Walmsley is a six hit for Methley

2nd semi methey v hanging heaton marcus walmsley methley
2nd semi methey v hanging heaton marcus walmsley methley

Methley kept their Championship B title bid going when a six-wicket haul from Marcus Walmsley paved the way for a win over Hopton Mills.

A two-wicket success kept third-placed Methley in touch with leaders Townville, but they were made to work hard after doing a good job in the field in the All Rounder Bradford League game.

Hopton Mills were soon reduced to 37-4 as opening bowlers Sohail Raz (3-43) and Samuel Mofokeng (1-37) made early inroads. Overseas player Louren Steenkamp (49) and Neil Harrison (23) set about a recovery job before Marcus Walmsley took centre stage after coming on as first change.

First he bowled Harrison then he had Steenkamp caught by Grant Soames to begin a Hopton collapse and went on to take 6-24 from 9.2 overs as the last five wickets went down for 22 runs.

Chasing Hopton’s 126 total was not as straight forward as Methley may have expected as they went from 32 without loss to 61-4 following the dismissal of Hamid Khan for 23 and Eddie Walmsley for 15.

Methley looked to have regained control when skipper Soames and Marcus Walmsley came together for a 52-run stand for the fifth wicket, but there were a few more nervy moments when they then lost four wickets for six runs to stand on 119-8.

However, Soames stood firm and steered his side to victory with an unbeaten 54, the winning runs coming in the 24th over.

There is still no stopping Townville at the top as they dodged showers and had their game reduced to a 35-over contest yet still came up with the goods in a 66-run win over Carlton that took their 100 per cent record to 12 games.

Despite only having the 35 overs Townville’s in-form batsmen combined to post a big 241-7 score.

Openers Kris Ward (47 off 46 balls with nine fours) and Jonny Booth (39 off 50 balls with a six and five fours) got them away to a good start as they put on 78 in good time for the first wicket.

Tim Walton built on the fine start with a knock of 52 from 49 balls as he smashed three sixes and four fours and there were further valuable contributions from Conor Harvey (18), Jack Hughes (23) and Nadim Hussain who hit two sixes and three fours in an unbeaten 33 at the end, made from just 13 deliveries.

Carlton had a good go at reaching their more than a run-a-ball target with Ismail Patel hitting an unbeaten 53, but they fell well short, ending on 175-5 with two wickets for Harvey.

Great Preston remain in second place in the Conference, but were frustrated as their game at Gildersome was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Teenage spinner Harry Sullivan turned in a fine display for Methley seconds as they beat Hopton Mills by 59 runs in the Championship B Second XI.

Sullivan took 5-22 and was backed up by Stephen Preshaw (3-25) as Hopton were bowled out for 86.

They were replying to Methley’s 145-9, made off 30 overs, which had included 51 from opener Greg Johnson, who hit three sixes and four fours in his 59-ball innings.

Townville seconds and Great Preston seconds had their Conference Second XI games against Oulton and Gildersome respectively called off without play.

Methley missed out when they took part in their first Bradford League Twenty/20 Cup finals day.

Methley failed to make it into the final as they lost by four wickets to Hanging Heaton in their semi on Sunday despite a fine all-round effort by Sohail Raz.

Raz made 24 and Marcus Walmsley hit 32 as Methley posted a 134-7 score.

Hanging Heaton appeared in trouble at 57-5 in their reply with Raz taking 4-10 in his four overs, but former Methley player Nick Connolly swung the game with a knock of 42 not out, the winning runs hit with four balls to spare.

Hanging Heaton went on to lose the final to Bradford & Bingley in a dramatic last-ball finish.