Batley see off woeful Hopton

Batley see off woeful Hopton

BATLEY have made a strong start to the 2016 cricket season, having won two games in the All Rounder Bradford Championship A league  and clinching their first-ever win in the Priestley Cup at the expense of Hopton Mills by 123 runs.

In last Sunday’s Preliminary Round clash at Mount Pleasant the Hopton Mills side, who were playing Central Yorkshire League Division One cricket last summer, looked out of their depth.

Ashley Mackereth (4-47) helped bowl out Batley for 206, Tariq Mehboob making 97, but the Hopton batsmen never got to grips with the bowling of Muhammed Shanawaz (5-22) and Huzaifa Patel (3-20) and were all out for just 83.

The previous day Batley had seen off Ossett by nine wickets, Sufyan Patel (65) and Aqeel Mukhtar (53 not out) doing the damage, while Hopton Mills had crashed to a nine-wicket defeat at Methley as the Walmsley twins, formerly with Cleckheaton, were the stars of the show.

Marcus took 3-31 and then hit 63 not out while brother Ed took 3-11.

Batley are way out west this week, at Keighley, when they will be hoping to shoot down the opposition and round up another winning points haul in Championship A, while Hopton Mills entertain Hartshead Moor with both sides looking down the barrel of a relegation fight in Championship B unless there is a dramatic change of fortune.

The B section is felt to be the stronger of the two championship divisions, so Gomersal and Spen Victoria were particularly pleased to get their first wins under their belts as they saw off Altofts and Brighouse respectively.

Former skipper Adam Greenwood made a solid 50 in the Gomersal middle order but New Zealander Nic Montgomery (64) was Spen’s match-winner.

Liversedge, washed out last week, are at home to Baildon tomorrow, Birstall take on Undercliffe, at Leeds Road, and Batley are at Keighley in Championship A.

In the B section Gomersal are at Brighouse, Spen Victoria are at home to Bankfoot and Hopton Mills have that game at home to Hartshead Moor.

In the Conference it has been a good start for Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, who chalked up a second successive win, by 59 runs at Oulton.

After making only 118 Heckmondwike had Paul Cooper to  thank for their success as the home side were shot out for just 59 in the face of Cooper’s 6-21 return.

Crossbank Methodists are still waiting to make their bow after seeing their game at Adwalton washed out. They’re hoping they will get underway tomorrow when they entertain Rodley. Heckmondwike are at home to Great Preston.

Meanwhile Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison made his Bradford League debut when he turned out for his local club Northowram Fields in their win at Rodley, but perhaps he should do some sprints with his players in this week’s training – he was run out for just one.

He fared a little better in the Jack Hampshire Cup tie the following day but despite an unbeaten 27, he finished on the losing side.

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