Hughes stars again as Townville march on

Townville's Jack Hughes.
Townville's Jack Hughes.
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With all-rounder Jack Hughes in superb form again, top of the table Townville maintained their 100 per cent record in the All Rounder Bradford League when they won by 48 runs at Gomersal.

Hughes top scored with the bat and took four wickets with the ball as Townville triumphed over opponents in fourth place in the Championship B.

They have now won all 11 league games they have played and stand 53 points clear at the top ahead of Wrenthorpe.

Townville’s powerful batting line-up paved the way for the latest success with Hughes smashing five sixes and nine fours in a 67-ball knock of 81 and Jonny Booth hitting five boundaries in his 30 to make the initial inroads.

Tim Walton joined Hughes for a stand of 97 and hit 53 off 45 balls, with two sixes and seven fours. Hughes then combined with Conor Harvey for a partnership of 84 with the latter continuing his big hitting exploits from the previous week in taking just 23 deliveries to hammer 61 runs.

He hit five sixes and six fours in a superb display of power hitting that enabled Townville to declare early on 261-8 after 36 overs.

Half centuries from Adam Greenwood (67) and Richard Wear (50) kept Gomersal in the game when they reached 123-1 in their reply, but the fall of the latter, caught by Booth off the bowling of Hughes, led to a collapse.

Gomersal ended their 46 overs on 213-9 with Hughes taking 4-70 and Jack Hebden 3-48. There was also a wicket each for Nadim Hussain and Harvey.

Methley continued their recent good form and their third place in Championship B with a 135-run win over bottom of the table Hartshead Moor.

Ashton Blakey top scored with 65, including six boundaries, while Marcus Walmsley (45), Eddie Walmsley (44) and Samuel Mofokeng (31 not out off 12 balls) also batted well to help Methley reach 244-6 off their 50 overs.

Hartshead Moor were then made to struggle against the bowling of spinners Eddie Walmsley (4-27) and Grant Soames (3-33) as they were bowled out for 109.

Sohail Raz, Marcus Walmsley and Ben Waite all chipped in with a wicket each.

Second-placed Great Preston lost ground in the Conference as they suffered a crushing nine-wicket defeat against Buttershaw St Paul’s, the team immediately behind them in the table.

Going in first, they were reduced to 23-3, recovered with a 49-run stand for the fourth wicket between Danusha Ranasinghe (25) and James Marston (36), but then collapsed to be 97 all out in just 19.1 overs.

Ben Platt (4-26) and Dharmesh Mistry (3-23) did most of the damage.

Buttershaw took just 13.5 overs to knock off the runs with Kevin McDermott making an unbeaten 55 and Marston taking the only wicket to fall.

Third-placed Methley seconds were guided to a seven-wicket win over Hartshead Moor by Joshua Neal (50 not out), Greg Johnson (42), Richard Smart (29) and David Willey (32 not out) in their Championship B Second XI game at Hartshead Moor II.

They reached their target in 30.3 overs after keeping their opponents to 166-6 with James Gahan taking 2-29 and Robert Clegg 2-41.

In the Conference Second XI, Richard White’s knock of 73 enabled second-placed Great Preston seconds to chase down Buttershaw St Paul’s 203-8 total and secure a three-wicket win.

White smashed three sixes and 10 fours in his knock while Lee Mosby contributed 35, Alastair Firth 19 and Joe Thurlow 17.

Luke Kane had earlier been the pick of the Preston bowlers with 3-55 with White taking 2-52.

Townville seconds went down by five wickets to Adwalton after being bowled out for 132 when Steve Walton top scored with 32 and there was 19 apiece from William Rich and Andy Ward.

Adwalton reached their target in the 42nd over despite 2-9 in seven overs from Rich.

l Methley take part in the Bradford League’s T20 finals day at Pudsey St Lawrence on Sunday. They will play Hanging Heaton in the second semi-final and if they win will meet Pudsey St Lawrence or Bradford & Bingley in the final to be played later in the day.