Townville beat the weather to climb to second

Jack Hebden, who took four wickets for Townville.
Jack Hebden, who took four wickets for Townville.

Townville managed to beat the wet weather and opponents Lightcliffe to climb into second place in the Premier Division in a 20-over contest in the All Rounder Bradford League.

A fourth successive victory lifted Nick Bresnan’s men ahead of Farsley and Woodlands and they are 10 points behind new leaders Hanging Heaton, who are the only team to have beaten Townville so far in the league.

Townville went in first in the rain shortened game last Saturday and got off to a fast start with big hitting Conor Harvey promoted to open and smacking 22 off just seven balls with two sixes and two fours.

Kris Ward followed cheaply, but Jonny Booth, with 48, including five fours and two sixes, and Brayden Clark, with 32, kept the scoreboard ticking over.

With Jack Hughes hitting 23 off 12 balls, Nick Bresnan 23 off 15 balls and Shkym Haynes 15 from just five deliveries Townville were able to reach 180-6 in their 20 overs.

Ian Philliskirk plundered six sixes in a 28-ball 51 and opener Alex Stead scored 40 as Lightcliffe threatened to win their run chase, but with little further support they could only make 151-9 in their reply to lose by 29 runs.

Jack Hebden (4-40), Harvey (3-36) and Hughes (2-49) were wicket takers as Townville kept their nerve for a good win.

Methley were left frustrated as they failed to pick up winning points for the first time this season in Championship One as their game at Birstall was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Great Preston also had their Conference game abandoned at East Leeds.

Methley Seconds won a low scoring contest against Wakefield St Michael’s in the Second Teams Championship One.

In a game reduced to 25 overs-a-side, Methley only made 88-9, but won by 32 runs.

Josh Sullivan (3-12), Finley Rooke (3-25) and Robert Clegg (3-1) all bowled well as the Wakefield team were shot out for 56 in just 18.3 overs. David Winter had earlier top scored with 23 for Methley, while Joshua Neal contributed 15.

Great Preston Seconds’ game against Northowram Fields in the Second Teams Championship Two started but did not get far as it was abandoned after just two balls with Preston on 1-1.

Townville Seconds were unable to get any play in their Second Teams Conference match at home to Brook Walton.