King stars as Great Preston are off to winning start in CYL

Edward Walmsley in bowling action for Methley against Wakefield Thornes. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Edward Walmsley in bowling action for Methley against Wakefield Thornes. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Great Preston made a winning start to life in the Central Yorkshire League when they beat Gildersome by seven wickets in Division One.

After switching from the Wetherby League, they were able to show they could make an impact in their new competition, although they were denied full points as they could not bowl Gildersome out.

A magnificent unbeaten 95, including 14 fours and a six, from opener Matty King allowed Great Preston to chase down their opponents’ 147-7 with little alarm. Support came from Stuart Ruddick (18) and Lee Russell (14).

Mark Mosby, Andy Clark and Ian Newton each claimed two wickets as Gildersome never really got going after batting first, but Neil Clay’s determined 57 not out helped them bat out the full 50 overs.

Reigning champions Methley made a winning start in the Premiership as twin brothers Edward and Marcus Walmsley started where they left off last year.

With Edward taking 4-24 and Marcus 3-24 opponents Wakefield Thornes, who were third in 2014, were only able to post a 112 total.

Methley reached their target for the loss of five wickets with Richard Foster hitting 31, Luke Patel 26 not out, Fahid Rehman 21 and Edward Walmsley 18 not out.

Last year’s runners-up Townville also made a good start in the Premiership as they won a big run chase to beat Mirfield Parish Cavaliers by seven wickets.

All-rounder Jack Hughes led the charge with an unbeaten 89, including 13 fours and a six, along with new recruit from Methley, Chris Holliday, who hit 80, with three sixes and nine fours.

The pair put on 156 in an impressive third wicket stand while Kris Ward (32) and skipper Nick Bresnan (22 not out) also contributed as Townville got home with six-and-a-half overs to spare after Mirfield, who finished fourth in 2014, made 245-8.

Yasir Ali (88 not out) top scored for Mirfield while Conor Harvey took 4-64 and new overseas signing Anurag Verma 2-66.

A century from Richard Smart paved the way for an opening day win for Methley A in the Second Team Premier.

With Smart hitting 22 fours and a six in an unbeaten knock of 115 and Greg Johnson scoring 66 Methley were able to total 233-6 against Buttershaw St Pauls A.

Buttershaw were then routed for 57 with Ben Waite claiming 5-30 and Stephen Preshaw 4-14.

Townville A started disappointingly in the Second Team Championship when they went down by 96 runs to Azaad A.

Batting first. Azaad made 195-9 with Neil Norton taking 3-37 and Thomas Mellor 2-49. But Townville were all out for 99 in reply, Norton top scoring with 28 and Mellor hitting 22.

Great Preston A travelled to fellow newcomers Crossbank Methodists in the Second Team Division One not knowing what to expect, but came away with maximum points after winning by six wickets.

The victory was based round some fine bowling displays as Adrian Sharp (7.5-6-5-5) and debutant Kurtis Walker (8-2-12-4) skittled the hosts for 80.

Great Preston knocked off the runs comfortably enough with Neil Carter hitting 26 not out and James Conlon 22.