LIVERSEDGE believe tomorrow’s top-two showdown at home to Central Yorkshire League Division One leaders Carlton will prove a benchmark for their promotion credentials (start 1pm).
Liversedge have taken maximum points from their opening five matches this time but trail Carlton by a point as their opponents have played a game more.
Carlton strengthened their side at the start of this month by signing opening bowlers Jonathan Rudge and Liam Whittlestone from Ossett, while opening batsman Phil Page has already scored in the region of 400 runs.
However, Liversedge have put together a squad they believe are capable of challenging for a quick return to the Premier Division, following last season’s relegation.
Max Power, who joined from Central Lancashire League side Milnrow, hit a season’s best 117 not out in last week’s impressive victory over East Leeds.
The Lancastrian scored over 5,000 runs during with his time with the Milnrow club, where he played alongside two familiar names in Paul Winrow and Alex Scholefield in recent seasons.
Fellow Liversedge opener David Bolt struck 84 in Liversedge’s victory last week, while South African Dave Winter has been in terrific form in the opening five matches and his 79 last week has taken his tally so far to 339.
Liversedge will be seeking to reach the Jack Hampshire Cup quarter-finals on Sunday when they entertain second division Adwalton.
Scholes are another side looking to bounce back from relegation and they have climbed to fourth in Division Two with four wins and a tie from their six matches.
Scholes are six points behind second-placed Hopton Mills and they go into tomorrow’s clash at Gildersome full of confidence after racking up 318-7 in their impressive victory over Altofts A last week when Joe Duffy (67), Neil Kellett (63) and captain James Little (57) were all among the runs.
Adam Minnett hits out for Scholes A at Gildersome in Central Yorkshire League Division Three.
He contributed 41 runs and claimed an impressive 5-18 haul. (d23051162)
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