Walmsley brothers on song in Methley win

METHLEY stepped up their Premiership title bid by climbing to second with an eight-wicket win against Altofts.

Openers Marcus Walmsley (62no) and Richard Foster (40) put on 93 to steer Methley to victory after Marcus (3-16), twin brother Edward (2-33), Matthew Waite (2-19) and Sohail Raz (2-8) toppled Altofts for 120.

Methley are three points adrift of leaders Scholes, who maintained their unbeaten league record with a six-wicket success at Birstall. Nick Whitehill (65no) and James Stansfield (49) shared a 95-run stand and Zain Abbas hit 51 as Scholes overhauled Birstall’s 216-8 that featured 97 by Rob McFarlane.

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Tim Walton’s unbeaten 61 guided champions Townville to a seven-wicket win against Wakefield Thornes, who collapsed from 84-2 to 142 all out – Jack Hughes taking 5-24.

Carlton achieved their first victory by beating bottom team Hunslet Nelson by 66 runs thanks to James Glynn (51), Chris Leaf (4-13) and Jonathan Rudge 3-14).

Hunslet’s defeat was tough on Will Stiff, who claimed 5-29 and hit 42 in a last wicket stand of 36 with Aqash Aurangzeb.

Joe Ellis’s unbeaten 59 and 3-40 was in vain for Wrenthorpe in a 93-run defeat against Ossett for whom Shoaib Latif struck 67 and John Sadler bagged 5-36.

Ayaz Seedat (103) and Tariq Hussain (73no) put on 127 for the eighth wicket as unbeaten Championship leaders Batley recovered from 65-7 to post 207-8 against Buttershaw St Paul’s, who were bowled out for 80 by Fawad Maqsood (4-30), Hussain (2-6) and Muhammad Hafeez (2-0).

Batley remain five points clear of closest rivals Northowram Fields, whose seven-wicket win against Oulton was set up by Josh Bennett-Keer (5-25) and Zafar Khan (4-34).