Five star Newton helps puts Great Preston back on top

Ian Newton, who took five wickets for Great Preston.
Ian Newton, who took five wickets for Great Preston.

After a week off Great Preston were back in winning action as they returned to the top of Division One of the Central Yorkshire League.

Up against Mirfield at the Neil’s Carpets Oval, the gulf in class between the teams was evident as Preston ran out convincing 10-wicket winners.

Mirfield were blasted out for 109 in 34.3 overs as Ian Newton led the way with 5-32.

Andy Clark (3-39) and Lee Russell (1-18) were the other wicket takers with the visitors never getting going.

Preston took little time knocking off the runs, getting home without the loss of a wicket with openers Danusha Ranasinghe (61 not out) and Matt King (40 not out) taking just 17.2 overs.

Methley increased their lead to eight points in the Premiership when they beat Batley by six wickets.

Batley never really got going and were all out for 104 in the 41st over with wickets for four Methley bowlers – Marcus Walmsley (3-31), Ben Waite (2-22), Eddie Walmsley (2-10) and Sohail Raz (1-21).

Methley did lose four wickets in their reply, but were comfortable winners with Luke Patel (32) and Marcus Walmsley (30) top scoring.

Townville had the better of their Premiership game at Hunslet Nelson, but were denied full points as they could not bowl their opponents out.

Nelson batted out 51 overs for 177-9 after Townville had been all out for 231 in 49 overs.

Anurag Verma and Hughes took three wickets each, but Nelson were able to frustrate the title contenders who dropped a couple of points further behind Methley.

Kris Ward followed up his century last week with a knock of 75, including 12 fours and a six, to top score for Townville while Jack Hughes hit 58 and Conor Harvey 35.

Second Team Premier leaders Wakefield Thornes A proved too strong for Methley A as they won by eight wickets.

Methley collapsed from 44-1 to 112 all out with Greg Johnson (24) and Amol Vani (23) top scoring.

Thornes lost just two wickets, both to Robert Clegg, as they reached their target in the 18th over.

Despite a five-wicket haul from Andy Ward, Townville A remain second from bottom of the Second Team Championship after losing by 37 runs to leaders Hopton Mills A.

Hopton were bowled out for 190 with Ward taking 5-23 and Tom Mellor 2-51.

But Townville fell short in their reply, all out for 153 despite 57 by Kevin Rich and 39 from Matthew Hughes.

Great Preston A saw their lead cut to five points in the Second Team Division One after suffering a 94-run defeat at Mirfield A.

Although Michael Wade claimed 3-36, Mirfield were able to make 183-8 from their allotted overs. Preston were then bowled out for 89 in reply.