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Townville storm to top of the table

Townville storm to top of the table


The rain played havoc with the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League Cup competitions with just seven of the 20 matches being completed.

Townville were one of the teams to find a silver lining among the dark clouds that gathered over so many of the league’s grounds.

They completed the double over Hanging Heaton to take over the leadership of the Premier East Section from their rivals.

Townville skipper Jack Hughes in action during his spell of 4-11. Picture: Richard Kosmala

Townville put Hanging Heaton into bat and dismissed them for 127 with skipper Jack Hughes taking 4-11 with his left-arm spin. Only opener Nick Connolly (33) made an impression for the visitors.

Townville knocked off the runs with seven overs to spare thanks to an unbeaten 63 from Harry Warwick and 32 from Hughes.

With two games to go, Townville have 100 points and are 13 ahead of Hanging Heaton in the battle to qualify for the final against the West Section winners on September 19.

Methley dropped to the bottom of the East Section after losing to Wrenthorpe for the second time this season. This time the margin was six runs after another close-fought encounter.

Wicketkeeper Sam Storr (52no), Arjun Ramkumar (46) and Jonathan Donnelly (36) helped Wrenthorpe make 196-8 despite the efforts of Robert Clegg (4-33).

Methley started well with their 15-year-old opener Alex Cree (49) and Marcus Walmsley (38) setting a sound base. Unfortunately, only Jonathan Read (42) could build on their work as Methley were dismissed for 190, with Ollie Kilburn, who after five overs had figures of 0-23, finished with 4-27.

During the innings, Methley batsman Jason Marshall was given out for obstructing the field. He was sent back by his partner when attempting a suicidal single to cover.

The ball was initially returned to the non-striker’s end where the bowler then threw it towards the wicketkeeper. As the ball was passing Marshall he extended his arm that was not holding the bat and blocked the ball. After a consultation between the umpires the act was deemed to be wilful and he was given out.

There was just two overs of play in the game between East Section leaders Pudsey St Lawrence and Bradford & Bingley during which time the Saints made 5-1, so second-placed New Farnley were hoping to take the opportunity to close the 14-point gap.

Steve Bullen on the attack for New Farnley at Cleckheaton. Picture: Ray Spencer

Spinner Azeem Rafiq in action for Cleckheaton against New Farnley Picture: Ray Spencer

Skipper Lee Goddard was going well on 73 not out as they reached 118-4 before rain brought an end to play after 27.3 overs in their match at Cleckheaton so they have plenty of work to do in the final two fixtures if they are to top the section and reach the final.

The inter-Divisional clash between the newly promoted clubs Batley and Morley fell victim to the rain after 28 overs had been bowled. Batley were 134-5 with Yasir Ali unbeaten on 45.

Pudsey Congs need just six points from their last two game to be guaranteed a place in the Division One final after beating Keighley by 49 runs to record their sixth straight East Section win.

They made 145-6 when they batted first with Sabir Mahmood making 33 as they battled against some tight bowling from Paul Quinlan (4-28).

The home side found the going tough when they replied against the economical Congs attack. Only Raees Hussain (45) looked set as Vinit Patel (3-14) and Ryan Heptinstall (3-11) kept up the pressure.

Congs now have100 points and are 34 ahead of Bankfoot who saw their hopes quite literally get washed away as their game with Gomersal was abandoned with them on 58-2 after 20.1 overs.

Carlton had built a score of 166-8 at Birstall after 33 overs when their match was abandoned. Jonathan Rudge hit 50 while Cameron Wallis (40) and Daniel struck.

White (32) helped swell the score.

West Section leaders East Bierley were again frustrated by the weather as their game with second-placed Ossett came to a halt with their opponents on 110-6. Joe Finnigan was unbeaten on 33 when the rain

Sandal made it six wins out of six as they defeated Hunslet Nelson by 37 runs to secure their place in the Division Two final.

Sam Scott continued his good form by making 48 as Sandal scored 134-9 in an innings reduced to 34 overs. Will Stiff was the pick of the Nelson bowlers with 3-42.

Hunslet Nelson were bowled out for 97 with only Sam Haigh (32) making an impression as Brandon Hewlett (3-21) and Zaeem Zulfqar (3-27) got to work.

Spen Victoria’s last lingering hope of catching Sandal went down the drain when their game was abandoned with Northowram Fields on 45-2.

East Ardsley are just one point adrift of Spen Victoria after their two-wicket wick over Hopton Mills.  Peter Bowles hit an unbeaten 66 and was supported by skipper Richard Vigars (36) as East Ardsley edged past their opponents’ score with eight wickets down.

Ashley Mackereth took 3-26 for Hopton Mills while Harry Crowhurst hit an unbeaten 55 when they batted first.

Jer Lane need 11 points from their last two West Section games to secure their place alongside Sandal in the Division Two final.

Their hopes of extending a five-match winning run were scuppered when their game with Buttershaw St Paul’s was abandoned with their rivals on the rack at 69-5.

Only 14 overs of play were possible at Scholes where Bowling Old Lane made 43-2 before the weather brought an early end.

Altofts maintained their position at the top of the Division Three East Section with a seven-run win in a rain-affected contest at Gildersome & Farnley Hill.

Put in to bat, Altofts made 181 in 31.5 overs with Ben Walsh making 59 and Harry Wilkinson (42), Liam Pearson was the best of the home bowlers with 3-36.

Rain led to Gildersome & Farnley Hill being set a revised target of 138 from 22 overs and they made a brave bid to get the runs.

Gethin Clarke his five sixes and six fours while making 69 but Altofts plugged away with Elliot Carter taking 4-26 as Gildersome & Farnley Hill were dismissed for 130 in 21.4 overs.

Oulton kept alive their hopes of overhauling Altofts and reaching the final in their last season in the league by beating Great Preston by 110 runs.

Opener Jonathan Henshaw (52), Ben Child (44) and William Harrison (32) helped Oulton post a challenging 226-8, despite the efforts of Joe Schofield 4-50 and James Gahan (3-50).

Dan Ranasinghe made 41 for Great Preston as they slid to 116 all out. Child continued his good form with 3-18.

Rodley edged ahead in the race to top the West Section as they defeated Crossbank Methodists by eight wickets.

Crossbank made 136-9 in 31 overs as John Wakefield took 3-13 and Gary Sagar (3-27). Rain meant the match had to be decided on a comparison of scores after 10 overs which came out in Rodley’s favour.
On loan Sohail Hussain top scored with 36 as Brighouse were bowled out for 104 before their West Section match with Adwalton was abandoned.

Heckmondwike & Carlinghow looked to be compiling a good score against East Leeds when the rain brought an end to proceedings with them on 166-4 after 29,3 overs. Matthew Crowther (49) and Paul Cooper (37) led the way while Shamoon Mushtaq took 3-15 for East Leeds.

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