TOWNVILLE continued their surge by climbing to second in the Premiership and reaching the Heavy Woollen Cup final for the second time in three seasons.
They face Bradford League Pudsey Congs in the final at Spen Victoria on August 3 after inflicting Methley’s first defeat in any competition since the opening day of the season by beating their arch rivals by 80 runs in Sunday’s all-CYL semi-final at Little Church Lane.
Conor Harvey hit five sixes in a whirlwind 55 off 30 balls as Townville posted 237-9 and Methley’s reply was quickly in trouble when Dean Woolsey (4-46) removed openers Marcus Walmsley and Richard Foster with only eight on the board.
Chris Holliday led a fightback but his battling 91 was in vain. He was the last man out as Methley fell for 157.
Methley and Townville could meet again in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final.
In the semi-finals on July 20, holders Methley visit Wrenthorpe in a repeat of last year’s final and Townville host Birstall.
Townville, who also visit South Yorkshire League Elsecar in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-finals, stepped up their bid to retain the CYL championship by completing a league double over lowly Hopton Mills.
Conor Harvey (3-17), skipper Ritchie Bresnan (3-19) and Jack Hughes (3-27) toppled Hopton for 123 to set up a three-wicket victory.
Townville are just eight points adrift of leaders Methley who beat Hunslet Nelson by nine wickets thanks to a century stand between Richard Foster (64) and Marcus Walmsley (45no) but they failed to collect maximum points because they were unable to bowl out the winless bottom side.
Ossett and Wakefield Thornes had their title hopes dented by home defeats against opponents they defeated the previous week.
Harry Clewett (8-36) produced Saturday’s outstanding bowling display in Altofts’ 65-run victory at Thornes while Zain Abbas struck an unbeaten 111 as Scholes trounced Ossett by 124 runs.
Wrenthorpe and Birstall are both uncomfortably close to the relegation zone after conceding league doubles to Carlton and Mirfield Parish Cavaliers respectively.
Opener Tom Woolford’s unbeaten century guided Wrenthorpe to 221-9 but Carlton knocked off the runs with just five balls to spare after Simon Danby and Chris Leaf hit half centuries.
After being routed for 68 in the previous week’s home game against Cavaliers, Birstall’s batting let them down again in the return fixture when they were bowled out for 119.
Bottom team Wakefield St Michael’s pulled off Saturday’s surprise result in the Championship when they beat second-placed Northowram Fields to bag their first league win since April.
James Cooper (100) and Richard Atkinson (68) shared an opening 171-run partnership in the St Michael’s total of 260-7.
Dewsbury Rams RL head coach Glenn Morrison’s unbeaten 60 off 44 balls was in vain for Northowram whose reply fell short on 249-8. Northowram are six points adrift of leaders Batley who were indebted to Kashif Talib’s undefeated 54 as they recovered from 68-5 to overhaul East Ardsley’s 111-9. Liversedge, who host Batley on Saturday, moved to within three points of Northowram by beating Oulton.
Chasing Liversedge’s 138, Oulton were bowled out for 120 by Graeme Winn (4-37) and Paul Marlow (2-34).
East Leeds climbed out of the bottom two when Kirti Tandel (95no) guided them to a five-wicket success at Buttershaw St Paul’s.
There is a Division One top of the table clash on Saturday when leaders Azaad host closest rivals Caribbean.
Azaad surrendered their unbeaten league record with a 69-run defeat at Rodley, for whom William Paul snapped up 5-27.