Bradford Cricket League: Great Preston reach last 8 of cup but lose ground in promotion hunt

Great Preston posted a big score on their way to blasting into the quarter-finals of the Gordon Rigg Jack Hampshire Cup on Sunday.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 7:30 am
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Up against Division Two side Hopton Mills, Division Three Preston made 308-9 before going on to win by 89 runs.

Ian Newton (85, including 10 fours and a six) and Jacob Wright (50 from 38 balls) put on 101 for the fourth wicket to build on the earlier work of Ben Broxup (35), James Conlon (33) and Oli Baron (32).

Skipper Baron followed up by taking 4-48 as Hopton Mills were bowled out for 219. There were also two wickets each for Luke Kane and Stuart Riddick.

A day earlier it had been a disappointing story for Great Preston as they lost ground in their promotion hunt in Division Three of the Gordon Rigg Bradford League.

With Javed Iqbal taking 7-85 they went down by 46 runs after putting up a good effort to chase a big 290-7 score posted by Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Dan Ranasinghe hit a 61-ball knock of 68 in the losing cause with Baron hitting 30, Sam Wright 28 and Jamie Wills 26 in Preston’s 244.

Luke Kane (3-66) was Preston’s most successful bowler.

Fourth-placed Methley eased to an eight-wicket win over Bradford & Bingley in the Premier Division.

The bowlers paved the way for success with Yasir Ali taking 4-27, Thomas Chippendale 3-57 and Josh Sullivan 2-26 as Bradford & Bingley were dismissed for 132.

Methley batsmen then had little trouble in reaching their target in 22.2 overs, Alex Cree hitting 10 fours and two sixes in his 65no and Gharib Nawaz cracking nine fours in his 43.

Townville dropped to third in the Premier following a 42-run defeat to new second-placed team New Farnley.

Despite a terrific knock of 88, including 12 boundaries, from skipper Jack Hughes, Townville fell short in their run chase, ending their 50 overs on 234-9 in reply to 276-6.

Alex Page contributed 24no and Jonny Booth 22 while Ritchie Bresnan and Conor Harvey took two wickets each to be the most successful Townville bowlers.