TOWNVILLE will aim to go one better than two years ago when they meet Bradford League Pudsey Congs in Sunday’s Heavy Woollen Cup final at Spen Victoria.
The Castleford side lost by 61 runs to fellow CYL outfit Wrenthorpe in 2012 in their only previous appearance in the final which was replayed after the the first match was abandoned after 13 overs because of torrential rain.
Townville will look to bounce back after losing two semi-finals in the last two weeks.
After being knocked out of the Jack Hampshire Trophy by Birstall, they were beaten by South Yorkshire League Elsecar in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy last Sunday.
Tim Walton’s century was in vain as Townville lost by four wickets after being bowled out for 215. They had better luck the previous day when they stepped up their bid to retain the CYL championship by repeating their victory at Premiership leaders Methley in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals earlier this month.
Ritchie Bresnan claimed 4-42 and elder brother Nick 3-52 to limit Methley to 214-8 which included a half-century by opener Marcus Walmsley.
Conor Harvey smashed 63 off 48 balls and put on 99 with Jack Hughes (51no) as second-placed Townville knocked off the runs with two balls to spare to cut Methley’s lead to five points.
Wakefield Thornes, Ossett and Scholes kept alive their title hopes by beating Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, Carlton and Hopton Mills respectively.
Muhammed (51) and Nazar Hussain (37) shared a ninth wicket stand of 61 as Cavaliers recovered from 110-8 to post 199 which Thornes overhauled with two balls remaining thanks to Tharindu Perera (77), Johan Bothma (50no) and David Toft (42).
Opener Shoaib Latif struck his third century in four matches and shared a 142-run stand with John Sadler (49) in Ossett’s total of 252-7 but they were denied maximum points by James Glynn’s unbeaten 56 as Carlton replied with 162-7.
Scholes were indebted to all-rounder Mohammed Sharafat for a three-wicket win over lowly Hopton Mills.
Sharafat (5-21) restricted second bottom Hopton to 164-9 but Scholes looked to heading for defeat when Michael Carroll (4-33) and Richard Myers (3-57) reduced their reply to 28-6.
Sharafat (67no) rescued them by putting on 65 with Luke Thomas (28) and sharing an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 75 with Christian Jackson (40no).
All-rounder Joe Ellis (67 and 6-45) was outstanding as Wrenthorpe eased their relegation worries by completing a league double over Birstall. Chasing Wrenthorpe’s 258-7, Rob McFarlane (70) and Craig Wood (54) gave Birstall a great start but they collapsed from 157-1 to 199 all out.
Hunslet, without a win in their first 12 matches, will hope to pull of a great escape after continuing their revival by beating Altofts. South African Jean Strydom hit an unbeaten 74 and Will Stiff, Derrick Hammill and Daniel Cross each claimed three wickets in a victory that put Hunslet only five points behind third bottom Birstall.
Batley and Liversedge – the Championship’s top two – both collected maximum points to pull further clear of third-placed Northowram Fields who slipped to their fourth defeat in five games against Buttershaw St Paul’s, despite a century by Steve Elliott and 38 from Dewsbury Rams RL head coach Glenn Morrison. Hanif Mahboob and Shokat Iqbal shared a century stand and Syed Shah Bukhari snapped up 5-18 as Wakefield-based Azaad edged closer to the Division One title by trouncing Adwalton.
Azaad stayed 13 points clear of second-placed Gildersome after a seven-wicket success at Rodley.