Gomersal keep pace with much fancied former CYL clubs

Gomersal keep pace with much fancied former CYL clubs

WHEN THE merger between the Bradford League and the Central Yorkshire League was finalised there were big expectations of Methley, Townville and Wrenthorpe - the perennial giants of CYL cricket. 

Now just six games into the 2016 Championship season we, not surprisingly, find all three in the top four of section B.

birstall heckmondwike &But, what is perhaps a little more unexpected is that Gomersal are right there in the mix in third place, albeit 28 points behind 100 per cent side Townville but only two points behind second placed Methley.

There is a big test ahead for Graham Hilton’s side at Wrenthorpe tomorrow but they will be full of confidence following the manner in which his Jack Seddon inspired team dispatched local rivals Hartshead Moor in their last outing at Oxford Road.

It was slow going at first, with runs coming at under two an over and wickets falling, as they crept to 55-3 as the half way stage approached.

Jon Boynton produced a hard earned 58 and Adam Greenwood produced a typically gritty performance to contribute 37 to a 76 run partnership for the fourth wicket, but the fall of Greenwood heralded the introduction of Seddon - and that’s when the fireworks began!

In his 35 ball innings Seddon hit five fours and seven sixes to close on 72 not out. So nonchalant was his treatment of the Moor attack, his last six, off the last ball of the innings, saw him walking off the field before the ball had even reached the boundary.

Gomersal had taken their total to 260-6 off their 50 overs prompting Moor keeper Craig Field, to remark, with regard to Seddon: “It’s a good job he didn’t get in earlier they would have got 460!”

Field subsequently opened the innings for Moor and carried his bat for a top scoring 85 but with Jimmy Russell picking up 4-39 in 12 overs the outcome was never in doubt. The visitors closed on 184-9 as Gomersal ran out winners by 76 runs and now face a visit from leaders Townville tomorrow.

Hopton Mills coasted to an eight wicket win over Spen Victoria in this division’s other derby game last week while in Championship A there seems to be no stopping Batley who go into tomorrow’s derby game at old CYL rivals Liversedge in top spot.

In their last game Batley were eight wicket winners at Idle after Aqsad Ali (3-14) and Muhammed Hafeez (3-9) helped bowl out the home side for 51.

Liversedge were also winners in their game at Saltaire after they successfully chased down the home side’s total of 157-9 with three wickets standing. Key man for the Roberttown Lane men was skipper Stephen Lane who took 6-35 with his off spin.

There was a welcome first win of the season for Birstall at Keighley, as Nick Kaye’s unbeaten 80 helped them home with one wicket and 10 balls to spare, and Richard Whitehurst (36 not out) saw Ossett chalk up a seven wicket win at Hunslet Nelson.

Tomorrow Birstall are at home to Yeadon while Ossett entertain Baildon.

Meanwhile in the Conference Crossbank Methodists are at home to Gildersome and Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are at East Leeds.

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