Ton-up Newton leads way as Great Preston win first Hampshire trophy tie

Ian Newton, who took three wickets for Great Preston in their Jack Hampshire Trophy game.
Ian Newton, who took three wickets for Great Preston in their Jack Hampshire Trophy game.

Great Preston won their first-ever Jack Hampshire Trophy match when they beat Championship side East Ardsley by eight wickets.

An unbroken third-wicket stand of 161 brought them home in the first round tie with Gary Newton hitting 100 not out and Stuart Ruddick 56 not out.

Visitors East Ardsley won the toss and, on a deck resembling a road, decided to have first use.

Skipper Ian Newton stressed the importance of a solid start and Chris Baldwin and Lee Russell did exactly as asked with the ball. But the fielding was not quite up to standard as chances were spilled and a run out went “unseen” by the umpire.

However, Preston stuck to their task and battled hard and eventually dismissed East Ardsley for 164 off the final ball of their 40 over innings.

All the bowlers bowled well, Ian Newton taking three wickets, Adrian Sharp two, and one apiece for Baldwin and Russell with three run outs.

Preston’s reply started terribly as Matt King nicked off chasing a wide one and Russell was adjudged lbw to leave them on 4-2.

But Gary Newton and Ruddick set about rebuilding with a period of consolidation and then started to accelerate the scoring. The rate continued to rise with Gary hammering some brutal blows and Ruddick providing the perfect foil at the other end, with one particular over going for 27 sinking East Ardsley heads.

The race was on for personal milestones and both were achieved as Gary reached a fantastic century and Stu compiled a chanceless half century to see the side home by eight wickets with plenty of overs to spare.

Holders Methley made comfortable progress when they beat Adwalton by seven wickets.

After Adwalton made 147-5 Methley reached their target with ease as openers Fahid Rehman (52) and Richard Foster (27) put on 91.

Townville were given a walk-over against Altofts.

Great Preston A fielded a depleted side and failed to beat Premiership East Ardsley A in the Wheatley Cup, eventually losing by 21 runs as they were all out for 167 with knocks of 27 by Hargreaves and Hardacre and 27 not out from Hiorns.

Townville A were given a walkover win against Altofts A while Methley A beat Adwalton A by seven wickets.

A 5-23 spell by Jason Baddeley paved the way for victory with Kieron Holliday taking 3-24 and Robert Clegg 2-27 as Adwalton were all out for 162.

Methley reached their target comfortably as Jake McCaffery hit 50, Harry Anderson 40 and Richard Smart 32.

Jack Hampshire Trophy round two draw:

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers vs Northowram Fields

Townville vs Birstall

Hunslet Nelson vs Ossett

Carlton vs Oulton

Liversedge vs Wakefield Thornes

Batley vs Methley

Great Preston vs Wrenthorpe

Hopton Mills bye.

Wheatley Cup round two draw:

Birstall vs East Ardsley

Wakefield Thornes vs Hunslet Nelson

Ossett vs Mirfield Parish Cavaliers

Azaad vs Wakefield St Michaels

Wrenthorpe vs Townville

Hopton Mills vs Methley

Oulton vs Carlton

East Leeds bye.

All games to be played Sunday, May 31, 1.30pm start.