Moor have the right stuff in Championship Two

Hartshead Moor look like making an impression on the Championship Two promotion race if early season form in the All Rounder Bradford Premier League is anything to go by.

An opening-day victory over Brighouse by nine wickets was followed by an emphatic 138-run win at home to Liversedge.

Next up for Moor is a trip to Northowram Fields, and with both sides having won their first two games something has to give.

Against Liversedge there was a bright start for Moor, with Mohammed Khan (37), Ahsan Butt (35) and Iain Wardlaw (32) all making useful contributions. But, following a mini-collapse it was former Liversedge second teamers Martin Ellis (29) and James Hardcastle (54) that swung the game back in their favour.

Simon Kay (4-55) worked hard with the ball for Liversedge as Moor made 217-9 but the Roberttown Lane men, still awaiting the arrival of their overseas signing, had little to offer by way of reply and were bowled out for just 79.

Spen Victoria’s slide continues. Having reduced Keighley to 32-6, chasing 150, they then saw their visitors ease home by four wickets.

On the same day it was former Gomersal and Spen Victoria duo Ben Platt (4-51) and Tosh Baker (3-42) who spearheaded Buttershaw St Paul’s to victory over Brighouse and to the top of the table, but sit just one point ahead of Hartshead Moor.

Tomorrow Spen are at Idle, Hopton Mills are the next to try and upset Buttershaw, while Liversedge are at home to Brighouse with both sides looking for their first win.

In the Premier Division Hanging Heaton made it two wins out of two when they overcame a tricky start to secure a comfortable six-wicket win at Bradford and Bingley to join champions Pudsey St Lawrence, Farsley and Woodlands with two wins from two.

David Stiff and Tom Chippendale (3-17) helped bowl out Bingley for 116 and though Hanging Heaton lost two wickets in the first over Nick Connolly (54 not out) and Callum Geldart (51) saw them home with 27 overs to spare.

Cleckheaton, well beaten at Woodlands, and Batley, beaten by 97 runs at Townville, are both still looking for a first win but with Batley at winless Pudsey Congs this week they do have a chance of breaking their duck.

It could be a little tougher for Cleckheaton as they entertain Farsley.

Scholes are currently the pick of the district’s Championship One sides, with two wins from two, Gomersal have won one and lost one, while Ossett and Birstall have lost both their games so far.

Having comfortably won at Gomersal on the opening day, relegated Scholes clearly declared their intent to make an early return to the Premier Division when they crushed Yeadon by 142 runs at New Popplewell Lane.

Gomersal got off the mark with a four-wicket win at Ossett in their last game.

Only a determined 68 from Zube Raje helped Ossett to a respectable 160-9, Jimmy Russell and new signing Joe Duffy taking three wickets apiece, and Gomersal eased home with a top-scoring effort from Nick Whitehill (39) and a dogged 31 from skipper Graham Hilton.

There are some interesting games this week as Birstall face early season leaders Scholes at Leeds Road, Gomersal are at home to free-scoring Methley and Ossett go to Yeadon for a game that offers one of them the chance to collect a first win of the season.

In the Conference Heckmondwike and Carlinghow followed their low scoring 15-run win over Crossbank Methodists on the opening day with a nailbiting one-run win over visiting Brook Walton in a game that saw both sides top the 200 mark.

All-rounder Paul Cooper was undoubtedly Heckmondwike’s man of the match with a top-scoring 69 followed by a 5-54 return from his 15 overs but it was skipper Johnny Elstub who stole the show when he took the last two wickets in successive balls to win it with two balls – and just one run – to spare. Tomorrow Heckmondwike are at Rodley.

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