Townville involved in thrilling tie while Methley and Great Preston win

Townville's Nick Bresnan delivers against Cleckheaton.
Townville's Nick Bresnan delivers against Cleckheaton.

Townville closed up to within a point of Premier Division leaders Hanging Heaton after playing out a tie against Cleckheaton in the All Rounder Bradford League.

In a rain shortened game Nick Bresnan’s men got their tie thanks to the Duckworth Lewis Stern formula and were pleased to get a result with the table toppers having their match at Farsley abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Cleckheaton had a full 50 overs to bat and posted a 220-9 score with opener Nick Lindley making exactly half of the runs in a knock of 110 that included five sixes and 11 fours.

Jack Hughes, with 4-35 from 15, and Conor Harvey (3-60) were the pick of the Townville attack with Richie Bresnan also chipping in with a wicket.

After a rain delay Townville’s target was reduced to 177 from 36 overs and they started well enough when reaching 72-2 as Kris Ward hit 24, Brayden Clark 18 and Hughes 35.

Victory looked a fair way off when Clark’s wicket was quickly followed by the loss of Harvey without score, Shkym Haynes for five and then Hughes to leave Townville on 98-5.

However, Nick Bresnan (22) and Richie Bresnan (23 not out) kept the team in the hunt and Alex Page weighed in with a valuable 19. Jack Hebden hit nine from 10 balls and the innings ended on 176-9.

Methley boosted their promotion challenge in Championship One with a two-wicket win over Bankfoot.

Dan Shuffe (42), Marcus Walmsley (36), Grant Soames (33) and Jordan Laban (23) led a successful run chase, but it was never plain sailing for Methley after they had done a good job in the field to restrict their opponents to 177-7 in 46 overs.

James Lee top scored with 36 for Bankfoot while Eddie Walmsley was the only wicket taker for Methley, taking 5-36 from 13 overs.

James Conlon (42) and Tom Humphries (42 not out) steered Great Preston to a three-wicket success against Windhill & Daisy Hill in the Conference.

Set 180, Preston lost seven wickets, but got home in only 23.2 overs with James Marston also hitting 26 and Phil Schofield 20.

Windhill had been kept to 179-8 in 46 overs with three wickets for Stuart Ruddick and two each for Lee Russell and Wright.

Methley Seconds were skittled out for 67 as they lost by 84 runs to Keighley in the Second Teams Championship One.

Defeat was tough on Ben Waite, who made 38 runs with the bat and took 3-42 with the ball as Keighley made 151-7.

Great Preston Seconds paced their run chase well to overhaul’s Birstall score of 190-6 in the Second Teams Championship Two.

They eased home by four wickets as James Bickerdike hit 53 and Simon Battensby 43. Earlier, Adrian Sharp (3-64) and Bickerdike (3-58) had been Preston’s best bowlers.

Townville Seconds beat Crossbank Methodists by 68 runs in the Second Teams Conference after making 203-9 in 40 overs with Ian Jones (56) top scoring and good contributions also from Tom Mellor (40) and Steve Walton (31).

Crossbank were kept to 135-9 as Jones took 4-27 and Luke Slater 2-14.