Townville make national progress

Jack Hughes, in good form for Towmville.
Jack Hughes, in good form for Towmville.

Townville left Yorkshire Premier League team Doncaster Town stunned as they came home with a terrific win in the first round of the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

Opener Jonny Booth led the way with an unbeaten 76 as Townville successfully chased down a 207-run target to win with eight wickets and more than seven overs to spare at Town Fields.

Booth hit two sixes and four fours and combined with Chris Holliday (48) for an 80-run second wicket stand before joining with Jack Hughes for an unbroken partnership of 106 to seal a much easier win than was anticipated.

Hughes hit 10 fours and a six in his 64 not out, made from just 50 balls, and was also in tremendous form with the ball, taking 4-27 from nine overs to play a big part in restricting the hosts to a 206-6 score from their 45 overs.

Former Yorkshire player Simon Guy hit an unbeaten 82 for Doncaster while there was one wicket each for Nick Bresnan and Peter Hepworth.

Townville were left frustrated a day earlier as they were denied the full point victory they would have got in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership by the weather.

Up against Hunslet Nelson, they were just one wicket away and had 25 overs left when heavy rain ended play early with Nelson on 81-9 in reply to Townville’s 274-9.

The abandonment was particularly tough on Conor Harvey, who took 4-18 and hit 31 runs, Anurag Verma, who claimed 3-27, and batsmen Holliday (79) and Hughes (55) who had helped put the side in such a strong position.

Methley had contrasting fortunes over the weekend as they followed a fine league win with a defeat in the ECB National Club Championship.

They were in great form on Saturday as they beat the weather by winning in quick time against promoted Batley in the only CYL Premiership game completed.

Batley were never in the contest as they went in first and were bowled out for 105 – with 50 of those runs coming in a last-wicket stand between Muhammad Hafeez (29 not out) and Huzaifa Patel (19).

Methley skipper Marcus Walmsley led the way with 6-62 while Sohail Raz took 3-34. Methley then wasted no time reaching their small target for the loss of just one wicket with Fahid Rehman hitting 59 not out and Luke Patel 30 not out.

On Sunday it was a different story as Methley were bowled out for 157 when going in first against Chesterfield in the national competition.

Marcus Walmsley top scored with 37, but will be disappointed his side did not bat out all their overs and despite a battling effort in the field they could not prevent the visitors from reaching their target with four wickets to spare.

Ross Whiteley top scored with 68 for Chesterfield while Patel was the pick of the Methley bowlers with 3-29.

Great Preston were left frustrated by the weather in their CYL Division One game after piling up a huge score against fellow league newcomers Crossbank Methodists.

Despite losing the toss, they went on to make 316-3 from their 50 overs with Australian Matty King continuing his impressive start to the season by batting through for a chanceless unbeaten 153.

Support came from James Marston (51), Dan Ranasinghe (50) and Lee Russell (37), but it all proved in vain as the game could not be completed with rain ending play after the hosts had reached 63-1 in their reply.

Great Preston A were able to complete their Second Team Division One game and beat Rodley after restricting them to 143-9. The batting stuttered, but anchored by Jimmy Conlon (48 not out), Preston got home with four wickets to spare for a four-point victory.

Methley A tied with Wakefield Thornes A in the Second Team Premier with both sides all out for 156.

Harry Anderson (45) top scored while Joshua Sullivan and Ben Waite took four wickets each.