Cup wins for starters for Townville and Methley

Kris Ward puts bat to ball to hit a four for Townville against Spen Victoria. Picture: Steve Riding
Kris Ward puts bat to ball to hit a four for Townville against Spen Victoria. Picture: Steve Riding

Methley and Townville made encouraging starts to the new cricket season when they both enjoyed convincing victories in first round games in the Heavy Woollen Cup on Sunday.

With league games called off on Saturday, it was the opening competitive game for both teams with Methley beating Slaithwaite by 104 runs and Townville winning by 124 runs against Spen Victoria.

Methley found a new young star in 15-year-old leg spinner Josh Sullivan, who bowled 10 overs, taking 4-28 to play a big part in his side’s victory.

Chasing 222, Huddersfield League side Slaithwaite were never at the races as they lost wickets at regular intervals once the opening stand of 32 between Hall (25) and Berry (14) was broken with the former dismissed by Eddie Walmsley.

Marcus Walmsley was next to strike, having Shannon caught behind by Luke Bullingham for four before the first of Suillivan’s wickets saw him account for Berry, who was caught by Ashton Blakey.

Slaithwaite continued to struggle and were eventually all out for 117 in the 40th over to fall well short.

Sullivan was given good support by new skipper Grant Soames, who came on as third change and took 4-13 in 5.5 overs.

Methley’s innings had earlier been given a fine start with a 67-run second-wicket stand in less then 13 overs between Bullingham (39) and Hamid Khan.

The latter then joined with Blakey – son of former Yorkshire player Richard – to put on a further 53 for the third wicket, taking the score up to 145 at the start of the 28th over when Khan was caught out for 46, having hit seven fours and a six.

But the innings then fell away somewhat with Blakey soon following for 32, made off 45 balls, and only Soames (17), Sohail Raz (15) and Barney Gibson (11) adding double figure contributions as Methley were all out for 221.

Townville batted first in their first round tie against Spen Victoria and posted a 209 score.

Openers Kris Ward (26) and Jonny Booth (22) gave them a good start with a stand of 50 and this was to prove the biggest partnership of the match.

On a tricky wicket, though, Jack Hughes produced an excellent display as he came in at number four and went on to hit 84 off just 85 balls, his innings including 11 fours and two sixes.

In reply, Bradford League team Spen collapsed from 22-0 to 49-8 and were eventually all out for 85.

Number eight Alex Leadbeater (12) and number 10 Bradley Davis (15 not out) were their only batsmen in double figures while Townville’s excellent attack included Jack Hebden, who took 3-22 off seven overs, Nadim Hussain (2-9 off seven), Hughes (2-20 off seven) and Kulpreet Chhabra (2-17 off five).

Methley seconds are out of the Crowther Cup after their game against Slaithwaite seconds was abandoned and decided by the toss of a coin won by Slaithwaite.

Great Preston’s first round tie at home to Yeadon was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a waterlogged pitch and their second team’s Crowther Cup fixture at Yeadon seconds was also lost to the weather.

Both will now be rearranged when suitable dates can be found to play the ties, but there are problems with Yeadon in the ECB Royal London Club Championship on April 14 and Preston in the Davidstow National Village Cup on May 1 and the ties having to come to a resolution before May 8.