Openers put on 112 as Townville bounce back

Australian all-rounder Jackson Freeman was in top form for Great Preston.
Australian all-rounder Jackson Freeman was in top form for Great Preston.

Leaders Townville bounced back from their first league defeat of the season in Bradford League Championship B with Saturday’s eight-wicket win at Altofts.

After losing by four runs at Bowling Old Lane, the Castleford side put their promotion bid firmly back on track with their 13th win in 14 league matches.

They are 47 points clear of second-placed Wrenthorpe who beat Hartshead Moor by eight wickets.

Conor Harvey (4-46 from 13 overs), Jack Hughes (4-38 from 14.2) and Nadim Hussain (2-26 from 10) bowled out Altofts for 176.

New Zealander Matthew Holstein led Altofts’ scoring, hitting 11 fours in an excellent 63 off 109 balls.

Openers Matthew Bremner and Jonathan Booth gave Townville’s reply a great start by putting on 112.

Booth struck 63 off 87 deliveries while Bremner finished unbeaten on 65 as Townville eased to victory in 39.3 overs.

Jack Hughes (20no) and Tim Walton (16) were Townville’s other scorers.

Townville host lowly Brighouse on saturday.

Third-placed Methley visit Gomersal this weekend following a 118-run victory over Spen Victoria last Saturday.

Hamid Khan (91) shared an opening 71-run stand with Marcus Walmsley (40) and put on 129 for the second wicket with Ashton Blakey (65) as Methley piled up 269-4 which also included 38 by Edward Walmsley.

Grant Soames claimed 5-19 from 7.3 overs and Sohail Raz (3-33) and Marcus Walmsley (2-35) also bowled well to send Spen’s reply collapsing from 48 without loss to 151 all out.

Australian all-rounder Jackson Freeman was again in outstanding form as Great Preston took advantage of Conference leaders Northowram Fields’ inactivity to close the gap at the top.

Opener Freeman smashed two sixes and 15 fours in a sparkling 117 off 138 deliveries as Preston posted 229-9.

He put on 78 for the third wicket with James Marston (32).

Jackson then snapped up 7-47 in a 13 over spell to skittle Oulton for 99 to leave second-placed Preston just seven points adrift of Northowram.

In the second-team competition, Methley coasted to an eight-wicket win against Championship B’s bottom team Spen Victoria.

Harry Sullivan grabbed 6-44 and Beatrice Firth 2-27 to topple Spen for 132.

Openers Harry and Richard Sullivan shared an 85-run stand as Methley knocked off the runs in 35.4 overs.

Townville and Great Preston both won in the Conference.

Jack Rich’s 119 off 129 balls, which featured 20 boundaries, was the highlight as Townville trounced Rodley by 175 runs.

Skipper Andy Ward (45), Kevin Rich (34) and Kieran Samuels (32) also put Rodley’s bowlers to the sword.

Jack Rich (5-27) and Luke Slater (2-17) dismissed Rodley for 120.

Second-placed Great Preston comfortably beat Oulton.

Stuart Ruddick (38), James Conlon (32) and Brett Hardacre (31) led Preston to 233-9 in their allotted 50 overs.

Opener Matthew Boucher tried hard to hold Oulton’s reply together.

He struck 59 off 56 deliveries but Zahoor Ahmed (29) was the only other batsmen who made an impact as the visittors were bowled out for 155.

Richard White was Preston’s best bowler with 4-21 from 7.5 overs.

Adrian Sharp and Mayur Patel both took two wickets.