Gomersal eye win over Methley

TOMORROW'S Championship B program features some fascinating derby games with third-placed Gomersal facing a visit from winless Hartshead Moor.

The match gives Gomersal a chance to put further pressure on Methley’s single-point advantage in a bid to close the gap on clear leaders Townville.

Rain put the dampener, literally, on last week’s fixture between Methley and Gomersal, at Little Church Lane, when play ended with the Gomersal score standing at 27-1 off 11 overs to leave the sides with three points apiece.

Townville took full advantage when Jack Hughes hit a top-scoring 42 and then took 5-7 in nine overs to condemn Brighouse to a 117-run defeat and take a 16 point lead in the division.

There is also a derby clash at Hopton Mills when the Mirfield side, in third-bottom spot, face a visit from a Spen Victoria side fresh from a resounding eight-wicket win over Hartshead Moor in their last game.

Batting first, Moor made a respectable 152-6 in the 30-over contest, opener Craig Field carrying his bat for a top-scoring 80, but Spen always looked in control when they came to bat with a half-century from skipper Olly Halliday and an unbeaten 86 from New Zealander Nic Montgomery leading them to victory.

In Championship A former Central Yorkshire League sides Birstall, Batley and Liversedge come face to face with history when they battle it out with clubs boasting over 300 years of Bradford League history between them.

A century ago Idle won the Bradford League with a line-up boasting the likes of Surrey and England star Jack, later Sir Jack, Hobbs, while Saltaire’s leading bowler was the legendary SF Barnes.

Barnes is recognised by many as perhaps the greatest of all time, especially in the Bradford League, winning the League averages NINE years in a row, without his average ever reaching double figures, and taking 832 wickets (including a record 122 in a season) in the process.

Liversedge, beaten by 40 runs at Idle last week, will be thankful the current Saltaire side comprises lesser mortals and, likewise, Batley, early-season front-runners in the division, will be glad they are not be facing anyone like Hobbs in their clash.

Keighley also had Barnes in their ranks at one time, as well as ‘Bodyline’ batting hero Eddie Paynter, but Birstall will be facing a far more modest line-up in their game at Leeds Road tomorrow.

Birstall’s last game, at Ossett, was abandoned but there was time for an impressive 5-47 bowling display from their New Zealander Alex Debs.

Tomorrow, Ossett go to Hunslet Nelson.

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