Double dose of misery for Townville

All-rounder Marcus Walmsley hammered 56 and took 6-68 in Methleys win against Morley. Picture: Steve Riding.
All-rounder Marcus Walmsley hammered 56 and took 6-68 in Methleys win against Morley. Picture: Steve Riding.

Townville were hit by a double setback last weekend.

They slipped to a fourth straight defeat in the Premier Division at lowly Batley on Saturday and they were beaten by Woodlands in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals at Poplar Avenue the next day.

The Castleford side managed only 189, replying to fellow Premier Division side Woodlands’ total of 257-8 which featured 90 by captain Tim Jackson and an eighth wicket stand of 61 between Elliot Richardson (30no) and Scott Richardson (25).

Townville skipper Nick Bresnan claimed 2-39 and Jack Hughes had figures of 2-70, both from 10 overs.

In reply, Townville made a shaky start when Kris Ward, Jonathan Booth and Hughes were dismissed with only 45 runs on the board

Brayden Clark (58) and Bresnan (56) led a fightback but it wasn’t enough because the home side were bowled out in the 46th over.

Townville were also out of luck the previous day at Batley who recovered from 104-7 to finish on 180 thanks to Naik Zada’s unbeaten 44 off 27 balls.

Hughes had superb figures of 5-15 from 11.5 overs which included five maidens.

Shkym Haynes (2-39) and Alex Page (2-23) were Townville’s other main wicket-takers.

Hughes (45) top-scored in Townville’s reply which collapsed from 112-3 to 151 all out.

Methley maintained their Championship One promotion challenge with a six-wicket win over Morley at Little Church Lane.

Richard Jubb (61) and James McNichol (52) put on 101 for the second wicket to guide Morley to 116-1 but Marcus Walmsley (6-68) and Josh Sullivan (3-52) then got to work to send them slumping to 191 all out.

Marcus Walmsley (56) and Muhammad Akhlaq (32) gave Methley’s reply a good start with a 52-run stand and Jordan Laban (61no) and Eddie Walmsley (23no) completed the job with an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 49.

Third-placed Methley are 18 points adrift of leaders Scholes.

Conference promotion contenders Great Preston comfortably beat Heckmondwike and Carlinghow.

Michael Wade (46) and Suart Ruddick (40) guided third-placed Great Preston to 177 and Lee Russell (6-39) and skipper James Marston toppled Heckmondwike for 118.

Great Preston have an important match this Saturday at leaders East Ardsley.

Ardsley are 12 points clear of second-placed Wakefield St Michael’s and 15 points ahead of Great Preston.

Methley 2nds lost by 106 runs at East Ardsley when they were bowled out for 134, replying to the home side’s total of 240-8.

Great Preston 2nds fell short in a run chase at Hartshead Moor in Championship Two.

Jagrit Gyawali (4-64), Andrew Clark (3-35) and Adrian Sharp (2-33) dismissed Hartshead for 222 with the last five wickets falling for 37 runs.

Lee Mosby (42) and Callum Hepworth-Smith (38) batted well in Great Preston’s reply which ended on 178.

Conference title-chasers Townville 2nds beat Rodley by 57 runs.

Townville are six points adrift of leaders Liversedge who they visit this Saturday in a crucial top-of-the-table clash.

Andy Ward smashed two sixes and nine fours in an unbeaten 65 off 58 balls as Townville posted 218-6 last Saturday.

Ward shared an unbroken seventh wicket century partnership with Steve Walton whose unbeaten 36 came off 37 deliveries and included four boundaries. Charlie Sykes (51), who hit 10 fours, and Will Rich (39) were Townville’s other main scorers.

Aamir Najeeb (3-30), Luke Jaques (2-16) and Will Rich (2-38) limited Rodley’s reply to 161-9.

John Waterfield (55) led Rodley’s scoring before he was out hit wicket to a delivery from Rich. Opener Julian Horsley (24) was the only other Rodley batsman to make an impact.