Rain cruelly denies Boynton a century

WHILE clubs across the board will be bemoaning the weather disruptions this season, one player in particular must be absolutely furious.

Gomersal’s British Army batsman Jon Boynton dug in to rescue his side at home to Pudsey Congs. There were just 28 runs on the board when Boynton came to the crease, and another wicket fell without scoring.

While wickets continued to fall around him he held firm and was on 83, with six overs remaining, when the ninth wicket fell on 145.

With the rain imminent and a century in his sights Boynton threw caution to the wind but, just two runs short of what would have been a memorable milestone, the umpires took the players off with two balls of the 46th over remaining. The rain took over the proceedings for the day, and his chance was gone.

The Dewsbury and District clubs look to be having a competition of their own in this division with five out of the bottom six from our area.

Batley are at the top of this pile going into tomorrow’s game at home to leaders Keighley, but they are still only 21 points off second-placed Baildon and promotion is not yet beyond them.

However, only eight points separate the next four as Gomersal, Hartshead Moor, Ossett and Wakefield St Michaels look set for a battle to avoid relegation, along with a Scholes side already anchored to the foot of the table.

Tomorrow could see Gomersal in deeper trouble as they go to second-placed Baildon, but Hartshead Moor have a chance to lessen their worries with a game at St Michaels and Ossett likewise when they go to Scholes.

At the other end of the table East Bierley have climbed to third, just six points behind Baildon, and they have a chance to improve further on that when they take on Bankfoot at South View.

In Championship Two, Birstall are up to fourth but remain 33 points adrift of leaders Yeadon, albeit with a game in hand, and they desperately need a consistent run if they are to make a serious promotion challenge.

They go to mid-table Hopton Mills tomorrow while Spen Victoria, showing a marked improvement on last season, are also holding a mid-table spot ahead of tomorrow’s game at home to Bowling Old Lane.

Liversedge are just one point ahead of the relegation places at the moment, but whilst promotion-hopefuls Birstall are doubtless wishing them well tomorrow at second-placed Carlton, the home side are unlikely to offer them much encouragement.

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