Leaders Townville bag seventh straight win

David Illingworth's battling 62 was in vain for Great Preston in a 31-run defeat against Azaad.
David Illingworth's battling 62 was in vain for Great Preston in a 31-run defeat against Azaad.

Bradford Premier League Championship B leaders Townville had mixed luck in league and cup matches last weekend.

They made it seven wins from seven league games by crushing bottom team Hartshead Moor on Saturday but they bowed out of the Heavy Woollen Cup when they lost a high scoring match at Huddersfield League Scholes the next day.

Nadim Hussain (6-22) and Jack Hebden (3-11) skittled Hartshead for 74.

Opener Jonathan Booth finished unbeaten on 34 as Townville coasted to a nine-wicket win that put them 30 points clear of second-placed Wrenthorpe.

Townville slipped to a four-wicket defeat at Scholes in the Heavy Woollen Cup quarterfinals.

The Castleford side posted a formidable 298-6 which included a whirlwind unbeaten 56 by Conor Harvey but Scholes knocked off the runs with one over to spare.

Methley are fourth in Championship B, 39 points adrift of Townville, after suffering only their second league defeat of the season.

They paid dear for a poor batting display in a five-wicket loss at Altofts.

New Zealander Matthew Holstein snapped up 4-18 as Methley were bowled out for 95.

Methley’s highest scorer was Barney Gibson (18).

Edward Walmsley (2-23) and Sohail Raz (2-21) reduced Altofts’ reply to 65-5 before Myles Robinson’s unbeaten 29 saw them home.

Great Preston’s Conference promotion bid suffered a setback with a 31-run defeat against Wakefield-based Azaad.

Chasing Azaad’s 207-8, Great Preston managed only 176, despite David Illingworth’s 62 and Stuart Ruddick’s 37.

James Marston (3-32) was Great Preston’s best bowler. Andrew Clark and Adrian Sharp each claimed two wickets.

In the second-team competition, Ian Jones hammered a magnificent unbeaten 158 as Townville inflicted Conference leaders Northowram Fields’ first league defeat of the season.

Jones struck six sixes and 17 fours in his 131-ball innnings as Townville raced to 244-6.

Mathew Hughes (29) and skipper Andy Ward (22) were Townville’s other main scorers.

Andy Ward bagged 4-36 from 12 overs and Jones took 2-20 from five as Northowram’s reply was restricted to 196-9.

Unbeaten Methley maintained their Championship B title challenge by crushing Altofts.

Second-placed Methley are just seven points adrift of leaders East Ardsley.

Harry Sullivan (4-8), James Gahan (3-19) and Stephen Preshaw (3-20) routed Altofts for 53.

Methley’s reply started badly when they lost openers Robert Clegg and Sullivan with just one run on the board but David Winter (43no) and Joshua Neal (14no) then shared can unbroken 56-run stand as they overhauled the target in only 7.4 overs.

Great Preston lost by 55 runs to Conference rivals Liversedge.

Richard Young (5-61) and Richard White (3-50) toppled Liversedge for 216 which included half centuries by Arshad Ali and Matthew Barnes.

Preston’s reply was soon in deep trouble at 32-6.

Clinton Griffiths (45), White (39) and Ian McDermott (36) led a fightback but their efforts were in vain as Preston were eventually all out for 161.