Bradford League: Baron stars as Great Preston stun leaders

Richie Bresnan bowling for Townville against Woodlands. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Richie Bresnan bowling for Townville against Woodlands. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Great Preston moved up to fifth place in the Conference when they became only the second side to lower the colours of leaders Jer Lane in the All Rounder Bradford League this season.

In a close game battling Preston chased down Jer Lane’s 194 score to win by two wickets.

Oli Baron led the response, hitting 64, including 11 fours, and he combined with Jack Morrison (41) for a 73-run third wicket stand.

When they were out wickets went down at regular intervals, but Stuart Ruddick weighed in with 23 runs from 30 balls to ensure Preston got over the line.

Jer Lane had Tom Watson (64) and Mick Hustler (52) record half centuries as they recovered from 18-3, but Baron was also in good form with the ball for Preston, taking 3-43, and Jacob Wright claimed 3-26.

Townville went down to a narrow 22-run defeat in a high scoring game against Woodlands in the Premier Division.

Set 273, they gave it a good go after getting off to a decent start with a 72-run opening stand between Kris Ward (44) and Jonny Booth (29). Brayden Clark kept things going with 25 and Conor Harvey (18) and Richie Bresnan (27) injected some pace into the innings, but no-one was able to go on to make a big score.

Alex Page came in at number nine to hit three sixes and three fours in a knock of 44 made almost at a run-a-ball. He joined with Shahid Nawaz (16 not out) for a last wicket stand of 61, but became the last man out with the score on 250 in the 47th over.

Woodlands’ 272-5 total was chiefly thanks to partnerships of 69 between Tim Jackson (72) and Greg Finn, 100 between Jackson and Ishfaq Ahmed (63) and 73 unbroken by Cieran Garner (34no) and Muhammad Bilal (45no). Ritchie Bresnan took 4-58 for Townville.

Methley did well to defend their 231-9 total to win by 22 runs at Pudsey St Lawrence in the Premier Division.

Grant Soames returned 3-31, Waqas Ahmed 3-54 and Marcus Walmsley 2-58 as Pudsey were all out for 209. At 78-1 they had looked well placed, but wickets went down at regular intervals.

In Methley’s innings Dan Shuffe (53) and Soames (44) top scored and put on 67 in a crucial sixth wicket stand. Opener Adal Islam also contributed 35.

Methley seconds went down by 51 runs to East Ardsley as they were bowled out for 149 in reply to 200-9 in the Second Teams Championship One.

David Winter (42) and Ben Waite (38) top scored while Charlie McMurran was the pick of their bowlers with 3-10.

Townville seconds beat Liversedge by one wicket in the Second Teams Championship Two, scraping home after bowling their opponents out for 135 with Luke Jaques (3-13) leading the way.

In the same division Great Preston seconds were dismissed for 99 and lost by five wickets to Altofts. Ian McDermott top scored with 30.