NEWS IN BRIEF

CRICKET: Scholes have had their application to join Division Two of the Bradford League accepted by the management board.

The Cleckheaton-based club, who have just won promotion to the Central Yorkshire League Premier Division, now have just one year to establish their credentials in the top flight before moving on.

Under Yorkshire Cricket Board regulations it will be 2015 before Scholes’ New Popplewell Lane home will see Bradford League action.

But with Hartshead Moor, Spen Victoria and Gomersal all currently operating at that level there is the prospect of some interesting future derby clashes.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Dewsbury Ram Scott Spaven is returning to Championship action for 2014, having signed for Doncaster.

The half-back or hooker, who was named captain by head coach Glenn Morrison at the start of this season, left fans stunned when he quit the club back in April.

Spaven, 23, was released from his contract with immediate effect for “personal reasons” after claiming that travelling to and from his Hull home was “taking its toll”.

However, the former Super League player has opted to re-join the South Yorkshire club he left at the end of 2011.

BOXING: Jamie Speight takes on Londoner Lewis Pettitt this evening (Friday) for the right to become Southern Area super-bantamweight champion for the second time in his career.

The 25-year-old Devon fighter, who has spent the past five weeks training at Batley’s Central Boxing Club alongside star boxers Gary Sykes, Josh Warrington and Femi Fehintola, lost his crown last year.

And, back in March, he suffered a third-successive defeat at the hands of current stablemate Warrington as he attempted to snatch the English featherweight title at Leeds Town Hall.

Speight enters with 11 victories to his name from 16 contests, while opponent Pettitt – an international masters champion – boasts a record of 11 wins and one defeat.

FOOTBALL: Ossett Albion Reserves’ managing duo of Darren Holmes and Gareth Hamlet have announced they are to leave the club next week.

The news comes after the pair accepted the joint position of first-team managers at Northern Counties League Premier Division side Nostell Miners Welfare.

Holmes and Hamlet guided Albion Reserves to a league title last season and the club are now focusing their attention on finding a replacement for the successful duo.

BOWLS: Morton House’s second team have been crowned champions of the Heavy Woollen Evening League’s First Division.

The Dewsbury outfit, who have also clinched the AB Senior Knockour Cup this year, is made up of 10 players and includes some notable names.

Mandy Hyde captains the side and is joined by her husband Tony, Heavy Woollen Merit winner Rob Dunford, Chris and Michael Sweeney, Malcolm Taylor, Adrian Leach, James Payne, Tom Thorpe and 78-year-old David Peace.

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