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Bradford League: Bowlers turn batting stars in thrilling Methley win

Methley's Sohail Raz, starred with bat and ball.
Methley's Sohail Raz, starred with bat and ball.

Methley were back to winning ways in thrilling style in the All Rounder Bradford League when they beat Woodlands in a Premier Division game that went right down to the final over.

A two-wicket success was achieved with the winning runs coming with just three balls to spare as Methley chased down Woodlands’ 265-7 score.

An unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 74 off 48 balls between Waqas Ahmed (45 not out) and Sohail Raz (33 not out) proved decisive. They came together with Methley in trouble on 192-8 and changed the course of the game with a flurry of big shots and boundaries. The pair hit seven sixes and three fours between them to snatch the game.

Methley’s innings was an up and down affair throughout as they were reduced to 24-3 before a fourth-wicket stand of 108 between Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite (63) and Adam Patel (46) gave them hope.

In Woodlands’ innings, Ishfaq Ahmad led the way with 97 while Raz (3-73) was the pick of the Methley bowlers.

Premier leaders New Farnley were pushed all the way by Townville before they got home by four wickets.

Townville set a challenging target as they produced one of their best batting displays of the season to make 265-6.

The innings was built round a superb innings of 130 from opener Jonny Booth, which included three sixes and 13 fours.

He was joined in a third-wicket stand of 132 by Harry Clewett (64) while Richie Bresnan weighed in with a quick 30 not out late on.

New Farnley looked to be cruising towards their target when opener Alex Baldwin (75) and Yorkshire wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd (79) put on 111 for the third wicket, but once they were parted the game changed.

Three wickets went down for 21 runs, but Richard Atkins saw the leaders home with an unbeaten 32. Conor Harvey and Jack Hebden took two wickets each for Townville.

Great Preston could not prevent Oulton from taking over at the top of the Conference as they lost by 90 runs on Sunday.

Olly Baron took 3-41 and Jacob Wright 3-44, but Oulton were able to reach 203-7 before restricting Great Preston to 113-9 in their reply. Ian Newton (24) top scored.

It was a different story on Saturday as Jack Morrison and Wright were the stars of an emphatic 141-run win over Rodley for Great Preston.

Morrison hit five sixes and 11 fours as he made an unbeaten 102 out of his side’s 233-6.

Wright was equally impressive with the ball as he took 7-45 to help dismiss Rodley for 92.

Methley seconds’ game against Bankfoot in the Second Teams Championship One was abandoned when finely poised.

Bankfoot reached 135-7 from 32 overs and Methley were on 84-5 when the rain came.

Great Preston seconds beat Azaad by seven wickets in the Second Teams Championship Two as Daniel Ogden (70) and Ian Newton (55 not out) carried them past their opponents’ 152-4 total.

In the same division, Townville seconds made leaders Keighley fight before losing to them by three wickets.

Townville will have been kicking themselves after only making 172 despite being 104-2 at one point. Ian Jones (60) and captain Kieran Samuels (53) were the mainstays, but their dismissals put the brakes on.

Ashley Robinson scored 50 to guide the visitors’ home with Luke Slater taking 3-44.