Gomersal bid to sting Bees in cup

Morley v Spen Victoria - peter jackson spen victoria
Morley v Spen Victoria - peter jackson spen victoria

RICHARD Whitehurst will lead his Gomersal side into battle in their Bradford League Priestley Cup tie against holders Bradford and Bingley at Wagon Lane on Sunday, 1pm.

Whitehurst will be hoping his side can bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat by the Division One league leaders.

The captain saw his side put up a solid performance against the Bees. Shabbir Rashid led the way for Gomersal with 84, supported by Ben Platt who topped the half century mark but the Oxford Roaders still fell 39 runs short.

Gomersal warm up for the first round tie with a trip to bottom side Undercliffe tomorrow. The hosts are the only team yet to secure a win in Divison One.

Cleckheaton earned their first win of the season against Undercliffe at Moorend last Saturday and will be seeking to build on that momentum tomorrow when they entertain Pudsey Congs in Divison One.

The Moorenders will never have a better chance to topple Congs, who have made a slow start to the season and are only four points ahead of Cleckheaton. Tim Jackson starred against Undercliffe holding up one end of the batting for an unbeaten 70.

The Moorenders have been given a bye to the second round of the Priestley Cup.

East Bierley have been given a home Priestley Cup against second division side Lightcliffe and will be hoping for a good cup run. They will be tested in the league tomorrow as they entertain third-placed Farsley.

Farsley arrive at South View Road stinging from their first defeat of the season last week by Woodlands.

Pieter Swanepoel and Chris Brice dug in to reduce Farsley to 101. They will be hoping for a similar result when Farsley return to Albert Terrace on Sunday in the cup. Woodlands travel to fourth-placed Pudsey Lawrence tomorrow to see if they can improve on their current standing of ninth place.

It’s set to be a deja vu weekend for Spen Victoria who entertain Bankfoot in a Division Two contest on Saturday and the teams meet again in the cup the following day.

Spen will be buoyed by a terrific 10 wicket win over high fliers Morley last weekend when newcomers Joel Pollard and Craig Woodhead had the lions share of the wickets.

Hartshead Moor have a bye to the second round of the cup and are free to concentrate on tomorrow’s league contest at Bowling Old Lane.

In the Central Yorkshire League something has to give as Batley and Liversedge, the Division One’s two unbeaten teams meet at Mount Pleasant.

The teams, who are second and third respectively have won three matches, each while the leaders Carlton have played four matches but lost one.

Scholes, who are the current leaders in Division Two travel to meet Wrenthorpe A who are third bottom of the league after the first four weeks of the season.