Bradford League: Hughes ton in vain as Yorkshire star hits back against Townville

Townville v Spen Victoria Heavy Woollen Cup sun 17th april 2016
Jack Hughes who top scored with 84 for Townville attempts to sweep
Townville v Spen Victoria Heavy Woollen Cup sun 17th april 2016 Jack Hughes who top scored with 84 for Townville attempts to sweep

Townville ran into Yorkshire opener Alex Lees and his equally in-form team-mate Niall Lockley as they went down to an eight-wicket defeat despite some good batting of their own in their All Rounder Bradford League Premier Division match with Lightcliffe.

At the half-way stage Townville must have been hopeful of winning points after they made 214-7 from their 50 overs with all-rounder Jack Hughes smashing three sixes and 10 fours in an impressive unbeaten 107. Brayden Clark supported with 23 and Shkym Haynes also weighed in with 23.

But Lightcliffe made light of the run chase as they raced to victory in only 25.5 overs, with Lockley (110 not out) and county man Alex Lees (96) putting on 141 for the second wicket.

Townville’s bowlers could not contain Lockley as he hammered 10 sixes and eight fours and Lees who hit six sixes and eight fours.

Methley’s brilliant weekend started well when they went top of Championship One with a 263-run thrashing of Birstall.

Skipper Grant Soames led the way after promoting himself to the top of the order, hitting an unbeaten 133, including 13 fours and five sixes as his team reached a huge 346-5 total from their 50 overs.

Marcus Walmsley (32) joined Soames for an opening stand of 76 while Jordan Laban (46) helped him put on 111 for the second wicket and Muhammad Akhlaq then came in to smash 72 off only 24 balls, whacking seven fours and six sixes.

With Dan Shuffe also contributing a rapid 32 it was a real onslaught against which Birstall crumbled as they were all out for just 83, with Ben Waite taking 4-8, Matthew Lumb 2-34 and Harry Sullivan 2-8.

Great Preston returned to winning ways in the Conference as they edged out old foes East Leeds by 11 runs.

In a thriller East Leeds were all out for 198 in the final over as they chased Preston’s 209 total. Freddy Wright (3-48) and Lee Russell (3-53) led the Preston attack with Luke Kane claiming two victims and Tom Humphries taking two wickets, including the vital last one from the first delivery of the final over. Earlier, James Conlon had top scored with 55, including nine fours and a six, while Wright played some good shots in a knock of 50.

Robert Clegg’s 6-21 set Methley Seconds on the way to a five-wicket success against Wakefield St Michael’s in the Second Teams Championship One.

Only three Wakefield batsmen made it into double figures as they were all out for 133.

Methley were reduced to 84-5 in their reply, but David Winter (99 not out, including nine fours and six sixes) and Jake Smart (23 not out) saw them home.

Great Preston Seconds lost by 77 runs to Northowram Fields in the Second Teams Championship Two as they were all out for 129 in reply to 206-7. Defeat was tough on James Bickerdike who took 6-64.

Townville Seconds maintained their promotion bid in the Second Teams Conference as they beat Hunslet Nelson by eight wickets after bowling them out for 75 with Benn Raynor taking 3-7. Kieran Sam-uels (35 not out) led the reply.