Bradford League: Clewett’s effort in vain as Townville lose to title-chasers

Townville batsman Harry Clewett on the attack against Farsley.
Townville batsman Harry Clewett on the attack against Farsley.

Title-chasers Farsley proved too strong for Townville on Saturday as they ran out six wicket winners of a Premier Division game in the All Rounder Bradford League.

Townville were left regretting their decision to bat first as they were bowled out for only 126 with spinner James Logan returning the impressive figures of 6-12 to be their main destroyer.

Only opener Jonathan Booth (36) from the top order made any impression while Conor Harvey hit 24.

Farsley lost four wickets reaching their target due largely to the work of Harry Clewett (3-19). But Dan Hodgson, with 39 not out, ensured they reached their target comfortably.

Fifth-placed Methley are just 25 points behind Premier Division leaders New Farnley, although they were made to work hard before completing a 13-run win over Lightcliffe.

Opener Marcus Walmsley (50, including nine fours), Adam Patel (40 off 30 balls), Grant Soames (37) and Jordan Laban (26) all came up with handy contributions as Methley were able to post a challenging 245-8 total.

Lightcliffe looked as if they might chase down the home side’s score until opener Alex Stead was run out for 73.

Jonathan Wilson (46 not out) and Suleman Khan (33) could not quite maintain the required rate as their side finished on 232-6 at the end of their 50 overs. Soames and Walmsley both claimed two wickets each, but it was hard work for the Methley bowlers.

Oli Baron’s unbeaten 62 guided Great Preston to a three-wicket win over Crossbank Methodists in the Conference.

Chasing 175 for victory, Preston paced their reply well with Baron hitting eight fours and two sixes and support coming from Lee Russell (22).

Adam Holroyd took 3-32 for Crossbank, having earlier top scored with 46 in their 174 all out. Jacob Wright was the best of the Great Preston bowlers with 5-44 and there were two wickets each for Luke Kane and Joe Schofield.

Half centuries from Alex Cree and David Winter proved in vain as Methley seconds lost by three wickets to Undercliffe in the Second teams Championship One.

Methley must have thought they were in with a good chance when they posted a 226-6 total with Winter hitting 81, Cree 61 and Faisal Abid 43.

But Undercliffe chased down the runs by the 38th over, losing seven wickets on the way as James Gahan took 4-76.

Luke Jaques (4-45) and Benn Raynor (3-35) bowled Townville seconds to a 41-run win over Liversedge in the Second Teams Championship Two.

Liversedge were dismissed for 193 with exactly 100 of those runs coming from Matthew Gibson.

They were replying to Townville’s 234-8, which included contributions from Kieran Samuels (60), Ian Raynor (47) and Tom Mellor (23).

Great Preston seconds went down by 45 runs to Scholes seconds after being bowled out for 168 in reply to 213-9.

Alastair Firth top scored with 52 and Richard Young hit 48 while Andy Clark, with 5-46, was Preston’s best bowler.