Townville and Methley win again

Top scorer: Townville's Matthew Bremner.
Top scorer: Townville's Matthew Bremner.

Townville and Methley maintained their 100 per cent start to the new season in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Championship B with comfortable victories last Saturday.

Both earned 17 points for their efforts with Methley too good for Hopton Mills and Townville beating another former Central Yorkshire League side Carlton.

A commanding 149-run opening stand between Marcus Walmsley and Hamid Khan proved decisive for Methley after they had been set 168 for victory.

Khan was their only batsman dismissed as they reached the target in only 33 overs, but not before he had hit two sixes and eight fours in a knock of 64. Walmsley finished unbeaten on 63, hitting eight fours and a six, with Luke Bullingham contributing 15 not out.

Earlier, the pick of the bowlers as Hopton Mills were dismissed for 167 were Eddie Walmsley, with 3-11, Marcus Walmsley, 3-31 and Grant Soames, 2-16.

Townville batted first in their game with Carlton and declared on 185-8 after 40 overs after losing their way following a 99-run opening stand between Matthew Bremner and Jonny Booth (30).

Bremner went on to top score with 78, including 14 fours and a six, while Tim Walton hit a quick 32.

Carlton looked to be heading for a quick defeat when reduced to 12-4 in their reply, but managed to bat out their 40 overs to end on 126-9.

Nadim Hussain (3-29) and Jack Hebden (2-32) did the early damage before Jack Hughes came on to take 2-38.

Great Preston suffered their first defeat in the Conference when they went down by three wickets to Wakefield St Michael’s.

Batting first, they never got going and were all out for 109 with Richard Young (18) and James Bickerdike (18) top scoring and only Lee Russell (16) and Andy Clark (11) joining them in double figures.

At 87-2 St Michael’s looked to be cruising in their reply, but Preston kept battling to the finish to take five more wickets with Jackson Freeman producing a promising effort in claiming 4-34 from 15 overs. Adrian Sharp also took two wickets, but the hosts had not put enough runs on the board.

Great Preston were unlucky to lose a close Heavy Woollen Cup first round tie against Yeadon on Sunday when they went down by just one wicket.

In a game reduced to 20 overs a side Yeadon’s last pair got them over the line, hitting the winning runs off the final ball of the match.

Freeman, Ian Newton and James Marston all claimed two wickets for Preston, who had made 165-4 with good contributions from Freeman (46 not out), Gary Newton (28), Russell (18) and Richard Young (18).

Great Preston seconds came out on top by seven wickets when they took on Townville seconds in the Conference Second XI.

Luke Kane set them on the way to the win when he claimed 5-19 from 10 overs and with Ian McDermott also taking 3-23 Townville were dismissed for 112. Ben Collinson, with 26, top scored with Andy Ward contributing 25.

Preston were carried home in their reply by Brett Hardacre, who hit an unbeaten 44, while Michael Wade hit 27 and Simon Battensby 25. Alistair Ward took all three wickets to fall.

Half centuries from Richard Smart (61) and Jake McCaffery (53) helped Methley seconds to a victory over Hopton Mills in the Championship B Second XI.

It was close in the end as Methley only had two wickets to spare to overhaul their opponents’ innings of 160 when Harry Sullivan (3-33) had been the most successful bowler.