Gomersal CC set to test Spen Vic in Bradford League derby

ALL FOUR of the district’s sides go into action on week six of the Bradford League Second Division season, with Gomersal’s derby clash with Spen Victoria at Oxford Road particularly catching the eye.

Gomersal have played a game less than the other top five clubs but they were in good form against Idle last week and are sure to provide a tough test for third-placed Spen, who may well find their unbeaten record under threat.

Young Kiwi Ben Hyde top-scored with 56 for Gomersal and with Josh Fell taking 3-5 and Chris Rhodes 3-13, the Idle batsmen never looked like overhauling the 177 posted by Graham Hilton’s men as they coasted to a 68 run win.

Spen Victoria were six-wicket winners in a low-scoring game at Yeadon, Oliver Davison top scoring for Spen with 50, and with both sides struggling for batting points it will be no surprise if the ball is once again the dominant factor in this game.

Second-placed Scholes began in style with three straight wins, but two successive defeats have perhaps brought home the harsh realities of the Bradford League for the former CYL side.

A total of 154-9 in 50 overs was never going to be enough against Baildon, who eased home by seven wickets with 17 overs to spare, and a home game with unbeaten leaders Morley tomorrow could spell more trouble.

Hartshead Moor, in mid-table, easily beat Brighouse in their last game and they now take on winless Bowling Old Lane at Moor Lane.

It has been a brilliant start to the season for Hanging Heaton new boy Ian Philliskirk, who has been amongst the runs and wickets so far, but three defeats in five games is a disappointing return for skipper Gary Fellows.

The latest setback was a one-wicket defeat at the hands of leaders Pudsey St Lawrence in a game that saw Philliskirk hit 123 not out, and take 4-76, yet still finish on the losing side.

With a game against Lightcliffe at Bennett Lane tomorrow there are hopes of better things.

Cleckheaton’s inconsistency bears little resemblance to the side who have clinched two successive First Division titles.

Having beaten bottom club Undercliffe by 124 runs in the league last week, they beat them by only 14 runs the following day in a cup game.

However, opener Tim Jackson’s 141, in the league game, was an encouraging sign for Cleckheaton skipper John Wood.

He’ll be looking for more of the same when neighbouring Woodlands visit Moorend tomorrow (Sat).

Share this post