Harvey opens up to blast Townville to speedy victory

Townville's Conor Harvey.
Townville's Conor Harvey.

Even the rainy weather that was about on Saturday could not stop Townville from maintaining their 100 per cent record in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Championship B.

A nine-wicket win over Spen Victoria made it 10 out of 10 in the wins column for Nick Bresnan’s men.

The wet weather late in the afternoon may have led to the game being cut short, but Townville did not allow it to get that late as they skittled their opponents for 78 then took just 7.1 overs to knock off the runs after promoting Conor Harvey to opener and seeing him blast a quickfire half century.

Harvey’s 54 off just 23 balls, including three sixes and eight fours, and 21 not out by Jonny Booth saw Townville through to their target in fine style.

Earlier, Nadim Hussain (4-24). Jack Hughes (3-1) and Jack Hebden (2-26) had combined to bowl out Spen in just 26.3 overs to set up the victory charge.

The 15-point win took Townville 53 points clear as second-placed Wrenthorpe were frustrated by the weather and unable to complete their game with Altofts.

Methley closed to within five points of Wrenthorpe in third after they beat Bowling Old Lane by seven wickets.

Opener Hamid Khan, back in action after a hand injury, made an unbeaten 50, including nine boundaries, and combined with Harry Anderson (45) for an 84-run third wicket stand as Methley chased down Bowling Old Lane’s total of 130 in 24.5 overs.

Overseas paceman Samuel Mofokeng (4-48) and spinner Eddie Walmsley (3-19) had led the Methley attack with Sohail Raz taking 2-21 and Marcus Walmsley 1-27 as Old Lane were bowled out in 40.1 overs.

Great Preston dropped down to second place in the Conference, a point behind Northowram Fields, but earned another victory when they beat Rodley.

Fine all-round displays by James Marston and Jackson Freeman helped them to a four wicket success.

It was with the ball first that Marston took 3-32 and Freeman 3-40 while Lee Russell also claimed two wickets as Rodley were dismissed for 140.

Marston then hit an unbeaten 30 and opener Freeman scored 29. With David Illingworth also contributing (31) Great Preston were able to reach their target in the 31st over.

A poor batting display saw Methley seconds suffer an eight-wicket defeat to East Ardsley II in the Championship B Second XI.

Going in first, they were skittled out for 76 in 29.4 overs with only Greg Johnson (18), Jake Smart (18 not out) and Finlay Rooke (13) reaching double figures.

East Ardsley, who climbed above Methley into third place with this result, raced to the target set in just 12.4 overs.

Great Preston seconds were left frustrated at only being able to pick up seven points as rain wrecked their chances of beating Rodley II in the Conference Second XI.

Rodley batted their full 50 overs to make 170-8 with Kurtis Walker taking 3-52, Mayur Patel 3-38 and Adrian Sharp 2-28.

Great Preston made a good start to their reply with Patel (45 not out) and Jagrit Gyawali (38) putting on 82 in an opening stand, but rain ended the match with the score on 106-1 after 23 overs.

Townville seconds were also unable to finish their game with Northowram Fields II in the Conference Second XI.

They were well placed having made 227-8 off their 50 overs with Andy Ward hitting 96 not out, including three sixes and 13 fours, and Ian Jones 64. But Northowram were unable to start their reply.