CYL: Holders Townville face tricky start to tilt at title treble

Batley's Muhammed Shahnawaz appeals for lbw against Jack Hughes of Townville.
Batley's Muhammed Shahnawaz appeals for lbw against Jack Hughes of Townville.
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TOWNVILLE start their defence of the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship by visiting Premiership leaders Wakefield Thornes in Sunday’s all-CYL quarterfinal clash.

The Castleford side won the competition for the second time by beating South Yorkshire League Whitley Hall in last year’s final. Methley, CYL’s other representatives, visit Pontefract League pacesetters Fairburn. If Methley win, they host Thornes or Townville in the semi-finals the following Sunday.

Wrenthorpe failed to repeat Saturday’s nine-wicket league win at Methley when the sides met again the next day in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final at the same venue. Greg Wood (130no) and Darryl Hendricks (74no) shared an unbroken 226-run stand as Wrenthorpe kept alive their Premiership title bid by overhauling Methley’s 225-7 that featured 82 by Ed Walmsley and 59 from Luke Patel.

It was a different story on Sunday when Wrenthorpe’s batting let them down badly.

Wood and Hendricks were both quickly dismissed as the Wakefield side were routed for 55 by Sohail Raz (5-24) and Marcus Walmsley (2-13). Skipper Neil Bourke (21) was the solitary batsman in double figures for Wrenthorpe who lost their last six wickets for 11 runs.

Openers Richard Foster (39no) and Marcus Walmsley (17no) guided Methley to a 10-wicket victory in just six overs as they became for the first club for 22 years to lift the Jack Hampshire Trophy for a third consecutive season.

Methley, aiming to repeat last year’s league and cup double, are one point behind Thornes, with third-placed Townville a further two points adrift in a tight finish to the title race.

Thornes, who visit fourth-placed Wrens this Saturday, snatched top spot by trouncing strugglers Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Chasing Thornes’ 273-6 that featured a century by James Wolfenden, Buttershaw were skittled for 54 by Mahmood Rasool (5-20), Matt Varley (3-9) and Faisal Irfan (2-19).

Townville bounced back from the previous week’s defeat against Thornes when Chris Holliday smashed an unbeaten 156 off 118 balls and Jack Hughes snapped up 5-32 against Batley.

Championship title rivals Hopton Mills and Liversedge had contrasting fortunes against Pontefract League opponents in the Supplementary Yorkshire Council Championship play-offs. Liversedge booked a home semi with Sheffield Collegiate this Sunday when Paul Sackley (91), Will Atkin (45no) and Graeme Winn (3-28) led them to a 45-run victory against Brook-Walton.

Ashley Mackereth’s 149 was in vain as Hopton lost a high-scoring match at Sandal. Mackereth hit 99 in the previous day’s 91-run win over Northowram as Hopton retained a one-point lead over Liversedge, who beat Oulton by four wickets.

Great Preston’s lead in Division One was cut to three points when they lost by two wickets to closest rivals East Leeds.

Matt King (106no) guided Preston to 227-8 which East Leeds overhauled with two balls remaining after Dan Thewlis (67) and Dan Lawrence (40) led the run chase.