New Farnley win first Priestley Cup
CRICKET: New Farnley captain Lee Goddard proved how vital a sharp wicketkeeper can be when he played a key part as his side defended a 245 total and saw off a fierce challenge from Championship 1 leaders Methley to win the Priestley Cup for the first time.
Australian-born captain of Sweden, Mitchell O’Connor, gave New Farnley a solid start, hitting nine fours and three sixes before becoming the first of Jake McCaffrey’s two stumpings on 97.
He put on 76 with Andrew Hodd (46) and 101 with Goddard (54), but with Marcus Walmsley (4-41) chipping away and Sohail Raz (3-20) polishing off the tail, Farnley had a smaller total than they might have expected.
This looked even more fragile when openers Marcus Walmsley and Grant Soames piled on 132 before Luke Jarvis trapped Soames lbw for 54.
Walmsley followed soon after, caught by Goddard off Jarvis for 93, and when Jarvis bowled Muhammad Akhlaq for six at 184-3, the game swung Farnley’s way.
With the Methley batsmen needing to chase runs, Goddard grabbed two stumpings and two run-outs, clinching the 24-run win by taking off Ben Waite’s bails.
Jarvis finished with 4-36 and James Middlebrook 3-48.