Bradford League: Townville skittled out as they suffer first defeat

Jack Hughes, four wickets in vain for Townville against Farsley.
Jack Hughes, four wickets in vain for Townville against Farsley.

South African all-rounder Pat Kruger was Townville’s destroyer as they were skittled out for only 67 to fall to a defeat against Farsley in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Premier Division.

After bowling their opponents out for 133 Townville must had high hopes of completing their second victory in two matches, but Kruger had other ideas as he produced a match-winning bowling spell of 6-13 to help Farsley secure a 66-run win.

Kruger was backed up by Matthew Lumb (3-20) as Townville’s batting crumbled with only Brayden Clark (22) and Jack Hughes (14) reaching double figures,

Farsley’s batsmen had also struggled and their 133 total owed much to a determined innings of 53 from opener James Logan. Skipper Jack Hughes (4-25) was the pick of Townville’s bowlers with Conor Harvey taking 2-19 and Harry Clewett 2-30.

Skipper Grant Soames and 16-year-old spinner Harry Sullivan were the key figures as Methley made it two wins from two in the Premier with a 115-run success at Lightcliffe.

Soames smashed seven sixes and five fours in an outstanding knock of 97 to help his side to 225-8 and maximum batting points. Support came from Matthew Waite with 22, Marcus Walmsley, 28, and Sohail Raz, who weighed in with 30 runs down the order.

Lightcliffe crumbled to 110 all out in reply as young spinner Sullivan continued his development with 6-38 and Soames followed up his batting exploits by taking 4-22. Opener Alex Stead (42) was the top scorer for Lightcliffe who are propping up the early table.

Great Preston ran into a bowler in fine form as they lost by nine wickets to Crossbank Methodists in the Conference.

James Abbott ripped through the Preston batting to take 7-16 and with only David Illingworth (17) putting up much resistance the hosts were all out for only 51 when going in first.

Crossbank then had little difficulty completing their victory with Andy Clark taking their only wicket to fall.

Methley seconds went down to a 35-run defeat to Undercliffe in the Second Teams Championship One.

Undercliffe recovered from 56-4 to post a healthy 218 score despite good bowling efforts by Mark Paul (4-52) and David Winter (3-18).

Methley’s run chase started well through Charlie Winter (31) and David Winter (38), but they fell behind the asking rate and ended on 183-7 despite a battling unbeaten 86 from Josh Neal, which included 11 fours and two sixes.

In the Second Teams Championship Two there were defeats for Townville seconds and Great Preston seconds.

Townville were all out for 136 chasing Hartshead Moor’s 190-8. Kieran Samuels top scored with 50 while Will Rich was the pick of their bowlers with 5-29.

Great Preston looked to have set a challenging target when they made 189 with 64 from Clinton Griffiths and 33 by Holmes. But opponents Keighley breezed past it, losing just one wicket.