Townville are celebrating after being crowned champions of the Solly Central Yorkshire League for the first time since 2007. They made sure of the title after beating Carlton by six wickets to give them an unassailable 18-point lead.
Townville, captained by Nick Bresnan, brother of England and Yorkshire all-rounder, Tim Bresnan, bowled out Carlton for 131 with Bresnan,himself, Jack Hughes and Connor Harvey each taking two wickets while Kyllin Vardhan took three wickets for six runs. Hughes with 57 not out and Vardhan with 37 then guided Townville to their title-clinching victory.
Chris Holliday scored 131 as Methley beat last season's champions Wrenthorpe by 14 runs. Holliday shared a stand of 128 with Marcus Walmsley (81) as Methley reached 284 for eight. Wrenthorpe made a determined effort to match this large total, but fell short on 270 for eight despite a stand of 82 between Greig Batty (74) and Joe Ellis (53).
Two matches involving the bottom four teams produced close finishes. Altofts and Northowram Fields were involved in a tie. Rashid Yousaf with 60 and James Logan (49) put on 103 to lead Altofts to 124 for one against Northowram before they collapsed to 182 all out with Zafar Khan with taking four for 45 and Jason Smith four for 36. Northowram needed one to win off the final over bowled by Daniel Eden, but failed and finished level with Altofts on 182 for eight.
Batley beat Ossett by one run in a high scoring game. Imran Mayat scored 130 as Batley totalled 264. Shoaib Latif put Ossett on course to win with an innings of 116, leaving them needing six to win off the last over, but they managed only four and closed on 263 for nine.
An unbroken century stand between David Toft with 76 not out and Matthew Jordan (35 not out) helped Wakefield Thornes to a nine-wicket win at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, who had been bowled out for 122.
James Keen scored an unbeaten 59 as Birstall recovered from 41 for six to reach 144 against Hunslet Nelson, who won by eight wickets thanks to a 127-run stand between Michael Lloyd (76) and Tommy Roy (60 not out).
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