Bradford League: Five alive Russell makes winning return for Great Preston

Lee Russell bowling for Great Preston.
Lee Russell bowling for Great Preston.

A five-wicket haul from Lee Russell helped Great Preston to bounce back from their first defeat the previous week with a convincing 126-run victory over Windhill & Daisy Hill in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Conference Division.

Russell marked his return to the team with a 5-41 spell and fellow opening bowler Luke Kane (3-13) quickly put the skids under the Windhill team who were set a challenging 213 target. Joe Schofield then came on to take 3-27 and the home team were all out for 86.

Great Preston had earlier done well to reach 212 after being reduced to 74-5. The revival was led by Gary Newton who hit 55 off only 44 balls, with 10 fours and a six, and David Illingworth, whose 54 included six fours and two sixes.

Methley, who were without their skipper Grant Soames, the suspended Marcus Walmsley and young spinner Harry Sullivan (on Yorkshire Academy duty), could not contain the Cleckheaton batsmen despite the efforts of Sohail Raz (3-61) and suffered their first defeat in the Premier Division.

They looked to have done well to overcome the absence of two their main batsmen as they and posted a big 270-8 total.

Stand-in captain Dan Shuffe (70), Jordan Laban (67) and Dave Winter (45) all batted well with Shuffe and Laban sharing a third-wicket stand of 107.

But Cleckheaton batsmen also found conditions to their liking as they set about their run chase with gusto.

Opener Nick Lindley led the way with an unbeaten 112 and found support from Tayab Tahir, who hit 103 from just 68 balls with the target reached with six wickets and almost nine overs to spare.

Half-centuries from opener Nick Connolly (84) and Callum Geldart (54) enabled new leaders Hanging Heaton to build a match-winning total of 263 against Townville in their Premier Division match.

The eventual 36-run defeat was tough on Conor Harvey, who took 5-46 while there were two wickets each for Shahid Nawaz and Harry Clewett.

Harvey, winner of the Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer Award in the past two seasons, followed up his bowling efforts by hitting 54 as Townville had a good go at reaching their big target. Their innings finally stalled at 227-9, however, with Richie Bresnan hitting 51 not out to make sure maximum batting points were achieved.

Methley Seconds lost by 128 runs to Cleckheaton in the Seconds Teams Championship One as they were all out for 124 in reply to 252-4.

In the Second Teams Championship Two, Townville seconds raced to a nine-wicket win over Azaad.

Bowler Luke Slater set up the win with 6-21 as Azaad were dismissed for 79 and Kieran Samuels (24 not out) then led Townville home.

Great Preston Seconds beat Spen Victoria by 18 runs after bowling them out for 105 in reply to 123. Richard Young (37) top scored before Ian McDermott took 3-13 and Richard Atkin 3-25.