Bradford League: Waite and Laban combine to put Methley in control

Methley's Jordan Laban, who hit an unbeaten half century against East Bierley
Methley's Jordan Laban, who hit an unbeaten half century against East Bierley

Yorkshire’s Matthew Waite shared a gamebreaking third-wicket stand of 119 with Jordan Laban as Methley overcame East Bierley by seven wickets to keep alive  their outside chances of the All-Rounder Bradford League title.

While Methley remain in fifth in the Premier Division they have closed to within 24 points of new table toppers Pudsey St Lawrence.
With all of the top five sides clearly capable of beating each other an exciting finish is in prospect with six matches remaining and Methley are still in the hunt if they can keep winning as they did in good style against East Bierley.
Set 175 for victory, openers Adal Islam (24) and Marcus Walmsley (16) got the Methley innings going then Waite and Laban put them in complete charge. Waite was eventually out for a 57-ball 73, hitting 11 fours and two sixes while Laban saw the job through to the finish with 52 not out, including eight fours and a six.
East Bierley were dismissed for 174 with Islam taking 4-28 and Waqas Ahmed 3-50.
Townville were left regretting their decision to bat first as they were reduced to 26-5 in their Premier Division game against Pudsey St Lawrence.
Conor Harvey (40) led a fightback with a restrained innings and Alex Page hit 29, but they were all out for 123 with Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson the pick of the bowlers with 3-25.
An unbroken second-wicket stand of 104 between opener Mark Robertshaw (71 not out) and Charlie Best (33 not out) carried St Lawrence to a nine-wicket victory.
Great Preston closed the gap on the top four teams in the Conference with a 35-run win over Adwalton.
They were indebted to Jack Morrison, who hit 81 out of their 167 all out total. James Conlon hit 30 and Stuart Ruddick 20.
Adwalton’s reply faltered as they were bowled out for 132. Jacob Wright (4-38) and Lee Russell (3-25) did the damage.
Methley seconds were bowled out for 72 to lose by 204 runs to Morley in the Second Teams Championship One. Mick Waite, with 3-39, and Jason Baddeley, 3-37, were their best performers.
Richard White (64) and Danny Harwood (52 not out) carried Great Preston seconds home for a three-wicket success against Spen Victoria as they chased down their opponents’ 237-5 in a Second Teams Championship Two game.
A first-ever half century in senior cricket for Benn Raynor helped Townville seconds to a 119-run win over Azaad seconds. Raynor hit nine fours in a 66-ball knock of 61 and his father, Ian, contributed 44 as Townville made 189 before bowling their opponents out for 70 with Luke Jaques taking 3-19 and Benn Raynor 3-13.

Matthew Waite, who hit 73 for Methley against East Bierley.

Matthew Waite, who hit 73 for Methley against East Bierley.