Grech hammers unbeaten ton as St Michael’s are trounced

Chris Towell claimed  4-34 in East Ardsley's win against Methley in the Championship B second-team competition.
Chris Towell claimed 4-34 in East Ardsley's win against Methley in the Championship B second-team competition.
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Wakefield St Michael’s suffered only their second league defeat this season in the Conference when they were trounced by 169 runs by new leaders Northowram Fields on Saturday.

Ben Grech hit an unbeaten 120 off 145 balls and shared an unbroken 179-run stand with Dru Patel (61no) as Northowram piled up 263-3.

The St Michael’s reply was soon in trouble at 19-3 and although Alexander Leyshon (28) and Ayaz Seedat (26) led a fightback they were all out for 94 in 27 overs.

Heckmondwike were 109-4 off 26.4 overs against Azaad when rain ended play.

Azaad’s Waheed Ahmed claimed 2-35 and Imran Mahboob 2-41.

Ossett collected four points from a rain-ruined Championship A match at Saltaire.

Raheel Ahmed hit 40 and opener Harvey Anderson struck 32 as Ossett reached 141-9 from 47.2 overs before play was washed out.

Championship B leaders Townville beat Spen Victoria by nine wickets to move 53 points clear of second-placed Wrenthorpe whose match at Altofts was abandoned.

Callum Nuttall (5-63), Matthew Holstein (3-30) and Kieron Holliday (2-33) bowled out Wrenthorpe for 176.

Darryl Hendricks was Wrenthorpe’s top scorer. He hit 10 fours in an excellent 77 off 111 deliveries.

In reply, Altofts were 5-1 off 3.2 overs when rain ended play.

In the second-team competition, East Ardsley’s Dave Kibler (5-34) and Chris Towell (4-34) routed Championship B promotion rivals Methley for 76.

Openers Richard Jennings (30no) and James Stott (29) put on 42 as Ardsley climbed above Methley to third place with an eight-wicket win.

Fixtures involving Ossett, Azaad and Wakefield St Michael’s were abandoned.

Altofts conceded their match at Wrenthorpe.

Ossett bowed out of the Priestley Shield when they lost a rain-affected fourth round game at Farsley on Sunday.

Nohman Hussain (43) and Solly Abbas (38) steered Ossett to 177.

Farsley won on a faster scoring rate by replying with 72-1 from 15 overs.

Ossett visit fellow Bradford League club East Bierley in the Crowther Cup semi-finals this Sunday.