Bradford League: Seven-up Harvey leads attack as Townville double up

Conor Harvey.
Conor Harvey.

All-rounder Conor Harvey was in superb bowling form as he helped Townville to a nine-run win over struggling Bradford & Bingley in the All Rounder Bradford League’s Premier Division.

Harvey took 7-49 from 14.3 overs and received good support from Shahid Nawaz (3-36) as Bradford & Bingley were all out for 171 in reply to the home side’s 180.

In a game that swung way then the other the close finish seemed unlikely when Bradford & Bingley were reduced to 23-4 in Harvey’s opening spell, but opener Jack Edgar (60) and skipper Matthew Duce (43) fought back.

At 159-5 the visitors were favourites with just 22 runs needed, but Harvey and Nawaz returned to the attack to swing the game finally Townville’s way.

Jonny Booth had been the mainstay for Townville in their innings as he hit 61, including 11 fours. Harry Clewett, with 26, was the next highest scorer.

Townville were also in winning form on Sunday as they beat East Bierley by six wickets.

Harvey was again among the wickets with 3-39, but it was Richie Bresnan, with 6-36, who did the most damage with Brierley dismissed for 106.

Townville comfortably reached their target with Clewett (42 not out) and Tim Walton (28 not out) bringing them home.

Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite was in fine form again for Methley as they continued their challenge in the Premier Division with a 92-run win over Farsley.

Waite took 4-12 in an impressive 10-over spell that contained seven maidens as Farsley were bowled out for 79. Adal Islam (4-20) backed up Waite’s efforts.

Adam Patel (63) top scored and hit nine fours and a six as Methley totalled 171 after being put in to bat.

Methley were handed Sunday’s rearranged game with Scholes as their opponents forfeited. They are now up to third, 27 points behind leaders Pudsey St Lawrence with three games left.

Jack Morrison hit a splendid century as Great Preston beat Sandal by 59 runs in a high scoring Conference match.

In a game that saw 597 runs scored, Preston piled up a massive 328-8 as Morrison led the way with a knock of 152 that included five sixes and 20 fours. He was backed up by Stuart Ruddick (46), Phil Schofield (38) and James Conlon (34). Sandal had a go in their reply, but fell short, on 269-9 with Oli Baron taking 3-56 and Morrison 2-72.

Second Teams Championship One leaders Farsley lost top spot as they were beaten by 43 runs by Methley seconds, who moved out of the relegation places as a result.

Alex Cree top scored with 54 in Methley’s 213-6 with useful efforts too from David Winter (40), Ben Waite (39) and Richard Smart (39 not out).

Farsley were all out for 170 with Waite taking 3-32.

Michael Wade hit a century as Great Preston seconds returned from Liversedge with a 44-run victory in Second teams Championship Two.

Wade smashed 13 fours and three sixes in an excellent knock of 117 and with support from Alastair Firth (44) Preston made 214.

Liversedge were bowled out for 170 as James Bickerdike took 4-33 and Richard Atkin 3-35.

Despite 39 by Ian Jones, Townville seconds were all out for only 100 as they lost by eight wickets to Hopton Mills.