Grim reading for our top sides

Grim reading for our top sides

The All Rounder Bradford Premier League tables are making grim reading for our district’s clubs so far this season.

Ossett, Hartshead Moor and Batley languish in the bottom half of Championship 1, while Spen Victoria, Hopton Mills and Liversedge are similarly placed in Championship 2.

There is little better news for our Conference clubs, with Heckmondwike and Carlinghow in second bottom spot and Crossbank, though lying in fifth place, are already 30 points adrift of the promotion places.

With bottom club Ossett at home to unbeaten leaders Undercliffe tomorrow, Batley at promotion-chasing Wrenthorpe and struggling promoted outfit Hartshead Moor at Baildon there is little hope of a positive change in Championship 1 this week.

The one bright spot in this division is a much-improved start to the campaign for Gomersal, who are currently lying fourth after their hard won victory at Batley last week.

Without doubt the absence of skipper Graham Hilton on the opening day made life considerably more difficult for the Oxford Road side, but they play host to Hunslet Nelson tomorrow with high hopes of maintaining the pressure on Undercliffe, Wrenthorpe and Morley above them.

In-form left-arm spinner Chris Rhodes took 4-17 in 13 overs to help dismiss Batley for 157 at Mount Pleasant, before skipper Hilton (33) and Joe Duffy (42 not out) dug in to see Gomersal home by four wickets.

The exception to the rule in Championship 2 is fourth-placed Birstall, who go to Altofts tomorrow fresh from an emphatic 10-wicket win at home to Liversedge in their last outing.

Batting first strugglers Liversedge appeared to have posted a competitive 184 for nine – skipper Will Atkin (47) top-scoring – but Birstall are looking well placed to make an early return to Championship 1 following last year’s relegation.

Eric Austin, who looks to be returning to his best form, made an unbeaten 66 and with all rounder Josh Haynes following up his threewicket haul with 106 not out the Birstall openers saw their side safely home without losing a wicket.

In contrast to Birstall’s positive mood ahead of this week’s games it is a different story for Liversedge, who now entertain unbeaten Wakefield St Michaels at Roberttown Lane. 

Crossbank Methodists will be attempting to end Adwalton’s unbeaten record in the Conference while struggling Heckmondwike and Carlinghow have a daunting task at home to newcomers, and current division leaders, Jer Lane.

Spen Victoria and Hopton Mills meet at Spen Lane.

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