Central Yorkshire: The double double is still on for Methley

Close-up action of Methley's Jack Hampshire Cup semi-final with Wakefield Thornes.
Close-up action of Methley's Jack Hampshire Cup semi-final with Wakefield Thornes.
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METHLEY are firmly on course to complete a league and cup double for a second successive season before they switch to the Bradford League next year.

They increased their lead in the Premiership to eight points and reached the Jack Hampshire Trophy final last weekend.

All-rounder Marcus Walmsley was outstanding as they avenged the previous week’s five-wicket league defeat at Wakefield Thornes by beating them in the trophy semi-final.

Walmsley (3-23) and Mustafa Bashir (3-43) reduced Thornes to 56-6 before Tom Froggett (38) and Jared Warner (25) put on 65 to help them reach 143-9.

In reply, Walmsley (72) and Luke Patel (36) shared a 106-run stand as holders Methley booked a place in the final against Wrenthorpe at Little Church Lane on August 16.

Methley strengthened their hold on top spot with Saturday’s Premiership win against Batley who were routed for 104 by Marcus Walmsley (2-10), twin Ed (2-10) and Ben Waite (2-22).

Methley’s Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-final at Woodhouse Grange which was due to be played this Sunday has been postponed because the York Senior League club are involved in the National Village Cup.

It was a disappointing weekend for Methley’s neighbours Townville.

A century stand between Kristian Ward (75) and Jack Hughes (58) gave second-placed Townville the edge at Hunslet Nelson on Saturday but they fell further behind Methley because they failed to collect maximum points.

Townville and Hunslet both suffered semi-final defeats the next day. A 101-run partnership between Conor Harvey (62) and Nick Bresnan (40) was in vain as Townville failed in their bid to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup final for the third time in four seasons when they were dismissed for 231, chasing Huddersfield League Hoylandswaine’s 268-9.

Hunslet lost by seven wickets to Wrenthorpe in the Jack Hampshire Trophy semi-finals.

Greg Wood bagged 4-27 and hit an unbeaten 69 as Wrenthorpe continued their winning run after crushing Ossett the previous day.

James Glynn (9-11) produced the CYL’s best bowling display this season to rout Ossett for 39, replying to Wrenthorpe’s 238-7 that featured 90 by Darryl Hendricks, the Premiership’s leading scorer this year with 737 runs. Altofts achieved their first league victory since the opening day by trouncing Birstall.

Joshua Drummond struck 106 off 106 balls to steer Altofts to 269-7 and Jonathon Donnelly (4-16) and Myles Robinson (3-37) toppled Birstall for 112.

Nazar Hussain (119no and 4-26) led Mirfield Parish Cavaliers to a 160-run win against Buttershaw St Paul’s who replaced Altofts at the foot of the table.

Openers Danusha Ranasinghe (61no) and Matt King (40no) shared an unbroken 111-run stand as Great Preston regained top spot in Division One by beating Mirfield who were skittled for 109 by Ian Newton (5-32) and Andy Clark (3-39).