Hughes is all-round star as Townville close gap on leaders

Townville's Jack Hughes.
Townville's Jack Hughes.

Townville closed to within four points of leaders Methley as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership with a 57-run win over Batley.

An excellent all-round effort from Jack Hughes was at the heart of the victory as he followed up a knock of 62 not out by taking six wickets.

Townville were put on the way to a good score as Jonny Booth combined with Kris Ward (15) and Chris Holliday (42) in stands of 46 and 76 for the first two wickets.

Booth fell for 66, having hit two sixes and seven fours, but Hughes maintained the momentum by hitting 62 from 63 balls, smashing two sixes and five fours. Support came from Anurag Verma (29 not out) and Townville reached 218-4.

Batley began their reply well enough when reaching 71-1 and 116-3, but lost their last seven wickets for 45 runs to be 161 all out. Hughes was chief tormentor, taking 6-44 from 15 overs while Peter Hepworth chipped in with two wickets,

Methley have now been joined on 28 points at the top of the Premiership after they were forced to settle for a winning draw against Wrenthorpe while Ossett were gaining all six against Birstall.

Reigning champions Methley were up against a Wrenthorpe team showing signs of revival this year and they were made to work hard.

They could not bowl Wrenthorpe out as they posted a competitive total of 212-6, with Jordan Sleightholme top scoring with 82 not out and Chris Leaf hitting 51 not out against his former team.

Mustafa Bashir (2-68) and Waqas Khan (2-34) were Methley’s most successful bowlers.

Richard Foster’s 43 off 46 balls got Methley’s reply off to a decent start, but when Dan Broadbent (22) fell the game was in the balance with the score on 121-4.

However, Luke Patel and Sohail Raz came together for a match clinching partnership of 84 and it was virtually all over when the latter was out for 43 after hitting two sixes and five fours.

Patel, playing against his old club, remained to see the job through, finishing on 86 not out, including 11 fours and two sixes, as Methley reached their target in the 46th over with five wickets to spare.

Great Preston’s unbeaten start in Division One continued as they beat Mirfield by 147 runs.

Batting first, they piled up a big 246-9 total as James Marston anchored the innings with a cracking century, hitting exactly 100, including 10 boundaries.

Opener Lee Russell hit 47, with seven fours, while Andy Clark smashed 24 late on.

In reply, Mirfield never threatened to get close as Clark took 6-18 and Russell 3-52 to skittle the hosts for 99.

An unbeaten half century from David Winter saw Methley A through to a six-wicket win against Wrenthorpe A in the Second Team Premier.

Winter hit 67 not out and Jake McCaffery 29 as Methley comfortably overhauled Wrenthorpe’s 120 all out.

Ben Waite (3-33), Stephen Preshaw (2-30), Kieron Holliday (3-23) and Joshua Sullivan (2-13) had all bowled well to restrict Wrenthorpe batsmen.

Townville A batsmen hit some form in their 80-run win over Hopton Mills in the Second Team Championship.

Andy Ward (93, including five sixes and 13 fours), Alec Boothroyd (44) and Tom Mellor (27) led the way as Townville made 199.

They then bowled their opponents out for 119 with Matthew Hughes taking 5-23, Mellor 2-19 and Ward 2-45.

Second Team Division One leaders Great Preston A had to settle for four points from their winning draw against Mirfield A.

Going in first, they recovered well from 57-4 to post a 242-6 total as skipper Richard White hit nine fours and three sixes in his knock of 67 and Clinton Griffiths smashed three sixes and six fours in his 52. Neil Carter also contributed 34 while Anthony Hill hit 29 not out and Callum Hepworth-Smith 23 not out.

Mirfield’s reply never really got going as Kurtis Walker took 5-27, but Preston were unable to take the last wicket to secure all six points with Mirfield finishing on 138-9.

l Half centuries from Chris Holliday and Jonny Booth helped Townville to a six-wicket win at Shelley in the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup on Sunday.

Shelley posted a good 226 total with Jack Hughes (3-42) and Peter Hepworth (3-45) the pick of the Townville bowlers.

But Townville reached their target impressively with Holliday hitting an unbeaten 65, Booth 56 and skipper Nick Bresnan 39.

Townville now host New Farnley or Skelmanthorpe in the quarter-finals. They are still unbeaten in all competitions this season, but were forced to concede their ECB National Club Championship tie against Treeton because of a fixture pile-up as it was also due to be played last Sunday.