The new All Rounder Bradford Cricket League got under way last Saturday with first day successes for Methley, Townville and Great Preston as they get used to life in a new competition.
Townville collected 19 points from their 147-run win over Gomersal in Championship B as Jack Hughes followed up his impressive cup knock from the previous week with a superb innings of 106, made off 95 balls and including 15 fours and three sixes.
With Matt Bremner also hitting 10 fours and four sixes in his 83, Kris Ward hitting 28 and Tim Walton blasting an unbeaten 50 off just 24 balls Townville piled up an impressive 302-4 from their 50 overs.
Gomersal were never in the hunt in their reply, but managed to bat out their full 50 overs to finish on 155-9 with Hughes following up his batting heroics by taking 3-25 and two wickets each for Kulpreet Chhabra and Jack Hebden.
Last year’s Central Yorkshire League champions Methley looked in trouble at the half-way point in their Championship B game at Hartshead Moor, but kept their nerve in the field to record a 29-run victory to claim a 15 points to five success.
The win was despite being bowled out for only 119 and suffering a couple of batting collapses. After Marcus Walmsley (16) and Hamid Khan (13) had given Methley a solid enough start with a 32-run opening stand they lost five wickets for 10 runs.
Later in the innings three wickets were lost for six runs and Methley were grateful to Eddie Walmsley, who made 30 not out, and last batsman Ben Waite, who hit 20, the pair putting on a vital 38 for the final wicket.
Hartshead Moor must have fancied their chances when they went out to bat, but they also found conditions tough as they were swiftly reduced to 27-3 then 64-8.
They were eventually all out for 90 with young spinner Joshua Sullivan taking 4-10, Marcus Walmsley 3-25, Samuel Mofokeng 2-25 and Sohail Raz 1-12.
Great Preston won a remarkable first game in the Conference when they beat Oulton by two runs.
Chasing 113 to win, Oulton seemed all but home and dry when 109-6, but lost their last four wickets for only four runs to lose a thrilling contest by two runs.
Adding to the drama at 110-9 was Lee Russell’s delivery rolling back off batsman Garry Dawber and hitting the wickets only for the bails to stay in place.
But from the very next ball new signing Jackson Freeman cartwheeled the off stump to leave Oulton all out and to give him a personal five-for.
With Freeman taking 5-45 and Andy Clark 3-33, Preston claimed 15 points for their win.
Earlier, they had been bowled out for 112 after collapsing from 50-2 following the dismissal of top scorer Danusha Ranasinghe for 32.
Great Preston seconds struggled with the bat away at Oulton in the Conference Second XI as, despite James Conlon hitting 55 not out, five ducks saw them only able to make 114 all out.
Oulton knocked off the runs for a four-wicket win despite the best efforts of Ian McDermott, who claimed 4-38 on debut.
A terrific 102 not out from Kieran Samuels helped Townville seconds to beat Rodley in the Conference Second XI.
Steve Walton (41) and Alec Boothroyd (44) gave Samuels good support as Townville made 249-4 off their 50 overs.
Rodley were all out for 190 in reply as Andy Ward claimed 3-15 and Thomas Mellor 2-15.
David Winter struck an unbeaten century to bring Methley seconds home for a seven-wicket success against Hartshead Moor in the Championship B Second XI.
Winter (110 not out) and Richard Smart (75 not out) combined for a superb unbroken fourth-wicket stand as Methley overhauled their opponents’ 207 total.
Earlier, Harry Sullivan had been in great form with the ball, taking 8-53 for Methley.