Townville, Methley and Great Preston all enjoy victories

Batley wicket keeper Naik Zada is ready to pounce as Townville batsman Kris Ward faces up to this delivery in last Saturday's All Rounder Bradford League game. Picture: Andrew Bellis
Batley wicket keeper Naik Zada is ready to pounce as Townville batsman Kris Ward faces up to this delivery in last Saturday's All Rounder Bradford League game. Picture: Andrew Bellis

Townville are off and running in the Premier Division after beating Batley by 97 runs at home in the All Rounder Bradford League

After losing their opening game, Nick Bresnan’s men produced a commanding performance against their fellow promoted opponents.

After going in first they soon took charge with an opening stand of 62 between Kris Ward and Jonny Booth (32) followed by a 73-run partnership for the second wicket between the former and Brayden Clark (42).

Ward was eventually out for 74, having hit seven fours in his 106-ball knock, before some good hitting by Conor Harvey (42 off 24 balls), Nick Bresnan (25 off 19 deliveries) and Jack Hebden (26 from 16 balls) lifted Townville’s scoring rate, allowing them to end their 50 overs on 261-8.

Batley reached 64-2 in their reply, but it was downhill from there as they were bowled out for 164. Shabir Rashid (37) and Muhammad Hafeez (31) were their top scorers, but Townville backed up their good batting effort with a good bowling display, led by spinner Hughes, who took 4-25. Richie Bresnan weighed in with two wickets and there was one each for Harvey, Hebden and Shkym Haynes.

Methley continued their winning start to the season in Championship One with a massive 10-wicket success at Morley who were in the Premier last year.

Morley were never at the races as they struggled from the off after going in first. There was a brief recovery from the loss of two early wickets as they reached 36-2, but then a collapse saw them all out for only 65.

Opening bowler Sohail Raz led the way with 4-31 for Methley while Marcus Walmsley took 3-6, Mathew Lumb 2-19 and Eddie Walmsley 1-8.

Methley had no problems reaching their small target as they were guided home by opening batsmen Marcus Walmsley and Muhammad Akhlaq who both hit 28 not out and shared an unbroken stand of 69.

Akhlaq, who made 214 not out on his debut, has still not been dismissed in Championship One and has 242 runs to his name.

Bowlers Jacob Wright (4-32), Tom Humphries (3-46) and James Marston (2-23) paved the way for a six-wicket victory for Great Preston over Rodley in the Conference.

After going in first, Rodley looked set to post a decent total when reaching 107-3, but a lower order collapse saw them dismissed for 136.

Great Preston’s batsmen then comfortably saw their side through to a second victory of the season.

Openers Stuart Ruddick (23) and Lee Russell (13) gave them a solid start before Marston, with 47 made from just 40 balls, and Michael Wade (31 not out) ensured that Preston reached their target with six wickets and plenty of overs in hand.

The Second Teams Championship One game between Methley seconds and East Ardsley seconds was abandoned due to a lack of match umpires.

Great Preston seconds went down to a six-wicket defeat to Hartshead Moor in the Second Teams Championship Two.

David Illingworth top scored with 47, but although several other batsmen made starts they were unable to go on with Great Preston all out for 140 in the 42nd over.

Hartshead Moor, who also won their opening match, were always in control in their reply before reaching their target in the 35th over with Laurence Brooke (48 not out) and Robert Swift (41) top scoring and James Bickerdike taking 2-40 to be Preston’s most successful bowler.

Townville seconds produced a good all-round display to enjoy a five-wicket success against Windhill & Daisy Hill in the Second Teams Conference.

Five bowlers enjoyed wicket success as Windhill were shot out for 99 with Luke Slater taking 2-18, Ian Jones 2-5, Andy Ward 2-19, Will Rich 1-17 and Najeeb 1-17.

Townville were then guided home by opener Alec Boothroyd (40) and Jones (37), who combined in a 76-run stand to help the side to reach their target in the 25th over.