WHILE Liversedge plays host to the Jack Hampshire Cup final this weekend, it is a shame to see a club which has played such a prominent part in Kirklees cricket facing its current struggles.
They go into tomorrow’s (Saturday) Bradford League Championship Two game at East Ardsley in second-bottom spot and knowing they have only five games to make up a 24-point deficit on third-bottom Altofts and avoid the ignominy of relegation to the Conference.
East Ardsley are unlikely to be easy opponents as they managed to snatch a victory over Birstall in a rain-affected game last weekend.
Second-placed Birstall batted first in that game and, with a score of 125 for one after their allotted overs, they looked on course to gain the points they needed to keep pace with leaders Carlton.
However, it went downhill from there as East Ardsley hit 126 for eight to claim victory. That result left Birstall 26 points behind Carlton but still 23 points ahead of third-placed Yeadon.
While Liversedge travel to East Ardsley, Birstall warm up for their Yeadon cup final clash with a trip to Bradford side Bowling Old Lane. Spen Victoria are at home to Adwalton and Hopton Mills can do Birstall a favour at leaders Carlton.
Only five games survived the weather in the bottom three divisions last week but Batley picked up some vital bonus points in what play was possible in their Championship One game at home to Hunslet Nelson.
They go into tomorrow’s game at Wakefield St Michaels 23 points ahead of second-placed Bankfoot.
In the other second-tier games affecting the district, bottom club Scholes are at home to Keighley, Hartshead Moor entertain Gomersal, Ossett are at home to Morley and East Bierley go to Baildon.
Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, together with Crossbank Methodists, are having a tough time in the Conference and occupy the bottom two places in the division.
With Heckmondwike at home to second-placed Great Preston and Crossbank at home to runaway leaders Sandal, there seems little prospect of much change in league placings after tomorrow’s games.