Bradford League: Waite stars for top five Methley

Matthew Waite.
Matthew Waite.

Methley’s Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite was in fine batting form as his team strengthened their fifth place in the Premier Division of the All Rounder Bradford League.

With Waite hitting eight boundaries and a six in an 112-ball knock of 98 Methley were able to go on to record an 81-run success against struggling Bradford & Bingley.

Methley looked to be struggling at 51-3, but Waite and Adam Patel, who hit 62 off 41 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, turned things round with a stand of 93 and the visitors went on to total 238.

Ed Brown (54) took the challenge to the Methley bowlers in Bradford & Bingley’s reply, but they were all out for 157. Sohail Raz (4-35) and Marcus Walmsley (3-44) did the damage.

Townville found the 9am start brought about by a clash with the England World Cup game to their liking as they cruised to an eight-wicket win over Scholes.

A second-wicket stand of 118 between Jonny Booth (77 not out) and Brayden Clark (41) enabled them to comfortably overhaul the Scholes score of 161.

Shahid Nawaz (3-23) was the best of the Townville bowlers, while Conor Harvey took 2-72, Richie Bresnan 2-16 and Harry Clewett 2-20.

Joe Schofield took 6-40 as Great Preston bowled out Gildersome & Farnley Hill for 182 on their way to a seven-wicket win in the Conference.

Jacob Wright also claimed 2-30 before Preston’s run chase was given a great foundation as James Conlon (71) and Michael Wade (33) put on 97 for the first wicket. The former, who hit 10 fours and a six, then combined with Jack Morrison (28) in a further stand of 64.

Methley seconds piled up a huge 318-7 total on their way to a 59-run win over Bradford & Bingley in the Second Teams Championship One.

Faisal Abid top scored with 83 while there were good contributions too from Jake Smart (72) and Richard Smart (71 not out).

Bradford & Bingley were kept to 259-6 in their reply, Ben Waite taking 3-32.

Ian McDermott took 8-17 to speed Great Preston seconds to a seven-wicket win over Northowram Fields in the Second Teams Championship Two.

Mark Hargreaves (41 not out) then led Preston past Northowram’s 82 total.

Townville seconds lost by seven wickets to Altofts in their Second Teams Championship Two match after being kept to 195-7 with Kieran Samuels (48) and Steve Walton (47 not out) top scoring.

Methley missed out on reaching the Heavy Woollen Cup final as they were edged out by New Farnley, who clinched a nail-biting one wicket win with just one ball to spare.

Methley were left to rue not batting out their full 50 overs in the semi-final, but they did post a good score after making 241.

Jordan Laban (72) and Marcus Walmsley (64) were top scorers for Methley against a bowling attack in which former England and Yorkshire paceman Ajmal Shahzad took 3-44.

Steve Bullen (70) and Lee Goddard (57) led the Farnley reply, but wickets then tumbled and the Premier leaders needed last pair Alex Lilley and Jarvis to get them over the line. Waqas Ahmed took 2-34, Robert Clegg 2-32 and Adal Islam 2-35.