Bradford League: Methley back in top spot

Townville's Jack Hughes.
Townville's Jack Hughes.

With their promotion rivals Scholes suffering a 61-run defeat at Undercliffe, Methley took their opportunity to regain top spot in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Championship One.

While the previous week’s leaders were having their problems Methley defeated relegation-threatened Bowling Old Lane by five wickets to take a two-point advantage once more in the topsy-turvy race to win a place in the Premier.

Old Lane opener Farakh Hussain provided resistance with a knock of 50, but his side were all out for 176 with young spinner Harry Sullivan taking 3-42.

Jordan Laban, with 74, and Marcus Walmsley (57) then shared a second-wicket stand of 120 to help Methley record another win.

Conor Harvey and Jack Hughes were all-round stars as they combined to play a big part in Townville’s four-wicket win over relegation threatened East Bierley in the Premier Division.

Bierley were bowled out for 165 when they batted first. Eight of their batsmen reached double figures but their joint top scorers were Shaaiq Choudhary and extras both with 24.

Opening bowler Harvey (4-70) and spinner Jack Hughes (4-33) did much of the damage.

The same two players then came up with the important knocks with the bat as Townville recovered from 52-3 to get home in the 36th over. Harvey followed up his century of the previous week with 52, made off 36 balls and including three sixes and five fours, while Hughes hit a more measured 34.

The result kept Townville in fourth place, but they are still 55 points behind leaders Hanging Heaton.

Fourth-placed Great Preston suffered a surprise 31-run defeat at the hands of Heckmondwike & Carlinghow in the Conference.

They looked well placed after bowling their opponents out for 145 with Luke Kane taking 3-22 and Lee Russell 3-39.

But although opener Jacob Wright, who had earlier taken two wickets, hit 53, he could not find much support and the side was all out for 114.

Despite a fifth-wicket stand of 161 between Richard Smart (77) and Jake Smart (71) Methley seconds suffered a six-wicket defeat against Bradford & Bingley in the Second Teams Championship One.

Methley recovered from 14-4 to make 179-7, but their bowlers failed to make an impact.

Ross Todd made 71 as Baildon chased down Great Preston seconds’ 173 to win their Second Teams Championship Two game by six wickets.

Richard White top scored with 61 for Great Preston and Lee Mosby hit 36.

Second-placed Townville seconds kept their title hopes going with an 129-run win over Crossbank Methodists in the Second Team Conference.

Ian Raynor top scored with 76 while Kieran Samuels hit 50 and Charlie Sykes 34 in a Townville total of 231-7. They then bowled out Crossbank for 102 with Luke Slater picking up 4-31.