Bradford League: Ton-up Booth leads Townville run chase

Jonny Booth in full flow on his way to a century for Townville at Cleckheaton. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Jonny Booth in full flow on his way to a century for Townville at Cleckheaton. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Opener Jonny Booth hit an unbeaten century as Townville eased to a seven-wicket win over relegation threatened Cleckheaton in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Premier Division.

Townville easily overhauled their opponents’ 192-6 with Booth leading the way in a superb innings that saw him hit 19 boundaries in his 110 not out.

Support came from fellow opener Kris Ward (31) and Conor Harvey (31 not out) with Townville pacing their innings well to reach their target in the 45th over.

The Cleckheaton total owed much to Mally Nicholson (71) and some late hitting from overseas player Qaisar Ashraf (33 not out) as they struggled against some generally tidy bowling from Townville, particularly from Jack Hebden (2-9), Jack Hughes (2-67) and Shkym Haynes (2-50).

The win kept Townville in fifth place and they are on course for a highly respectable top four finish in their first season in the Bradford top flight.

Despite suffering a shock 41-run defeat against lowly Bankfoot, Methley remain joint top of Championship One with rivals Wrenthorpe also losing.

Former Yorkshire player James Lee played the key role in Methley’s downfall, top scoring with 65 with the bat in his side’s 216 and following up by taking 4-29 as the Priestley Cup finalists were bowled out for 175.

Lee, who hit three sixes and seven fours, was well supported by Jawad Waheed, who struck 51 not out from just 39 balls, while Matthew Lumb, Sohail Raz and Eddie Walmsley took two wickets each for Methley.

Methley were quickly reduced to 7-2 in their reply and the big blow was struck when Mohammad Akhlaq was dismissed for 26 just as he was getting going.

They kept battling with Eddie Walmsley hitting 18 and Lumb 44, but fell short, all out for 175 in the 47th over.

Methley’s defeat enabled Scholes to pull level with them at the top of the table after they beat Bowling Old Lane.

Great Preston were left without a game in the Conference after scheduled opponents Brook Walton resigned from the league. They stay in fourth place, still in touch to gain a promotion place.

Josh Neal (77) and Alex Cree (52) helped Methley Seconds to 208-5 before their side’s bowlers turned over Keighley for 78 to seal a 130-run win in the Second Teams Championship One.

Jason Baddeley impressed with the ball for Methley with 4-12 while James Gahan took 3-16 and Jake Smart 2-27.

Great Preston Seconds went down by 30 runs to Birstall in the Second Teams Championship Two.

Adrian Sharp took 3-59 for Great Preston, but the rest of their bowling attack could not make much impression as Birstall posted a 186-5 total.

Preston were then all out for 156 in reply despite a battling 51 not out from Jagrit Gyawali and 40 by Sharp.

Luke Slater took 4-24 and Benn Raynor 3-8 as promotion-chasing Townville Seconds bowled out Heckmondwike & Carlinghow for 60 on their way to an eight-wicket win in the Second Teams Conference.

Ian Jones, with an unbeaten 33, led the Townville reply as they easily reached the target.