Bradford League: Townville enjoy bank holiday double over Methley and Pudsey St Lawrence

Townville maintained their second position in the Premier Division of the Gordon Rigg Bradford League when they came out on top by seven runs in their clash with Pudsey St Lawrence yesterday.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 5:51 pm
Richie Bresnan, who took wickets for Townville against Pudsey St Lawrence and Methley.

In a strong all-round effort Jack Hughes’ men posted a challenging 231-8 total without any of their batsmen making a big score.

They did have a number of handy contributions, however, with Athelbert Braithwaite hitting 36, Harry Warwick 35, Chris Gray 31, Conor Harvey 30 and Jonny Booth 21.

Pudsey’s reply saw Mark Robertshaw make 84 and Harry Cullingford 51, but Townville kept chipping away and even the late efforts of James Smith (30no) could not deny them a hard earned win.

Richie Bresnan led the Townville attack with 3-49 while Harvey claimed 2-50 and Harry Clewett 2-66 as St Lawrence ended on 224-7.

Townville were also celebrating two days earlier as they convincingly beat local rivals Methley.

The nine-wicket victory was based on a superb effort in the field as Methley were dismissed for just 87 after being put in.

Harvey (4-27) and Bresnan (3-15) did most of the damage while Yasir Ali (22) top scored for Methley, who were able to call on the services of Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite for the match. He could only make eight before being bowled by Bresnan.

Openers Braithwaite (48) and Jonny Booth (30no) ensured that Townville eased to victory with no alarms.

There was more disappointment for Methley on Monday when they were beaten by 112 runs against Premier leaders Woodlands.

Muhammad Bilal produced the season’s best bowling figures of 8-17 as Methley’s batting woes continued and they were all out for 72 in reply to the defending champions’ score of 184.

Tim Jackson (39) and skipper Cieran Garner (31) were their top scorers against a bowling attack in which spinner James Logan took 4-61 and Ben Waite 3-53.

An unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 128 between Jacob Wright (80no, including nine fours and two sixes) and Sam Wright (42no) helped Great Preston post a score of 222-6 on their way to a 100-run win over Gildersome & Farnley Hill in Division Three.

Ian Newton also contributed 24 and captain Oli Baron 20.

Wright followed up his batting exploits by taking 3-54 with the ball while Lee Russell claimed 5-46 as Great Preston bowled out their opponents for 122 to move up to fifth.