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Premier Division Review - Week 22

Methley won the last ever CYCL Premier Division title with an emphatic win over Birstall in a match reduced to 42 overs a side due to heavy rain all morning.

Methley batted first and the reigning champions set about their task purposely with Richard Foster (76) and Marcus Walmsley (104*) putting on 157 for the first wicket. Ed Walmsleys 34* kept the scoreboard ticking until Methley declared at 231-1 after 34 overs. With Wakefield Thornes having already won their game against Hunslet Nelson, it was tense for Methley as they worked to dismiss their opponents. With the light fading fast and stubborn resistance being offered by Birstalls Australian Robert Pearl (38) and captain Craig Wood (31) there was certainly a lot of nervousness around the ground. With just 9 wickets needed due to an injury suffered by one of the Birstall players whilst fielding, the Methley attack kept plugging away. Mustafa Bashir (3-23), Marcus Walmsley (2-27), Josh Sullivan (2-27) and Ed Walmsley (1-23) gradually worked their way through the Birstall line up. At 7.20 the last wicket fell and an excellent Methley side could celebrate being the final CYCL Champions and complete the double having picked up the Jack Hampshire Cup already this season.

Hard work, good management, a talented pool of players, a willingness to give youth a chance and a determination to get games played no matter what the weather has proved a winning combination for Methley and should see them continue to be a powerful presence in the new merged league. Congratulations on a terrific season.

Earlier in the day, Wakefield Thornes had done all in their power to keep the title race going by taking 6 points from their 8 wicket win over Hunslet Nelson. Will Stiff (34) and Robert Barker (26) batted well for Nelson, but the Thornes attack was on fire and dismissed them for 107. The wickets were shared out between Faisal Irfan (3-11), Matt Varley (3-42), Rav Palliyguruge ((2-25) and Mahmood Rasool (2-21).  In reply, Thornes batsmen James Wolfenden (35*), David Toft (34) and Joe Cook (28*) led their side home to a comfortable win. A superb effort from Thornes then to push Methley all the way and best wishes to them in their new adventure in the Yorkshire South Premier set up.

Townville confirmed third place with a winning draw over Wrenthorpe. James Glynn (62) and Neil Bourke (42) were the top scorers in Wrenthorpes total of 160-8, with Jack Hughes finishing the season with another excellent haul of 4-39 for Townville. The Townville reply was wobbling a little at 78-4, but an unbeaten 5th wicket partnership of 88 from Nick Bresnan (51*) and Connor Harvey (36*) saw their side home.

Thre was an interesting "game within a game" going on as well to see who would finish as the leagues highest scorer. Wrenthorpes South African Darryl Hendricks led Townvilles Chris Holliday by just 21 runs going into the game. When Hendricks was out for just 8 it looked like giving a great opportunity to Holliday to take the lead. However, after such a prolific season he failed to score, and the top scorer trophy goes to Hendricks. Both players, however, had already passed the 1,000 run milestone. Hendricks scoring 1063 at an average of 75.93 and Holliday 1034 at 73.86. Brilliant figures by both players!

The games between Batley and Mirfield Parish, Altofts and Ossett and Carlton and Buttershaw St Pauls were all abandoned with no play possible. Buttershaw St Pauls finished bottom.



Championship Review - Week 22

No novelist would dare to put in the number of twists and turns in the climax to the Championship race, for fear of being told it was simply unbelievable. However the most dramatic by far of all the divisional races was played out amidst mounting tension and an amazing finish.

At the start of the day Hopton Mills led Liversedge by 1 point.Mills were at home to Wakefield St Michaels and Liversedge at home to Caribbean. Rain all morning at both rounds made any play look unlikely to say the least. Then at 12 noon, the scheduled start time, came the news from Roberttown Lane that Caribbean had failed to arrive. This gave 6 points to Liversedge and left Mills sweating on getting any play at all, and if they did, picking up a full 6 points. Anything less and the trophy was going to Liversedge. There followed a nervous wait in both clubhouses. Eventually the rain relented and after an intense mopping up operation at Mills, it was announced that play would commence at 2.45, just 25 minutes within the allowed limit before an abandonment would have had to take place. What then followed was nothing short of astonishing as Mills bowlers Ash Mackereth (4-14), Andy Grey (3-4), Michael Carroll (2-13) and Brad Drake (1-9) shot St Michaels out for 51. With the storm clouds returning and surrounding the ground, something special was required from Mills. This was duly supplied as opening pair Mackereth (30*) and overseas player Neil Browne (26*) hammered the required runs from just 5.2 overs and secured the Championship trophy by one point and started what looked likely to be a long celebration party.

