Batley wary of Yeadon threat in Championship

THE RACE for the All Rounder Cricket Bradford League Championship A is heading for a tense climax, with season-long leaders Batley facing a blank day tomorrow while second-placed Yeadon take on lowly Keighley hoping to make up their current 12-point deficit.

Batley suffered a setback to their promotion ambitions when only 5.4 overs were possible as they attempted to overhaul a modest 150-6 after 50 overs at Hunslet Nelson.

The result meant Batley had to settle for just six points. Yeadon, meanwhile, edged closer to the top when they secured seven points from their abandoned game at Ossett.

In Championship A’s games tomorrow Ossett go to bottom-club Idle, Liversedge are at third-placed Undercliffe and Birstall are at home to Saltaire.

Although only Idle are likely to drop into the Conference and none of the other clubs are involved in the title race, and Townville are so far ahead they could clinch the Championship B title at home to Wrenthorpe tomorrow, there is still much to play for in both Championship divisions.

The league is almost certainly splitting into a four-tier format next season and though the make up of those divisions is not yet clear the top six in each Championship section will almost certainly comprise the division below the Premier in what will probably become Championship One, while the remainder in each division will form Championship Two.

It is not possible to say who will definitely be in each division as this will also depend on all clubs meeting the criteria set down by the English Cricket Board for each level.

But as it stands Birstall and Liversedge are in danger of starting next season in the third tier along with the possibility of Hopton Mills, Spen Victoria and Hartshead Moor from Championship B.

Gomersal, currently occupying sixth spot in Championship B, can secure their place in the top half of the table with a win over Bowling Old Lane at Oxford Road tomorrow.

Elsewhere second-bottom Hartshead Moor are at home to bottom-club Brighouse in a game which neither side can afford to lose if they are to avoid relegation into the Conference.

Buttershaw St Pauls still lead the Conference ahead of Northowram and the league leaders complete their game in hand at Wakefield St Michaels tomorrow.

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