopton Mills (43) lofts one high at Liversedge.
Ashley Mackereth of Hopton Mills (43) lofts one high at Liversedge.
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NEIGHBOURS Methley and Townville meet for the third time this season in Saturday’s important Premiership top of the table clash at Little Church Lane.

Townville, who won three of last season’s four meetings, inflicted Methley’s solitary league defeat this year at Poplar Avenue in May but their arch rivals gained revenge by trouncing them by 176 runs in the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals.

With seven matches remaining, defending champions Methley are still in the driving seat.

They retained an eight-point lead over Townville when Marcus Walmsley (71) and twin Ed (46no) led them to a last-over four-wicket win at lowly Altofts, for whom Arkam Asif (83) and Joshua Drummond (52) shared an 88-run stand.

Ex-Methley player Chris Holliday hit an unbeaten 168 off 142 balls and shared a 246-run partnership with Jonathan Booth (89) as Townville crushed Birstall who were routed for 83 by Jack Hughes (8-14).

Wakefield Thornes and Wrenthorpe remain in title contention and they are also vying with Methley and Townville for places in next month’s Yorkshire Council Championship play-offs in which three CYL clubs will compete.

Openers Neil Bourke (111) and Darryl Hendricks (54) put on 127 as Wrenthorpe continued their winning run in a high-scoring match against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

A 90-run stand between Terence James (72) and Nazar Hussain (42) was in vain for Cavaliers who fell 57 runs short of Wrenthorpe’s 303-9.

Chasing Thornes’ 235-9 that included an unbeaten 62 by Faisal Irfan, Batley were sent collapsing from 95-4 to 115 all out by David Toft (4-15).

Half-centuries by Andrew McIntosh and Robert Barker gave Hunslet Nelson the edge at Buttershaw St Paul’s while Michael Edwards (42), Charles Orme (4-20) and Gurman Randhawa (37 and 3-28) shone in Ossett’s win against Carlton.

The Championship title race remains wide open with just nine points dividing the top seven teams.

Liversedge’s lead was cut to one point when they lost by 150 runs to closest rivals Hopton Mills whose scoring was led by Neil Browne (109) and Chris Scott (91no).

David Battye bagged 4-26 and Ashley Pearson 3-48 as East Ardsley continued their revival by inflicting Wakefield St Michael’s first defeat in six matches which was hard on all-rounder Richard Atkinson (79 and 4-46).

Australian Matt King hammered 134 off 107 balls as Division One leaders Great Preston stayed four points clear of closest rivals East Leeds by beating Rodley by 144 runs.

Kirti Tandel (72), James Watling (4-54) and Shamoon Mushraq (3-10) were East Leeds’ match-winners at Gildersome.

Haseeb Hashmi (41), Jerome Austin (35no), Razeb Raja (35) and Neil Clay (33) were Gildersome’s best.