CYL extend campaign after calling off matches

THE Central Yorkshire Cricket League (CYL) took the decision yesterday afternoon (Thursday) to postpone tomorrow’s matches.

It is the second week in succession that the start has been delayed and the CYL management have taken the unusual step of extending the season to September 22.

CYL games postponed from last Saturday will now move to Sunday July 22, with tomorrow’s games switching to Saturday September 22.

Chairman Mark Heald said: “We believe that this is the correct decision under the circumstances for the league as a whole.

“We make the decision having consulted a number of clubs and feel that even if the weather should improve, as it did last weekend, it is extremely unlikely that grounds will be fit enough to provide a competitive game of cricket.”

As of yesterday afternoon (Thursday), all Bradford League fixtures for tomorrow and Sunday were still scheduled to go ahead.

Bradford champions Woodlands are due to start their defence of the title at Farsley, who were runners-up last year but have lost star overseas man Lorenzo Ingram.

Cleckheaton entertain Hanging Heaton in a tantalising derby, while East Bierley will be aiming for a good start at Manningham Mills who only just escaped the drop last year.

Weather permitting, it could be a busy weekend for teams in Division Two, who are scheduled to play twice.

The pick of the games sees Gomersal, relegated last summer, making the short trip to Spen Victoria, the venue of last season’s Heavy Woollen Cup final defeat.

Gomersal return to Oxford Road on Sunday when Idle visit, while Spen sit out the action.

Hartshead Moor are also involved in an early season derby as they welcome Brighouse to Highmoor Lane tomorrow before they travel to Great Horton on Sunday.

n Drighlington Cricket Club are desperately seeking players for their Under-15s side playing in the Heavy Woollen Junior CL.

For further information call Michael Wood on 07734 889554, visit www.drighwhitecc.co.uk or e-mail drighwhitecc@gmail.com.