Townville pair close to setting new Bradford League record

Century: Jonny Booth.
Century: Jonny Booth.

Championship B leaders Townville racked up the highest score of the season on the way to thrashing lowly Brighouse by 284 runs in the All Rounder Bradford League.

Their mighty innings of 391-5 from 50 overs included a third-wicket stand of 262 between Jack Hughes and Jonny Booth, which was only 14 runs short of the all-time league record held by the Brighouse pair of Mark Gilliver and Haroon Rashid.

The Townville duo came together with their side initially struggling a little on 31-2, but they proceeded to hit the ball to all parts of the ground in a superb partnership.

Both hit centuries with Booth hitting 18 fours and three sixes in his knock of 141, from 139 balls, and all-rounder Hughes continuing his fantastic season as he made his stunning 169 from just 106 balls, smashing eight sixes and 20 fours along the way.

Skipper Nick Bresnan punished the Brighouse bowlers further with an unbeaten 32 from 17 deliveries and Townville had their huge score to defend.

Brighouse predictably found their huge task too much and were all out for 107 in reply with Alex Page taking 5-23 and Hughes following up his batting exploits with 3-20.

Good bowling from Sohail Raz (5-32) and Ben Waite (3-31) paved the way for a six-wicket win for Methley at Gomersal in Championship B.

The duo filled a void left by the early departure of overseas player Samuel Mofokeng as they combined with Eddie Walmsley (2-26) to bowl out Gomersal for 159.

Methley comfortably reached their target off just 28.4 overs as all their batsmen got starts and Ashton Blakey led the way with an unbeaten 69 that included 12 fours and two sixes.

Other contributions came from Eddie Walmsley (21 not out), Marcus Walmsley (20), Harry Anderson (20), Grant Soames (13) and Hamid Khan (12).

Third-placed Great Preston had an afternoon to forget in the Conference as they were skittled out for just 52 to suffer a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Wakefield St Michaels.

Michael Halloran (6-20) and Joseph Finnigan (4-32) did the damage as Great Preston collapsed from 33-2 with only James Marston (18) and Lee Russell (15) reaching double figures.

Wakefield had no problems reaching the small target with the only wicket to fall going to Luke Kane.

Methley seconds ran into former New Zealand Test batsman Tony Blain who turned back the clock with a big century in their Championship B Second XI game.

Blain hammered his way to 145 as he helped second-placed Gomersal to a 284-3 total and an eventual 82-run win.

James Gahan took three wickets for Methley, but his side were left with a big batting task and fell short, although they had a go with John Rickers hitting six fours and three sixes in a knock of 55 and Greg Johnson contributing 49 with seven fours and two sixes.

Joshua Neal also hit 22 and Lee Wood 21, but Methley’s innings ended on 202.

An unbeaten 66 from Daniel Ogden enabled second-placed Great Preston seconds to record a four-wicket win over Townville seconds.

Ogden hit six sixes and three fours as he combined with Brett Hardacre (16 not out) in a match clinching unbroken seventh wicket stand of 93. Michael Wade had earlier hit 30 and Ian McDermott 22 while Jack Rich and Luke Slater took two wickets each.

Preston were replying to Townville’s 170-9 which had included 60 from Rich and 31 by Ben Collinson with McDermott taking 5-25 and Simnon Battensby 2-20.