Championship One hots up

There are key promotion and relegation clashes in the Championship One programme tomorrow with bottom club Birstall travelling to fifth-bottom Yeadon.

With 34 points separating the bottom five, these are games each of those embroiled in the battle need to win.

In their last game, the clash with inconsistent Gomersal was one Birstall might have had their eye on winning, but a collapse to 94 all out left them staring down the barrel.

Richard Wear, with 3-31 and 48 not out, took the honours for Gomersal in their seven-wicket win.

There were also some good bowling performances from James Russell (3-30) and Chris Rhodes, who produced a 3-6 spell in five overs.

Fourth-bottom Ossett, missing all three Sadler brothers, were beaten by 165 runs at Baildon.

Their next game, at home to third-bottom Bowling Old Lane, promises to be a keenly fought affair.

Although Gomersal look safe in their mid-table position, there will be plenty of attention on their game tomorrow at home to Bankfoot as their visitors are in a precarious second-bottom position.

At the other end of the table, the promotion battle is hotting up and all eyes will be on Scholes’ game at home to third-placed Wrenthorpe at New Popplewell Lane tomorrow.

Scholes are currently joint top with Methley on 268 points after their six-wicket win at Old Lane, but Wrenthorpe are only 14 points behind in third. 

With Methley expected to win at home to Baildon, the Scholes against Wrenthorpe clash is one neither can afford to lose if they are to avoid slipping behind in the title race.

In the Conference, third-bottom Crossbank Methodists are at home to leaders Wakefield St Michaels while Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are at Windhill and Daisy Hill.

Both Crossbank and Heckmondwike find themselves in the bottom half of the table after their five-wicket defeats by Adwalton and East Ardsley respectively.

Nevertheless, there was a fine batting performance from Crossbank opener Lee Peters, who hit a top-scoring 90 in his side’s 208 all out.

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