HECKMONDWIKE and Carlinghow have the blank week in the 13-team Bradford League Conference Division tomorrow, but it has not come at a good time.
They are currently in joint second place but, after a useful start, last weekend proved a frustrating time as rain washed out the league game at home to Wakefield St Michaels and Hopton Mills romped to an all-too-easy victory on their Jack Hampshire Memorial Trophy debut.
Opener Matthew Crowther offered some resistance to the Hopton attack, hitting a top-scoring 29, but Mick Carroll (3-13) and Bradley Drake (3-14) helped dismiss the home side for just 83 and the visitors knocked off the runs in 12.5 overs, with Ashley Mackereth hitting 60 off 42 balls with six fours and four sixes – including one to win the tie.
Crossbank Methodists were bowled out for 90 in their tie at Gildersome, the home side knocking off the runs in the 14th over with only two wickets down, but Championship side Ossett progressed to the last eight when they finished eight-wicket winners over Wakefield St Michaels.
Khalid Usman’s 3-6 from 7.5 overs really put the brakes on the St Michaels batting, and though Ossett lost two early wickets, an unbroken 98-run partnership for the third wicket between Usman (49) and Richard Whitehurst (77) saw their side safely through.
Also through to the next round are league leaders Buttershaw St Pauls, 80-run winners over Great Preston and Azaad, 27-run winners at home to Hunslet Nelson.
East Ardsley, eight-wicket winners over East Leeds are through together with Adwalton, who beat Oulton by two wickets, and the remaining Championship side, Keighley, who won by eight wickets at Rodley.
In tomorrow’s Conference programme mid-table Crossbank go to joint second Great Preston, with Heckmondwike willing their neighbours to do them a favour with a victory.