In-form Hughes helps Townville stretch lead at top

Townville's Jack Hughes.
Townville's Jack Hughes.

Townville stole a march on their rivals in Championship B when they were one of only two teams able to complete a victory in the division on a rainy Saturday in the All Rounder Bradford League

A convincing 117-run win over Brighouse took Townville 26 points clear at the top of the table with none of the six teams just below them able to finish their matches.

Jack Hughes was their star player once again as the all-rounder continued his fantastic start to the season with a top scoring knock and five wickets with the ball.

In a game reduced to 30 overs-a-side Townville went in first and although it was never easy for them they posted a solid score of 165-7.

Hughes top scored with 42, hitting seven fours in his 46-ball innings and combining with Matthew Bremner (33) and Tim Walton (25) in successive stands of 40 and 48.

Conor Harvey weighed in with 13 and Nadim Hussain 15 not out late on while opener Kris Ward had earlier hit 14.

Brighouse were soon in trouble in their reply with spinner Hughes handed the ball straight away and quickly among the wickets.

He dismissed both openers Zafar Jadoon and Danyaal Ahmed while fellow opening bowler Hussain sent Samar Farooq and Muhammad Khurshid back cheaply to help reduce the hosts to 15-4

That soon became 15-5 as Hughes had Wajid Hussain caught by Ward without score and 19-6 with Hussain claiming his third wicket.

There was no recovery and Brighouse were all out for only 48 in the 22nd over with Hughes finishing with 5-7 in nine overs.

Hussain claimed 3-22 from nine overs and there was one wicket each for Jack Hebden and Nick Bresnan.

Spen Victoria were the only other team in the division to record a win as they defeated Hartshead Moor by eight wickets.

Second-placed Methley were left frustrated when their game at home to Gomersal was abandoned with just 11 overs being able to be bowled.

The visitors stood on 27-1 when the rain came, Sohail Raz taking the only wicket to fall.

Great Preston’s Conference game at Northowram Fields was abandoned, but saw 64 overs of action.

Despite a battling unbeaten 92, including 11 fours and four sixes, from Jackson Freeman, Preston were all out for 154.

David Illingworth gave Freeman best support with 18 while Danny Harwood hit 10 late on in a crucial 45-run stand for the ninth wicket.

Northowram reached 119-5 after 22 overs in their reply when rain brought an early end to proceedings with the game well poised.

Freeman followed up his batting heroics by taking 3-32 while there was one wicket each for Luke Kane and Andy Clark.

Great Preston collected seven points for their efforts and are in second place, 11 behind leaders Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Methley seconds, Townville seconds and Great Preston seconds all had their games abandoned early.

Great Preston crashed out of the Jack Hampshire Cup at the first round stage as they lost by 80 runs to Buttershaw St Paul’s on Sunday.

Opening bowler Lee Russell had tidy figures of 2-21 in his eight-over spell for Great Preston, but they could not prevent Buttershaw from making a challenging 210-6 off their 40 overs with Ben Platt (53 not out) and Jamie Robinson (48) top scoring. Other wicket takers were Ian Newton (2-62), James Marston (1-36) and Adrian Sharp (1-16).

Preston looked to have laid a decent platform when 69-2 in their reply, but they were all out for 130 with Danusha Ranasinghe (37), Stuart Ruddick (27) and Russell (21) top scoring.