Hopton Mills facing Morrison on a mission

HOPTON MILLS CC could find themselves with more than they bargained for when they go to free-scoring Northowram Fields tomorrow (Sat) for a Central Yorkshire League Championship clash as Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison prepares to swap his tracksuit for his whites and turn out for the home side. 

Northowram followed their 252-3 against Liversedge on the opening day with 264-6 against Wakefield St Michaels before rain intervened with the visitors on 19-1.

Dru Patel took 114 off the St Michaels attack, for his first CYL century but Morrison was the man at the other end who nursed him through his nervous 90s - finishing on 22 not out himself.

Morrison said: “This is my second season at Northowram Fields, I live at Lightcliffe so it isn’t far away. I always played cricket and rugby league growing up but there a came a point when I had to choose and I let go of cricket.

“Funnily, Darren Wright, my best mate from being a kid, faced the same choice but he dropped rugby for cricket and is now the head coach at Hobart Hurricanes.

“It is sometimes difficult fitting everything in with my job at Dewsbury Rams but cricket on a Saturday is a day I can just forget about rugby and relax.”

As for Mills, they were denied victory in their last game, against a Liversedge side who finished third last season, when the visitors had the rain to thank for saving them from a possible second successive defeat. Bradley Drake’s fine 5-51 return had Liversedge struggling on 104-7 chasing 202.

The visit of Oulton to Roberttown Lane, to play Liversedge this week,  promises to be interesting for they were bowled out for just 45 by Azaad on the opening day then hit 279-9 against Caribbean CC in their last game.

Having opened the season in glorious sunshine, round two of the league campaign saw an almost complete washout, with Buttershaw’s Kevin McDermott facing particular frustration after making a superb 121 not out against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers at St Paul’s Avenue. Buttershaw’s innings closed on 278-7 but Parish made only 21-1 in reply before the rain hit.

The only Premier Division finish came at Batley, where Marcus Walmsley took 6-62, bowling unchanged from the start of the innings, as Batley slumped to just 105 all out on the way to a nine-wicket defeat at Mount Pleasant.

After two successive defeats, promoted Batley will be looking to turn the tide when they go to Wakefield Thornes this week while Ossett go to Carlton in run-scoring mood.

They followed a victory over Buttershaw on the opening day with 265-7 in their game at Wrenthorpe as Javed Umarji making 104 not out.

Birstall, at home to Townville this week, were rained off with their game at Altofts interestingly poised with their score on 58-4 chasing the 184 posted by the home side.

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