Skipper Bresnan leads Townville home in trophy tie

Townville's Anurag Verma makes a big appeal for a wicket against Birstall.
Townville's Anurag Verma makes a big appeal for a wicket against Birstall.

An unbroken century stand for the third wicket between skipper Nick Bresnan and Jack Hughes carried Townville home for a convincing victory in the second round of the Jack Hampshire Trophy.

Townville won by eight wickets against fellow Premiership side Birstall to clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the Central Yorkshire League’s main cup competition.

They were in charge for much of the game as last year’s beaten finalists Birstall went in first and never really got on top of the Townville bowling.

A 141-7 total was never likely to fully test the Castleford side as a number of Birstall batsmen got starts without being able to go on to make big scores.

Craig Wood, with 31, was top scorer while pick of the Townville bowlers was Peter Hepworth, who bowled economically and claimed 3-10 from eight overs.

Townville did lose two wickets in their reply with Jonny Booth out for 11 and Chris Holliday for four to leave them on 34-2, but they were brought home by captain Bresnan, who hit eight fours and two sixes in his 71 not out, and Hughes, who scored an unbeaten 44 from 39 balls.

Holders Methley are also through to the last eight of the Jack Hampshire Trophy after Eddie Walmsley’s superb century paved the way for a 101-run win over Batley.

Going in first, Methley piled up a big 263-6 total, which was built round a commanding stand of 151 between Fahid Rehman (68) and Eddie Walmsley, who went on to make 134, smashing five sixes and nine fours in his 115-ball knock.

Batley were reduced to 45-4 in their reply before a stand of 100 for the fifth wicket between Fawad Maqsood (66) and Ayaz Seedat (57) gave them hope.

But when Dan Broadbent had Maqsood caught by Rehman it prompted a collapse with the last six wickets going down for 17 runs to leave Batley all out for 162.

Mustafa Bashir led the Methley attack with 4-20 while Eddie Walmsley took 2-19.

Great Preston’s run in their first-ever Jack Hampshire Trophy is over, but not before they put up a great fight against a Wrenthorpe side from two divisions higher.

Past winners Wrenthorpe were given a scare as Preston batted well to post a 212-6 score with Stuart Ruddick hitting an unbeaten 70 off 48 balls, Matt King 61 and Lee Russell 38.

But the Premier Division team reached their target with 2.1 overs and four wickets to spare as Darryl Hendricks (55), Jordan Sleightholme (38) and James Smith (36) batted well. Andy Clark, with 2-35, was the pick of the Preston bowlers.