Rivalries renewed in intriguing clash

Rivalries renewed in intriguing clash

Former Central Yorkshire League rivals Gomersal and Scholes renew their rivalry tomorrow when Gomersal cross the Spen valley to take on Bradford League newcomers Scholes at New Popplewell Lane.

Both opened their season with victories, and though Scholes skipper James Stansfield took the individual honours, with 117 and 1-16 against Yeadon, former Hunslet Nelson man Daniel Cross deserves a mention after taking five of the last six wickets for 18 runs in seven overs.

Gomersal began with a confident win over Bowling Old Lane, at Oxford Road, and have clearly benefited from the reclassification of former New Zealand Test keeper Tony Blain.

Tony has been enjoying his cricket in the second eleven at Gomersal for the last four years and, despite turning 53 in February, has regularly been amongst the leading run-scorers in second team cricket.

He has resisted any suggestions of returning to first team cricket, because of his age, so the one drawback for Gomersal has been Tony’s registration as an ‘overseas player’ and the restriction on them taking another who could play in the first team. This year, however, Tony has a UK residential qualification and that opened the way for the signing of impressive young Kiwi allrounder Ben Hyde.

Hyde opened his account with a determined 38 with the bat and a 3-18 return with the ball against Yeadon and followed that up with a half century in the Heavy Woollen Cup game the following day.

An interesting clash looks in prospect.

In the district’s other Second Division games tomorrow Spen Victoria will hope to build on their opening win at Bankfoot when they entertain Brighouse, while Hartshead Moor open their campaign at Keighley.

First Division Champions Cleckheaton came down to earth with a bump when they were bowled out for 80 at Bradford and Bingley chasing 244-9. Skipper John Wood will hope for better when they welcome Pudsey Congs to Moorend tomorrow.

Hanging Heaton got off to a good start with a 45-run win over Saltaire, Nick Connolly hitting 106 and Ben Elvidge taking 7-57. Tomorrow they go to New Farnley against former skipper Mark Lawson.

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