Heartbreak, then, for Liversedge, who pushed their opponents all the way in a terrific season long battle, but  had to settle for runners up spot in a season that has seen them starting to re-emerge as a force in the league. A superb late run from East Ardsley saw them snatch third place, despite playing all their games away from home in the first half of the season due to issues with the re-seeding of the outfield. Caribbeans difficult season saw them finish bottom.

There was no play in the East Ardsley v Northowram Fields or Oulton v Azaad fixtures.

Division One Review - Week 22

Great Preston had already been confirmed as champions and got onto the field against Adwalton long enough to score 75-1 before rain washed the game out. This was long enough though, for Preston's Australian Matt King to score the 7 he needed to reach 1,000 runs for the season. He went to score 37* to finish on 1,030 runs at an average of an impressive 128.75. Adwalton confirmed third place at the end of a season that has seen them emerge as the leagues most improved side.

Bottom side Crossbank Methodists finished the season in style with an excellent winning draw against East Leeds. James Abbott was again amongst the wickets with 3-39 for Meths as East Leeds posted 141-9, with Dean Atkinson scoring 39. Crossbank chased the total down for the loss of 4 wickets with valuable contributions from Alan Firth (52) and James Coulborn (27). Shamoon Mushtaq took 2-30. The remaining game between Mirfield and Gildersome was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Second X1 Premier Division - Week 22

Ossett received their trophy for winning the Second X1 Premier Division and then celebrated by blowing away Altofts in an 8 wicket win. Altofts 10 players were shot out for just 35 runs with only Jaymes Hollingsworth (15*) reaching double figures. Doing the damage for Ossett were Dale Winterbottom (4-9), Nohman Hussain (3-18) and Conor Andrews (2-1). Dane Winterbottom (24*) and Richard Fenwick (10*) led the Ossett reply that knocked off the runs for the loss of 2 wickets.

Runners up Wakefield Thornes finished their campaign with a 7 wicket win over Wakefield St Michaels. David Atkinson was St Michael's top scorer with 69 as they posted 159 all out. Robert Stephenson (5-24) and Josh Hudson-Evans (4-26) were in excellent form with the ball for Thornes. After a shaky start to their reply Thornes settled down thanks to Andy Holmes (64*) and another in their production line of promising juniors, Liam Webb (60*).

Abandoned games were Wrenthorpe v East Ardsley, Birstall v Methley and Buttershaw St Pauls v Carlton. No result or scorecard has been received, at the time of writing, from Mirfield Parish v Batley. With Buttershaw on 30 points and Parish on 29, the bottom spot can't be confirmed until the missing result arrives.

Second Team Championship - Week 22

Azaad had already wrapped the title up last week, and celebrated on the last day of the season with a high scoring winning draw over Oulton.

Amjad Hussain (101) and Zahoor Hussain (105*) were in sparkling form as Azaad racked up 280-5. Oulton struggled to keep pace in their innings, but received a late boost as Paul Gough struck an unbeaten 55, but they finished 101 runs short when they closed on 179-7. Mohammed Akram took 2-20 for Azaad.

Hopton Mills finished second and ended their campaign with a 2 wicket win over Hunslet Nelson. Nelson posted a score of 126 all out and Mills replied with 127-8. There are no further details as no scorecard has been received at the time of writing.

The remaining game between Northowram Fields and Townville was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Liversedge and Hunslet Nelson both finished on 38 points but Nelson occupy the bottom place due to gaining fewer 6 point wins than Liversedge.

Second Team Division One-Week 22

East Leeds and Crossbank Methodists did at least get on the field briefly, but with the Meths on 6-0 the rain returned and the game was abandoned. All the other games in this division were called off without a ball being bowled. 

Great Preston had already won the division and East Leeds were runners up. Crossbank Methodists finished bottom.