Bradford League: Methley beat leaders but it’s mixed fortunes for Townville

Methley became the first team to lower the colours of Premier Division leaders New Farnley when they beat them by 39 runs in the Gordon Rigg Bradford League.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 9:00 am
Jordan Laban, who scored 69 for Methley against New Farnley.

Jordan Laban (69) and Yassir Ali (45no) paved the way for a victory that lifted Methley into third place as they helped their side to post a 191 score.

Laban hit 12 fours and a six in his 67-ball knock while skipper Thomas Chippendale also weighed in with a crucial 32 from 45 balls late on.

New Farnley slipped to 6-3 and 18-4 in their reply with Chippendale claiming the prized wicket of his opposite number Lee Goddard for a duck. Dan Hodgson tried to repair the damage with 38, but his former Farsley teammate James Logan (3-43) ensured Methley did not let their opponents off the hook as they were dismissed for 152.

Townville climbed to fourth with a 12-run victory at old rivals Wrenthorpe.

A close finish looked unlikely when Wrenthorpe were reduced to 89-6 in reply to Townville’s 220 by Ritchie Bresnan (4-41) and Conor Harvey (3-59), but Matthew Race (90) and Sam Storr (63) went on the attack and came close to bringing their side home before they fell short at 208-8 in a game reduced to 38 overs-a-side.

Townville’s 220 total was built around contributions from a number of batsmen, including Harvey (38), overseas player Athelbert Braithwaite (32), Jonny Booth (29) and Harry Warwick (23).

Despite the efforts of Ben Broxup (48) and Ian Newton (39), Great Preston went down by 10 runs to Rodley in Division Three.

Preston were restricted to 191-8 in a 39-over contest with opener Dan Ranasinghe also contributing 26. They were replying to Rodley’s 201-6.

Townville missed out on a place in the quarter-finals of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup when they lost by 78 runs to Woodlands, who will now go on to host Castleford.

Spinner Kez Ahmed (6-37) and Brad Schmulian (3-10) did the damage as Townville were bowled out for 165 in response to Woodlands’ 243-3.

In what was the third attempt to play the game, Woodlands’ batsmen initially dominated despite Harry Warwick taking 3-46. Athelbert Braithwaite (40) and skipper Jack Hughes (42) top scored in Townville’s reply.