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New Farnley win thriller against Townville

New Farnley win thriller against Townville

Holders New Farnley secured their place in the semi-finals of the Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup after defeating battling Townville by 21-runs in a rousing third round tie.

They will be joined in Monday night’s draw by Cleckheaton, Woodlands, and Methley who all recorded resounding wins.

The repeat of last year’s final  at  New Farnley certainly delivered on its billing as the tie of the day and proved to be a great advert for Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League cricket.

The match was full of twists and turns and the spectators were treated to some thrilling batting by both sides.

One of the heroes for New Farnley was their 16-year-old opener Joe Pyrah, pictured top, who was called into the side on the morning of the game when skipper Lee Goddard was ruled out with a broken finger.

Pyrah, who had made 117 for the second team against Hanging Heaton on Saturday, soon showed why New Farnley have so much faith in him.

He made a stylish 67 which featured handsome drives as he featured in a second wicket partnership of 127 with centurion Adam Waite.

While Pyrah is clearly one to watch for the future, it as the experienced Waite who took centre stage with a superb innings of 106. He hit two sixes and 11 fours and long with Dan Hodgson (41) enabled New Farnley to pose a challenging score of 297-8.

Adam Waite celebrates after scoring a century for New Farnley against Townville. Picture: Ray Spencer

Harry Warwick batted impressively to make 82 for Townville. Picture: Ray Spencer

Conor Harvey launches anothe rbig hit during his rapid half century for Townville. Picture: Ray Spencer

Tom Brook threatened to snatch a dramatic victory for Townville Picture: Ray Spencer
It says much for the character of the Townville side that they were not daunted by the challenge confronting them. It was hard to understand how tis team had lost four successive league games as they gave New Farnley an almighty scare.

Harry Warwick showed them the way to get after the New Farnley attack as he drove powerfully to make 92. He looked poised to make a well-deserved century until he was superbly caught in the deep by Australian Liam Guthrie from the bowling of Dan Houghton.

When Townville slipped to 166-6 many might have thought their challenge was over, but this is a team that is not short on self-belief.

Conor Harvey showed why he is regarded as one of the best strikers of the ball in the league with a rapid 55 from 23 balls which included four sixes and seven fours.

And even when he departed the Townville onslaught continued with Tom Brook hitting three sixes and seven fours in an unbeaten 59.

Just when it looked like Townville would pull off an amazing win, they needed 22 from 14 balls with nine wickets down, a moment of confusion and some fine fielding by Pyrah resulted in last man Niall Charles being run out.

A relieved New Farnley celebrated while Townville were left to rue defeat from a match they contributed so much to.

Cleckheaton ended the hopes of Keighley, the last Division One club in the competition, after scoring 353-6 on their way to a 182-run win.

Opener Toby Booth led the way with 117, an innings containing three sixes and 16 fours, and was joined in a second wicket stand of 177 with Yousaf Baber (71). Richard Pyrah (54) and Mally Nicholson (40) added to the suffering of the home bowlers.

Keighley were dismissed for 171 with Simon Bailey (42), Adam Smith (39) and Billy Whitford (37) providing the bulk of the runs. Iain Wardlaw (3-44) and Amir Hussain (3-52) were the pick of the Cleckheaton bowlers.

Champions Woodlands eased into the semi-finals with a seven-wicket victory over Hanging Heaton. Muhammad Bilal (4-25) and Brad Schmulian (4-23) helped their side bowl out Hanging Heaton for 145, opener Josh Wheatley making 51.

Sam Frankland (79) and Brad Schmulian (34no) ensured that Woodlands eased to their victory target in 23.1 overs.

Methley, beaten finalists in 2017, defeated Bradford & Bingley by 26 runs at Little Church Lane. Their two form batsmen Jason Marshall (89) and Eitan Litvin (55) shared a third wicket stand of 109 before James Wainman (46) helped them to 233 all out.

Jack Hartley took 4-43 for Bradford & Bingley and top scored with a rousing 57no as his side were dismissed for 207. Will Luxton (41) and Charlie Davy (37) were the other main contributors as Wainman picked up 3-31.

The draw for the semi-finals of both the Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup and Gordon Rigg Priestley Shield will be published at 7.30pm on Monday evening.




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