Walmsley twins put Methley back on winning track

Methley's Eddie Walmsley.
Methley's Eddie Walmsley.

Twins Eddie and Marcus Walmsley took three wickets each against their former club as Methley returned to winning ways following two defeats in the All Rounder Bradford League.

Up against Bankfoot in the Championship B, Methley came up with a vital 58-run win to stay in touch with the top three.

A great effort in the field sealed the win after Methley had struggled with the bat.

Prospects of victory looked slim after Methley could only manage a modest 129 when batting first. Late order runs from Sohail Raz (28 not out) and Jake McCaffery (14) proved crucial after only skipper Grant Soames (32) and Marcus Walmsley (15) could make any impact in the top half.

But Bankfoot batsmen were also soon made to struggle as they were reduced to 26-5 and could not recover, being all out for 71.

Former Bankfoot player Marcus Walmsley (3-23) and Samuel Mofokeng (1-9) did the initial damage while Raz took 2-19 and Eddie Walmsley 3-9.

Townville extended their lead at the top of Championship B to 44 points as they made it nine wins from nine games with a 24-run success against closest challengers Wrenthorpe.

Excellent all-round efforts from Jack Hughes and Conor Harvey were at the heart of a big victory over opponents in second place.

Hughes produced another fine innings of 94, including 12 fours and two sixes, to lead the way as Townville went in first and made 241 from their 50 overs.

Support came from Tim Walton (21), Nick Bresnan (35) and Harvey, who blasted three sixes and three fours in a 19-ball knock of 35 that really gave the innings some momentum.

Wrenthorpe began their reply well as they reached 82-1 before Jack Hebden had opener Darryl Hendricks caught by Liam Booth for 41 and Hughes had Luke Patel caught by Matt Bremner for 33

Greg Wood (47) and Chris Leaf (42) kept the home team in the hunt, but Harvey (4-69) ensured that Townville wrapped up another success as they dismissed the home side for 217 with nine balls to spare.

Hughes finished with 2-48 and Hebden 2-21 while Nadim Hussain and Alex Page took a wicket each.

With Buttershaw St Paul’s not having a game in the Conference, Great Preston took their chance to climb above them to top spot.

Australian Jackson Freeman was in good form as he made 54 and took 4-53 in an 107-run win at Adwalton.

Freeman, who hit seven fours and three sixes, shared an opening stand of 122 with Lee Russell, who hit 14 fours and two sixes in his knock of 77 as Great Preston made 243-9 despite the efforts of James Curtis (4-19) and Chris Priestley (3-45). Andy Clark also weighed in with an unbeaten 33 off 35 balls.

Adwalton never looked likely to reach the big target and were all out for 136 with Freeman and Russell (3-33) doing the main damage again and James Marston taking 2-27.

Methley seconds were knocked off top spot in the Championship B Second XI when they suffered a first league defeat of the season against new leaders Batley II.

Only three batsmen reached double figures as Methley were dismissed for 69, with David Willey (27) top scoring. Batley then had no problems knocking off the runs to get home by a nine-wicket margin.

In the Conference Second XI, Great Preston seconds climbed up to fourth place after a three-wicket win at home to Adwalton II.

A batting collapse saw Adwalton go from a promising 81-2 to 101 all out as Kurtis Walker polished off their lower order with four wickets without cost in just two overs. Adrian Sharp claimed 3-19, Ian McDermott 2-18 and Mayur Patel 1-25.

Preston also collapsed from 66-2 to 76-7, but got home with McDermott hitting 24 not out and Joe Thurlow 28.

Townville seconds were bowled out for only 65 as they lost by 57 runs to Liversedge II despite 26 not out by Charlie Sykes and 4-21 by Tom Mellor.