Spen aim to bounce back after nightmare weekend

Spen aim to bounce back after nightmare weekend

SPEN VICTORIA got off to a great start with two successive wins – but they go to Carlton tomorrow in Championship Two with just one point separating the two sides and a pretty disastrous weekend behind them.

After a six-wicket defeat at the hands of newly promoted Jer Lane, despite a match-best 85 from Bilal Ejaz, Spen were forced to forfeit their scheduled Heavy Woollen Cup tie the following day and clearly need to get their season back on course quickly.

Hopton Mills, in joint-fourth place with Spen Victoria after their game with Carlton was washed out, go to Northowram Fields tomorrow. 

Birstall, who lost by two wickets at home to leaders Yeadon in their last outing, are at East Ardsley. 

Bottom club Liversedge go to Altofts desperately hoping to break their run of three defeats in three.

In the Conference, Heckmondwike and Carlinghow started the season with a 20-point penalty and that situation has had little help from the weather. 

Their latest fixture, at East Leeds, was abandoned with their score on 90 for three, of which Zahid Bukhari made a fine 57.

With -12 points, they are unsurprisingly anchored to the foot of the table, but may have their best chance to improve the situation when they entertain second-bottom Rodley tomorrow.

Life is not much easier for third-bottom Crossbank Methodists – but they are making it difficult for opponents and could perhaps count themselves unlucky to lose by just six runs in their last game at a relegated Brighouse side who are currently leading the Conference table.

Crossbank, like Heckmondwike, have yet to win a game this season and, with 21 points separating them from tomorrow’s visitors Oulton, there are no signs of an early improvement to that statistic.

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