`

Townville pipped in thrilling cup clash

Jonathan Booth hit a superb 137 not out on Saturday.
Jonathan Booth hit a superb 137 not out on Saturday.

Bradford Premier Cricket League Championship B leaders Townville narrowly lost a thrilling Priestley Cup second round tie at Hanging Heaton on Sunday.

Chasing Hanging Heaton’s 310-5 from the full 50 overs, the Castleford side were 232-6 from 37.5 overs when heavy rain ended play.

Calculators were needed to determine the outcome, with Hanging Heaton’s slightly superior scoring rate giving them the edge.

Hanging Heaton had an overall run rate of 6.2 runs per over to Townville’s 5.89 which was calculated on the score after the last completed over of their reply.

Gary Fellows hit a magnificent 170 for Hanging Heaton.

Townville’s reply was in trouble at 89-5 in worsening light but they were rescued by Conor Harvey and captain Nick Bresnan.

Harvey smashed six sixes and eight fours in an unbeaten 87 off 47 balls. He put on 123 for the sixth wicket with ex-Hanging Heaton player Bresnan whose 52 came off 53 deliveries.

Just when Townville looked capable of pulling off an unlikely win they were foiled by the weather.

Jonathan Booth hammered a superb 137 not out as Townville made it eight wins from eight league games the previous day by beating Hopton Mills.

Booth struck six sixes and 16 fours and shared an opening 132-run stand with Kristian Ward (498) as Townville piled up 274-4 before declaring after 46 overs.

Jack Hughes (5-42) and Harvey (3-21) dismissed Hopton for 193.

It was a disappointing weekend for Methley.

They lost Saturday’s Championship B match against Brighouse at Little Church Lane.

Grant Soames (53) and Harry Anderson (40) top-scored in a Methley total of 146 which Brighouse overhauled for the loss of seven wickets.

Methley, who beat Premier Division East Bierley in the previous round of the Priestley Cup, bowed out with an 88-run defeat against another top-flight side Bradford and Bingley in a 30-over game on Sunday.

Chasing Bradford’s 215-2 that featured an unbeaten 112 by Charlie Best, Methley managed only 127-9, despite Barney Gibson’s 51 and Luke Bullingham’s 37.

Great Preston are only eight points adrift of Conference leaders Buttershaw St Paul’s after beating East Ardsley by 58 runs.

James Marston (4-28) and Lee Russell (3-36) routed Ardsley for 125, replying to Preston’s 183.

In the second-team competition,Methley are the new Championship B leaders.

They beat Azaad by three wickets thanks to Harry Sullivan (4-16), Beatrice Firth (4-21), Richard Smart (41) and Jake Smart (26no).

Methley are one point ahead of second-placed Batley.

Townville beat Conference rivals Crossbank Methodists by 98 runs.

Steven Walton (103no) put on 130 for the first wicket with Kieran Samuels (72) and shared a second-wicket stand of 126 with Ian Jones (80) as Townville raced to 276-3 before declaring after 48.1 overs.

Mathew Hughes snapped up 3-15 and Charlie Sykes 3-36 as Crossbank fell for 178.

Great Preston narrowly won a low-scoring game at Hunslet Nelson.

Mark Hargreaves (39) and Alastair Firth (38) were the only batsmen who made an impact as Preston were dismissed for 121.

They were rescued by Richard White (6-27) who skittled Hunslet for 114.