Bradford League: Walmsley is all-round star for Methley

Marcus Walmsley, in good form with bat and ball for Methley.
Marcus Walmsley, in good form with bat and ball for Methley.

At the half way stage of the season Methley are standing in a respectable fifth place in their first Premier Division campaign in the All Rounder Bradford League.

Grant Soames’ men moved into the top five with a strong display and a comfortable seven-wicket win at Scholes.

All-rounder Marcus Walmsley was in fine form as he took 4-54 with the ball initially then followed up with 83 as he and Yorkshire’s Matthew Waite (47 not out) ensured Methley had no problems surpassing the Scholes total of 167.

Scholes looked to be set for a big score when they went in first with openers Shoukat Ali (71) and Chris Dennison (57) sharing a partnership of 91, but the innings fell away following their dismissals.

Soames made the initial breakthrough and claimed the scalps of both openers on the way to finishing with the impressive figures of 5-53. With Walmsley weighing in with his four wickets Scholes were all out for 167.

Townville have generally been improving after a sticky start to the season in the Premier and they compiled the day’s highest score as they made 368-6 on their way to an 179-run victory over East Bierley.

Opener Kris Ward led the way with a brilliant innings as he hit his best score of the season, smashing 25 fours and a six in a knock of 135.

He was joined in an opening stand of 130 by Jonny Booth (40) and combined with Brayden Clark (44) in an 88-run partnership for the second wicket. Conor Harvey then really went to town as he hammered an unbeaten 83 from 47 balls with five sixes and nine fours.

Harvey followed up by taking 3-37 as East Bierley were all out for 189 in reply. Taufeeq Ahmed hit 53, but his side never threatened. There were two wickets each for Shahid Nawaz and Harry Clewett.

Great Preston had no answer to the bowling of Joseph Sykes (6-37) and Jack Andrews (3-46) as they could not follow up their win over the Conference leaders the previous week when up against Oulton.

They were all out for only 89 with Jack Morrison (26) top scoring after Oulton had made 205-8. Great Preston’s best bowler was Oliver Baron (4-29).

Methley seconds achieved only their second win of the season in the Second Teams Championship One when they beat Wakefield St Michael’s.

A superb unbroken sixth wicket stand of 182 put them in charge as Ben Waite hit an unbeaten 95 off 71 balls, including 13 fours and three sixes, and Richard Smart hit 72 not out, with 10 fours and two sixes.

Chasing Methley’s 260-5, St Michael’s were all out for 196 with Richard Smart (5-29) coming up with more heroics.

Townville seconds came out on top by four wickets against nearby Great Preston seconds in the Second Teams Championship Two

Despite 45 by Richard White, Preston were all out for 139 with three wickets each for Luke Slater and Will Rich. Townville reached their target in the 25th over with Kieran Samuels hitting 32 and Tom Mellor 36 no.