Townville edged out in Heavy Woollen cup final

Tim Walton on his way to making 36 for Townville against Pudsey Congs in the Heavy Woollen Cup final.
Tim Walton on his way to making 36 for Townville against Pudsey Congs in the Heavy Woollen Cup final.

Townville’s wait to win the Heavy Woollen Cup goes on after they suffered a five-wicket defeat against Pudsey Congs in the 2014 final on Sunday.

Nick Bresnan’s men posted a good total in reaching 226-9 from their allotted 50 overs, but could not prevent Bradford League side Congs from reaching the target set with five overs to spare.

Townville batted first and got over the early hiccup of losing opener Matt Bremner for seven as Jonny Booth and Tim Walton put bat to ball in a fine second wicket stand.

Booth followed up his century of a day earlier by hitting 42 from 46 balls while Walton made 36. Jack Hughes saw his promising innings ended at 18, but Kris Ward hit a fine 50 and Conor Harvey a quick 28 to help see Townville up to their decent total.

However, Congs responded confidently and had the match winner in opener Callum Geldart, who hit a century and combined well in a third-wicket stand of 106 with Joe Greaves (46).

Geldart made 102, including three sixes and 14 fours, before being caught off the bowling of Nick Bresnan.

Bresnan claimed two more wickets to take 3-65, but Andrew Bairstow (22 not out) and Babar Butt (10 not out) saw the Pudsey side home.

For Townville it was the disappointment of a second final defeat in three years in this competition.