Bradford League: Methley lose ground despite Sohail’s all-round effort

Methley's Sohail Raz.
Methley's Sohail Raz.

Methley’s hopes of a title challenge in their first year in the Premier Division were hit when they lost to resurgent Cleckheaton in the All Rounder Bradford League.

While Grant Soames’ men stand in fifth place they are only 38 points behind leaders New Farnley so can still play a hand in the championship race. However, they cannot afford any more days like Saturday when they went down by 90 runs to a Cleckheaton side suddenly clicking as they were following up wins over New Farnley and Pudsey St Lawrence.

Nick Walker played a key role by taking 5-54 as Methley were bowled out for 182 in reply to Cleckheaton’s 272-8.

Sohail Raz (37) top scored after earlier taking 5-70 while Methley did not make the most of a decent start given them by openers Adal Islam (32) and Marcus Walmsley (16).

Cleckheaton’s innings featured 83 from opener Toby Thorpe and a brisk 59 from 32 balls by John Wood. Soames took 2-51 to join Raz in the wickets column.

Title-chasing Hanging Heaton were made to fight hard for their five-run win at Townville.

The eighth-placed home side looked well set at various stages in their reply to Hanging Heaton’s 206, but ultimately lost their last six wickets for 88 to fall agonisingly just short, all out for 201.

At 153-4 Townville were definitely favourites only to lose two wickets on that score and big ones to boot with the big hitting Conor Harvey going for 32 and Richard Bresnan for 56, his innings including 10 fours.

Alex Page (18) and Jack Hebden (19) kept the result in the balance, but Hanging Heaton held their nerve to record their narrow win with David Stiff (3-42) the best of their bowlers.

Ishmail Dawood (57) had earlier revived the Hanging Heaton innings after Townville’s overseas player Shahid Nawaz (5-57) had struck early blows.

Fourth-placed Great Preston had opener Michael Wade (48) to thank for guiding them to a four-wicket win over bottom team Windhill & Daisy Hill in the Conference.

Set 141 for victory, Chris Heald (3-27) ensured that Great Preston were made to work hard to get home, although they were always ahead of the game with James Conlon and Jack Morrison both hitting 19 and Stuart Ruddick (21 not out) ensuring the job was completed.

In the field, Preston did a good job to bowl Windhill & Daisy Hill out for a modest 140 with Jacob Wright taking 4-41 and Morrison 3-27.

Methley seconds have the threat of relegation hanging over them following a six-wicket home defeat to Cleckheaton in the Second Teams Championship One.

Not batting all their allotted overs cost Methley as despite Alex Cree’s 54 and 46 from Robert Clegg they were bowled out for 172 with Sam Bailey taking 5-68.

Cleckheaton then scored at just under seven-an-over in their reply as they reached their target for the loss of four wickets. James Gahan was the pick of Methley’s bowlers with 3-43.

Great Preston seconds made it a double success over the weekend as they won by seven wickets at Scholes in the Second Teams Championship Two on Sunday.

A good team effort in the field paved the way for the victory as Scholes were dismissed for a low 136 total. All five bowlers used by Preston enjoyed wicket success with Lee Russell taking 3-31, Ian McDermott 2-38, Sam Holmes 2-31, Richard White 2-3 and Aaron Milner 1-21.

Preston comfortably reached their target as opener Alastair Firth led the way with 46 and there were contributions from Russell (41) and Joe Thurlow (24).

A day earlier, Great Preston were also successful in a closer game, getting home by three wickets at Hartshead Moor. It was a good comeback from Preston as they bowled their opponents out for 134 after they had been 106-3 at one point. McDermott took 4-34, White 3-41 and Andy Clark 2-0.

Preston also lost wickets before edging home thanks largely to Clark’s unbeaten 48, which included eight fours.