Bradford League: Spinners Hughes and Clewett pave way for Townville

Jack Hughes (4-9) and Harry Clewett (4-23) put Bankfoot in a spin as Townville strolled into the quarter-finals of the Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 8:00 am
All-round star: Townville's Jack Hughes. Picture Scott Merrylees

Division One promotion chasers Bankfoot were dismissed for 114 by Premier title challengers Townville with their spinners doing much of the damage.

Athelbert Braithwaite (37), skipper Hughes (30no), Jonny Booth (22) and Harry Warwick (19no) ensured Townville reached their target in just 16.1 overs with eight wickets to spare and they are now at home to Woodlands in the last eight.

Methley were unable to go through as they crashed out in a six-wicket defeat to holders Woodlands.

It was spinners doing the damage again as Kez Ahmed (5-19) and Chris Brice (4-10) helped bowl Methley out for 109 with only opener Gharib Nawaz (43) and Jordan Laban (23) making much of an impression.

Saturday brought better fortunes for Methley as Eitan Litvin hit his first Gordon Rigg Bradford League to help them to a 75-run win at Farsley in the Premier.

Litvin hit 11 fours and a six as he amassed 100no and shared in a fourth wicket stand of 177 with Jason Marshall (90, including 14 fours) that enabled Methley to post a score of 282-7. Opener Alex Cree also hit 34.

Farsley were all out for 207 in reply as seamer Ben Waite claimed 5-48 and Yasir Ali took 3-52 for fourth-placed Methley.

Townville went back up to second place in the Premier Division ahead of a big game with leaders Woodlands at Albert Terrace this Saturday when they beat Batley by five runs.

In a surprisingly close contest, all-rounder Conor Harvey played a big part as he hit 57no from 31 balls in Townville’s 241-5 and took 4-83 as their bottom of the table opponents replied with 236-6. Warwick also hit 65 and Booth 48.

Great Preston’s Jacob Wright (5-25) and Lee Russell (5-24) shot out East Leeds for 54 to set up a 10-wicket win in their Division Three game.

Skipper Oli Baron then led his side home with an unbeaten 44 from 20 balls as the small target was reached from just 5.4 overs to move Preston up to third place.