Illingworth guides Great Preston home for sweet revenge

Great Preston's David Illingworth bowling against East Leeds.
Great Preston's David Illingworth bowling against East Leeds.

Great Preston earned instant revenge on the only team to beat them in the Central Yorkshire League when they came out on top in a run chase against Division One leaders East Leeds.

The three-wicket success saw them cut the gap on the table toppers, although they still remain two points behind after they could not earn full points as they did not bowl their opponents out.

East Leeds opted to bat first, but Matt King had early success when he removed both openers with just 23 on the board.

Ian Newton entered the attack and removed the dangerous Daniel Thewlis for 26, but dropped catches and missed run outs hampered Preston’s effort and Kirti Tandel was given three reprieves on his way to a well made 96.

At drinks a score of 300 was looking possible, but Preston fought back and East Leeds were kept to 224-9 from their 50 overs with King finishing with 4-67, Newton 4-44 and Lee Russell 1-31.

Danusha Ranasinghe twisted his knee while fielding so Russell opened up with King as Preston began their reply. They were soon 8-2 with King and James Marston out cheaply.

Russell (40) and Gary Newton (52) added 89 for the third wicket to add some stability. But when both were dismissed in quick succession and Stuart Ruddick followed, they were again struggling on 110-5.

Both the returning Richard Young and skipper Newton hit 20, but it was David Illingworth that stood up to the plate hitting 59 not out off 57 balls as he, along with Andy Clark (12 not out), ensured Preston got over the line in the 37th over with three wickets to spare.

Townville moved up to second place in the Premiership when they made short work of beating Carlton by nine wickets.

A good effort in the field paved the way for the victory as Carlton were all out for 127 with Jack Hughes taking 3-31, Joseph Finnigan 2-12, Nick Bresnan 2-10, Anurag Verma 1-23 and Conor Harvey 1-21.

Kris Ward (52 not out) and Jonny Booth (54) then made sure there was not going to be any upset as they combined for a century opening stand for Townville, who reached their target in the 24th over. Ward hit five fours and two sixes with Booth cracking 11 fours.

Methley remain six points clear at the top of the Premier after a five-wicket success at Mirfield Parish Cavaliers.

Eddie Walmsley took 4-28, Marcus Walmsley 3-59 and Ben Waite 2-29 as Mirfield were dismissed for 192.

Methley then reached their target with five overs to spare, getting home in the 36th over as Marcus Walmsley top scored with 47 and there were solid efforts from Richard Foster (33), Eddie Walmsley (24), Luke Patel (33) and Sohail Raz (16 not out).

A six-wicket haul from Stephen Preshaw helped Methley A to victory over Mirfield Parish Cavaliers A in the Second Team Premier.

Mirfield were all out for 96 as Preshaw took 6-37 and Kieron Holliday 2-51. Methley then reached their target with five to spare, Richard Smart (27 not out) top scoring.

Townville A lost a low scoring contest by two wickets at Oulton A in the Second Team Championship.

Despite 32 from Tom Mellor, 24 by Andy Ward and 22 by Ben Collinson, Townville were all out for 99. They did do well in the field with Alistair Ward taking 3-39 and two wickets each for Andy Ward and Charlie Sykes, but Oulton sneaked home in the 42nd over.

Second team Division One leaders Great Preston A took four points from a winning draw at East Leeds A.

Richard White and Adrian Sharp took three wickets each as East Leeds were kept to 167-8. Preston then reached their target with four wickets to spare as White (41 not out), James Conlon (36) and Michael Wade (33) led the way.

Premiership (all played eight): Methley 40 points, Townville 34, Wrenthorpe 30, Ossett 26, Wakefield Thornes 25, Birstall 22, Carlton 19, Hunslet Nelson 15, Batley 13, Buttershaw SP 11, Mirfield PC 11, Altofts 8.

Division One: East Leeds played 7 - points 27, Great Preston 7-25, Gildersome 7-23, Adwalton 7-21, Mirfield 7-18, Rodley 7-11, Crossbank Methodists 6-5.

Second Team Premier (all played eight): Batley A 36 points, Wakefield Thornes A 33, Ossett A 33, Wakefield SM A 30, Methley A 30, Carlton A 25, Mirfield PC A 21, Altofts A 17, Birstall A 16, Wrenthorpe A 15, Buttershaw SP A 15, East Ardsley A 5.

Second Team Championship: Azaad A played 7 - points 31, Oulton A 7-26, Hopton Mills A 7-25, Liversedge A 7-18, Townville A 7-15, Northowram Fields A 6-12, Hunslet Nelson A 7-11.

Second Team Division One (all played eight): Great Preston A 36 points, Gildersome A 32, East Leeds A 28, Rodley A 28, Caribbean A 28, Adwalton A 21, Mirfield A 10, Crossbank Methodists A 2.

l Methley have been drawn at home to local rivals Townville in the Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-finals.

l Townville host New Farnley in the Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-finals on a date to be arranged.

Methley were knocked out at the second round stage on Sunday against Kirkburton.

Marcus Walmsley hit 66 and Richard Foster 42, but they fell 83 runs short when all out for 193 in reply to 276-6.

Eddie Walmsley (3-31) was the pick of Methley’s bowlers, who found it hard to reign the Huddersfield League side in.