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Mofokeng stars with bat and ball for Methley

Methley bowler Samuel Mofokeng runs in.
Methley bowler Samuel Mofokeng runs in.

Methley earned maximum points from a convincing win over Carlton to stay in second place in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Championship B.

A good effort in the field ensured an 128-run victory after Methley had been made to work hard for their runs when batting first.

Skipper Grant Soames (56) and overseas player Samuel Mofokeng (42) helped Methley to post a 233-9 score that was much better than it looked like would be achievable when they stood on 65-3.

Soames, who hit five fours and two sixes, initially pulled his side round with an 86-run stand with Ashton Blakey (25) while Mofokeng later weighed in with quick runs, his 42 coming off just 24 balls as he smashed five sixes.

Ben Waite hit a handy 16 not out while earlier opener Hamid Khan hit 36. Arman Hussain (4-46) was the pick of the Carlton bowlers.

Although Farrukh Alam hit 50 in Carlton’s reply they never looked like getting close to the target set and were all out for 105 as Sohail Raz (4-36), Marcus Walmsley (3-3) and Mofokeng (3-42) all bowled well.

Leaders Townville made it six wins from six Championship B games and maintained their 26-point advantage at the top as they beat Bankfoot by 74 runs.

Jack Hughes produced another match-winning display, this time with the ball as his superb spell of 6-10 left Bankfoot all out for 160.

Micky Hutchins (65) top scored for Bankfoot, but lacked support as his side fell well short of Townville’s 234-9. Jack Hebden also claimed 2-41.

Jonny Booth (71) and Tim Walton (68) were the top scorers for Townville and combined for a 117-run stand for the third wicket, both hitting 11 fours with Walton edging Booth two to one on the sixes front.

Nick Bresnan also weighed in with 29 and Liam Booth 18 while Kamran Siddique (4-31) was the pick of the Bankfoot bowlers.

Great Preston reduced Buttershaw St Paul’s lead to six points in the Conference after securing a maximum haul in their 95-run win over Crossbank Methodists.

Australian Jackson Freeman was their match winner with a fine all-round display.

First, he top scored with an unbeaten 102 as Great Preston made 256-6 and then followed up with 4-30 as Crossbank were dismissed for 161.

Freeman hit eight fours and three sixes in his century and received solid support from Danusha Ranasinghe (21), James Marston (24), Michael Wade (20), Stuart Ruddick (19) and Andy Clark with 27 not out off just 10 balls.

James Lord hit 35 for Crossbank, but they never got close with Freeman joined in the wickets column by Lee Russell (3-33), Clark (1-37), Luke Kane (1-32) and Stuart Ruddick (1-6).

Harry Sullivan took 5-20 as Methley seconds bowled out Carlton for 81 to set up a five-wicket win in the Championship B Second XI.

David Willey made an unbeaten 30 to help Methley to their target and combined with Joshua Neal (25 not out) in an unbroken match winning stand of 46 after the side had earlier hit trouble with their first three wickets going down before a run was scored.

Townville seconds’ 101 total proved too small as they lost by four wickets to East Leeds in the Conference Second XI.

William Rich (26) and Steve Walton (19) top scored for Townville and Luke Slater took 3-30, but East Leeds reached the target in 29.4 overs.

Ian McDermott took 5-37 for Great Preston seconds, but could not save them from a two-wicket defeat by Crossbank Methodists.

Great Preston were dismissed for 93 when they batted first with Lee Mosby being unlucky to have to retire hurt when on 25. McDermott hit 23 and James Conlon 22.

Crossbank batsmen were made to struggle, but edged home despite the efforts of McDermott and Mayur Patel, who took 3-30.