Harvey and Hughes bowl Townville to big victory over Methley

Townville's Nadim Hussain bowls against Methley.
Townville's Nadim Hussain bowls against Methley.

Leaders Townville effectively knocked local rivals Methley out of the title race in the Bradford League’s Championship B when they showed their old adversaries no mercy.

An emphatic eight-wicket win keeps Townville 43 points clear of second-placed Wrenthorpe with Methley now a massive 71 points back in third and their outside title hopes all but ended.

Methley’s batsmen were put under pressure straight away when they went in first in Saturday’s derby game. Although they survived the opening spells of Nadim Hussain and Jack Hebden runs were hard to come by.

Change bowlers Conor Harvey and Jack Hughes went on to do the damage and Harvey got the ball rolling with the wicket of Hamid Khan for six, caught by Alex Page.

Ashton Blakey quickly followed when caught by Tim Walton off Harvey without score.

Opener Marcus Walmsley battled away to make 34, including hitting six fours, and with Grant Soames (9) set about a recovery job.

But when both were dismissed with the score on 67 it was the beginning of the end for Methley.

Two more wickets fell on the same score, Harry Anderson and Eddie Walmsley failing to trouble the scorers, and Methley ended up all out for a sorry 78 as they batted just 31.2 overs.

Harvey finished with 6-26 from 9.2 overs while Hughes took 4-8 in six overs.

Townville then made short work of completing their victory despite losing opener Matthew Bremner, bowled by Sohail Raz without score, and Kris Ward, who was trapped lbw by Eddie Walmsley for one.

Jonny Booth hit seven fours in a knock of 37 not out and Hughes followed up his bowling exploits with 37 not out off 36 balls, smashing a six and six fours as Townville got home at the start of the 20th over.

Third-placed Great Preston lost ground in the Conference as they suffered a 38-run defeat against East Ardsley.

Luke Sandy (52) and Ashley Pearson (42 not out) helped East Ardsley to 205-7 as they batted first with Andy Clark taking 3-42 and James Marston 3-52.

With their batting line-up Great Preston will have fancied knocking off the runs, but after a 47-run opening stand between Danusha Ranasinghe (21) and Jackson Freeman (31) they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Plenty of batsmen got starts, but could not go on with Marston hitting 22, Ian Newton 20, Michael Wade 15 and James Bickerdike 18 as Preston were all out for 167.

The result left them 31 points behind leaders Buttershaw St Pauls, who have two games in hand.

Thirteen-year-old spinner Harry Sullivan took his wicket tally past the 50 mark after taking 5-41 in Methley seconds’ eight-run defeat by Wakefield St Michael’s II in the Championship B Second XI.

Liam Ineson’s 49 helped St Michael’s to 163-9 with Jason Baddeley weighing in with two wickets.

Methley were bowled out for 155 in reply despite good efforts from lower middle order men Jake Smart (28), John Rickers (20), Richard Smart (34) and Michael Waite (27).

Great Preston II remain second in the Conference Second XI after a 74-run success against Hunslet Nelson which was inspired by a magnificent 124 not out from Richard White.

He was supported by James Conlon (49) as a total of 274-8 was posted.

Townville II made short work of beating Heckmondwike & Carlinghow in their Conference Second XI game as they bowled their opponents out for only 54.

Alistair Ward (3-14), Thomas Mellor (3-14), William Rich (2-11) and Luke Slater (1-11) took the wickets before Rich (28 not out) led the reply to bring Townville home with nine wickets and plenty of overs to spare.