Captain Marston leads from front for Great Preston

James Marston.
James Marston.

SKIPPER James Marston just missed out on a century, but led Great Preston to a big margin victory over Brook Walton in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Conference.

Great Preston enjoyed an 157-run win to climb up to fifth place in the table after batting first and posting a huge score.

Marston led the way as he smashed 14 fours and a six before falling just four runs short of a deserved century. With good support coming from Phil Schofield, who hit three sixes and nine fours in a knock of 61 not out, Michael Wade (50), Stuart Ruddick (34) and Richard White (31) Preston were able to reach 308-6 in their 50 overs.

Brook Walton’s reply of 151-7 left them well short as Lee Russell and David Illingworth took two wickets each.

Townville stayed within two points of Premier Division leaders Hanging Heaton after holding their nerve to beat East Bierley by 11 runs in a thriller.

Jack Hughes was in good all-round form, hitting 43 runs then taking four wickets, but it was a close run thing.

Chasing 213 for victory, East Bierley looked on course when reaching 197-6, but a late collapse left them all out for 201 in the final over. Hughes (4-44) and Conor Harvey (4-68), with a crucial late wicket for Nick Bresnan, clinched Townville’s win.

In their innings of 212, Brayden Clark (46) top scored with Jonny Booth contributing 42 at the top of the order. Hughes weighed in with his 43 while Nick Bresnan (28) and Richie Bresnan (18) also contributed valuable runs.

Methley climbed up to second in Championship One after they survived a scare to beat Bowling Old Lane by 22 runs.

Confidence must have been high at the half-way point as Methley posted a 253-7 total, but that looked under threat when Farakh Hussain blasted 100 from just 79 balls at the start of Old Lane’s reply.

However, his dismissal – bowled by Marcus Walmsley – turned the tide and although Bilal Ejaz hit 61 not out Old Lane were all out for 231.

Youngster Josh Sullivan did much of the damage with 5-27 while Marcus Walmsley took 3-59 and Sohail Raz 2-59.

Skipper Grant Soames (65) and Eddie Walmsley (44 not out) were the main contributors in Methley’s innings.

Methley Seconds missed out by four runs in a close finish to their Second Teams Championship One contest against Bradford & Bingley.

Chasing 192 to win, they were all out for 187 with an over left despite the efforts of Jake Smart (35), Richard Smart (34), Joshua Neal (34) and Robert Clegg (29 not out)

Clegg had earlier taken 3-53 to be the pick of the Methley attack.

Great Preston Seconds lost by nine wickets to Baildon in Second Teams Championship Two after being bowled out for 96 with Andy Clark (30) top scoring.

Good batting by Will Rich (75 not out), Ian Jones (69) and Kieran Samuels (64) helped Townville Seconds to 262-3 as they beat Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by 46 runs in the Second Teams Conference.

Luke Jacques took 6-53 as Heckmondwike were all out for 216.