Crossbank Methodists look like needing more than John Wesley to spark a revival after being bowled out for just 19 in a disastrous 182 run defeat at Wakefield St Michaels in the Conference section of the All Rounder Bradford Premier League.
The Batley side had competed well in the first innings, restricting St Michaels to 210 all out with a 4-46 return from former Birstall man Adam Holroyd, but the Methodists were on their knees almost immediately.
At 10-5 they were still on course to match the lowest score ever in the league, by Baildon Green 103 years ago, but while a single from Richard Hosley ensured they avoided that ignominy, there was no escape from their personal cricketing hell as one by one they fell from grace.
James Lord hit the only boundary of the innings, his only scoring shot in a ‘marathon’ 23 balls at the crease, and that four was enough to leave him joint top scorer with Hosley as six players failed to score at all.
In this same division Heckmondwike’s Paul Cooper is doing a fair impression of a one-man band as his 152 runs (2x50s) and 18 wickets have helped his side kick off their season with three successive wins.
Next up for Heckmondwike is a game against East Leeds at Cemetery Road tomorrow while Crossbank take on Oulton at The Rumbolds.
The Premier Division has started much as it finished last season with Pudsey St Lawrence sitting at the top while Hanging Heaton and Farsley, along with Woodlands, mount the early season challenge to the St Lawrence crown with all four clubs having won three out of three.
In their last game Hanging Heaton ran up 331 for four against Lightcliffe, at Bennett Lane, with Nick Connolly (112) leading the way, to complete a 94-run win. Connolly is currently the Premier Division’s leading run scorer with 229 in his three innings.
Hanging Heaton are at New Farnley tomorrow while Woodlands host the match of the day at Oakenshaw where they play host to Pudsey St Lawrence – with one side destined to lose their unbeaten record. At the other end of the table there is a match of equal importance at Mount Pleasant where newly promoted Batley entertain Cleckheaton with both sides looking for their first win.