Spen Victoria face crucial weekend in race for promotion

Spen Victoria face crucial weekend in race for promotion

ON THE FRONT FOOT: Spen's Rob Burton, bowling, is the Bradford League's leading wicket taker ON THE FRONT FOOT: Spen's Rob Burton, bowling, is the Bradford League's leading wicket taker

SPEN VICTORIA face a crucial weekend in their bid for promotion to Division One of the Bradford League.

Following successive defeats, the latest at Yeadon by 95 runs, the last thing skipper Dan Shuffe would have wanted is a game tomorrow at home to New Farnley (Saturday) – the team lying third and just eight points adrift.

Twenty-four hours later, Division Two pacesetters Farsley are in town.

Though the one person seemingly unfazed by the challenge is paceman Rob Burton, who recorded another six-wicket haul at Yeadon and now has 56 to his name in what is his best-ever Bradford League campaign with ball in hand.

Unfortunately, Victoria’s batting left much to be desired last time out.

And, though a lack of points has been attributed to their success with the ball, bowling teams out cheaply.

It promises to be a tough weekend but two wins would not only push New Farnley back it would also close the gap on pace-setters Farsley.

Gomersal are lying mid-table but, whilst inconsistent, are prodding some strong performances at times.

A nine-wicket victory over Idle once again saw openers Andy Gorrod and Richard Gould shine with the bat.

Gorrod has frequently expressed his frustration at consistently making a start but then failing to build an innings, yet it was Idle who finally caught the backlash from such anguish as he hit 104 not out.

With Gould making 84, the Gomersal pair have so far hit over 1,400 runs between them this season, not great news for the home side at Windhill tomorrow (Saturday) and Bowling Old Lane at Gomersal on Sunday.

Elsewhere, skipper John Wood takes Division One leaders Cleckheaton to Manningham Mills on Saturday.

The Moorend star was boosted by a personal season best of 136 in the 91-run win over Hanging Heaton, who travel to Pudsey St Lawrence over the weekend.

By Mike Popplewell

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