Derby test at Spen

gomersal v morley'James Russell.
gomersal v morley'James Russell.

Spen Victoria and Hartshead Moor contest an intriguing Bradford League Division Two derby at Spen Lane tomorrow with plenty at stake for both sides.

Both teams have made a muted start to the season with Spen, led by Tosh Baker, taking two wins from three.

Moor are playing catch-up with one win to their name and Simon North will be hoping get one over their Spen Valley rivals tomorrow.

Spen moved up to sixth place in the Division Two table following a comprehensive 88 run win at Keighley, with Baker providing the batting impetus while Rob Burton was in dangerous form with a 3-12 haul in 12 overs, half of which were maidens.

Opener, Graham Hilton was in top form with the bat for Moor against Windhill and will be looking to get among the runs again tomorrow.

Moor’s Martin Riley is also showing a keen edge taking 5-44 last week so he will be a threat.

Whichever way the match goes it should be a treat for the spectators as Spen Lane is a great place to watch cricket on a sunny day.

Moor and Victoria will have to go a long way to catch Gomersal who have taken Division Two by storm.

Tomorrow, the leaders travel to second-placed Yeadon who are the only other unbeaten team in the division so something must give.

Gomersal, relegated last season have come out battling so far and have shown strength in all areas. The experienced bowler Chris Rhodes is enjoying a sustained run in the first team and claimed a 6-43 haul in Gomersal’s victory over Morley.

In Division One Woodlands still lead the pack and are 10 points ahead of Manningham Mills. They will be hoping to extend the lead with a trip to sixth placed Undercliffe tomorrow.

Simon Mason and Scott Richardson are forging a keen understanding which should stand them in good stead.

East Bierley entertain Saltaire tomorrow hoping to build on their 94 run win at Lightcliffe last week where captain Lee Goddard starred with the bat while Kez Ahmed is making his mark with the ball.

Cleckheaton haven’t set the division alight so far this season and are third-bottom so they will be aiming to kick-start things when they travel to bottom club Farsley tomorrow. Both clubs are seeking their first wins.

Scholes face a tough test in Central Yorkshire League Division One tomorrow as they travel to early leaders Buttershaw St Pauls who are the only unbeaten team in the division.

Scholes will hope to get their batting in better shape for their trip to the leaders as they struggled against Hopton Mills last week.

Third-placed Liversedge can move up the table tomorrow night if they can get a result at second-placed Wakefield St Michaels.

Liversedge will be seeking to bounce back from a surprise defeat at Oulton last weekend when the bowling attack never got going.